5 Essential Tips for the Beginner Triathlete

By Abbie Hayutin, USAT Level 1 Coach

If you are a triathlon first-timer, this post is for you! Read here for 5 essential tips every beginner triathlete should know:


Before you sign up for the first triathlon you find do a little bit of research. They are the not same and you need to find one that has the right pace for your skill level.

There are four main categories of triathlons:

Sprint: .47-mile swim, 12-mile bike ride, 3.1-mile run

Olympic: .93-mile swim, 25-mile bike ride, 6.2-mile run

Half-Ironman: 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, 13.1-mile run

Iron-man: 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, 26.2-mile run

If you are signing up for your first one, you should probably try a Sprint triathlon and slowly work your way up.


It can be difficult to hold yourself accountable, so consider hiring a coach.  A coach is helpful because they see areas where you exceed or where you need work. A coach can provide training plans and help you slowly improve through tried and true “skills and drills” and “tips and tricks.” Join us for the Zero to Tri Hero 14-Week Clinic


If you are just starting out, look at investing in a bike, bike shoes, helmet, running shoes, goggles, and wetsuit.  The rest of the necessary equipment will naturally follow as you need it. Triathletes are notoriously swayed by “the best” gear, but that might not be the best gear for YOU. Seek out reputable shops interested in the right fit, not the most popular brand. If they are serious about their business, they know you will be a repeat customer. Always race with the same gear you train with. Frequently changing gear will throw off your training and ultimately your racing success.


Overtraining is one of the biggest mistakes a triathlete can make. When it comes to training, remember quality versus quantity. If you are just putting in the miles or hours, you are accomplishing nothing but setting yourself up for an “overuse” injury. Here is where having a qualified coach makes the difference.  They will be able to help you make a training plan and gain proper techniques.


A triathlon is unique in the fact it combines three different sports. Out of those three, there is bound to be one that is your “vulnerability”.  While you may excel in one area and, by default, focus on that area because it is easiest. It is important to make sure you are training and making improvements in all areas, especially your weakest.

Training for a triathlon is a progression. As a society that thrives on instant gratification, it may be incredibly frustrating not to see immediate results. Be consistent with your workouts and trust the process. Race day will be your redemption and chances are, you will enthusiastically be looking to sign up for your next race!


If you enjoyed reading this article, come to the information meeting for Zero to Tri-Hero Sprint Triathlon 14-Week Clinic on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. at Club Greenwood featuring keynote speaker, Tricia Downing, renowned Athlete, Author and Motivational Speaker.

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Abbie Hayutin club greenwood swim instructorAbbie Hayutin, USAT Level 1 Coach

My passion for triathlon started when the triathlon movement was just beginning. Over the years, I have grown with the sport, competing in countless races at all levels. My philosophy is to “inspire through example” as my approach to fitness has evolved over the years from a competitive outlet to an opportunity to promote a healthy lifestyle. My own journey has helped me realize that everyone’s fitness abilities and goals are different and can change drastically over the course of a lifetime.

Contact Abbie: AbbieH@ClubGreenwood.com


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