Tips for Beginning Triathletes

Dr. Nimish Kadakia is a physician at Irvine Orthopaedic Associates. In his spare time, he is a dedicated athlete who enjoys running, swimming, and cycling. One of Dr. Kadakia’s most challenging and rewarding hobbies is participating in triathlons. Although not for the unprepared or faint of heart, finishing a triathlon can be an unforgettable and exhilarating experience. As with most great challenges, the first step to competing in a triathlon is to train and practice. Here, Dr. Nimish Kadakia offers a few tips for those who are just starting out with their triathlon training.

1. Set a goal. There are many different triathlon lengths, with total distances that vary from around 8 miles to well over 100 (though the longest distances are not recommended for beginners). By knowing which length you will be training for, you can set a clearly defined fitness and endurance goal, which makes training easier and more rewarding.

2. Take it slow and steady. Training for a triathlon requires more than just strength for swimming, cycling, and running. Your body also needs to be toughened up in anticipation of the extreme physical stress your triathlon will place on it. By building strength gradually through workouts of increasing difficulty, you can ensure that your joints and tendons are ready.

3. Stick with it. A triathlon is not easy to train for, and requires a long-term plan to complete. There will be times your body will seem to plateau, but even then, staying with your training program is vital to your eventual success when the big day rolls around. The rush of finally completing a triathlon is more than worth the trouble.

By remembering these simple principles and adhering to them, anybody can successfully prepare for the incredible physical challenge of a triathlon.

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