Training for a Triathlon


Triathlon: From a Sprint to the Ironman

The triathlon was invented in the 1970s by the San Diego Track Club as a form of cross-training for marathons and 10K races. Now, it's both an official Olympic event and a popular competition for lay-athletes seeking a challenge. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, you'll find excellent Web sources for competition, training, tips and more in the guide below.

Upcoming Triathlons

Triathletes use competitions to test their hard work and to provide inspiration and landmarks while ... read more »

Latest Triathlon News

Triathletes of all levels get excited about their sport, and online news sites draw content from ... read more »

Training for a Triathlon

The highly demanding nature of triathlon training makes it an activity that lends itself to training in groups. Teams provide motivation to get through it, and, eventually, get better. The sites listed below enable online collaboration, and have information about joining live and local teams. The Internet holds vast resources that can take triathletes of any level up to the next one.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • It's easier to join a team online than to use a geographic locator to find a team in your area.
  • Open-water swimming courses present uncontrollable challenges-wind, waves, currents, precipitation-with which lap swimmers never contend. Almost every triathlon starts with an open-water swim, and location and climate can limit outdoor workouts.
  • Online sources for bike route info are often localized. For North American mountain biking, check out
  • You can find specific training advice for the particular segments of a competition in the findingDulcinea Running Guide and Swimming Guide.

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Buying Triathlon Gear

Grappling with the gear required of a triathlete can be daunting. There are options for clothing, ... read more »

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