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u/Ceceilo · 2 pointsr/triathlon

Others have already mentioned Friel's "Triathlete's Training Bible", which I highly recommend. Would also recommend checking out Matt Fitzgerald's Essential Week-by-week training book - a good friend of mine used it exclusively and ran a 5:08 HIM.

I, too, am stuck on an indoor trainer and I also no longer have the option of spin classes. So I use the Sufferfest and Spinervals to get me through. They're fun and keep you working. Spinervals usually has a defined goal, and the Sufferfest has gotten a lot better in terms of structure over the past while.

Others have suggested watching TV or Netflix, etc.,. while on the trainer but I disagree. Every workout should have a purpose and sitting in front of a TV mindlessly spinning your legs only serves to make you a slow rider IMHO. And on this note, I strongly believe that you should take your cadence up to around 95 rpm or higher on the trainer, and always practice good form on the trainer as it really gives you a jump on the road. An Ironman might be a long grind, but it definitely shouldn't be seen as a casual ride.

I currently XC ski on the days that are nice to get off the trainer or treadmill, if that is an option for you I'd say go for it!

Running, well you are trying to get your body used to running after a swim and bike so incorporate some brick workouts. I will fully admit my ignorance on running, and I just follow my training plan. It worked last time, though this year I plan on incorporating more speed workouts than last year. I will also include more trail runs, rather than all road runs as I finished the season running XC 10kms and each one beat the hell out of my legs - I see great cross training benefit and potential mental refreshers. Again, though, I am a 3:45 marathoner on the best days, so I don't expect to carry a lot of sway in this area...

Swim lots, with various tempos including 400-600m interval speed sets. /r/swimming has had some ironman training questions in it recently, and it is a great resource for that end of things.

I think an underused resource is the training peaks plans as a lot of them are available in book form or other places -so you don't need a TP account to get them. And it lets you preview the training plan and get an idea of what is out there.

Other great resources include Joe Friel's Blog, USAT, and even the Ironman site.

If you're a podcast listener, try searching for triathlon podcasts - there are a bunch out there. Lastly, I like to thumb through issues of Lava Magazine and Runner's World to get some neat training ideas to spice things up.

The most important things are to stick with a training plan once you've made one - it can be hard to keep faith in it sometimes and we all experience lows and highs in the training periods. And, stay consistent!

Good luck, hope you make it to the finish line ;)

EDIT: formatting

u/triathlonjacket · 1 pointr/triathlon

There is a lot in the way of resources for new triathletes these days. For your first tri, grab a free training plan online that matches where you are now. Read Beginner Triathlete in your free time; it's a fantastic resource, and I still refer back to its articles all the time. Train your butt off. You don't need to buy a sweet road bike up front, though you sound like you're pretty sure that you want to get into this stuff.

Feel free to skimp on some of the gear for your first race. No one wants to find out that they dislike triathlon after dumping $3k on tri gear. You can race on an old bike with platform pedals. Unless it's really cold, you don't need a wetsuit. The first race is where you truly find out if this is the sport for you. EDIT: Someone mentioned a bike fit. If you're riding an old bike, Competitive Cyclist's Bike Fit Calculator will get you pretty darn close--good enough to get through your first race. Use the road calculator mode if you don't have aerobars off the bat.

After you finish your first race, sit down and think about what you liked, what you did well with, what needs improvement. Get Joe Friel's Triathlete's Training Bible, read it cover to cover. Read it again. Figure out your long-term training plan for the rest of that season. If you start your base training in the winter/early spring and pick an early first race, you can get a full season of sprints and/or Olympics in.

Look for a triathlon club in your area or find a coach or drag a friend into the insanity of triathlon; the camaraderie is priceless in keeping your spirits up during long seasons packed full of hard training and races.

As far as spending money on triathlon "stuff" goes: Remember during your first couple seasons that gadgets and gizmos and aero gear are great, but what really makes the difference is eating well and training hard.

