Put together for the retro triathlon now »Albuquerque Journal

Would you like to be part of the triathlon scene?

A participant in the 2015 Rio Grande Retro Triathlon wears superhero clothing. (Courtesy photo of Chasing3 Race Productions)

Now is the time to prepare for the beginner-friendly Rio Grande Retro Triathlon that will take place near the Bosque in Albuquerque in late April.

“This is perfectly feasible for someone who has been moderately active since the New Year,” said Maripat Glover, triathlete and owner of Aspire Coaching in Albuquerque.

The Retro Tri is the first of the season with a flat course and short distances. The 3-mile run, 10-mile bike, and 400-yard swim routes on the plains make it a great beginner race, according to race organizer Andie Talmadge, a triathlete and owner of FitFundamentals in Rio Rancho.

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The Albuquerque event is part of the USA Triathlon Retro Tri is one of five nationwide where the emphasis is on participation rather than competition, according to the USA Triathon website.

“The aim is to introduce more Americans to triathlon while promoting camaraderie and friendship.”

Contestants were encouraged by USA Triathlon to wear retro clothing to the events.

Glover says now is the time to get serious about training.

“The weather is getting better and it’s time to go outside,” she said.

A triathlon, provided the athlete has access to a bike and can swim freestyle through the pool, is a great destination for trying different types of training.

“The workout is great because you can do different workouts and it just isn’t boring,” she said.

She encourages anyone interested to take stock of “where you are” before beginning any exercise program. Searching the internet for “How do I do your first triathlon?” Is one way to get started.

After evaluating your physical location, Glover recommends gradually increasing the workload during the time you have before your race.

According to USA Triathlon, if you are out of shape, overweight or suffering from debilitating conditions, it will take you about 12 weeks to prepare for a sprint triathlon.

Someone who can currently swim 25 meters and do 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise 4-5 times a week can get ready in eight or nine weeks.

Next, find a program.

“You can do it alone or with an online program,” said Glover. However, she recommends hiring a coach or joining a training group for the first time.

“There is a lot in these programs that you can’t get from reading a book or from a program you download from the Internet,” she said.

Glover offers coaching and a clinic on triathlon transitions through their training business, which will take place in April. Talmadge runs several triathlon training groups that are open to all levels, as well as open water swimming clinics later in the season.

A list of New Mexico triathlon coaches is available on TriFind.com.

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