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What Is A Triathlon?

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20 Jan 2010

Swim, bike, run

Triathlons are classified according to the distance of the swim, bike and run sections. Typical triathlon distances are: 'Olympic' triathlon (1500m swim/38k bike/10k run), 'Sprint' triathlon (750m swim/19k bike/5k run) and 'Super Sprint' triathlon (400m swim/9.5k bike/2.5k run). Or you can enter as a team of three and do one leg each.

The 'Super Sprint' distance triathlon is recommended for first-time triathletes. If you’re feeling more adventurous, then the next stage up is a ‘Sprint’ distance triathlon. This is also sometimes called a half triathlon. If you’re a seasoned competitor an Olympic triathlon is for you, this is also known as a full triathlon.

Don't forget transition! Transition is often called the 4th discipline of triathlon, this is where you change from swim to bike and from bike to run. Getting this right can shave seconds or even minutes off your time, or for some it is a welcome break in between each stage!

If you are new to triathlons then buying equipment can initially seem daunting. There are many variations of wetsuits and bikes to choose from. It is good to seek advice from professionals and we recommend a visit to our experienced friends at www.triuk.com for advice.