New triathletes sometimes just need to know how to get started. I’m not talking about tips on how to train or how to make transitions simpler; newbies need to learn to prioritize. I went riding with a runner once, and he showed up in a cool new bike jersey but his old running shorts. No one had told him that he should spend his money on the “contact points” (shorts, saddle, shoes, pedals) and not on a flashy jersey like he saw riders wearing on TV.
You know how old couples who are celebrating their golden anniversary are always asked the secrets of a long-lasting relationship? Well, I have had a 35-year love affair with triathlons, so I thought I would take this opportunity to pass on some of the wisdom I have learned over the years in this sport relationship.
When writing a training schedule, there are lots of things to consider, namely which races are most important to you, how much time you have to train each week (be realistic, now!), and subgoals like improving your swim or setting a personal record for cycling a 10-mile time trial.