“It’s All About the Journey...” Training Tips from Chicago Endurance Sports
Time to Try a Tri
Evaluate your goals and resources to put yourself on track towards triathlon success!
Competing in a triathlon is possible for anyone that is motivated and willing to make the commitment to training properly and safely. But let’s face it - triathlons can seem a bit overwhelming and intimi- dating, especially if you’re new to the sport and are trying to do it all by yourself!
Here are a few things to think about when starting your journey towards your triathlon goals:
MOTIVATION: Why do you want to try a triathlon? Think about it – when you’re having a tough time getting out the door for your workouts, you’ll want to have a good answer to that question! Just don’t forget that this is supposed to be FUN!
TIME: We all have commitments in our life. You will need to learn how to balance these with all the disciplines of the triathlon.
• Know your strongest and weakest events and spend your training time wisely, focusing on your weakest events. It’s too easy to avoid your weak nesses and simply go with what’s comfortable.
• Train like a triathlete – if you are a runner who maintains your current mileage and then add biking and swimming on top of that, you create too much stress and invite injury or risk your body breaking down.
• Choosing your race should be based on your experience, confi dence and time available for training.
Sprint Distance: .75K swim / 25K bike / 5K run
Olympic/International: 1.5K swim / 40K bike / 10K run
1/2 Ironman: 1.2 mile swim / 56mile bike / 13.1 mile run
Ironman: 2.4 mile swim / 112 mile bike / 26.2 mile run
• Be realistic about the time you have to train. It’s ALWAYS better to underestimate your available
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training time so that you don’t set yourself up for disappointment.
GEAR: What do I need to get started? Contrary to popular belief, a first time triathlete can partici- pate and have a blast with swim trunks, a bike and helmet, running shoes and simple technical running shorts and a shirt! The goal is to have FUN. Once you know you’re hooked, then you can start shopping for the top end stuff!
KNOWLEDGE: Be a student of the sport! There are countless books, websites and other re- sources available to help you learn more about being a multisport athlete. But
the best thing
you can do is to find some local experts in your area - these professionals will help you 100 times more than a $5,000 bike EVER will!
• Triathlon Training Programs & Coaches • Swim Technique and Master Swim classes • Bike Shops • Running and track groups • Sports Nutrition Experts
• Personal Trainers (with a knowledge of sport specifi c training)
Have a tough time answering any of the questions above? Don’t worry – you’re not alone! That’s why we started our Group Triathlon Training pro- grams over 10 years ago. Having a coach to help answer these questions, and the new ones that come up during training can make your triathlon experience more successful and FUN! Having a group to train with also keeps you motivated and accountable to stick with it!
Triathlon is a lifestyle – and one that I wish I could share with everyone!
I encourage you to “Try a Tri” – and have FUN doing it! Just
remember to invest in the engine first (YOU) and go from there!
Chicago Triathlon Training Team This is a great way to prepare for the race, regardless of your experience level. Is this your first triathlon? Our coaches will guide you every step of the way. Looking for a PR? Let us challenge you and take you to the next level! Get motivated, meet some great people, have fun and get in shape all at the same time!
Kick-Off: Tuesday, June 5th 9am at Fleet Feet Sports – Piper’s Alley
Program Highlights: • Professional and experienced coaches
• Personalized, daily training schedule
• Coached group training on Thursdays and Saturdays
• Custom technical training shirt
• Exclusive access to the CES Team Tent on race day!
Upcoming Chicago Endurance Sports Training Programs: • Swim Technique Class first class April 5th
• Spring Cycling Base Building Rides First ride on April 10th
• No Boundaries/Learn to Run kicks off May 3rd
For more information or to register visit us at: www.ChicagoEnduranceSports.com
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