Beginner Info


You have just made the monumental decision to become a multi-sport athlete !

Now you have to figure out how to fit all that training into your already packed day!

Training for, and racing in your first triathlon will require knowledge, dedication and hard work. Whether you are embarking on this journey to lose weight, get healthy or to become a better triathlete, you will need the necessary tools to help you with your goals.

One of the biggest challenges to this sport is choosing a training plan that suits your lifestyle. Things to consider include your available training time, understanding what the right amount of training is and not overtraining or undertraining, keeping yourself motivated, and of course keeping sight of your goals. The IHP Triathlon programme is ideally situated to help you, but before you even get started, make sure you know what you are about to get yourself in for.  

Although it can be daunting at the beginning, don't be discouraged. Almost all triathletes come to the sport as novices in one or more of the three sports. Below are some programs and guidelines for new and prospective IHP Triathlon members on how to get the most out of our training program, depending on your particular background in each sport.  Consider joining one of our beginner programs such as our  TRY-A-TRI .

New to Triathlons?

First thing you need to consider in determining your

1.  How long will your first triathlon be?
Generally, the races may be one of the following distances:
Sprint:                    750m Swim / 20 km Bike / 5 km Run
Olympic:                 1500m Swim / 40 km Bike / 10 km Run
Half-Ironman:          1.9 km Swim / 90 km Bike / 20.9 km Run
Ironman:                 3.8 km Swim / 180 km Bike / 42.2 km Run

2.  How much time do you have to prepare for your first race?
Everyone is individual. Is your race tomorrow morning or 12 months away? Preparation is key and the longer you have to devote to this, the more confident you’ll be.

3.  What sort of shape are you in already?
Your starting point in training for your first triathlon will all depend upon what your current training status (aerobic level in particular), as well as what your skill and ability level in each discipline is. Getting tested will give you a good indication of your present fitness level, or just start slowly and progressively and monitor your changes. For info about testing options see: Additional Services.

Swim , Bike, Run: Being in shape for one event may not necessarily mean you are in the best shape for all three events. It is good to know your strength and weaknesses and then put additional energies into improving your weak points. The coaches will help you decide what is best for you.

4.  What toys and gear do I need?
Make sure you have the essential equipment for each or the swim/bike/run disciplines. If you are just starting out, you do not have to purchase top-of-the-line gear.
The first thing to determine is what you currently possess regarding equipment, clothing, training aids and accessories. It is not necessary for the novice triathlete to acquire top-of-the-line equipment. Decide what you will need to immediately to get started and then what items can be purchased at a later date.

*** Check out our  IHP Tritons Sponsors page. The Tritons for discounts on equipment on triathlon gear! ***  The Tritons Triathlon Club is our racing and social arm of the IHP Triathlon Program.

Remember that as you progress and improve, you may wish to upgrade your equipment. Below is a basic list of those items necessary for training and competition in the sport of triathlon, and those that can be added a little further down the line - "don't forget the sunscreen" .
Swim:  Swimwear, goggles, cap (optional), short training fins.  Add Tempo trainer, paddles and snorkels later.
Bike: Bike, helmet, water cages/bottles, saddle bag with tools (including spare inner tube, tyre levers and pump), front and back lights.  Add bike shoes and bike computer.
Run: Comfortable run wear and shoes.  Add heart rate monitor.
5.   Start Training!
The most important step on the journey is the first one. Many people talk about wanting to get in shape or competing in a triathlon. Everyone can do it, but the ones that actually do it are the ones committed enough to come out for the training. Once you are at the training, our coaches will guide you along the way to help you get to where you want to go.  So, most importantly…get out and train. To help you get started, join  one of our beginner programs.

Good luck and enjoy the journey!