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.
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.
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.