After that, the gear that makes your races more comfortable is the best place to spend your money (tri shorts if you don't them, cycling kit and proper running shorts for training). Then, points of contact with the bike and pool "toys" will improve your efficiency and form (new bike w/ fit if req'd, clipless pedals, shoes, aerobars, pull buoy, kickboard, fins, paddles... a bike computer probably fits in here, as well). Beyond that, you're at a wetsuit and then the "extras" like aero helmet, race wheels, power meters, GPS, HRM, tri bike, speedsuits, etc., etc. That's the approximate map for spending in my book, anyhow. There's practically no limit to the amount of stuff you can buy for triathlon, and as you train more, you'll know what needs to come next.

u/acforbes · 9 pointsr/triathlon

A little bit of background first .. I grew up on a bike, caved into peer pressure to join high school cross country, and never did any sort of lap swimming until a college intermediate swim class (even though my dad was a near Olympics alternate for backstroke in the early 60's). I've been a runner since, picked up triathlon at age 35 for three years when our first was 4mo old. Then went on hiatus for three years until our second was 18mo old with some running stints mixed in. Now I'm 44 and just finished my third straight season. I started back three years ago with focusing on a half Ironman in August of 2016.

Training Plan - A 20 week training plan is just right, and you will do fine to just finish. I recommend the Matt Fitzgerald Essential Week-By-Week Training Guide as it has a ton of training plans for beginners to near pros for each of the four triathlon distances. I have exclusively used this for training since my second year in 2011. He has a new book out called 80/20 Traithlon that I picked up and may use for the 2019 season. His reason for 80/20 is that you spend at least 80% of your time training at easy to aerobic capacity and no more than 20% of your time at higher intensity. This helps reduce injury risk. I also follow the 10% rule of not increasing consecutive weeks in time/distance by more than 10% (with the exception of a one-off week every 4+ weeks depending on training peaks/valleys).

Triathlon Club - Find and get into a local triathlon club. You will gain a world of experience being around those people. I joined the Ann Arbor Triathlon Club in 2014 just to do open water swimming during the summer, and I wasn't even racing in triathlons for another two years! Now I'm the mentor program leader.

Time - I am a family guy as well with a full time job and wife who also works. We have maintained alternate schedules since 2010 so that we do not have the need for third party daycare. School has been a relief that the kids are in 3rd grade and preschool, and their grandparents pick up the preschooler for a few hours a couple times a week so that we can maintain a somewhat healthy schedule. What I've done for training is include the kids! I think I pushed the youngest in the baby jogger over 100 miles each the 2016 and 2017 seasons. I'll sometimes do that while the older child rides her bike on a paved trail. Get a smart trainer! I have a Tacx Vortex Smart trainer I picked up in February of 2016, and it has made a world of difference! It allows me to ride any time (usually after "bedtime"), be safe off the roads (important as a dad!), and do specific interval training.

Training Volume - You should first build up your base for at least three months prior to your 20 week ramp-up schedule. Most of these schedules expect you to be able to jump right in. Otherwise, you'll risk injury and/or disappointment. Getting up to 6-8hrs per week before this ramp-up is good. You can achieve that with 2/discipline workouts per week (6 total). The max you'll reach with a "just finish" schedule is in the 10-12hr/wk range, and that is pretty tough. I think I've only crossed the 12hr mark once, and that was because of having a long workout delayed to the next day into the start of the next week. Three hours is about the max you'll do in a workout, and that would be on the bike. You'll hit around 2hr max run and 1hr max swim.

Nutrition - I swear by Hammer Nutrition products. I use their HEED electrolyte drink several times a week for workouts and Perpetuem for workouts over 2hrs. Their Endurolytes Fizz is great for on-the-go to carry with you in case you need to squeeze in a workout and don't want to pack ziplocs of HEED powder. Keep snacks handy! You will be burning 4000+ extra calories per week! Quick snacks like fruit, figs/dates, crackers with peanut butter or hummus, dry cereal, oatmeal, veggies, and more will help stave off the between meal hunger. At peak training, I think I eat five meals per day with snacking between and am on a 4000+ per day calorie need. Make sure to up your protein and water intake as well. Keep water around at all times. This article by Hammer Nutrition is good for figuring protein need.

