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My First Triathlon: Training Tips and More!

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Four Races Worth a Tri

Earn your bragging rights at one of these sprint or Olympic-distance races.

1. Avia Wildflower Triathlon Festival

The 29th annual Avia Wildflower Triathlon Festival race in Bradley, California, boasts more than 7,500 competitors (beginner and elite), who camp out on-site, sit around bonfires, and listen to live music -- true to its nickname, the Woodstock of Triathlon. (May 1, 2011; 1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run; $150 registration fee)

2. Danskin Triathlon Series

The Danskin Triathlon Series is the largest and longest-running race of its kind. Among the six beginner-friendly courses in six states, our favorite is the sprint tri in Orlando, which cuts through Walt Disney World. (May 8, 2011; half-mile swim, 12-mile bike, 3.1-mile run; $115 registration fee)

Iron Girl National Event Series

Race alongside other newbies in the women-only Iron Girl National Event Series in locations such as California, Colorado, Georgia, New York, and Wisconsin. (March through November; distances and prices vary)

Nautica New York City Triathlon

While the Big Apple is known for its marathon, the Nautica New York City Triathlon is equally memorable. You'll swim with the fast-moving Hudson River current (and surely break your old swim PRs), pedal in and out of the Bronx, and run to the finish in Central Park. (August 7, 2011; 1,500-meter swim, 40K bike, 10K run; $245 registration fee)


Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2010


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