EVERY triathlete has a “my first triathlon” story.

If it’s a middle-aged parent of 2 or an elite cyclist turned swimmer / runner, you have to start somewhere. Why does this matter? Because ya don’t know until ya know. And that’s okay. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

You’re going to feel way less embarrassed if you ask what to wear under your wetsuit than if you just assume everyone comes into T1 (transition one) in a naked free for all.

Chances are you are not alone, so ask away…

CAPTAIN OBVIOUS? Not Necessarily

What is triathlon?

  • One of the most common questions asked by those not familiar with the sport is: “What’s the order again? Is swimming always first?” Yes, swimming is always first (we don’t want exhausted people in the water). Biking is second followed by a run to the finish.

What is the distance?

  • Well, that depends on the race / venue. Below are typical race distances:

Try-a-Tri: Swim, up to 350 m; Bike, up to 10 km‎; Run, up to 2.5 km.
Sprint: Swim, 750 m; Bike, 20 km; Run, 5 km
Olympic: Swim, 1500 m; Bike, 40 km; Run, 10 km
70.3: Swim, 1900 m; Bike, 90 km; Run, 21.1 km
Iron: Swim, 3800 m; Bike, 180 km; Run, 42.2 km

  • The TTF, on Sunday, July 21, 2019, offers both Sprint Distance and Olympic Distance options.
  • The TTF will likely announce the addition of a Try-A-Tri race early in the New Year – stay tuned!

By TRI-TRAIN Coach, Jason Hervey


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