Ironman, 70.3 Ironman, Olympic distance, Sprints, Marathons, Endurance sports
IS GROUP TRAINING IMPORTANT?
Yes, group training is important. Every triathlete, regardless of the workout, will have to endure hard work. Being surrounded by other endurance athletes will can help answer questions when your "certified coach" is not available and when you need encouragement to keep up that hard work for race day!
WHERE DO I GET AND WHY DO I NEED A TRAINING PLAN?
A training plan, like you would get from Training Peaks, is very important for several reasons regardless if you are looking to qualify for Kona in Hawaii, or just trying to make it to the finish line in a respectable position for your age group. A training plan will keep you healthy and accountable as you work through your training program.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN IRONMAN, HALF IRONMAN, OLYMPIC IRONMAN, AND SPRINTS?
The primary differences are the amount of hard work to prepare and the distances to the finish line.
Ironman Triathlon is 2.4 swim, 112 bike, 26.2 run
Ironman 70.3 is 1.2 swim, 56 bike, and 13.1 run
Then you also have olympic and sprint distance races
WILL I WIN ON RACE DAY? DEPENDS
Most endurance athletes will focus on age group training programs. The allows the triathlete to focus on their personal goals and compete with their piers. Some distance triathlons allow you qualify for your age group to go onto invitation only races such as Kona or a USAT championship.
DO I NEED A TRI COACH?
My opinion is that everyone benefits from one-on-one sessions from a triathlon coach. Wether you are engaged in basic triathlon training or ironman training, a head coach can help monitor heart rate, nutrition, intensity, and provide accountability and motivation.
ARE COACH CERTIFICATIONS IMPORTANT?
Of course, the more education and certifications you have in any area of study is important. However, my opinion, is to always look to the experience and background of the one giving advice. Coaching needs to be real world as well as from a book.