Many of our readers frequently ask “I want to train for a triathlon but where how do I start? ”
Here is the short answer:
Triathlon season winds down in the cooler months but that doesn’t mean that you cant start training for one right now. Triathlon season usually starts back up in early March/April.
How to start training?
Easy!! Start with training for a 5k. Most beginner sprint triathlons end with a 5k (or less). By training for a 5k now, this allows you to achieve a small short-term goal (completing a 5k) in preparation for a bigger long-term goal (completing a triathlon).
5k Training Plans
Here are several 5k programs. Once you pick out your program, signup for a upcoming race.
Beginner 5k Plans
- Runner’s World Train for Your First 5K Plan- Alex did this plan for her first 5k turkey trot.
- Cool Running’s Couch-to-5K Plan – For those completely new to running. This is the plan I used for my first triathlon.
- Hal Higdon’s 5K Novice Training Plan- Sporty Afros loves Hal’s training plans. Great for the novice runner.
- Runner’s World Beginner 5K Plan – Runners World puts everything in one plan for you. Also try the running shoe guide for those of you who need proper shoes.
- Cool Running’s Beginners 5K Plan – For runners who run 15 to 25 miles per week and expect to run the 5K in 24:00 or less. You should have at least six months of running experience.
Intermediate 5k Plans
- Hal Higdon’s 5K Intermediate Training Plan- Alex and Whitney have completed this plan.
- Runner’s World Intermediate 5K Plan
- Cool Running’s Intermediate 5K Plan – For runners who run 25 to 50 miles per week and expect to run the 5K between 20:00 – 24:00 for men, or 22:00-26:00 for women.
Advanced 5k Plans