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Training Methods

Training for an event as diverse and challenging as a triathlon can be a daunting task, especially for a beginner. There are many different ways that someone can increase their endurance, but to prepare for the triumvirate of swimming, running and cycling should be considered more conscientiously. It is important to keep in mind that what might be effective for one athlete may not be right for another. Some folks like to train in solitude, while others, especially newer athletes, would benefit from more one-on-one instructing and feedback. Coaching expenses can varying significantly as well. Let’s take a look at a few different training options and strategies.

Clubs

 

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Training for your triathlon requires organization.

Many communities have triathlon clubs. A good feature of these clubs is a wide variety of intensity. Sometimes local clubs are just likeminded athletes looking for some new people to train with. They can operate in more social function than anything. There are also clubs that are far more serious and performance oriented. Those clubs can breed a healthy competitive element that drives everyone to be better. Also, rookie racers can benefit from a steeper learning curve.

Going Online

There are a lot of internet based training programs available. The world wide web gives you plenty of options, whether you want to find an talented athlete to model your training programme after, or if you want to collaborate with a world renowned coach. This choice is great for people preparing for specific goals, such as hitting a predetermined time or qualifying for an event. An online training regimen encourages more solo work outs, which can help build mental toughness and overall character.

The problem with online coaching is the lack of immediate feedback. A coach who is there in person can fix problems with form immediately, where an internet based programme is far more delayed. The more communication between an athlete and the their coach the better, so online training can be a bit of a drag in that sense.


 

As with anything, it is important to experiment and find what works best for you. More than likely, your perfect programme will be a combination of the strategies described above.

SWISSMAN Xtreme Triathlon

Here is a great short film about an extreme triathlon that happens in Switzerland every year. Enjoy!

SWISSMAN Xtreme Triathlon 2013 from Marc Håkan Paulsen on Vimeo.

History of Triathlons

Triathlons are among the most popular events for people looking to stay healthy and test their fitness. But where did triathlons start? Let’s take a look at the history of modern triathlons. But first, lets briefly look at the triathlon’s big brother, the marathon.

The history of marathons is a little more well known. According to legend, Pheidippides, a Greek messenger, fled the battle of Marathon to bring word to Athens that the Persians had been defeated. In the legend, Pheidippides, who had been fighting in the battle, ran straight to the capital without stopping, burst into the assembly, declared victory and then promptly died. As with most stories that toe the line between legend and history, the accuracy of the story is murky, as some writers give the messenger a different name, but the legacy lives. The distance between Marathon and Athens is, depending on the path one might take, 42.195 kilometres.

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Triathlons originated in France in the 1920s (photo: Getty Images)

The origins of the triathlon are far less sexy and ancient. Most accounts credit it’s origin to 1920s France. Triathlon historians and archivists hold that that the first triathlon was an event interchangeably called “Les trois sports” or “La course des Touche √† Tout”. This event is held annually in Joinville-le-Pont, in north-central France. This event is the first documented combination of running, swimming and cycling. However, it is not the first 3-staged athletic competition.

In 1902, a French newspaper reported on a 3-stage race that featured running, cycling and canoeing. But, by all accounts, by 1920, organizers and participants made the choice to forgo the boat and get into the water bodily.

It wasn’t until the 1974 that the name “triathlon” was used to describe a ran, swam, and cycled race. In Mission Bay, San Diego, California, the San Diego Track Club organized what would be the first triathlon in America.

Modern triathlons are very popular and varied. There are several governing bodies organizing triathlons at various lengths. In 2000, triathlons became an Olympic event when the games where held in Sydney, Australia. The latest development in the world of triathlons is it’s coming inclusion in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Paratriathlons will be held in six different categories, according to the nature of physical impairment.

Though triathlons aren’t nearly as old as some other races or sports, they are growing in popularity every year.

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