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Triathlon Training Uzwil

Hello everyone,

I finally got my road bicycle to Switzerland and would like to start training for a triathlon competition. I am a newbie and I need to start from scratch.

Is there anyone training also for something like this close by like?
- Flawil
- Wil

Does any one have some tips on the best way to start training?

I can easily run 10 km under 60 minutes, and I can bike 20km for an hour. But haven't tried more yet.

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Re: Triathlon Training Uzwil

If you want to go serious, then I think joining a triathlon club is what you need to do. Then you will meet people with the same mind-set of training to join competitions. I'm far from where you live, so I can't suggest any clubs.

As for me, I'm doing swim/bike/run but it is only to "mix up" my sport activity. I'm not really into joining competition but 1x a year a join the local one just to get some "target" in my calendar. And I don't care about time, as long as I come out of it with no injuries as I still need to do the groceries after the race
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And I don't care about time, as long as I come out of it with no injuries as I still need to do the groceries after the race
I'd recommend doing a Sunday race in that case!

Having my normal sports places closed means I've been on my bike more and looking at a olympic distance tri just to give myself a target, problem being the target might be cancelled.
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Re: Triathlon Training Uzwil

Can't imagine there's going to be any races for quite a few months yet I'm afraid.
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Old 07.05.2020, 12:11
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Re: Triathlon Training Uzwil

You don‘t mention swimming, which is the most technical part of the discipline. It‘s easy enough to follow an online training plan for cycling and running and to a large extent you aren‘t going to get the technique wrong and you will improve.

Swimming on the other hand needs to be efficient to save energy for the rest of the race and it is very easy to swim inefficiently. If you‘ve learnt to swim crawl properly as a child, you‘ll have no issues, but if like me you didn‘t really, then it‘s important to find someone who can teach you how to swim as an adult (who doesn‘t have the shoulder flexibility to swim as children are taught - and most instructors use the same manual for children and adults alike) and to swim like a triathlete (no to minimal use of legs and a straighter arm action for open water). Unfortunately for me, that meant finding a coach who taught me to swim properly in Spain, but it‘s actually doable in a week and then you can go practice on your own.

If you speak German, I can guarantee that you will have a local triathlon club that you can join. If not, in Zurich the Trigether club are very English friendly, but I realise might be a bit far for you. In more normal times they have weekly swim, bike and run sessions and organise training camps. They also host a rookie training programme which is geared up to either doing the Uster sprint or Olympic distance (formerly Zurich until it moved) or the Rapperswil half Ironman. I did the sprint one with them in 2017 and have been a member since. Unfortunately, I don‘t think that this will be an option for you this year.

As I said, you can also get free training plans online or alternatively, I have a coach (from the swim camp) who provides me with a customised annual/monthly/weekly training plan, but that obviously comes at a cost.

You don‘t say what distance you want to race in. 20km bike suggests a sprint and 10km run suggests Olympic. For both those distances it sounds like your run is quite a bit stronger than your bike, where cycling at 20km an hour would put you at the back of the pack, so sounds like you would need to concentrate there.

For training volume, I‘ve found that to make real gains a minimum of three sessions in a discipline is needed per week and preferably four. Two will show some gains and one will likely have you standing still.

If you have any questions, I‘m happy to answer. I went from doing nothing, to doing a sprints in 2017, Olympic and sprints in 2018 and Half Ironman last year and deferred entries for HI this year.
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Re: Triathlon Training Uzwil

the most clubs for triathlon are at the lake zurich:

For example:

https://www.crazy-turtles.ch/clubdesk/www
https://www.tempo-sport.ch/ueber-uns/team-tempo-sport/

Or try here:

https://swisstriathlon.ch/clubs/
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I'd recommend doing a Sunday race in that case!

Having my normal sports places closed means I've been on my bike more and looking at a olympic distance tri just to give myself a target, problem being the target might be cancelled.
Olympic distance fits me best as the distances matches what I do regularly.
I.e. short run over lunch break, after-work bike before it gets dark
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I'd recommend doing a Sunday race in that case!
I do the race Saturday morning, mingle around and a quick lunch at the Ziel-tent, then shop in the afternoon... One time my wife wanted to go to Ikea, so I had another 10K of walking
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For Wil SG you could contact these folks. They also train technique.
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