SPECIAL SEC TION
FOR YOUR HEALTH
swim, bike and run to build fitness,” says
Joe Friel, author of Your First Triathlon:
Race Ready in ; Hours a Week (Velo Press,
;;;;; not available at Costco). “It’s defi-
“Most athletes who are new to the sport
don’t have an endurance background or
equipment they’ll need for longer dis-
tances, so competing in a sprint triathlon is
a good way to test the waters,” says Debi
Bernardes, a triathlete and tri coach trainer
( ucandoitcoach.com) based in Virginia.
This was true for one of her coaching
clients: Karen Vesey, ;;, of Ridgeland,
BY CHRYSTLE FIEDLER
VER DREAMED ABOU T competing
in a triathlon? You’re not the only
one. According to USA Triathlon,
the organization that oversees all of
the nation’s triathlon races, triathlons are growing in number.
One reason is the sprint triathlon,
which features shorter distances per discipline (a half-mile swim, ;;.;-mile bike
ride and ;.;-mile run) than the much more
demanding Ironman challenge (a ;.;-mile
swim, ;;;-mile bike ride and ;;.;-mile
run). “Anyone can train for a triathlon,
regardless of their age, as long as they
HAVING TROUBLE making time
for training? Try these tips.
• Exercise first thing in the morning, when there are fewer
demands on your time.
• Schedule your workouts on a
weekly calendar. Keep your
• Exercise with a friend or group
for support and motivation.
• Lay out your exercise clothes
and equipment the night before
to make it easier to get started in
• Multitask by riding a stationary
bike when watching TV or while
reading to make best use of your
HERE’S WHAT you’ll need for your
first sprint triathlon. If you’re a beginner,
it’s best to borrow equipment to see
if a triathlon is something you’ll want
to do again.
• Fitness or road bike.
• Bike helmet.
• Padded bike shorts.
• Running shoes.
• Swim goggles.
• Padded bike gloves.
• Water bottle and cage.
• Bike repair kit.
• Bike pump.
• Race instructions and
For more information, visit
With the correct
you can swim,
run a triathlon