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How Do I Train For My First Triathlon?

  • By Matt Fitzgerald
  • Published May 8, 2013
  • Updated Mar 25, 2014 at 3:44 PM UTC
Photo: John Segesta


How do I learn to swim?

Swimming is the greatest source of anxiety for most beginning triathletes, who can stay afloat and splash around, but have never learned to swim long. Every new triathlete should get some kind of swim coaching. Proper swim technique is so subtle and precise that even professional triathletes continue to work on it throughout their careers. You’ll never discover this technique on your own. The best way to develop it (and the confidence that comes with it) is to find a master’s swim group in your area and talk to the coach. While you may need to increase your fitness before you’re ready to join the group workouts (which I highly recommend that you do eventually), the coach will in most cases be more than happy to work with you individually for a reasonable fee. Most new triathletes who take this route achieve very rapid progress.

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