Have Fun - You will have ups and downs along the way. Don't let a bad day or even bad week get to you. These will happen! Just remember to stay the course and focus on the goal. And, most importantly, have fun!


Happy Training!







u/sQu4rks · 1 pointr/triathlon

> Also, I've never done much swimming but with very little training I was able to swim 2000m in around 55 minutes a year ago

Get swimming and into competing. Swimming 2000m in a pool is one thing, but swimming 3800m in open water with about 300 gazillion people trying to get into the same direction while punching you with their hands and feets is something completely else. So try to go to the pool at least 3 times a week.

As for your training, you should focus on building a base in running, cycling and swimming for the first 3 or 4 months. Depending on where you live you might consider getting a bike trainer. Here is a great ressource on how to structure your base phase. In this phase throw in some short distance sprint and Olympic distance races to get your equipment and transition straight. Also, it is just pure fun to pin on a number and chase some chaps down instead of running alone. You might want to consider doing a 70.3 specific build/peak/taper period after that base to do a long distance race.

Then take a week or two off and jump into the 6-month ironman training plan. For plan recommendations, I find it best to pick up the Training Bible by Joe Friel. After reading this book you might not necessarily be able to design the perfect training plan for yourself but you'll be able to judge if the things written in a training plan are in line with your goals (or limiters).

If you want a more fine-grained answer please provide some additional information like age, current fitness (5k/10k pace, 60 - 100k Bike performance) and athletic background. Have you done triathlon races before? Also, how many hours of training do you have available a week? And what are your goals? Just want to finish? Any specific time in mind? Without it's hard to answer your question. A competitive runner transitioning into triathlon has to train differently from a college swimmer or somebody who hasn't been active in 5 years. Everybody has different weaknesses and with a year of training, you have the possibility to work on them.

Edit: Sorry for the long wall of text. Did not want to intimidate you.

u/ohhim · 1 pointr/triathlon

Got my 4:43 in Augusta with an average of 15 hours/week of training (starting off from 3:08 marathon / 5:10 70.3 shape), but 5.5 shouldn't require anywhere near that level (guessing 7-10 hours/week build before final taper).

Your plan (attached) w. the first 10 weeks of data looks OK, but run a few times after your bikes (even for 10 min). Not sure what you mean by swim 5 (as 5000m is a bit absurd to start at). Otherwise, seems like realistic distances/frequencies to start a ramp up.

The few free ones I've seen online (triathlete magazine, or just combine garmin connect olympic + garmin connect HM if you own a garmin watch), are pretty decent.

The fitzgerald/triathlon magazine book is pretty solid as well ($15 on amazon - as I've been using elements of it for my first full IM.

u/dabear04 · 1 pointr/triathlon

A good place to start would be to read "Be Iron Fit" by Don Fink. You don't necessarily need to follow his plan but it is a lot of good information about how to structure basically everything leading up to the race. I've been following the competitive training plan for my first full coming up in October and have had some good success with it so far. I've talked to a few people who have also used it and all said that the training laid out got them through the race feeling well prepared. If you're looking to be at the front of the pack then you need a specific plan structured to your abilities but if you're goal is just to finish then I think this is a great place to start. Link below.

u/jdm001 · 5 pointsr/triathlon

8% is not too low. Given how far out you are right now, you are 100% correct in focusing on fueling for performance. With the volume you're going to be training, you may still lose more weight (maybe not to the 8% goal, but 10% wouldn't be unreasonable to see happen).

> but now that I am approaching "race weight" I'm finding I lack energy and am starting to get sick easily.

This is worrisome and obviously indicative of some problem. While it may be due to consuming too few Calories in general (perhaps you have significantly increased your activity level throughout the day?), it could also be due to failure to consume enough of some nutrient. If you log your meals, go back through and see if you're getting enough of everything. If you don't, you could try tracking for a while and see if you can figure out where you're lacking. Of course the best course of action is to take health concerns to your physician, who may very well send you to a nutritionist to help come up with a plan.

