To be blunt, you need a foundation coming in. Before you tackle a long-distance triathlon, we suggest a minimum of one year’s experience training for and racing triathlons. Should you decide to forego this qualification, you certainly won’t be the first. However, in terms of safely handling the volume and intensity required, it’s smart to spend at least a year exploring the sport’s more receptive race distances.
On the day that you are to hurl yourself into our 24-week training program, plan so that you’re comfortable with, or have worked up to, a weekly training volume as described here.