Are You Ready to try Love & Sprockets Summer Sizzler?
The folks at Score This!!! know that it can be quite itimidating to participate in your first triathlon.
That's why we have come up with this handy guide to get you to the Finish Line in August!
Why we Consider this a Beginner Friendly Course
- Swim takes place in a calm and shallow section of the Niagara River
- Swim starts on the beach with only 2-3 people entering the water at a time so everyone is spread out.
- Wetsuits most likely will be allowed for the swim as the water temperature is typically in the low 70s.
- This race has shorter distances than our other events:
- 400m (.25 miles) swim
- 17.7k (11 miles) bike
- 3k (1.9 miles) run
- The bike course has very little traffic and is made up of smooth, flat roads.
- Run is entirely contained in the park.
What Type of Training is Involved?
- Start Training with four or five 30- to 45-minute sessions per week. For example:
- Swim two times per week. Start the with short segments in the pool such as 10-20 x 25 yards and gradually progress to 50s and 100s as you get more comfortable.
- Bike one to two times per week. Start with 20 to 30 minutes nonstop, and gradually progress up to an hour over the course of four to six weeks.
- Run one to two times per week. New runners can start with a walk/run program such as a 3-minute jog followed by a 2-minute walk repeated 5 times.
- Find training groups offered by local triathlon clubs who offer free or low-cost group workouts.
- Spectate and/or volunteer at a local race to learn about the sport and see it firsthand.
Here are a few events at which you may want to spectate and/or volunteer:
Gear You Will Need
- You probably already have the basics but if not, you can borrow or rent the gear you need before you know if you want to race again. These are the bare essentials to complete your first triathlon:
- Swim goggles
- Bike - You can use the road, hybrid, or mountain bike you already have. You can also borrow a bike from a friend or rent one from a local bike shop
- Bike Helmet - Most helmet companies offer an inexpensive option that will meet your needs
- Running Shoes