Originally Posted by needsastang80
how and where do you do this kinda of training? the running is not for me but i love biking. how do i traing and what kinda bike do i need and all that
What kind of bike depends on what your goals and budget are. I could compete in age-group, nationally in my twenties. Then I got married, had kids, and my training suffered (not really suffered, since I traded it for an awesome wife and two awesome daughters for it)
I don't do group rides on the bike, I train mainly alone. The reason is more mental since there isn't any drafting in triathlons (you'll get a penalty) so you really are alone on the bike. As such I have a pure triathlon bike which ran around $1500 two years ago (Specialized Transition) and I'm looking at a $2K Quintano Roo at the moment. If you want to join a bike team or do group rides on the bike, then stick with a road bike. Tri bikes are very difficult to handle in group rides because most of your weight is over the front tire.
But, if you are just starting out and have a bike, that is fine. After one or two tris you might invest in some aero bars which will put your weight over the front wheel. It will make the transition from bike->run alot easier. Go out for a 20 mile bike ride, strap on your running shoes, and run for 3 miles. Really weird experience if you have never done it.
When I first started out I had a $200 Cannondale (probably $600 today for the same bike) and regularly smoked people on their $1K triathlon bikes. $5K triathlon bikes work if you are elite and are trying to shave off a minute or two on a 2 hours triathlon but pretty much a waste of money for the average age grouper.
Hardest part for most people is the swimming. Most people don't know how to swim efficiently and all that thrasing kills you on the bike and run. My "best events" actually go just like the tri's do: Best: Swimming 2nd Best: Bike 3rd Best: Run.
Best way to learn to swim properly is in a Masters Swim Program. Only thing crazy about it is the workouts are typically 5am! Here is a list of Dallas area master's swim teams (you don't have to compete in swim meets to be part of the team, but they are fun)
Two other websites for you:
Dallas area triathlons/duatholons (duatholons are run->bike->run for the non-fish)
Good site on training for different distances (click "Training")
Sprints are very managable with not much training. Typically, the distance is 300-500 meter swim, 12-15 mile bike, 5K run
Olympic/International distance is what they used in the Olympics and International competitions (about 5-6 hours a week training for an average age grouper): 1500 meter swim, 25 mile bike, 10K run
1/2 ironman (got to be dedicated, about 5-6 months solid training after you can complete an Internation distance tri, about 12-15 hours training per week) :
1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run
ironman (got to be extremely dedicated, about 7 months of solid training, 15-20 hours per week training):
2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run