At DTC we know that it can be very daunting for first time triathletes, don’t worry, everyone had to start somewhere. So please get in touch if there is something specific you need information on.
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Q. I’M ONLY NEW. HOW FAST IS EVERYONE ELSE?
A. Dubbo Tri Club has members that attend training sessions for the first time all throughout the season. Training sessions are organised so you can complete the set at your own pace. Members are usually grouped into fast, medium and not so fast groups. Importantly, no one is keeping track on just how many laps you have completed….so it will not be obvious if you are last!
Q. WHAT DISTANCE SHOULD I START WITH?
A. This is an entirely personal choice. The short Dubbo club races offer race and transition practice in a friendly and supportive environment.
Q. WHAT DISTANCES ARE A TYPICAL TRIATHLON?
- An enticer race is (generally): 125 m Swim, 9 km Bike, 2 km Run
- A sprint race is 500 m Swim, 18 km Bike, 4 km Run
- An Olympic (standard) race is 1500m Swim, 40 km Bike ,10 km Run
- A half ironman (70.3) is 1.9 km Swim, 90 km Bike, 21.1 km Run
- An iron distance (Ironman) race is 3.8 km Swim, 180 km Bike, 42.2 km Run
Q. HOW OFTEN SHOULD I BE TRAINING?
A. This depends upon your target race, the level of proficiency you want to achieve and your base level of fitness. As a general rule of thumb you can build up to at least 2 runs, 2 bikes, 2 swims and a stretch (or yoga / pilates) session each week, though longer courses may require additional training sessions. It is considered good practice to have one day per week as a “rest” or no exercise day.
Q. WHAT GEAR DO I NEED?
A. You need a pair of swimmers, goggles, bike, helmet and running shoes. If you only have a mountain bike, don’t worry, it is common for people to start out on mountain bikes or commuter bikes and you do see these in shorter triathlon races. A trisuit (one or two piece) is also handy in races.
Q. DO I NEED A COACH?
A. Again, this is a personal choice. At the beginning you may want to come to all of the club training sessions and seek the opportunity to chat to other athletes whilst joining in with a training session. Some members like the discipline of following a set training plan, other members have to fit training in around work, family and other commitments and need the flexibility that having your own training plan can give. You can also research training plans online.