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Triathlon Training Tips

by: Stefan Simonovic

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Sport and physical activity are the two extremely important aspects of life, especially if you want to stay healthy and in good shape. Kids, young and middle-aged people, disabled singles, and even old married couples should engage in some sort of physical activity. Of course, within boundaries of their abilities. Today, we're going to introduce you to one of the physically most demanding sports out there - triathlon. Besides being rather difficult, this sport is also perfect for shaping your body and building up your overall strength and endurance. Therefore, without further ado, here are some of the best triathlon training tips you have to check out.

Use Proper Equipment

Bear in mind that in order to finish the triathlon race, you need to go through the swimming, cycling, and running race. It means you'll have to change into something dry once you get out of the water. This can be rather complicated, since changing your clothes when you're wet is anything but easy, especially when you have to be quick about it. So, instead of buying three separate outfits (swimming, cycling, and running suits), you should definitely buy a 3 in 1 tri suit. This way, you'll be able to transition from one stage to another without losing your precious time.

Test The Water

This is more than just a phrase. Participating in triathlons means that you'll have to swim in seas and oceans. Trust us, these bodies of water can be very unpredictable. So, in order to prevent potential injuries and unpleasant situations, you should always test the temperature and current. This is the best way to minimize the risk.

Master The Transition From Biking To Running

It may not sound like a big deal, but trust us, going from intense cycling to running is a rather complicated and tricky transition. First of all, when you're biking, you're in a seated position. Moving from that form to a completely upright position is very hard, especially since you have to start running the moment you finish your cycling race. Remember, you're going form a non-weight-bearing to a weight-bearing position, so your legs will feel rather heavy. In order to be able to overcome this transition, you have to practice running immediately after you get off your bike. You don't have to run very far, but it's important to practice running right after you finish the cycling part.

Stay Calm In The Water

As you probably already know, the start of a triathlon can be rather chaotic. Hundreds of contestants jump into the water and start swimming as fast as they can towards the shore. Finding yourself in the middle of this race can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you start to panic. The most important thing is to stay completely calm and composed. Focus on your technique and feel free to distance yourself from the main group. You'll be able to perform better once you separate yourself.

Drink Enough Water

One of the most important things you have to do is stay hydrated during the race. Some contestants think that they don't have to drink water just because they were just in the ocean, but that's a huge mistake. If you want to cross the finish line, you have to stay hydrated during the entire race. Water will prevent cramps and it will help you recover.

About the author:
Stefan is a writer and a blogger in his spare time. He also works for First Beat Media, a company that mainly focuses on the online dating niche and similar services.

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