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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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.
Originally Posted by Az B
I have nothing against triathletes. Some of them are much nicer than the racer boy wannabes.
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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.