3/ Plan a time for training according to your goal
Once you've decided this, you can start thinking about which distance you would like to try. Here, I'm going to give you an idea of how much time you'll need to set aside for training according to the distance you want to do:
- If you're aiming for a Half Ironman (1,900 m/90 km/21 km) or Full Ironman (3,800 m /180 km/42 km), you'll have to do some significant training. In my experience, you'll have to free up between nine and fifteen hours a week minimum, and aim for between five and ten sessions.
- To train for a super sprint (400 m/10 km/2.5 km), a sprint (750 m/20 km/5 km) or an olympic (1,500 m/40 km/10 km), you can scale down your training time: you'll still have to train for a total of three to nine hours a week, split into two to six sessions according to your availabilities.
Whichever distance you choose, there's one golden rule to remember: you must train regularly. Don't take on the challenge of a triathlon with no training behind you! I'd say that regular training for eight to twelve weeks before your first triathlon (super sprint, sprint or olympic) is essential to get the most out of your race and not feel overwhelmed by the combination of the three disciplines. If you want to take on the longer distances, your training needs to be longer too (between 16 and 20 weeks).
In short: you have to look at the time you want (or can) dedicate to triathlon training, define a realistic goal accordingly, and then embark on a regular training programme!
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