Thursday, July 03, 2008

Triathlon Tips and Resources

Last Updated: 3/20/11 - more resources/links added below


I've tried to create a comprehensive a list on triathlon resources found on the internet. This list has been growing for the last 3 years and counting. Let me know what I should add. If I've missed some good content please feel free to add it via the comments. Thanks!

What is a triathlon?:
In summary a triathlon is an event that includes a swim, bike, and run in that order. Races vary in distance from super sprint to longer than Ironman distances. Instead of giving you the low down here I've compiled a list of sites that have already written on the subject, they are in no particular order:

Wikipedia Triathlon Definition
Ezine Article "What is a triathlon and how can I train for it?"

How do I train for a triathlon?:
The short answer is to say training is unique for every individual. The place to start is to decide why you want to do a triathlon. Somebody who wants to "enjoy a new challenge" may have a different training program than somebody who wants to "lose weight".

Here are some of the considerations when thinking about how you are going to train.
- What degrees of fitness are you starting out with?
- What are your strengths? (ie. Do you already run, bike, or swim?)
- How is your physiology unique? (ie. someone who sweats more will need to drink more.)
- How much time do you have to devote to training?
- What triathlon race distance do you want to do?

I'm no expert on each individuals training needs. However I have compiled a short list of free training plans and resources that you can find online.

Trifuel.com Free Training Program
Beginner Triathlete Training Programs
Active.com Training ArticlesTriathlon Training Books
Triathlon Training Videos

Why a triathlon?
Everybody has their own reasons for doing a triathlon here are some common reasons:
- Personal Goal: Completing an Ironman distance triathlon is consider a life goal for many that have seen the inspiring stories from the Hawaii Ironman World Championship on TV.
- Challenge: Many people are just looking for a new challenge or adventure to take on. There are few events as challenging and immersive as completing in a triathlon.
- Improve Fitness/Cross Train: Cross training is a great way to stay fit and reduce the risk of injury by utilizing different muscle groups and reducing injuries caused by repetitive strain.
- Lose Weight: Countless number of people have improved their fitness and in turn lost weight due to training for a triathlon. It is a uniquely challenging sport that has the effect of dramatically changing peoples' lifestyles.

Here's another list of resources. This one is related to articles regarding why you might want to tri.

Runner's World Article "Why Not Tri?"

Equipment Resources: This is brought to you by OneTri.com.

Triathlon Equipment Videos - A large compilation of triathlon products. It is constantly being updated. This is the easiest way to shop and learn about triathlon gear ;)

Tri short Review/Comparison - This is a good resource to compare tri shorts. This link goes to the men's section but a women's section will be up soon if it isn't already up.

Real Triathlete Profiles - The nice thing about the OneTri.com video's are that they done by all types of real triathletes. Meaning they have relative beginners to pros talk about the gear; they have people who do sprint distance to people who do Ironman. It's good to get feedback on different types of products from different types of people.

Product Articles and Comparison Reviews - OneTri.com put together a page that consolidated all of their articles and comparison charts. Helpful for the person looking to make picking the right products easier.

Triathlon Wetsuits - OneTri.com has one of the largest wetsuit selections anywhere. They also have a few good articles and guides on wetsuits if you are looking to learn more about which triathlon wetsuit you should buy. In fact a lot of articles that have been shared around the internet the past few years were partially derived from the guides provided by OneTri.com.

Created July 3, 2008
Updated July 14, 2010
Updated August 4,2010
Latest Update March 20, 2011

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