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10/12/09 9:51 A

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For me personally, I technically trained for about a year for my first, but that was only b/c I didn't know how to swim correctly, so I took several sessions of swim lessons at our local YMCA.

I could already do the run distance, so that wasn't an issue for me. The bike took a little work, but my main concern was for the swim.

Like the others said, depending on how well you can already do the 3 events individually, 6 months might be plenty of time.

Good luck!

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10/9/09 1:00 P

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I have been using this neat Couch to Sprint Triathlon program that I found at

Here is the link below (hope it works).

It recommends roughly eight months of preparation but I think you can accelerate it if you find the pace too slow. Let me know if you ever wanna talk Tri! I have been living a very sedentary lifestyle but I am three weeks into my training and feeling great!

Edited by: PRETTYPITHY at: 10/9/2009 (13:02)

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10/9/09 12:28 P

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Welcome to the forum.

6 months *could* be long enough but a lot of that depends on where you are with respect to swimming and biking (if you are ready to run a 5k then you are all set for the run leg of any sprint-distance or shorter triathlon).

The winter months are a great time to really work on getting your swimming up to speed (pardon the pun). Start off by simply getting comfortable in the water and getting to a point where you can swim 500m non-stop. Remember, though that unlike running and cycling, swimming is all about technique so you won't really get any faster as you build endurance. For that, you need to do drills and, ideally, have a coach watch your technique and provide feedback.

As for cycling, there are many ways to get in some good base training over the winter. If you have an indoor trainer you can set your bike up on, you're all set. If not, you can always resort to spin bikes or stationary bikes (either at home or in a gym). They will let you get some saddle time although they won't be quite as good as riding your own bike (you won't be able to replicate the same position that you have on your bike).

So the short answer (too late!) is: Yes. You can train yourself in 6 months to be ready for a Try-A-Tri or even a Sprint Tri.

Here's a free 27-week training program for a Sprint level triathlon:

There are many others available on the net if this one doesn't look good to you.

Happy training.

Edited by: CROPTOP at: 10/9/2009 (14:16)
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10/9/09 12:14 P

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Hello Group!

Newbie here with my first question. I'm coming from a fairly sedentary life and slowly moving into a more active one, as safely as possible. So, I've been working out atleast 3x's a week for the last 2-3 weeks.

I already have a 5k run that I am training for that is in December.

How much time would you leave for training between now and my first tri? Is 6 months enough considering most of those months will be over the winter?

Any idea's on making up a good training plan?

I'll be starting with a beginners level tri.

Thanks in advance for any of your suggestions.

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