I'd also recommend giving this book a read. It's a very good source for understanding weight management in the realm of endurance athletics and does a pretty good job of giving detail without being inaccessible to people without science backgrounds.

u/PMurSSN · 5 pointsr/triathlon

Congrats! And sorry about the DNF.

My opinion (for whatever its worth i guess), if your right on the edge of cut off times then you have to look at 3 things: age, weight, time spent training.

Unfortunately not much we can do about age, at a certain point no one is finishing a half ironman. I assume that you are not at that age yet.

Weight is probably the hardest thing to adjust. You can't out run a bad diet. So knowing nothing about your weight, are you satisfied with your weight or do you think that there is room for improvement?

Time spent training is the easy stuff! Woooo! More specifically, effective training and an effective training plan is probably your biggest gap. I (and others) suggest a book called The Triathlete's Training Bible by Joel Friel. This gets into how to spend your time to be more effectively training with self guided training plans etc etc. If you give more information about what you did to train for this specific event then maybe we could have more in-depth conversation about what you should be doing.

u/grngolet · 2 pointsr/triathlon

I'm just over half way through one of Matt Fitzgerald's plans to get me ready for Austin in October. It's going great so far. Weekly load is anywhere from 6-11 hours, 8-9 workouts per week. It takes you through base phases of long, low intensity workouts, as well as build phases of some intense intervals. The plan I'm on was published in the Feb (I think) issue of Triathlete magazine, but he also has a very comprehensive book I'll be using one of the more intensive plans from this next year to improve my time.

As for using a trainer, I'm a big fan for two reasons: 1) If you're doing intervals, you can be sure to hit them when you need to, and make every minute of your workout count. 2) I live in a city, so it takes me 20 minutes just to get to some reasonable cycling roads. If I only have a one hour ride, I'd much prefer to do a more focused indoor workout.

u/chuffaluffigus · 3 pointsr/triathlon

Never made gels, but every monday I make various rice cakes and other portables and eat them throughout the week. I used the book The Feed Zone Portables to get started and branched out to my own tastes from there. I can't do gels. I find them extremely off putting. Liquids like Perpetuem supplemented with something more real is much better for me.

Even if you never make any of the recipes the book has some really great information on nutrition for endurance sports. Basically the first half of the book is about the hows and whys of fueling and nutrition strategies. It's worth a read for sure.

u/osheizer · 2 pointsr/triathlon

From what Ive noticed, running doesnt really carry over into biking... however, what I did notice is that when I crossed over from strictly running into tri and the cross-training involved, my running improved a ton. Check out It has a 6 week plan in it for olympics. I didnt do it but I am currently on the 26 week IM plan and I think its working pretty good. It has a plan for just about any situation your in.

edit: and good luck!

u/SwervingNShit · 1 pointr/triathlon

I'd suggest springing for the HRM-TRI, regular HRMs are ~$40 on Amazon, HRM-TRI is ~$120, $80 difference and you get running dynamics and heart rate in the water.

As for the colors, man, it even seems inappropriate in casual attire, but I'll be ordering this Flat black strap on Amazon to try to subdue the watch, I'll try to upload/dm you pictures if/when I get it to give you a better idea of what it might look like.

I got mine yesterday, turns out it was $120 off, but if you don't want to drop $450, try the used ones on Amazon, then send it to garmin to have it refurbished for $110. The cheapest this moment Link is $280 with shipping, and it looks proper, but even if you get it refurbished, it'll still only run out to $390, saves you half as much as an HRM-TRI costs.

u/MikeM126 · 2 pointsr/triathlon

Same for me. I currently run TrainerRoad on a MacBook Air.
You need a Ant Dongle. Here’s the one I use. It works great.
Garmin USB ANT Stick for Garmin Fitness Devices

I’ve tried other cheaper options, this one works perfectly. Spend the extra couple $

Side note , if you sync with Strava too, Trainer Road will do that automatically at end of the workout. If you are also running your Garmin Watch, (I run Watch too while doing TRainerRoad so I can get an accurate calorie/HR update) Garmin Connect will post the same workout to strava. So you’ll have duplicates. I usually just delete the Watch Data from Strava (unless you want to really impress people and pretend you’re doing double the miles!!)

u/klotzyg · 2 pointsr/triathlon

Welcome to the sport! I've bought countless training books over the past few years, and the best one that I've found is:

It has multiple plans for every distance race, detailed unique workouts and a good weight lifting/conditioning plan. They also sell the book at most Barnes & Noble stores.

u/_Alibaba_ · 2 pointsr/triathlon

Can you run on the deck of the ship?

