Outside's Triathlon Training by Matt Dixon

TRIPLE THREAT To finish any intermediate-distance race--e.g., the 1.5-mile swim, 18-mile bike ride, and 8-mile run Alcatraz summer triathlon--without suffering, you'll need to put in equal time in the pool, on the bike, and on the road. This simple plan, developed by Matt Dixon (purplepatchfitness.com), coach of Ironman World Championship runner-up Chris Lieto, spreads the training over five months, letting you gradually build up stamina and strength in three sports without them taking over your life. You should schedule the start of your training five months before your target race day. If you've got time to spare before your training begins, take a swim class, get your gear dialed, and sign up for a warm-up sprint-distance tri to get some experience.

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