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Updated on 8/26/2020 by Rick Stella: Updated the sections on how to pick out a race and what kind of gear is recommended, checked the product availability of everything recommended throughout the guide, and updated the prices and links where necessary.

Training for and completing a triathlon takes a lot of work. An event comprised of swimming, biking, and running, triathlons require immense dedication in order to finish even the shortest versions. 

Despite the very outside nature of each activity, training for a triathlon can still be done from the comfort of one's home and doesn't have to be a complicated venture. You don't even need an elaborate plan or a personal trainer to get it done, either. 

With a few fitness tools and some motivation, you could be racing your first triathlon in as few as eight weeks. Don't just take it from us, either. Conrad Goeringer, a certified Ironman coach and author of The Working Triathlete, suggests putting this time spent at home to good use. 

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