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In general, it is not really necessary to swim overlong long distance sets, as there is no real training benefit other than mentally knowing that you can swim the distance. Even for competitive swimmers doing the 1500, workouts will rarely have that distance in the plan. There is more benefit to swimming a set such as 6x500 on :10 rest than there is in ...


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The answer is going to be pretty much the same for all three sports, in that you need to do a fitness/threshold test, and then use that to compute training paces. For swimming, I recommend the 3x300. Warm up completely, then you swim 3 different 300 meter swims, with :30 seconds rest in between. You want to try to keep them as close in time as possible, ...


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I would consider your cycling and running to be completely inadequate as far as the amount of training, especially if you would like to be competitive in your age group. Your swimming is probably fine. My best recommendation would be to go to a site, such as trifuel or BeginnerTriathlete.com, and take a look at some of their free 16 or 20 week training ...


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The ideal scenario is to test your breakfast during training, as the last thing you need is to eat something that upsets your stomach. I'm not a triathlete, but have run several marathons. For me porridge with honey worked well, with a banana nearer the start time. Personally I wouldn't have the fruit salad, but everyone is different. If you have ...


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Given you're not trained in any of these parts and they are mostly endurance sports, I would first assess your endurance. Do each type of sport for 30 minutes and measure your distance. Don't do all three on one day, if you're untrained. Instead, take them a day apart or more if you feel sore. If you have access to a heart rate monitor, try keeping a steady ...


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Your absolute best bet is going to be finding a decent instructor (not a coach, although they can be the same person, it isn't often you find both in one entity) and getting stroke instruction. Swimming is a very form intensive sport, to where correct form has a significant impact on both competitive times and on longevity. Bad form can easily wreck ...


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Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink If you are properly hydrated before you start, and its not a physiological need to drink there isn't much you can do. One thing I would suggest is if you are hydrated but feeling thirsty, in or out of the pool, speak with a doctor as extreme thirst can be a symptom of some serious disorders including ...


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You should definitely do at least some of your training in the sea to get used to conditions, as well as being able to sight (Look for markers) to be able to swim in a straight line. There are also some tricks to it, such as being able to dive "under" oncoming large waves rather than swimming up and over the top of them. High turnover of your arms will ...


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Similar to the answers above - you should not experiment on the morning of your triathlon. Practice in the week leading as to what your stomach can handle with foods that are predominantly carbohydrates based. Have a look at some of the links below that support the answers mentioned (they aren't all triathlon specific but give a good indication of pre-race ...


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At this point, recommending anything specific is just as likely to cause bad effects as it is good. By this I mean that you have no time to test during a race type workout that a drink with additives (Such as electrolytes, calories) won't give you an upset stomach or similar. By now you should have been on several training rides of at least the same ...


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Although there is only some need for full distance training and @JohnP's answer is useful for most of your training, it really can help with strategy, psychological conditioning, and for practicing pace to do an occasional full distance swim. Healing after your first full distance training session will produce an excellent training effect as well. I have ...


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4 weeks before an Iron man - I wouldn't try anything new. You are probably going in a taper in 2 weeks, and you should already be at the peak and ready for the race. Yes, Gels are a personal (and some medical) choices, but just continue with what got you through the half, and you'll do just great. There are Gels, Gums, powders, pills (and probably 20 ...


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Let me preface by the fact I've never swam competitively, and it's been a while since I've swam routinely. I do train competitively, and I do eat before training. The two biggest risks with eating before training are: Muscle cramps--which in swimming is much more dangerous than with running or cycling, and more likely when the training is sustained such ...


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While I can't suggest an optimum rotation angle for you without seeing you, I can suggest that it is hard to overdo it if you have good balance. For efficient distance swimming it is common to roll quite far and extend the shoulder forward, and many drills from Total Immersion encourage being completely on your side, such as kicking on your side and zipper ...


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In addition to JohnP's answer, consider doing Brick workouts, where you combine two of the disciplines in a single day. The Challenge of a triathlon isn't the distances, it is doing three different body motions back to back. So you need to teach your body to bike after the swim and run after the bike (assuming a traditional order, some races are run in ...


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The differences in cardiovascular improvements between those three activities are going to be minimal in the overall scheme of things. Cardiovascular fitness is different than muscular, in that any stress that raises your heart rate, increases respiratory rate will have improvement effects for the CV system. What will have much more of an effect is the ...


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You can train your mindset alongside physical training. You should be focusing on aerobic and anaerobic threshold training with sets that prevent you from getting by with sprinting. Example: 8 - 10 x 100 on an interval that allows you 5-15 seconds rest with great difficulty once you settle in will not allow true sprinting. If you accidentally do sprint early ...


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I can say one thing: DONT Experiment !!! You didn't mention lenght, I will assume a sprint (750m/20/5) The race (if it's your first) is hard enough. Training for it, should have made you used to some kind of energy usage. The ideal should NOT be on day race, it's happening few days before Drinking a lot of fluids on the 3-4 days before the race Eating ...


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Performing a triathlon (running, biking, and swimming) requires skill, endurance, and lots of energy. Hopefully, you've honed your skill and endurance with your training. However, to actually complete your race, you need lots of energy. That's carbohydrate and fat. Forget about the caloric intake for that day; you should burn everything during the race. ...


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There are several types of triathlons, and as you state I've been training over the past two weeks and feel fit... I have to assume that it is not one of the longer triathlons, but more like a sprint and thus something you can finish in less than 1 1/2 hour (correct me if I am wrong here :-)). As described in this answer - What to do before a 5k? ...


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One way of getting your mind from the sprint to the 500m distance is too get at swim pacer, e.g. this one from FINIS. Try to figure your current tempo, e.g. see this question and reduce the tempo to a rate that you can sustain for 200m, then 300m and finally 500m. This method is more likely to succeed than training to keep the higher tempo for 500m. ...


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Keep it social with some competitive spirit thrown in. With a larger group of different paces, pick an out and back trail and pick a time (not distance) that everyone will turn around at, such as 25 minutes. All run at their own pace heading out for 25 minutes and all try to negative split back to the start, the faster group will run further and still get a ...



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