Triathlons are exciting multi-sport endurance events with three continuous sequential endurance races. The word is of Greek origin – three + competition.
While variations of the sports exist the most common format requires you to clock a swim, a bike ride and a run across various distances in a continuous sequence. This multisport evolved in the 1970s and was introduced as an Olympic sport in the 2000 games in Sydney, Australia.
Over the years, triathlons have come to be of different types. The shortest and simplest being the Super Sprint, to the most challenging – the Ultraman.
- The Super Sprint consists of 0.4km swim, 10km bike ride, and 2.5km run.
- The Sprint Triathlon includes an approximately 0.75km swim, a 24km bike ride, and a 5km run.
- The Olympic distance, which is typically 1.5km swim, a 40km bike ride, and 10 km run.
- The Half Ironman is comprised of 1.9km swim, a 90km bike ride, and a 21km run.
- The Ironman distance consists of a 3.8km swim, a 180km bike ride, and a 42km run.
- The Ultraman is split into 3 stages over a course of 3 days – Stage 1 includes a 10km swim followed by a 145km cross-country bike ride. Stage 2 includes a 276km bike ride. Stage 3 is an 84km run. Whew!
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Triathletes try to compete for the fastest overall course completion time, including timed “transitions” between the individual swim, cycle and run sections. The transition areas are where the switches from swimming to cycling and cycling to running occur and are set up to store bicycles and other accessories needed for the next stage of the race. The transition from swim to bike is called T1 and that between the bike and run is called T2. Transitions are an important part of the sport as well as the athlete’s training to gain time over competition.
Triathlon as a sport requires periodized training in all three sports – Running, Cycling and Swimming, as well as combination workouts and good strength conditioning. Good quality equipment and apparel are critical to deliver the small wins and also, more importantly, keep you comfortable over the long duration of the sport.
Triathlon events are gaining popularity in India with good levels of participation. As a sport, this can be enjoyed by someone looking for a big challenge and also enjoyed by anyone looking to step into the world of fitness as the races can last up to 1 hour for the smaller races and as much as 8-11 hours of the longer ones.
Are you looking for something different from the usual marathons or bike races? Do you enjoy endurance sport? Are you looking to get super fit and looking for a really challenging goal? Do you love gadgets?
Signing up for a Triathlon might just hit the spot!
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