*This training program was written for those who want to excel in the event, it should not discourage you in anyway. TriathaMom believes that almost all women would walk out their door and participate and finish this event. You may have to use a kick board or backstroke during the swim and walk most (if not all) of the run, but you can do it. TriathaMom is not a competitive event. We are chip timing so you know your time, but you are only racing against yourself. All finishers receive a finish line medal, in this case a hand stamped ’I am a TriathaMom’ necklace.*
A triathlon. You know you want to. Everyone is doing it. (wink) If you are reading this, you are seriously considering giving a triathlon a whirl. And why not…there are some serious bragging rights involved. The problem that stops most of us from achieving such a feat is time. Most women are involved in many activities helping others, which often leaves no time for ourselves. The following training program, adapted from beginnertriathlete.com will have you ready for a triathlon, specifically TriathaMom, in 4 hours or less (usually less) a week. Let’s begin.
Remember, you may definitely overshoot the mileage by the end of this program, but this program is for everyone, especially beginners. You can go as slow as you want, the program is not based on speed, but endurance.
A reference on mileage to minutes: a ‘slow leisurely’ runner, may take 40 minutes to run 4 miles. The maximum run time in this program is 45 minutes, so runners even slower than ‘slow leisurely’ can definitely do this program. If you can’t do all the minutes, don’t worry! 45 minutes running or 35 minutes swimming does sound like a lot. Do your best. On September 24th (TriathaMom!), you will get an extra boost from the environment. Swimming is first, and you will complete the distance even if 20-30 minutes was as long as you were able to go during training. Biking is easy at these distances…even under minimal training. With running, you can walk as much as you need to.
For a typical sprint triathlon (300 yard swim, 12 mile bike, 5K run), here are some results of the best and worst times from ages 15 to 70; Swim: 10-35 min. Bike: 30-55 min Run:18-45 min Total: 55-145 minutes.