Triathlon Training Day 1

Do you need help to prepare you for your first triathlon? Or do your want to improve your times this year? The specialists and coaches of RG Active will be on hand to present sessions focusing on all three disciplines of the triathlon and give you a chance to practise your transitions.

Triathletes in action during the Triathlon Training Day 1 triathlons
Event Time:11:00 am
Event Date:20 May 2018
Event Distance: Various


A triathlon is one of the trickiest and most difficult types of event you can try, but the challenge is what makes it great. It comprises of a swimming section, followed by a large bicycle ride, and finally a long stretch of running.

For anyone who has ever done an event involving one sport, such as a 10K run, and found themselves bored by the end, a triathlon might be the exciting fitness challenge you’ve been looking for! Combining three sports – swimming, cycling and running, a triathlon provides a varied and challenging workout that test your fitness and endurance across multiple disciplines.


Find a Traithlon near you


Sprint | Super Sprint | Olympic | Half Ironman | Ironman


What is a triathlon made up of?

The distance of a triathlon can vary, but the race will always begin with a swim start. Depending on the length of the course this could be in a swimming pool or an open water swim such as a lake or sea. 

The swimming section of the triathlon is then followed by a cycling section – beginners don’t need to splash out on an expensive new bike, if you already own a mountain bike you can use that for your first few races! The cycling section is considered by many triathletes to be the most challenging part of the endurance event, with standard triathlon courses incorporating a 40km bike leg.

The final leg of the triathlon is a run. Again, the distance will vary depending on the length of the course, but a 10k run is considered standard for a triathlon. 

Between stages there is also a transition, which is often referred to as the fourth discipline. The transition area is where you change your kit between stages, for example switching from your cycling gear to your running shoes. The time it takes you to do this is counted as part of your total triathlon time, so serious triathletes will have got their transitions down to a fine art.

What are the benefits of taking part in a triathlon?

Triathlons are great for those who are looking to improve their fitness, lose weight but don’t like the idea of doing a regular marathon of running event. The varied stages keep training and competing challenging and interesting, providing a total body workout. Those prone to running injuries may also benefit from the swimming and cycling sections, as the movements are lower impact on joints.

Regardless of sprint length, triathlons are typically divided into age groups. This means that you will be competing alongside other triathletes who fall into the same band for age and sex as you, with the exception of triathletes who fall into the separate elite category.

Top Triathlon Events in 2020

We have picked out the best events taking place in 2019. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Triathlons' tab at the top of this page to find them.

Ironman UK Wales

This event is well established as having one of the most challenging bike and run courses on the IRONMAN calendar.  It also boasts the most spectacular swim location of any IRONMAN event, and the inspiration gained from one of the most vocal and enthusiastically-supported events with tens of thousands of spectators who turn out for race day on all three disciplines.

Find out more about the Ironman Wales event here

Ironman Wales - Triathlon Event

RG Active sees over 5000 people each season helping them in every way imaginable as they aim to meet their multi-sport objectives whether that is to get themselves to the finish line, qualify for their country or just have a really good time! The highly qualified and experienced coaching team helping you on your training day include John Brame, Marsha el-Hage, Emma Young & Phil Paterson. Between them they provide coaching for athletes of all levels of fitness and ability from first time triathletes through to seasoned professionals and elite performers.

Starting an open water triathlon with confidence is key for every competitor, and our aim is to provide you with all the advice and support to help you achieve this. The training will be aimed at both complete novices doing their first triathlon as well as those who have completed 1-2 triathlons but still feel like they need help on improving their triathlon technique early in the season. The sessions will provide you with both practical and theoretical advice.

These are just some of the things you will cover:


Open water swimming techniques including mass/group starts, course sighting, swimming toys and equipment, turning, fitting and removing wetsuit etc. There will be special provision for nervous and first-time open-water swimmers.


Knowing and preparing your bike, bike rules and regs, bike position, bike equipment and nutrition and hydration on the bike leg.


Efficient run technique, good warm up and post exercise stretching, pace judgement, running drills.


Kit layout, transition set-up, options to save time, applicable rules.

Numbers will be limited so early application is required.

Event Location : Windsor, Dorney Lake , SL4 6QP

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