A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing the Right Distance

You may have just finished your running season and be thinking what’s next for me?

Should I go into triathlon, and if I do go into triathlon what distance do I start with? 

Should I start with a longer distance one, like a 70.3 or an Ironman distance, or should I start with something else? 

There’s no real right or wrong answer here.  

The most simplified answer is…

It is easier to train and build up your fitness for the shorter events, so for sprints and Olympic distance events, and have a good season or two getting those under your belt.

Getting used to triathlon, and making sure that triathlon is actually for you before you invest a lot of money in a hobby that you might not actually like after 12 months.

Then after that point, it would be our advice that you then think if you want to go long or go longer, but you don’t have to jump in straight away with a big distance event. 

You can start with a sprint or an Olympic and work your way up from there.

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Animis Coaching Team

We're Coaches Jacqui and Oliver Saxon, the Animis Coaching Team.

We are a mom and son coaching team who have changed our lives through the sport of triathlon. We aim to break down the mysteries of triathlon training and show you, the avid traithlete, how simple and flexible it can be so triathlon training really does become part of your lifestyle and not just a hobby.