The question “where should I start my triathlon training program?” should be your first question you should ask yourself. And since this question is your starting point if you want to become a triathlete, it is at the same time most difficult to answer. To somehow guide you on your decision making here are the things you should know:
Like learning a skill, you should know what particular point you are presently in. Are you a beginner? Have you already been doing some of the disciplines in the triathlon? Where is your weak point? Do you know how to swim? Do you know how to bike? Where are your strengths? Have you been doing all these and would only want to have a structured training? Have you just got up from your couch and manage to realize that you want to run, swim, and bike?
All these questions and many other questions related to identifying where to start your triathlon training program should be considered. This would let you identify where to start.
Where to start should coincide your goal and your purpose why you need to train. The truth is, there are hundreds of ways and variations of training you can adapt. If you were unable to identify your goal, you will probably fail.
Set your goal, both short term and long term. In this way you know the limits of your training. If you have no plans of joining the Ironman, then skip the idea of running, swimming, and biking 6 days a week. You will only strain yourself and would eventually lead you to losing interest. If you were only making your entry to the 3 disciplines, then it would not be healthy if you start strong. Move gradually until you reach your goal.
Another reason why you should not start strong if you are only a beginner is the risk of injury. You simply cannot do couch-to-5k in one day.
If in case you have been training for some time and would like to enter triathlon, you can start from where you are at present. Improve your skill from there but remember, you have to have a goal to follow and achieve.
Whether you are a beginner or have been training for triathlon for some time, one thing remains the same: you must have a goal to follow. And this would give you the idea what type of triathlon training program you should choose.