Beginners' Guide

New to triathlon? Learn the basics with our Beginners' Guide.

Click here to download the USA Triathlon Beginners' Guide

The Beginners' Guide has been adapted and reprinted with permission from USA Triathlon Magazine. Topics include:

  • Eight Questions about Multisport
  • Multisport 101: Getting Started
  • Race-Day Checklist: What to Bring to Every Event
  • Swim Training: Breathing for Beginners by Marty Gaal
  • Cycling Training: Shift Gears, Literally! by Matthew Clancy
  • Run Training: Proper Pacing for Your Best Run by Mark Allen
  • Mental Training Wheels by Cheryl D. Hart

(click the checklist to download printable PDF)

Beginner Articles

These beginner friendly articles can get you started with your triathlon training. Access the USAT Multisport Zone for more articles on training, nutrition, races rules and more.


Training Tools

Find a local user created training route for your next workout via TrainingPeaks.com. Search by location, distance, surface, elevation and sport to find the best workout for your training plan.