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Triathlons are a very popular activity practiced around the world. A real test of physical and mental fortitude, the official distance of the Ironman run leg is 26.2 miles (or 42.2 kilometers.) Though there plenty of hybrid distance races, aimed at all level of athletes or seasoned professionals.
So what do you need to successfully run the final leg of a triathlon? Cardiovascular fitness and musculoskeletal resilience are two of the major factors for whether someone can successfully finish the run leg of a Triathlon. Your musculoskeletal resilience refers to how quickly your muscles and bones can recover; as the race distance increases, your musculoskeletal resilience plays a bigger role.
Find your Base
Be honest with yourself and determine your base level. Building long-distance endurance looks very different for a seasoned athlete compared to a casual runner. Defining your base will allow you to gradually increase your training so your body doesn’t get overloaded. It’s a long road from the couch to triathlon run and setting a good foundation is key in order to not burn out before the big race day. Start small and work your way up, whether it’s in distance or difficulty.
Pick your Race
It might be tempting to try to hit a longer distance race first but starting with a shorter distance race is a good idea for someone new to triathlon. There are many short sprint and olypmpic distance triathlons. If you have a specific triathlon as your goal you may benefit greatly from utilizing other races as practice, especially for someone who may not be familiar with the experience of a triathlon.