Nervous about signing up and don’t know what to expect? Taking part in a triathlon for the first time or stepping up in distance can be a daunting thought for many people! You are not alone in that nervous feeling, on average over 40% of entrants taking part in both Blenheim Triathlon and London Triathlon are first time triathletes.

However, taking up the challenge of a triathlon (swim, bike and then run) can be a very rewarding experience.

  • Stepping out of your everyday comfort zone
  • The motivation of race day is a great way to get active and stick to a weekly training routine
  • Perhaps this is a way for you to raise money for a good cause
  • The confidence you get from crossing the finish line and realising new things you are capable of can cross over into other aspects of life
  • Get fit, active and healthier

Triathlons are not just for the super fit! With a little will-power and a training plan and routine in place anyone can cross the finish line on race day.

What’s involved?

If you’ve got this far you probably already know that triathlon involves a swim, bike and run … in that order, as well as transitioning between each discipline as quickly as possible.

The distance of each depends on the race you enter; the options are as follows:

The Bloodwise Blenheim Palace Triathlon


The AJ Bell London Triathlon




When considering how many hours you can commit to training each week, take into consideration what your goal is for the race?

  • It’s your first triathlon and simply crossing the finish line will be a massive achievement no matter what the time
  • It’s your first triathlon but you have a sporting back ground and have a target time in mind
  • You’ve done the race before and want to beat your last time
  • Maybe you’re confident at two of the disciplines but one is in need of a lot of work!

Secondly, how much time can you realistically dedicate to training?

Many of us lead busy lives, between work, family, school and the demands of day to day life, how much time each week can you realistically commit to training each week?

This may have an impact on the event you sign up too. If you’re really short on time maybe a relay team is a good way to experience triathlon and decide whether you want to commit more time in future and take on the challenge as an individual.

And finally, the most obvious one the distance of race you choose will also impact the number of hours you spend training each week, an Olympic distance race is going to require a little bit more time to train than a sprint distance event.



For those of you that have already signed up to race, we recommend getting a plan in place and establishing a routine.

We will be making 16 week and 12 week plans available on the site very soon, these plans are designed to structure and focus your training in the weeks leading up to your event day.

However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be getting active now and over the winter season to either build up or maintain a level of base fitness.

Starting from scratch

If you’re someone who’s not already active each week finding 2-3 hrs each week to commit to getting active will help you get into a good routine for when the training plan starts.

Over winter time it doesn’t really matter what the activity is as long as you’re active, if you’ve been a couch potato for a while then begin by going out for regular walks and getting in the habit of being active once you’ve got the routine of it start introducing some running too. If you’re a gym member go to some of the group fitness classes your gym has to offer- classes like Pilates are fantastic for your core strength and really beneficial to triathletes.

The team at RG Active also meet a lot of people who actually learn to swim to be able to take part in a triathlon, if you’re in this situation the sooner you get down to your local swimming pool and start adult swimming lessons the better! Swimming is largely technique based sport so you don’t need to be super strong although it does require a good level of patience and practise.

Already active?

If you’re someone that is already active on a weekly basis look for new ways to keep things interesting, for example, if you always run on road why not try some off-road running, or if you haven’t tried out your local ‘Park Run’ (free 5km running events that take place in many parks around the UK) and see how much you can improve your 5km run time over the next few months on your local course.

If you’ve not been doing any strength or conditioning work, the colder months can be a great time to bring this back into your training it supplements swimming, biking and running perfectly and can be done indoors where it’s warm in the winter months!

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