Introduction to triathlon
Why not try a tri?
Triathlon is an exciting, fun, multi-discipline sport that caters for beginners and seasoned athletes alike. Since entering the sporting world in the 1970s, triathlon has rapidly grown in popularity and achieved Olympic status at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. It is now one of the fastest growing sports with thousands of events over a wide variety of distances taking place every year.
Triathlon events comprise three separate disciplines: swimming, cycling and running, which are completed in order without breaks. This sometimes installs fear into many would-be participants, however, the reality is that triathlon distances are extremely varied, from ‘try-a-tri’ fun events where the distances are very short, through to the ultimate triathlon challenge – the ironman, where competitors have to complete a 2.4 mile open water swim, 112 miles on the bike and finish with a full marathon of 26.2 miles – consecutively!
Sprint and super-sprint distance triathlons are much shorter and serve both as an ideal introduction to the sport and also a meaningful challenge in their own right. Sprint category triathlons typically comprise the following distances:
- Swim: 400m. Often swimming pool based but can occasionally be open water.
- Cycle: 10km (6.2 miles)
- Run: 2.5km (1½ miles)
- Swim: 750m. Often swimming pool based but can occasionally be open water.
- Cycle: 20km (12.4 miles)
- Run: 5km (3.1miles)
Not sounding so bad after all? From beginning your training, to lining up at the start and finishing; preparing for and completing a triathlon is a great experience, so why not get involved?