Global Triathlon Network
One of the best things about being part of the club is there is always someone to train with. Whether you are training for an Ironman, the next club race, getting started or returning from injury, there is bound to be someone to share the pain with!
PTC has a number of organised training sessions including:
Triathlon for beginners
When new to triathlon it‘s good to set your race goals based on your current level of fitness and the amount of time available to train. Each person is different so select a race distance which is achievable but at the same time will provide you with a great challenge.
Triathlon can be a very expensive sport so when starting out the basics are all you need which include the following…
- Swimming – swim suit, cap, goggles, and wetsuit (optional).
- Cycling – road bike, helmet, water bottle, cycling shorts and jersey.
- Running – runners, socks, shorts, shirt and hat.
Training is all about quality not quantity. Remember that recovery is an important aspect to this sport. Allowing proper time to recover will help you get stronger so that you will be able to build up your training volume. All of our training partners can assist you with an individual training program – please refer to our Training Partners (include link to this section) for more information.
As you start building up the number of training sessions per week you will notice a leap in appetite, so it’s essential to maintain a balanced diet of carbohydrates, protein and good fats. Hydration along with nutrition is equally important when training. As a guide most triathletes try to consume approx. 600-800 mls of fluid per hour of training. The fluid each person consumes comes down to personal choice and the event/distance they are training for. While in the early stages of your training you should try a few different products and see which one works for you. Finding a product that suits you will help get the most of your training and racing. Once your session is complete, remember to try and eat a balance of carbohydrates and protein within 20 – 30 minutes to assist the body with recovery. It is in this period that your muscles are starved for nutrients and are able to quickly absorb them once eaten. More info on nutrition in Athletes can be found here Australian institute of Sport