How Do I Know I'm Ready?
I’m a gym rat and am in good shape. I put hundreds of miles on my bike, my swim is ok and my running is improving but is tough. I WANT to do a mini-tri and LOVE the thought of doing it but frankly am a little apprehensive. I don’t want to win I want to do it and finish. I’m just looking to see what point I should attempt one..
Marc from Florida
Thank you for contacting TriathaNewbie.com!
You sound like you are in a good place to begin training for a mini-tri! Sounds like you have your base-aerobic level to the point where you could sustain activity over a 2 hour time-frame, which is the beginning. It also sounds like you are a pretty experienced cyclist!
Things you want to look at before entering:
- Practice cycling on the road if you are only doing spin. Indoor biking is not the same as outdoor biking no matter what they say.
- Your swimming technique.
- Although you are allowed to walk during the “run”, it’s always a courtesy to prepare for the distance.
Knowing when you’re ready:
- When you can sustain strenuous activity for about 2 hrs
- When you can swim 100 yrds more than the length of the swim of your intended race and still have plenty of energy left over
- When you can complete the running distance
- When you can easily complete a brick. A brick is a full swim and full run in one practice with no rest in between or a combination of any of the 3 disciplines
It’s also good to get hang out with other triathletes at the gym. They’ll be able to give you a hand with the day-to-day stuff. You can also get a great book, The Complete Triathlon Book , that gives you basic training programs that are really helpful for the beginner.
Please let us know how it goes! If you need assistance finding a race or a training group, we can help you do the research.
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