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Ask the Athletic Trainer: Preparing for a triathlon

​​​​​​​​​Question: I am interested in competing in a triathlon. Can you provide a schedule for triathlon training?

Answer: Much information can be found on the Internet regarding triathlon training. For many reasons, an individualized triathlon-training program is recommended.

To get you started, here are some guiding principles:

Advice is easier said than done. Although it is possible for athletes to do a triathlon themselves, it is rare to do it well. This is where a good coach becomes important. Many athletes and coaches have the technical know-how to get an athlete from couch potato to race day. But it takes an athlete with resolve to never give up, and a coach with a rare set of skills to get a triathlete to the finish line in a respectable time.

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