Kw-halloween-logo-small

Triathlon 101

Swimming is one of the three events in a triathlon.
Swimming
Cycling is one of the three events, along with cycling and running in a triathlon.
Cycling

Learn to run, cycle, swim and improve your fitness. Find out how you can get in shape and race a triathlon.

Triathlon - What Is It?

Triathlon combines the sports of swimming, cycling and running into one race. There are various distances for each event but most triathlons will have a .9 mile (1.5 km) swim, a 25 mile (40 km) bike ride and a 6.25 mile (10 km) run. There are also sprint triathlons over shorter distances and long triathlons, like the Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon, over much longer distances.

Triathlon - Getting Started

If you think the distances in a triathlon are much too long for you, relax. There are lots of triathlon events for kids, which have shorter swims, bike rides and runs. Kids triathlons are usually open to kids of all ages and will typically include a 200 yard swim, a 2.5 mile bike ride and a one mile run. Those distances aren't really that far and you may have already done a triathlon without even knowing it. For example, if you swim at the pool for a while, then go for a bike ride to a friend's house, then run away from the neighbor's dog that always chases you - well, you've kind of done a triathlon! If you'd like to race in an organized triathlon for kids, check with your local community center or YMCA for more info. Some of these places may also have triathlon camps for kids and teens, which will also help you out with your training.

Triathlon - Training

  • When you're training for a triathlon, one of the most important things to remember is pacing. Don't jump in the pool and start swimming as hard as you can right away or you'll be dragging your butt the rest of the race. Start out slowly and pace yourself so you can finish the race strong.
  • Work on "transitions". One of the most difficult things of a triathlon is the experience of going straight from swimming to biking and biking to running. Practice these transitions before your race day and your triathlon race will run much more smoothly.
  • Practice running, cycling or biking with a group of friends so you know what it's like to race with people. It's much different swimming in a pool full of people than it is by yourself, so be prepared.

Triathlon - Did You Know?

  • The world's longest and toughest triathlon is the World Deca-Ironman Championships in Monterrey, Mexico. Athletes swim 24 miles, cycle 1,120 miles and run 262 miles!
Related Stories:

 

>
>

readers voted!

Comments

InfinityAndBeyondxP
I've competed in a triathlon before
commented: Thu Nov 21, 2013

YourNotAMistake
SWimming and biking all the waaayy!!
commented: Thu Oct 24, 2013

thrice

thrice wrote:

i love swimming dont like running and cant ride a bike
commented: Fri Sep 06, 2013

there are 30 more comments

Please login or register to add comments


like this article?
Sign up now to get more just like!

latest videos

F1123606378156

Fave Triathlon Sport? Vote!

  • Running.
  • Cycling.
  • Swimming.
  • None of the above - triathlon is lame.

related stories

Micro_m-boston-marathon
Boston is not known for many things except for sports. The Red Sox, the Bruins, and the Celtics a...
Micro_workout-micro
Spring is in the air which means new outdoor ways to work out! Breaking a sweat while you're exer...
Micro_running-micro
Spring is in the air, and that means it’s time to get outside and get active. Running is a great ...
Best way to get rid of the extra pounds this Thanksgiving is lots of running. We take a look at m...
Want to try something this summer that is both fun and great exercise? Then swimming may be the s...

Sports in the forums

awesomedude426
The San Francisco giants won the world series. Talk bout it
reply about 2 hours
Kaylee1149
"love_melz" wrote: PEOPLE SAY IT'S A SPORT OR IS IT ????             ? IS IT A SPORT  ? IS IT A SPORT          ? IS IT A SPORT  ? IS IT A SPORT           ? IS IT A SPORT  ? IS IT A SPORT          ? IS IT A SPORT  ? IS IT A SPORT  usually cheerleading and dancing aren't considered sports because it doesn't look like everyother sport but we put in just as much effort as the varsity football players so we deserve the same respect as a football player would get. 
reply about 3 hours
house_lannister
house_lannister posted in Dance:
I do irish dance to! soooooo fun!
reply about 7 hours
ValenciaRose
ValenciaRose posted in Dance:
ballet 
reply 4 days
peppermintbark101
swimming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
reply 5 days

play online games

Candy-100

A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

Big_icon_(7)

Have you ever fancied being a ranger like those fantasy characters you love so m...

Big_icon_(4)

You run across the city in a car chase with the police officers.

Big_icon_(6)

The evil master kidnapped all of your friends!

Ow_fright_ad_100x100

Explore the world or hang out with friends in your own condo. Get a unique look,...