If you are already pretty fit (which I assume you are since you are in the Navy), you shouldn't have too much of an issue finishing an Oly. If you are shooting for a specific time goal you will be a bit more constrained however.

You have quite a bit of time until early summer so I would build up a strong aerobic base and maybe incorporate a bit of weights in for lower body and upper body. I would be careful with maximal weights at this point. Try to go for low weight and a lot of reps. Try to avoid putting on a ton of mass -- keep it lean.

Joe Friel writes some amazing books that you would find very interesting and helpful in structuring your plan. See the Triathlete's Training Bible.

u/Firefighter_RN · 2 pointsr/triathlon

The Joe Friel Books are great. The Triathletes Training Bible by Joe Friel is fantastic ( in addition I found a subscription to training peaks with a training plan to be great for accountability.

u/jbrez · 4 pointsr/triathlon

Here's a couple of books I'd recommend.

  1. Slow Fat Triathlete - This book is the beginner's book.

  2. Triathlete's Training Bible - This is the encyclopedia of triathlon. It can help you build a plan from an Olympic to an Ironman race.

    You might check out the Minneapolis area for a tri club. I'm certain there is a good one up there. Some clubs have New Triathlete programs that can be really good.
u/redditfan4sure · 2 pointsr/triathlon

This Garmin chest strap HR monitor: came with my 910XT and it is the best HR monitor I have had to date as far as comfort and accuracy. I recently came across the Scosche Rythym+ someone else mentioned and I would seriously consider that if I was shopping for a HR monitor today but like I said I am very happy with the Garmin I posted above and it is relatively cheap right now.

u/Notmyrea1name · 9 pointsr/triathlon

There is definitely something to say about "real food" on the bike. I have not personally tried any of these recipes, but I know people who have said good things about the Feed Zone Portables Cookbook.

Its written by Dr. Allen Lim and Biju Thomas, the same guys behind Skratch, and I love me some Skratch.

u/hypo11 · 3 pointsr/triathlon

In a pool or open water? What stroke? Did you take breaks at the lap ends? Did you push off the ends of the pool?

By the way - in terms of swim times, I am in LOVE with my lap counter. Well worth the $40 I spent to be able to break down my swim lap by lap. And no need to have a friend keep your time with it....

u/rachelmarie226 · 1 pointr/triathlon

Yeah it just went back on sale through Backcountry! This is the one I needed to get due to work guidelines. I checked discounttrisupply and they had 15% off..but it still wouldn't be below $500. Thank you for the tips though! Good old amazon, Prime, and gift cards

u/HtotheZ · 5 pointsr/triathlon

I used the one in the book Be Iron Fit by Don Fink. It's on Amazon as eBook or hard copy. He had three plans, a beginner just finish plan, intermediate and an advanced plan. What I liked about his training plans were they were time based vs distance based. So instead of run 6 miles it was run for 1hr at zone 2 pace. Or bike 5 hrs and at 4 hrs add in tempo every 15 min etc.. This helped as I was fitting my training into an already packed schedule. Knowing what I was doing and for exactly how long helped in planning my workouts.

I'll be doing my first Ironman October 9th at Louisville and I used his intermediate plan.

Edit: link to book Be Iron Fit: Time-Efficient Training Secrets For Ultimate Fitness

u/illegible · 2 pointsr/triathlon

I just got the cheapest highly recommended one on Amazon (here ) I had trouble with them at first but once i realized that it needs to dry thoroughly between uses i've been able to put up with it's idiosyncrasies. As soon as water gets into the ear portion, they're gonna sound like crap. They definitely aren't trouble free but i also don't want to swim without them! It's also MP3 only.

