Completing a triathlon is a huge accomplishment, but comes with it’s own risks.

When it comes to life goals, I am a huge proponent of setting goals for every different aspect of your life, from your professional life, to your fitness. For those of you who don’t know, a triathlon is a multiple stage athletic competition focused on endurance, that includes running, biking, and swimming in succession. You may ask yourself why anyone would put themselves through something like this, and although there are many answers to this question, the most obvious is that it is a very powerful way to set a life goal, and then meet it, since a triathlon involves lots of planning, training, and most of all, mental fortitude. So now that you know what a triathlon is, how do you train for one? These tips and tricks will hopefully help any beginner reach their triathlon fitness goals.

Start small. They say you can’t run before you walk, so imagine trying to run, bike, and swim before you know how to take your first step. Triathlons are about endurance, so its best to try swimming, biking, and running smaller distances, and then build your endurance incrementally.

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Make sure your bike is comfortable. It doesn’t really matter what kind you use, as long as the bike is comfortable for long distances and of course, is in good working order.

Do not skimp on running shoes. This is a general rule for life, actually. The better your running shoes are, the better care you are taking of your feet. You should always take care of your feet.

Plan your resting times. Triathlons are less about who wins, and more about who finishes. Make sure that you are taking time to rest when you need it during the event.

Mind the transitions. Triathlons are timed from start to finish so makes sure you practice going from running, to swimming, to biking since the time in-between counts towards your total time.

Pace yourself. If you complete the first half of the race by pacing yourself it will guarantee you have energy to complete the second.

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