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    Advice on summer training for a tri rookie

    Hey everyone.....

    I've been on the xc/track teams since early middle school and just started swimming a few years ago....but I'm kinda getting burned out on the running and have been plagued by persistent stomach cramps and stress fractures in my shins, so I'm thinking I need a lifestyle change

    Cycling has always fascinated me and it's always been something I wanted to get into, but now I think I'm actually going to take the plunge (got a Trek 1000 for the b-day)

    I have no clue what I'm doing, however, so naturally I came across this amazing website and am hoping to get some advice from all of you

    I'd really like to get into triathlons (I already do 2 of the sports after all) and have been eying some sprint ones in late august....but I really have no idea how to train for that kind of thing

    I'll already be swimming around 1500-2000 yards and running 4-7 miles once a day almost every day this summer for pre-season stuff, but what kind of cycling should I be doing during that time period?? I'm pretty clueless, to say the least

    (warning: mediocrity ahead) My 5k PR is 17:55 and I can swim the 500 in 5:40/100 in :55 (yards), so I feel like if I just get on my bike this summer I can do reasonably well in the fall

    Thanks for any advice/looking forward to a bright future on this site

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    You'll be fine for a sprint distance. Just get in some cycling on the weekends and you should be set. No joke. Most sprint distance triathlons are about 500-750m swims, 8-14 mile bike, and 3 mile (5k) runs. You have the running and swimming covered it seems and it's really not hard to work up to 10-15 miles on the bike.

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    but just completing the sprint is not really what I'm after, I'd like to be competitive

    should I maybe step up to half-olympic or even olympic-length stuff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dodachacha
    should I maybe step up to half-olympic or even olympic-length stuff?
    Go for it. Just start riding your bike. Get the triathletes training bible, read it, then do it.

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    ok, so my 17 year-old self won't die in a half/olympic tri?

    and now that you have mentioned it, I was reading all the triathlon books in borders the other day and couldn't decide on what I should buy

    I found that triathlete's training bible you speak of, but was more impressed with the massive book of workout plans that triathlete magazine puts out....opinions?

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    Well, from the looks of it, your 5k and 500 yard swim already look competitive.

    Here's a result sheet for a sprint distance triathlon i did afew weeks ago:

    http://kleinclarksports.com/deserttr...rtrisprint.htm

    500m swim, 14 mile bike, 5k run. Compare your 5k/500yard times to the top male finisher.

    Becoming fast on the bike shouldn't be a problem for you either. Then just start linking them together with brick training and you should be plenty competitive.

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    Check out trainingpeaks.com. Matt Fitzgerald's training plans are there (the ones from the Tri mag book) with good descriptions and such. I'm working through the sprint level 5 and it's been a good guide so far.

    And with those times for the run and the swim, being competetive in a sprint isn't unreasonable, just get some time in on the bike.
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    so what durations of riding should I be doing/how often? just rough estimates here

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    A spread. Some long distance stuff to get your body used to being on the bike for hours and to get a healthy overdistance. And some race-distance stuff at higher intensity. And then short max-out, interval kinda stuff too.

    Remember: time on a turbo trainer indoors isn't the same as time on the road. Hit the tarmac. If you're really new to longish rides, it's nice to break the distance milestone with a low-stress leisure trundle to an actual destination.

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    For some additional information, and some examples of training plans you can try:
    www.trinewbies.com
    www.beginnertriathlete.com
    www.team-magic.com - and look for training plans by Stephen Taylor (in the left column)

    Have fun.
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    thanks for all the great advice :-)

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