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THE TRIATHLON: YES, YOU CAN DO THIS!

To jumpstart your triathlon training, see our three-part workout on page 114.

Finding time to train for one sport is hard enough, so training for three must be impossible, right? Not if you do it right, says Bay Area triathlon coach Matt Dixon. In fact, tri training can be easier than your current routine. It can also protect you from injury, earn you bigtime bragging rights, and get you in the best shape of your life.

The key to finishing your first triathlon, or doing better in your next one, is efficiency—not endlessly excruciating, soul-crushing, joint-smashing workout sessions. On the next three pages we’ll show you strategies for swimming, biking, and running so you can hit the starting line with confidence—and the finish line faster than ever.

The Swim

For stroke efficiency, keep your fingers slightly spaced.

“DON’T MINDLESSLY LOG YARDAGE. BY TUNING IN TO THE WAY MY BODY FELT AT DIFFERENT INTENSITIES, I WAS ABLE TO SHAVE 11 MINUTES FROM MY HALF-IRONMAN SWIM TIME. PJ Gallagher, 46 ”

of navigating open water, drifting off course, or getting kicked in the face by another competitor. And those

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