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Triathlon Event  I just found your site because I am beginning to get a little nervous about       my first sprint triathlon. It’s in 6 weeks and I just began training pretty much from scratch. I am not a completely unhealthy person but my son being born 7 months ago made it a lot harder to get up and do things. The one that I am doing (Druid Hill Park Triathlon in Baltimore Maryland) has only a 300 yard swim 8 mile bike and a 5k but I am afraid I won’t be ready in 6 weeks.

I have a job that I don’t have to work during the summer months so I have all the time I need to put in to this. I have full support from my wife who believes that I can do this. However, I also know that she supports me in everything that I do so if I fail she will be just as upbeat as if I had succeeded.

I am see that on this website you say that it takes 6-9 months and there are a lot of others that say it takes longer. I think I just need to be told either 1. This isn’t going to be possible try to find one in September 2013 or 2. Stick with it and try your best. Can I be even ready to do this at all?

Background on me:

  • On the swim team in high school but have been out of high school for 14 years.
  • Always been someone that loves to bike since I would deliver newspapers as a child.
  • Don’t really love to run as I have always liked sprinting over long distance running (this is the scariest part of the event for me).

OH 2 more questions:

Is it ever alright to walk during the event?

More unlikely probably, is it ever alright to get off your bike during a the ride?

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Triathlon Event  Hi Lynn,

Thank you for contacting TriathaNewbie.com!

First off, welcome to the world of triathlons and give a big hug to your wife for being so supportive! It’s great to have a fan that’s 100% behind you no matter what!

Now, on to the questions you have…

In general, it takes 6-9 months to train for your first triathlon, especially if you are not an athlete. Our definition of athlete is someone who is currently active and working out roughly 3x’s/week for at least an hour doing some type of cardio activity.

In general, it takes 6-9 months to train for your first triathlon, especially if you are not an athlete. Our definition of athlete is someone who is currently active and working out roughly 3x’s/week for at least an hour doing some type of cardio activity.

As with anything in life, if you have a miserable experience doing something for the first time, you’ll probably never do it again; same goes for triathlons. BUT if you give yourself adequate time to train, your body and mind will be ready for the race and you can feel excitement that comes with standing at the starting line.

Here’s our advice:

  • Do not attempt the triathlon in 6 weeks.  You will either not be ready for the race, or you will be tempted to overtrain and potentially hurt yourself.
  • Grab a triathlon training guide and start training.
  • If, after four weeks, you feel like you are doing well, consider signing up for the September triathlon. Be honest with yourself, and don’t try to compensate by doing too much too soon.
  • You note that specifically, you have been a swimmer before.  That is great, as it can often be the most challenging for new triathletes.  If you find that your swimming comes right back to you and you are an old pro at the pool, you might be able to train in a little less than 6 months, assuming you are in good shape today.

You have one thing going for you that most people don’t; you already know how to swim and are comfortable in the water. That will be a great asset in your training.

Per your walking questions: Yes, it is ok to walk during the run and bike, but it’s more respectful to the sport if you train to run/jog and bike during those legs. If you need to walk, you will not get disqualified.

Be well.

~Jack

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