I'd love to hear what others have been using too.

u/brad_glasgow · 1 pointr/triathlon

I have the Syryn, which comes with a crappy pair of goggles for some reason. It's ok. A lot of the reviews say it can't hold a charge after a few months. I get the problem of one ear not sounding the same as the other. I'd like to get a new pair of buds for them but I think I'd like to try bringing the extra earpieces first and see if they fit better - I just can never remember to bring them to the pool.

But oh man laps are so much better with music!

u/cujo · 2 pointsr/triathlon

How did it go? You're looking at a similar timeframe for a 70.3 I imagine.

I went down your path a few years ago, but I don't remember the details of how I fueled. I've since gone back to a more traditional diet. I do have this book though...

I'm happy to give it to you since I don't need it anymore. PM me if you're interested.

u/gl21133 · 4 pointsr/triathlon

$6 used. Has 10 different plan levels for HIM. I'm using it for my 70.3 next summer. I suppose you can pay much more if you want, but this is a decently detailed set of plans and, IMHO, much better than the free options I've found.

u/bciocco · 1 pointr/triathlon

If I got those, I think I would send them back if I could. The longer bars from Profile Design or TeC9 are pretty comfortable and reasonably priced. I have the Profile Design and my wife has the Tec9. I really prefer the Tec9 for adjustability and comfort.

u/tri_wine · 3 pointsr/triathlon

Interesting. I hadn't heard of this before. Have you tried bananas and other natural, easy-digesting foods instead?

This is a great book:

u/Dunce · 3 pointsr/triathlon

This Book Is a great read. Explains every part of training and competing at your best.

u/grandzooby · 2 pointsr/triathlon

You might enjoy this book, You are an Ironman, about some people as they head to IMAZ: . It's available on Audiobook, so if you like that kind of thing while you're on your trainer, it's a fun read.

u/gclendaniel · 2 pointsr/triathlon

Going Long by Joe Friel is a really good resource. I constructed my own plan using it, Start to Finish, Be Iron Fit and kind of structuring it off of half ironman training that I did with team in training that really worked well to prepare me for Wildflower. I highly recommend reading all of Going Long and Be Iron Fit. It might take you some time, but it's nothing compared to the commitment of training for an ironman.

u/ThatLeviathan · 4 pointsr/triathlon

I have these and really love them, though make sure you get the screws good and tight; during my first race, one side actually started loosening up and I had to tighten it while riding. Now that I have them properly set they haven't moved since, after several hundred miles.

u/DespicableDodo · 4 pointsr/triathlon

I recommend reading the Triathlete's Training Bible ( which quite extensively covers the base training period.

If I recall correctly, he speaks about doing lots of leg and core strength training, swimming drills concentrating heavily on technique, hill repeats on the treadmill, etc... Things that would serve as a good base for other training later on.

u/Tobyn- · 1 pointr/triathlon

I'm using a MacBook that only has bluetooth. Pretty sure I can grab one of these and solve that problem though! Thanks for the info!



u/jpitkin · 3 pointsr/triathlon

You should also pick up a copy of The Triathlete's Training Bible. It's a great read with lots of good training & nutrition advice.

u/neightdog23 · 2 pointsr/triathlon

Joel friels training bible is great. Everything you need to know about training for triathlon. Highly recommend.

u/OnlyHalfKidding · 2 pointsr/triathlon

It isn't automatic and it's not of much use for running or cycling but I use [this]( The SportCount Chrono just goes on your pointer finger and you hit the button at the end of each lap. Gives you your splits, lap count, total time, and average. I've had one for three years still works perfectly.

u/naturalrunner · 2 pointsr/triathlon

I would say it is absolutely doable. Joe Friel says tris are a swim warm up, a bike race, and a jog to the finish. So you being a cyclist, yes. Yes you can do it.

u/rpyles · 5 pointsr/triathlon

Actually someone found it and turned it in to lost and found. I was pleasantly surprised on Sunday when I went there and asked about it they had it.

