Training – The best place to start is simply by trying to swim once a week, bike once a week and run once a week. Assess which is your strongest and weakest discipline then number them 1 – 3 (Weakest to Strongest). If you can add one more session a week add it to your weakest discipline and so on until you get to two of each per week, this will see you training 6 days a week with one rest day. Recovery is of EQUAL importance to training; if you aren’t healthy come Race Day you won’t be racing.
If your technique is perfect you will be efficient in using energy and should remain injury free – a GREAT COMBINATION. Do underestimate the importance of swim, bike and run technique and make best use of the Club Coaches to help improve.
Your training should also be 80% aerobic (able to talk) and 20% hard over the course of the week. If you train hard all the time you will self-destruct. This also means taking an easier week every month, where you take 2 or 3 rest days and stay away from the intensity and long hours for a week to give your body a chance to recover and adapt to the training stimulus.
Depending on your background you will have a different physical ability and also technical ability in each discipline. It is important to remember that everybody in triathlon has to start somewhere.
It is a great idea to plan out your training and have a rough idea as to where you are heading; the best way to do this is to work backwards from your most important race of the year and try to build towards it. The club offers periodisation lectures to help with season planning – keep an eye on the website.