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My First Triathlon | Very Beginner Triathlon Training

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Tammy Slauenwhite

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12 Weeks

Includes Structured Workouts

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Plan Description

(Updated May 17, 2021)

The 'My First Triathlon' training plan was developed by me and utilized for four consecutive years when I was coaching beginner triathletes in the Bridgewater Triathlon Club, Nova Scotia, Canada. What this means is the plan has been tried, tested, and proven to be true! Every single participant that I coached using the basic concepts within this plan has had 100% success. Since it's creation, I have coached over 100 beginner triathletes with no prior experience whatsoever using this plan.

When I added 'My First Triathlon' to my TrainingPeaks library, I updated it with the latest concepts in triathlon training for beginners and packed it with all kinds of information to introduce the inexperienced to the world of triathlon. It comes complete with several guides to help you along your way as well as email support. If you ever have a question, PLEASE reach out to me.

The plan is designed to train the beginner using a safe low-intensity progressive overload based on time instead of distance. It consists of shorter workouts through the week, longer workouts on the weekends, and one day of rest (can take Monday as additional rest day if needed). There are also two core strength workouts included. There are four brick workouts each week so the beginner gets a more true triathlon training experience.

The icing on the cake is the mini triathlon training practices that have been worked into the plan. This adds an element of fun and excitement, giving the beginner a chance to practice triathlons in a non-competitive environment. I remember what it was like to do my first triathlon, and combining that with over a decade of experience in coaching beginner triathletes, I used this knowledge to build one hell of a kick-ass triathlon training plan for beginners. This plan that will not only help them complete a Try-a-Tri or Sprint triathlon distance but big time boost their fitness, skills, and confidence along the way.

If you have any questions about this plan, feel free to contact me. Remember, the joy is in the journey.

Happy training!

Coach Tammy Lee
Endurance Coach & Eductora


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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Bike x4
01:51:00 01:00:00
Run x3
00:49:00 00:30:00
Swim x2
01:12:00 01:00:00
Strength x2
00:55:00 00:30:00
Day Off x1
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
01:51:00 01:00:00
00:49:00 00:30:00
01:12:00 01:00:00
00:55:00 00:30:00
Day Off
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Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Heart Rate Monitor
  • GPS

All supported devices

Tammy Slauenwhite | Endurance Coach & Educator


Structured training plans for triathlon, duathlon, running, and cycling. Also providing plans for strength training and weight loss. Beginner to advanced levels. All plans are structured and come with email support. 20+ years of experience. Ask about my membership program with additional features and benefits. Contact me if you have questions, especially if you are unsatisfied with any one of my plans so I can have the opportunity to make it right. The joy is in the journey. ~ Coach Tammy Lee ✌️

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