Dan Empfield, founder of Quintana Roo and publisher of triathlon Web site Slowtwitch.com, has put together a 21-week training guide to help first-time triathletes get ready for an Olympic-distance race. More than a list of workouts, this narrative guide also offers insights into the psyche behind the sport.
Week 1: Take it slow; you'll be hooked soon enough
Week 2: Get ready to swim
Week 3: Add swims to your runs
Week 4: Get set for cycling
Week 5: Time and energy management
Week 6: Balancing your workouts
Week 7: Adding longer sessions
Week 8: Make your goal concrete
Week 9: Toss some exploration into your training
Week 10: Be good to your heart
Week 11: More than halfway there!
Week 12: Relationship dynamics and new triathletes
Week 13: Focus on nutrition
Week 14: Introducing the "brick"
Week 15: Things to know about wetsuits
Week 16: Build on your runs
Week 17: Get in the swim of things
Week 18: Go big on the bike
Week 19: 'hitting the taper' right
Week 20: One (or two) weeks left to race day!
Week 21: You've done the work, now go race! (and have fun)
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