Among his counterterrorism efforts, Strategic Engagement Group vice president John Guandolo authored Raising a Jihadi Generation: Understanding the Muslim Brotherhood Movement in America. Aside from his writing and speaking engagements, John Guandolo trains for triathlons.
Many athletes enjoy the balanced training required by triathlons. Here are three tips you should consider to prepare for your first triathlon:
1) Start Small: Before you register for a full Ironman, you may want to try an Olympic or sprint triathlon in your area. The latter events generally feature a 750-meter swim, followed by a 20-kilometer ride and 5-kilometer run.
2) Use Your Resources: Avoid investing too much money into your first triathlon event. If you already own a swimsuit, goggles, and a bike, use them. Many shorter races use pools for the swimming component, thus you will not likely need a wetsuit. However, new running shoes are always a good investment.
3) Include Rest: Each training regimen will vary depending on the individual, but make sure to include sufficient rest in between exercises. You will also want to practice carrying a slower pace to begin with and then pushing toward a strong finish.