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 StartedIf 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
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