The popularity of triathlon has never been higher – this combination of swimming, biking and running is seen by many as being the ultimate test, a way to prove to yourself that you can take on and achieve almost any type of physical goal.

Triathlons range from sprint events (over in less than an hour) through Olympic distance and on to Half Ironman and full Ironman races – the latter is comprised of a 2.4 miles swim, a 112 mile bike, and a 26.2 mile run.  In fact, there are ultra-distance races even longer than that!

Proper training is obviously a key to even finishing a triathlon, let alone winning one or setting a personal best time.  Balancing out the demands of the three different disciplines – swimming, biking and running – requires careful planning.

As you might expect, there is lots of information available on training, and various training programs on the market, including a variety of books and numerous online training programs.  However, for anyone new to the sport, it’s worth learning from those who have gone before, in order to ensure that your training is effective, and also that you aren’t over training, which can result in injury.