Training for your first tri
Thinking about doing your first race this summer? Confused about how to get started, when to start, where to go for advice? One of our goals here at The Musselman is to introduce newcomers to the sport, and help you out a bit deciphering all of the ins and outs. We'd love to see you on the starting line of the mini-Mussel this coming summer, but even more than that we'd love to see you become involved in a wonderful sport.

Toward that end, here's a raining plan geared at preparing you for the mini-Mussel. Rather than re-invent the wheel, this plan draws from Dan Empfield's "Beginner's Training" series of articles, reprinted by permission of Slowtwitch.com. The series prepares the athlete for an olympic distance race; since the mini-Mussel is slightly shorter than this, it should give you that much more confidence come raceday.

There are 21 weeks of preparation covered in this guide. Conveniently, if you start in the middle of February, the culmination of this schedule falls on July 14. And even if you don't end up racing the mini-Mussel, dedicated adherance to this guide will get you from the starting line to the finish line of any triathlon you'd like to tackle this summer.

Get ready to be a Musselman!