“Do you have any organized training happening before the training begins in May?

Any recommendations on how to get a jump start?”

This is a  common question we hear from interested athletes as they contemplate joining our training group.
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Intervals are a great way to train in the pool.  All this means is that you’re varying your speed/effort on laps.  A good way to visualize this is to break the intervals down as EASY/MODERATE/HARD — 2 lengths (50 yards) easy/2 lengths moderate/2 lengths hard and repeat as often as you’d like just to mix up your pace.

Check to see if you’re local pool offeres Masters Swim sessions. This is another good way to introduce intervals and drills into your swim workout.

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Swim Gear Tips:
If you are interested in acquiring a wetsuit, we would recommend going with the long sleeve/long leg model.

We strongly recommend trying the wetsuit on before purchasing to make sure fit is right. It’s a fine balance: fit should be tight, but not overly constrictive in terms of range of motion in shoulder as to negatively impact your swim stoke.  Another common complaint is too much restriction around chest and neck.  Tight is good, but too tight is not!  Trying the wetsuit on is the only way to make sure it’s a good fit.

You may want to consider renting initially to make sure a wetsuit is for you.  Some of the local bike shops will do wetsuit rentals, but typically run out of options early in the season. Wetsuitrental.com is a reputable website that we have used and recommended for many years.

As we always preach, make sure to do some practice swims with the wetsuit before your race.  Although you put the wetsuit on “off the clock”, you take it off “on the clock”.  There is an art to getting the wetsuit off quickly:  begin peeling it off down to your waist as soon as you get out of the water (taking off a “wet” wetsuit is easier than taking off a “dry” wetsuit).  When you get to transition, you can roll down the rest of the way — often “stomping” off at the ankles works best. Practicing taking the wetsuit off a few times after you swim — before your race — will make all the difference in the world!

We also highly recommend the purchase of a tri suit, either one or two piece.  This investment will be well worth the expense. In short, you swim, bike and run in this “contraption” and it makes transitions and the whole race experience that much more comfortable and simple.

Living in the Northeast has many challenges in terms of biking. Most of us, your coaches included, are not hardcore enough to brave the single digit temps.  We spend December-March riding indoors on a bike trainer or in an indoor cycling (or Spinning) class.  This is a great way to keep your legs strong and stay warm at the same time. Most gyms and fitness centers have indoor cycling classes and there are even indoor cycling studios in many communities.

The winter months are a great time to get your bike tuned up and ready for outdoor riding.

Once the weather warms up, check with your local bike shop to find out about their group ride schedule.  Most bike shops organize group rides on a weekly basis.  Although you’ll get plenty of group rides once our training begins, riding in groups is always good since doing a triathlon is a “group experience”.

Make sure to talk to the folks at your bike shop so you get into a group that’s appropriate for you.  We suggest that you ask the bike shop about their philosophy on whether or not someone at the back of the pack can get “dropped” (left to their own devices to find their way back to the shop).  FYI, once our training begins, no one is intentionally left behind on our group rides — all group rides have lead and sweep riders.

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If running is something you do well and comfortably, the late winter/early spring is a great time to sign up for some 5 or 10k races. This will get your competitive juices going again, after a long winter.  It will also keep you focused on a goal long before the multisport season kicks in.

If you’re new to running, we suggest you start with walk/run intervals.  Walk 5 minutes, run 1 minute. This is just a generic suggestion. You may vary the intervals and figure out what works best for you. Over time, you may find that you may work up to running 1 mile and walking 1 minute. Again, take it slow and don’t bump up the intervals too quickly.

You can always walk the 5k run portion of the triathlon, so don’t get hung up on “running!”  We just want you to get moving and walking is a great way to start.

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