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Triathlon Distance

Triathlon Distance: All You Need to Know

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Triathlon Distance

Triathlon Distance

When you tell someone you’re doing a triathlon, you’ll probably hear, “Oh dude, an Ironman? Intense!” But an Ironman is actually a specific distance of race—and the longest one.

There are actually four common triathlon distances. Before you can jump head first into training, you have to pick which one you’re looking to tackle.

That’s why we got in contact with Jennifer Harrison—professional USAT Level II certified triathlon coach from the Chicago area—to break down the basics that every guy must know before signing up for a race.

“There are many different variations of triathlons, but your classic four are the sprint distant, the Olympic distance, the half Ironman (which is now called the 70.3), and the Full Ironman (also known as the 140.6),” says Harrison.

Here are the common distances of each:

Sprint Triathlon Training
If you’re going to sign up for a sprint triathlon, make sure you’ve got at least 5 to 6 hours to spare each week for training, says Harrison. And as for actual workouts, Harrison says you’ll need to make sure you’re doing one or two sessions—per sport—weekly. So that means at least 2 bike workouts, 2 swims, and 2 runs per week.

Olympic Triathlon Training
As the distance increases per race, it’s not as easy to ballpark the “estimated hours per week” you’ll need to put in because everyone’s work schedules differ. But to go into the race confidently, you’ll need to be able to at least swim 1 mile in open water, bike at least 40 to 50 miles on the bike, and complete a 12-mile run, says Harrison. (Not back-to-back.) And to give you an idea on what your longest workout will look like, Harrison says it typically looks something like this: A back-to-back workout (often called a ‘double’ or a ‘brick’), consisting of a 40- to 50-mile bike ride, followed by a 10- to 12-mile run.

Half Ironman Triathlon Training
With the longer races, the only major change you’ll notice from Olympic distance plan is when the actual training takes place, says Harrison. Your schedule Monday through Friday stays pretty much the same, but you’ll have a much heavier training load on the weekend. Harrison says your typical weekend will look like this: A long bike ride on Saturday—50 to 60 miles—followed by a transition run—an easy 20-minute run done directly after your ride. (Total time: About 4 hours, depending on how fast you bike.) Then you’ll hit your long run on Sunday, which is usually about 15 to 16 miles long. (That’s about 2.5 hours at a 10-minute-per-mile pace.) More at Which Triathlon Distance
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Triathlon Events

Joining Triathlon Events? Here are Some Important Requirements!

“There are tons of Triathlon Events every month. Thinking of joining one? Below are some of the requirements you may want to take note of. Read on and find out what they are!”

Triathlon training can be a fun way to stay toned and healthy, but the training becomes more intense and grueling if you are serious about being a competitive triathlete. You need some pieces of equipment while training. Since the competition consists of swimming, biking and running, you have to invest in the necessary equipment for each sport.

Mini Triathlon: What You Need to Know!

“Are you a new Triathlete who wants to better your skills? Want to join a Mini Triathlon? Continue reading and learn more about it!”

Mini Triathlon

Give Mini Triathlon a Tri!

In the conventional five-member triathlon family, the mini or sprint triathlon is the baby of the bunch. It’s by far the shortest race of the group, and it’s designed to accommodate beginner and aspiring triathletes who aren’t sure whether they’re ready to tackle the longer distances of a conventional Olympic-length competition or more.

For some triathletes, mini triathlon is merely a stepping stone. For others, they’re the preferred circuit of competition.

Varying Lengths
Mini or sprint triathlons vary race to race and course by course. On the low end, super sprints consist of a quarter-mile swim, a 6.2-mile bicycle ride and a 1.5-mile run. Full sprints typically feature a half-mile swim, 12.4-mile bike and 3.1-mile run. In general, though, mini-triathlons feature swims of less than a mile in length, bike distances no farther than 15 miles and runs no farther than five.

Next Steps
The sprints and mini-sprints are only the start of the many triathletes’ journey. The Olympic or standard-course triathlons are the next step. These races feature more consistent distances and consist of a .93-mile swim — 1.5 km — a 24.3-mile biking course and a 6.2-mile run. At double the distance of Olympic triathlons and geared more toward professional triathletes, International Triathlon Union races are a circuit of World Cup events that feature a 1.86-mile swim, a 49.6-mile bike ride and a 12.4-mile run.

Ultimate Challenges
From their modest U.S. beginnings in the early 1970s, triathlons quickly grew in popularity. Seeking to catch the wave, the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon was founded in 1978. The Ironman combined several existing Hawaiian race events to form what is now recognized as the sport’s ultimate challenge: a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile biking course and a full-marathon 26.2-mile run. Half Ironman events are exactly half the three distance legs of the Ironman. More at How long is a Mini Triathlon

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