Training for triathlon as a multisport event requires a consistent approach, a progressive plan and structure in your weekly routine. As a triathlete you have many options available to you:
1. Join a triathlon club. This will provide you with regular sessions each week, very likely from a periodised plan which will vary as you progress through the season. You'll benefit from coaching, advice, comaraderie and training with fellow triathletes
2. Become a member of a swimming, cycling or running club. This offers you the environment and opportunity to improve specific technical aspects of your trathlon performance and is a good short to medium term strategy if you have an identified weaker area you wish to develop, particularly over the winter months!
3. Follow or design your own training plan. You can find numerous training plans published in books, magazines and on the internet. Do some research and qualify the author or source, and then adopt and adapt to your individual needs. This is a suitable option if you have completed a few events and have some understanding of what works for you
4. Find a coach. The British Triathlon Federation have a recognised accreditation process for coaches, and Level 3 coaches are qualified to prescribe individual triathlon training. A coach with will work with you to improve all aspects of your triathlon performance, and set training according to your individual race plan for the season
Whatever approach you identify to take, aim to train consistently each week and manage a realistic volume of training that complements or enhances your lifestyle. Most importantly you need to enjoy it, and that means finding a weekly routine and structure that works for you!
L3 BTF coach
Founder, Triathlon Europe Ltd