I used Don Fink's book called BeIronFit ( I followed it to a T and was able to hit my goals. I am not a runner but I was a swimmer in school so I had a good advantage in that stage. I put alot of time into the bike, as it's the longest part of the race and that paid off huge dividends. Getting out of the water I had a 50 minute cushion and by the end of the bike I had a 2.5 hour cushion. So I knew coming out of transition that I would finish I just wasn't sure of my time.

u/TheBigBadOx · 5 pointsr/triathlon

I have a Kurt Kinetic trainer and it's great. It's a bit pricey but worth it. Here is an Amazon link to it. Kurt Kinetic Road Machine

u/Xafou · 3 pointsr/triathlon

I guess you are talking about standard clip-on aero bars?

I bought these at the beginning of the summer and I like them a lot. They are my first aero bars so I can't really compare with others but they're doing a good job and they're by far the cheapest I've seen.

u/w33tad1d · 1 pointr/triathlon

I recommend this book. Its geared around "weight loss," but he does a good job of outlining dietary needs. The TL:DR will be: You need to eat more carbs.

u/SrRaven · 1 pointr/triathlon

Not an expert, but if you do want to read up on some Keto Sports Science, this book is quite good (though not the most interesting read probably)

I read through it and while it's not super exciting, it's very interesting.

u/Tera35 · 2 pointsr/triathlon

As a newbie you should be concentrating on your basic week and completing easy workouts consistently.

Elements to a basic week for newbies.

Swim 3 to 4 days a week
Bike 3 times a week for an hour each
Run 4 days of 40 minutes

If I was to recommend cookie cutter plans I would say use this:

u/tom_choe · 1 pointr/triathlon

I use COUNTU Goal as my swimming timer and lap counter. It's really easy to use. COUNTU Goal has a very useful function, lap/time vibrate alarm function.

u/pumpeds · 2 pointsr/triathlon

I am currently using the "Triathlete Magazine's Essential Week-by-Week Training Guide" for my first HIM. Less than 3 weeks to the race and I think it has prepared me very well. It has 10 plans that range from beginner to advanced for each distance.

u/EtherGnat · 2 pointsr/triathlon

I don't think there's any substitute for training time. If you're really determined to make do with as little training as possible I'd still stick with something swimming/cycling/running based, like The Time Crunched Triathlete.

u/jarret_g · 3 pointsr/triathlon

Not sure what you want a link of I'll just post some high level stuff instead of getting into the weeds of primary source studies.

Matt Fitzgerald racing weight;

DRI of fiber

Guidelines for saturated fat intake:

Cholesterol intake:

Or are you looking at fiber in relation to IBD? There's not a lot of 3rd party reports on that and I don't have the time now to dig up a bunch of primary source studies but can grab them if you're curious.

u/ibondolo · 3 pointsr/triathlon

go find a copy of this book

It can really be summarized with the following paragraph:
There are 10 basic categories of food. Listed in descending order of overall quality, they are: vegetables; fruit; nuts, seeds, and healthy oils; high-quality meat and seafood; whole grains; dairy; refined grains; low-quality meat and seafood; sweets; and fried foods. Each week, try to eat each item on this list more often than any item following it. That’s it.

u/cookmybook · 2 pointsr/triathlon

Be Iron Fit, 2nd: Time-Efficient Training Secrets for Ultimate Fitness

The training plans were spot on for me.

u/dr3m4n · 1 pointr/triathlon

Got a good price on the 920 xt tri bundle ($485) vs. the 735 xt tri bundle ($600)

Also, it has a shorter battery life, lacks a barometric altimeter, and doesn't have a quick release kit. Although the last point is a bit less relevant if I wind up just using the watch on my wrist. Mostly it was the price difference, though.

u/MoustacheMan · 0 pointsr/triathlon

Buy a training plan off amazon and follow it rigorously.

Something like
or this

u/superhaus · 2 pointsr/triathlon

I really liked "You are an Ironman" It is about normal people that complete an IM.

u/Gentle-C · 1 pointr/triathlon

Thanks for the book recommendation! Do you worry about my lack of aerobic base? Does the book comment on this? Also, are the recommendations in the book dissimilar to CrossFit Endurance?

