Triathlon Training 101: 7 Quick Steps to Get You on the Road to Success

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(DGIwire) — The word “Triathlon” itself inspires awe in most and fear in some, as it should. Think about it: swimming at least a half mile, hopping on a bike for around 12 miles and then running a minimum of 3 miles. Not for the weak of mind, body, heart, spirit or anything for that matter!

But that’s not to say it isn’t possible. If you have the desire and the time to make the incredible commitment that will be required, you can do it! Here are 7 manageable steps to get you on the road (and water and bike) to your first Triathlon.

1. Get a check up. The first and most important step is to get a complete physical to determine that your body can handle the extreme stress that it will undergo. Each of the events in themselves require a good degree of physical ability but when you put all three together, you should be certain that you won’t be doing damage to your body.

2. Get a partner. Training with a partner motivates you and makes you accountable. “You’re less likely to cancel a swim if you know someone is expecting you to be there,” says 2014 South Beach Top Finisher, Nathan Borochov, who competed as a way to celebrate his 73rd Birthday. “Plus there is someone with you each step of the way to share your experience and offer encouragement and praise.”

3. Set your goals. Whether you are currently in decent shape or just coming off the couch, you need a realistic game plan. It takes time to condition tendons, ligaments and stamina properly so that you don’t give up and more importantly, don’t get hurt.

4. Get some good sneakers. That’s it! You don’t need a special bike or swimsuit but you should invest in a good pair of sneakers to properly absorb the shock of pounding the pavements. Your feet, knees, hips and back will thank you.

5. Adjust your diet. We all know the old adage that we are what we eat. It couldn’t be truer when you’re training for a Triathlon. “Diet becomes as important as the training itself.” continues Borochov. “Staying hydrated and making healthy food choices is key.”

6. Clear your calendar. Training in the beginning stages should be limited to about 4-5 hours per week. Ease your body into the program. Don’t overwhelm yourself with unrealistic expectations. Remember: your goal is to participate in a triathlon, not win one.

7.  Start!

Nathan Borochov was a top finisher at the 2014 South Beach Triathlon. Borochov, an Optician, works and resides in NYC.

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