Sunday, May 18, 2014

Learning About Triathlons

Have you wanted to try a triathlon however found yourself scared of doing those distances? The iron man can be incredibly painful, but isn't the only one you should look at. There are a number of shorter triathlons geared towards your level of expertise. 

There are three different main levels or distances of triathlons (though there are other distances these are the typical ones you will see). The largest of them and most brutal is the Iron Man which includes a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile ride on the bike, and a 26.2 mile run. The more traditional size is the olympic triathlon which consists of a .93 mile swim, a 24.8 mile bike ride, and a 6.2 mile run. The last size is called a sprint which is the smallest size and consists of a .47 mile swim, a 12.4 mile bike and a 3.1 mile run. Sprints have become widely popular across the United States.

If you are interested in beginning to train for a triathlon, a great place to start is the Triathletes Training Bible. This book is considered one of the great books on the sport. It goes into great detail about training down to what your workout plan should be week to week. It is a great self coaching book to get you on the way to completing your first triathlon. It also if full of raceday tips as well.

It is common after completing your first tri to want to try another or move up to a longer one. One day you may find that you have become the elite athlete you admired.

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