Here's an Amazon link for others interested in the book:

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/triathlon

Training Plans for Multisport Athletes. I 'm following one of the plans here for a 70.3

I think the max work week is like 18 hours? Most are 9-12.

u/greatsharma · 1 pointr/triathlon

As to all of automatic tracker, accuracy depends on the swimmer's level and the pool condition. If the user's swimming is very poor or the pool is very crowed, the result will be not so good.

If you just want to track your lap counting or time, I thought COUNTU Goal is more suitable, and it is finger ring device and fairly easy to use. COUNTU Goal has a very useful function, lap/time vibrate alarm function. Would recommended.

u/newlogxyz · 1 pointr/triathlon

I like and then i have a sport nutrition book i forgot the title off. It's very scientific, most people fall asleep reading past page one and it has quite a few pages. I link it once i get home. The rest is online and experience. I use myself as guinea pig so i get a lot from that too.

u/baldgeek · 1 pointr/triathlon

Yup. I got Garmin on both Items.
The HR Monitor an d 910Xt was a Bundle an i added the Cadence roughly a year after i bought it. Works flawlessly.

Hr Monitor


u/jepetto137 · 1 pointr/triathlon

I use this to enjoy my music while swimming: . Sound quality obviously isn't amazing, but it helps stave off some of the boredom.

u/xswim · 0 pointsr/triathlon

Frankly, “the most successful” is really overrated for this device.

For me, COUNTU Goal , my daily swimming tracker, can act as a terminator of this device.

u/NotTheFakeJeff · 2 pointsr/triathlon

I know this is totally not what you're asking, but I just got a 920xt on Amazon. The Tri bundle is only 349. It's not the ugly red you mentioned you don't like, and it comes with two hrms. One swim hrm, for the pool, and the Tri hrm. Also comes with the parts to attach it to your bike. But that adds quite a bit of size to it, so it may look even stranger if you're worried about your wrist size. Here's the link:

Garmin Forerunner 920XT Tri-Bundle

u/QCTri · 1 pointr/triathlon

This book has training plans from sprint level up to full distance. It goes from absolute beginner level to elite. The book can be difficult to understand as there are a lot of abbreviations, but for $15, it should last you indefinitely.

u/Athabascad · 1 pointr/triathlon

I think I can help you as I'm in a similar situation. I train BJJ on the side of my endurance sports. Before triathlons I used to bike on the side of my BJJ with an occasional run.

Last year I made the jump to triathlons. I signed up and did a sprint with no training beyond what I was already doing. I figured I can do a 5k pretty fast and 10 miles of biking was peanuts compared to what I was doing weekly. The only issue was the swim. I had taken lots of swim lessons as a kid and will swim a mile a year in a pool when I get a chance, so I didn't think anything of it...Big mistake. I got 200 yards into the 600 yard open water swim when I realized there was no pool wall to rest on (duh!). I ended up having a minor panic attack but got through it by doing a combo of front crawl, side, and back stroke. I aced the bike and run for a decent time once out of the water.

Fast forward to this year and my advice to you. I signed up for a half ironman in September. I ordered Matt Fitzgerald’s Essential Week by Week training guide. This book has 42 tri plans inside of it. 10 per distance (sprint, oly, half, full). I am using this book for the half but you would get just as much use out of it for the sprint. The 10 plans for each distance are in order of how much volume you want to do (1 = low, 10 = high).

Buy the book, pick a plan # that has enough rest days for you to still do muay thai or simply replace one or two of the workouts per week with Muay thai.

edit: my half plan will require me to put bjj on hold for the training duration but I'm guessing the sprints wouldn't require you to

u/skot123 · 2 pointsr/triathlon

My (former) physician had recommended the book The Art and Science of Low Carb Performance The author indicates the adaption period takes about 2 weeks to start.

This goes through a lot of the science behind the diet (but doesn't give a lot of diet suggestions) is more of a sales pitch for low carb.

My goal with the diet was weight loss. Unfortunately, once I introduced carbs back the weight came back alarmingly fast. However, I will say... breakfasts of bacon, eggs, and coffee with heavy cream were gluttonous