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6 Tips for Triathlon Race Prep: 6 Months Out

By Rachael Weiker, YWCA Women’s Triathlon Race Director
February 19, 2018
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YWCA Women’s Triathlon is less than six months away! While most triathlon training plans recommend 12 weeks to prepare for a sprint-distance race, it’s never too early to start planning your race season and training strategy.

Here are six steps you can take now to help prepare for the upcoming triathlon:

1. Heart health:

Check in with your doctor before starting any new or intensive exercise regimens. February is Heart Health month – take the opportunity to connect with a health care professional and learn more about preventative care for your heart.

2. Commit:

Sign up for a race and set a goal to solidify your commitment, such as beginning a training routine. If you’ve already signed up for the YWCA Women’s Tri – congratulations! You are already on your way to a great race season.

3. Conquer your fears:

Start thinking about which event you want to work on most. Does the swim make you nervous? Work through that fear now with swim lessons or swim fitness classes. Do you want more personalized advice on training, nutrition and technique? Check out training packages for coaching and additional support.

4. Gather your gear:

At the very least, essential gear needed to compete in a triathlon includes:

  • Swimsuit
  • Bike
  • Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Running shoes

You can always go to our event partners at Gear WestVeloFixREI or Endurance House for assistance in choosing the right gear for you.

5. Get social:

Find a buddy or team to make working out a social event. Start building a consistent training schedule now with others to help you reach your goals this summer.

6. Ask questions!

  • Attend one of our FREE Tri Basics Clinics to learn more about triathlon and strategies for training.
  • Reach out to a member of the 2018 Women’s Tri Google Group to connect with other women in our athlete community.
  • And of course, YWCA Minneapolis is always here to answer questions. Email: with any questions or concerns.