Summer is halfway over, which means you're running out of time to race your first triathlon! Since a triathlon consists of swimming, biking and running, it is typically a summer event. If you’re considering signing up for one or just curious what all the hype is about, read more for some basic information about triathlons.
Triathlons are the ultimate physical test on an athletes’ endurance. A triathlon typically consists of three different disciplines over various distances: swimming, cycling and running. Triathletes try to compete for the fastest overall course completion time, which includes the three different disciplines as well as their transition times between each. A transition time will occur when the athlete is transitioning from sport to sport in the race. The transition between swim to bike is referred to as T1 while the transition between bike to run is referred to as T2. Transition areas serve the sole purpose of storing bicycles, gear and other accessories necessary for the athlete to complete the race.
There are four distances when choosing a triathlon. They are the sprint triathlon, the Olympic triathlon, the half ironman or the full ironman.
- The sprint triathlon is the best option for an athlete new to the event. This triathlon consists of a 0.3 to 0.5 mile swim followed by a 12 to 15 mile bike ride and finishing with a 5k run. This would typically take one to two hours. The sprint triathlon covers about 15.4 to 18.6 miles.
- The Olympic triathlon is made for the pros. This option includes a 1.5k swim followed by a 40km bike ride and finishing with a 10k run. This Olympic event covers roughly 31.9 miles.
- The half-ironman, also known as 70.3 for the distance in miles that it covers, would be the next step up for an athlete looking to test their personal endurance. This includes a 1.2 mile swim followed by a 16 mile bike ride and finishing with a half marathon of 13.1 miles. This would typically take someone four to six hours to complete if they have prepared for the event.
- Lastly, for those looking to really push their boundaries, there is the full ironman. This event could take an athlete anywhere from eight to seventeen hours to complete. The ironman begins with a 2.4 mile swim followed by 112 miles of biking and finishing with a full marathon. The full ironman distance covers 140.6 miles.
Triathlons are a summer event, so get going and sign up for your first sprint triathlon today! Obviously preparation is a must, so train and take care of your body with the proper equipment and gear that can offer the support you need for this endurance event, like a pair of our insoles!