What is Triathlon?
Maybe you’ve heard about triathlon from someone at work or caught
a glimpse of it on the TV and now you’re wondering what it’s all
All triathlons start with a swim, which is followed by a bike ride and
ends with a run.
You’ll race against the clock which starts with the swim
and stops when you cross the finish line after the run.
Race Distances vary depending on the individual distance.
750m Swim, 20km Cycle, 5km Run
400m Swim, 10km Cycle, 2.5km Run
1500m Swim, 40km Cycle, 10km Run
1.9km Swim, 90km Cycle, 21km Run
3.8km Swim, 180km Cycle, 42km Run
The swim will take place in a swimming pool or open water,
such as a lake or the sea, and if you’re taking part in an
Open Water event you will need a wetsuit. Many local
triathlon clubs have access to a lake where you can
The swim start will be in waves, with times based on your
predicted swim time or age, and you can do either front
crawl or breast stroke in the race.
Helmets are compulsory for all races; even the
Professionals wear them.
A bike is an essential bit of kit, but as long as it’s been
serviced and road worthy you can use it.
Most races are on roads open to other traffic.
If you’re nervous or new to cycling, it would be useful to
practice riding your bike on quiet roads until you have built
up your confidence.
The bike route on your race will be signposted and have
marshals to help direct you. However, it’s always useful to
check the competitor information to check the route before
Shoes are the most important part of your running
equipment, and it is worth making sure your trainers fit and
Running after the bike can be a little different, but don’t
panic; it will get easier as you continue to run.
There are usually drinks stations on the run route, and
again the route will be signposted and have marshals.
If you need to improve your running your local triathlon club
will have sessions and coaching available.
his is where all your swim-to-bike and bike-to-run kit is
kept during the race. You’ll be given a race number which
you’ll need to wear on the bike and run, and sometimes a
timing chip to time you from start to finish.
You’ll need to rack your bike and layout your kit before the
Your helmet must be fastened before you move your bike
and cannot be removed until the bike is racked again.
Marshals and a Technical Official will be in transition and
can answer any questions you might have.