Top 10 Tips for First-time Triathletes
Posted on Jul 6, 2011 1:00:00 AM
Top 10 Tips for First-time Triathletes

Preparing for your first sprint triathlon?? You’re not alone. Sprint triathlons are a popular way to enter the world of triathlon. Here to offer you some insider tips and practical advice on crossing the finish line in style is Steve Katai, TRX Education Manager and a subject matter expert who wrote the book on training for tris. No, literally!


  1. Enjoy the journey. Don't take things too seriously and only think about the finish line. Be present and focus on the now.
  2. Listen to your body. Don't get caught up in the numbers and schedules. Be flexible and in touch with what your body is telling you.
  3. Build the pyramid. Don't jump in too fast. Progress through the training phases: prep, base, build and peak.
  4. Take a swim lesson. Learn correct form. Technique is everything in swimming, and it's where you can save tons of energy.
  5. Get fit to your bike. A little time up front will provide you with reduced risk of injury and overall efficiency.
  6. Analyze your gait. Knowing how you run and what type of shoe best fits you is a step in the right direction.
  7. Practice your transitions. It's better to take your time, get what you need and be safe than rush through the "4th discipline" of tri.
  8. Maintain a healthy diet. Experiment with different food strategies during your training and stay on top of hydration.
  9. Incorporate strength training. Start gradually, maintain control of the load and work in a full range of motion.
  10. Keep your mind right. Focus on what's in your control and don't worry about what's not.

Steve Katai (above) was introduced to the world of triathlon when he won the Degree "Everyman Ironman" contest in 2003, Five months later, he successfully finished the 2003 Ironman Florida race in less than 13 hours. Now a four-time Ironman triathlete and co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Triathlon Training, Steve continues to share his passion for training in his current position as TRX Education Manager.

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