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General Triathlon Questions

Who can do a triathlon?

Anyone can do a triathlon. If you are looking for a challenge and have a basic level of fitness then triathlon is for you.

 

What is a triathlon?

Triathlon is a modern, endurance sport encompassing 3 sports. Individual athletes complete a swimming segment, followed by a cycling and a running segment, with the clock running from the beginning of the swim through each transition to the end of the run. The two transitions are the points in the race when competitors change from swimming to cycling, and from cycling to running. The event can also be completed by a relay team (a great way to get started!).

 

Why do triathlons?

We've found that Triathlon is a great sport for people as it's very accessible, you don't need to be super fit. It has great variety as you're not always doing the same thing. It tends to attract social friendly types and fits in well with a variety of lifestyles. It's also a fantastic challenge and a great sense of achievement whether you've just completed your 1st or 50th race.

 

What equipment do I need to start?

You don't have to go out and spend a fortune when preparing for your first triathlon, but there are some basics you will need. They are:

Swim: swimming togs, goggles, hat, wetsuit (it is compulsory to wear a wetsuit in all open sea swims)

Cycle: basic bike mountain, hybrid or racer. Helmet, you will not be allowed to race without one.

Run: runners

Other: trisuit (makes transitions from swim to bike easier and more comfortable to race in)

Once you have done a race or two, you may want to upgrade to a better bike, get a faster wetsuit and buy better runners.

 

What should I wear?

Don't worry too much about what to wear, especially for your first triathlon.

There are triathlon specific apparel such as a trisuit you can wear, but for your first race, togs for the swim, Shirt/Jersey and shorts for the bike and run, whatever is in the back of the wardrobe!!!

Just remember guys (and girls too!!!) you must have your chest covered during the cycle and run.

A wetsuit must be worn for all open water swims.

 

What are the distances and minimum age requirements?

Note: All ages noted refer to the age of the person on 31st December of the race year.

These age restrictions apply whether you compete as an individual or as part of a relay team.

 

Triathlon

Swim

Bike

Run

Minimum Age Required

Sprint

750m

20km

5km

16

Standard

1500m

40km

10km

18

Middle

1900m

90km

21km

18

Long

3.8km

180km

42.2km

18

 

Duathlon

Run

Bike

Run

Minimum Age Required

Sprint

5km

20km

2.5km

16

Standard

10km

40km

5km

18

Long

20km

80km

10km

18

 

Aquathon

Run

Swim

Run

Minimum Age Required

Standard

2.5km

1km

2.5km

16

Standard (cold waters)

1km

5km

16

Long

5km

2km

5km

18

Long (cold waters)

2km

10km

18

 

Aquabike

Swim

Bike

Sprint

400m 1000m

8km - 30km

Standard

1000m 2000m

30km 50km

Long

2000m 3100m

50km 100km

 

Children's Distances

Age

Swim

Cycle (grass)

Cycle (Tarmac)

Run

4 -5

200m

400m

100m

6 -7

1km

2km

400m

8 - 9

100m

1.5km

2.5km

800m

10 - 11

200m

4km

6km

1.8km

12 13

300m

6km

8km

2.4km

14 - 15

400m

8km

10km

3km

 

What is transition?

Transition is the term used to describe the changeover between the individual segments of a Triathlon, Duathlon or Aquathon.

Transition 1 (also known as T1) occurs between the:

swim and cycle in a triathlon

first run and cycle in a duathlon

swim and run in an Aquathon

Transition 2 (also known as T2) occurs between the:

cycle and run in a triathlon

cycle and second run in a duathlon

 

How much training should I do?

 

How much training you need to do before your first triathlon depends on you. It depends on what level of fitness you are at in all three disciplines and it depends on what your goals are - do you want to do a sprint, a standard, middle or full distance? Do you want to be competitive or just be able to finish the race?

 

To give yourself something to aim for, enter a triathlon some months ahead. Choose a race you think you can finish, and prepare adequately. By race day you should be able to go the full distance of each event in training.

 

 

 

Nutrition:

 

It's very important to keep hydrated, both in training and during the race. Drink adequate amount of fluids before and during your workouts.

 

 

Should I join a Triathlon club?

 

If you can, join a local triathlon club, where you can train with others and benefit from the advice of experienced triathletes and enjoy the comradeship it brings. To join Fingal Tri Club you must register on www.triathlonireland.com and register them and Fingal TC. By joining a triathlon club, you will have others to training with, meet new people and benefit from the advice of more experienced triathletes.

 

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