Y Be Fit Triathlon - October 2, 2016

5K Run, 10 mile Bike, 300 meter pool swim.

For 35 years now I have been training, racing and just love being fit.  It has truly changed and shaped my life into the most amazing journey.  Even my two wonderful children wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for fitness as I met my wife 27 years ago on the running track at College of the Desert.  In that 35 years I have accomplished so much, including over 50 marathons and ultra marathons, over 30 triathlons including the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii, and so much more.

As I look back on that journey, the one thing that really stands out for me was that first day when I made the decision and commitment to do something to get healthy. I set a goal to run a marathon, bought a book on how to train, and took that first step. As I ran out of my apartment in North Palm Springs, I jogged about a block, and literally had to stop, bend over with my hands on my knees and catch my breath. Wow was I out of shape.  That always reminds me that we all start at ground zero at some point, and work from there.  It also reminds me that anyone can change and become an athlete, no matter their circumstances.  The body is an amazing miracle and with a little effort you can make it do anything. I couldn’t run a block the first day, 9 months later I completed my first marathon and have never stopped.  Just recently at age 60 I completed climbing all of California’s 14,000 foot mountain peaks.

I tell you all this because if you are looking at doing this event as your first triathlon, a bucket list item. or even your first race ever, you may think  “A triathlon???  Who am I kidding??” I am here to say YOU CAN DO THIS with minimal training and effort.  The Y Be Fit Triathlon is the perfect first time triathlon.

Below is a six week beginner training program that you can use a guide to get ready for the Y be Fit Triathlon on October 2, 2016.  Even if you walk the 5k, slowly pedal your bike for 10 miles, and then dog paddle the 300 meter swim, it will change your life.  If you use the training program below it will prepare you a little better for success, and then there will be no stopping you. Good luck!  See you at the finish line as we put your finisher medal around your neck.

Greg Klein
Klein and Clark Sports
www.kleinclarksports.com 

Week #1

Monday - walk or jog 1 mile, or for 20 minutes
Wednesday - walk or jog 1 mile, or for 20 minutes
Friday - walk or jog 1 mile, or for 20 minutes
*Saturday or Sunday - ride bike 3-5 miles, or for 20 minutes

Find a pool or join the PD Aquatic Center

Week #2

Monday - walk or jog 1 mile or for 20 minutes
Wednesday - swim laps for 10-15 minutes at your own pace.
Friday - walk or jog 1 mile, or for 20 minutes
*Saturday or Sunday - ride bike 3-5 miles, or for 20 minutes

Week #3

Monday - walk or jog 1 1/2 miles or for 30 minutes
Wednesday - swim laps for 10-15 minutes at your own pace (try swimming at least 3- 5 laps at a time without stopping)
Friday - walk or jog 1 1/2 miles, or for 30 minutes
*Saturday or Sunday - ride bike 5-7 miles, or for 30 minutes

Week #4

Monday - walk or jog 1 1/2 miles or for 30 minutes
Wednesday - swim laps for 15-20 minutes at your own pace (try swimming at least 5 -7  laps at a time without stopping) Use any swim stroke you are comfortable with.

Saturday or Sunday - walk or jog 1 1/2 miles or for 30 minutes and then immediately upon returning from your run/walk get on your bike and ride 5 miles, or for 25 minutes.  This is called a brick workout and teaches your muscles to get use to running and then riding which you will do in the race.

Week #5

Monday - walk or jog 2 -3 miles or for 40-50 minutes
Wednesday - swim laps for 15-20 minutes at your own pace (try swimming at least 5 -7  laps at a time without stopping) Use any swim stroke you are comfortable with.
Saturday or Sunday - walk or jog 2-3 miles or for 45 minutes and then immediately upon returning from your run/walk get on your bike and ride 7 miles, or for 35 minutes. 

Week #6

Monday - walk or jog 3 miles or for 45 minutes
Wednesday - swim laps for 20 minutes at your own pace.
Friday - walk or jog 2 miles, or for 30 minutes
Saturday or Sunday - ride bike 10 miles, or for 40 minutes

Race Week - September 26 - October 2, 2016

Monday - walk or jog 2 miles or for 35 minutes
Wednesday - swim laps for 15 minutes at your own pace.
Friday - Ride your bike easy for 20 minutes
Sunday - RACE DAY - Get to the race early.  Relax, get set up. See you at the finish line
*  incorporate some gradual climbs when biking as you will encounter this on race day.

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