9 Top Tips for Beginner Triathletes by Triathlete and Kinetica Ambassador Orla Walsh
Orla Walsh is an international Irish triathlete and #TeamKinetica ambassador. Are you interested in doing a triathlon but don’t know where to start? Orla has shared her top tips for beginner triathletes with us – check them out!
Bite the bulletEnter a race, motivate yourself, and work towards your goal. Don’t jump into an Ironman straight away, start with a sprint and gradually work towards your target.
Join a clubSurround yourself with people who have experience in the sport. Try cycling with a group of people and try to feel comfortable on a bike.
Build up your confidenceIf you aren’t comfortable in the water, for example, increase your confidence slowly through practice. Build up on your swimming skills by increasing the distance over time. This can also be applied to running and cycling.
Identify your strengths and weaknessesInclude all three disciplines in this approach with a focus on developing and strengthening your weaknesses.
Plan your timeThis is key. Make the time to train by including it in your daily schedule – and stick with it!
PreparationManage yourself before an event; be consistent, make a checklist, and be prepared for all your events with thorough planning. Go to triathlons relaxed and confident. The more time you invest in preparation, the less stress you’ll experience on the day.
Keep things freshRegarding training, try to take new routes, do different sessions. Mix it up! It will keep things exciting.
EquipmentThe equipment required for a triathlon can be intimidating but don’t worry about investing in expensive kit immediately and seek advice from others in the sport. Consistent training is your most valuable asset as an athlete.