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Triathlon Training for Kids As "The New York Times" reported in 2009, "triathlons for children have become tremendously popular, drawing participants as young as 3 years old." This phenomenon mirrors the surge in popularity of triathlons among adults in the early 21st century. But if your child wants to participate in a triathlon, his training must be carefully monitored. The demands of a triathlon, even the shorter versions moncler outlet online designed for children, can cause injuries in the short term and more permanent damage in the long run.

Swim Training Crucial Swimming is the most dangerous stage of a triathlon for kids and adults. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that that triathlons for kids should limit the distance of the swim stage to 50 yards for ages 6 to 8 and max out at 300 yards for ages 12 to 15. If your child can swim more than a short distance, triathlete coach Matt Russ at The Sport Factory recommends beginning swim lessons as the best training program. For kids who can swim proficiently, getting them into an organized swimming program is an excellent way to prepare for a triathlon. Swimming, a lowimpact activity, is a great way for kids to get in shape, and it doesn put as much stress on a child body moncler outlet store as running.

Gradual Increases for Running and Biking Russ recommends that you train kids for the bike portion of the triathlon by increasing their workload gradually. Start with a slow bike ride about half the distance required in the event, which generally ranges from 2 miles for younger children to 4 miles for older kids. Then gradually increase the distance each week. The training for moncler outlet the running stage is similar. Start by slowly running half the distance required by the event, and perhaps walking the remaining distance. Add a bit more running and a bit less walking each week. Three running sessions per week is plenty, and kids should run on soft surfaces rather than concrete or asphalt. 

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