Completing a triathlon takes strength, speed, endurance, and flexibility. Triathlon training is balanced, whole-body training. In other sports you may wind up building strength in some areas, while accruing weaknesses in others. Triathletes get body benefits from running, cycling, and swimming, and as a result are lean and fit from head to toe.


A great goal for a new triathlete is the sprint-distance event. If that's your goal, then this comprehensive program is for you. This program is designed for the individual who has a busy life with a full-time job, a family, or other responsibilities. Just follow the workouts on a daily basis to get you to the starting line, fit, confident, and ready to have a successful and fun experience.


Requirements: You should be able to swim two lengths of the pool (50 yards), bike at least thirty minutes, and run or run/walk thirty minutes. The schedule consists of two to three workouts per week in each sport, as well as one to two days of strength training and core work. The maximum volume is around 5.5 hours and some of the easier weeks are around three hours.


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With that in mind, completing this easy-to-follow training plan to your first sprint triathlon requires three simple things: passion, commitment, and consistency. Be healthy, train smart, and have fun!


Week 6, Day 5


Sprint: 500 (Form: Swim Golf)
Duration (P): 0:20:00
Distance (P): 500 yards

Workout Description: Swim several long, easy sets to warm­up. Focus on form. Then swim 4 x 50 at your T­pace with 1 minute rest intervals.

Record your time for each 50 and count your strokes (both hands) for each 50. Add your time (seconds) for each 50 to the total number of strokes for each 50 for your score. For example, a 50 in 45 sec with 19 strokes each length would be 83 (45 + 19 +19 = 83). The lower your score the better. Record your scores in your log. Cool down with several long, easy sets working on form.