Want to Try a Tri? Where do you start??

Lately there have been a flurry of questions in my local MRTT groups where someone has asked something along the lines of … “Where do I go to learn about Triathlons?” “What kind of swimming can I do in a tri?” “How do I get started?”

As a librarian (on hiatus), I love to answer questions, so it’s hard for me to refrain from going down the #letmelibrarianthatforyou path.  I tend to have the longest answers in the thread.  But I have a blog, so I’ll save my answers here.

Need help deciphering the Tri language?  Check out this post by Meredith Atwood, Swim Bike Mom: Speak Triathlon SBM Terms

How do you set up a transition area? Cynthia at You Signed up for What has these: 5 Triathlon Transition Tips 

I also enjoyed reading Meredith’s Triathlon journey.  She’s done a lot to show that anyone can Tri if they are determined to do it.  Check out her book:  Triathlon for Every Woman, blog SwimBikeMom and the Facebook group Trifecta:  Family, Life & Tri for helpful advice at every level.

As I mentioned earlier, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What? has a ton of great content for beginners (see her posts tagged with Triathlon Training), as well as monthly Tri Talk Tuesday and weekly Friday Five link ups.

These are my go to FB Tri groups:

Women For Tri:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/WomenForTri/?hc_location=ufi

SBM Trifecta:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/sbmtrifecta/?hc_location=ufi

If you’re in the Phoenix area:

WannaTri has great open water swim clinics (remember this one?):  https://www.facebook.com/wannatri?fref=ts

Team Luna Chix:  Phoenix Triathlon Team have Swim, Bike, Run clinics as well as a monthly yoga night!  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Team-LUNA-Chix-Phoenix-Triathlon/195238183841303?fref=ts

My pinterest boards:

My 2 Cents:  If you do not have a strong swimming background, I think that starting out with the pool tris are the way to go!  (PHX locals, check out TriFamily Racing and other local races).  Build your confidence with an indoor tri and then move up to the pool swim tri before jumping in the lake!  🙂  If you do decide to jump in the lake for your first tri, try to get a few open water swim practices first.  It really is a different type of swimming.   Note:  I learned the hard way and did the open water swim first.

*Disclaimer:  These are just a few of the resources that are out there.  So far, this is what I have found to be helpful.  Please share what has worked for you!

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