Sure, lots of people can complete a triathlon, but many of us have plenty of reasons why we can’t. Here top triathletes, coaches and experts offer excuse-eschewing advice that will kick-start your training—today.
The Excuse: I won’t be able to run that far (or fast) after swimming and biking.
The Answer: The run can be the most daunting element of a triathlon. Even the most seasoned runners fall victim to that familiar “dead legs” feeling after dismounting the bike, but there are ways to power through. “As triathletes, we never run fresh,” says pro triathlete Tim O’Donnell. “So we need to learn how to run fast when tired.”
The Approach: How can you stay strong throughout the run? O’Donnell’s transformation to a triathlete entailed completing all of his runs off of the bike or out of the water. “For long runs, I would spin for 45 to 60 minutes before the run to adapt,” he says. “I would also do my easy runs on the treadmill after hard swim sessions.”
Try This: A basic brick can prepare your legs for the swim-bike-run transitions. Cami Stock, a former pro triathlete who now heads Wild Blue Racing in Colorado Springs, Colo., has her beginner athletes do 3x(5 min bike/2 min run), increasing speed for each set.