The Triathlon - Swimming, Running and Cycling
What is a Triathlon?
Athletic competitions abound in today's society. From the professional circuit to the amateur contests, people continue to find ways to test their endurance, their stamina, and their courage in the world of athletics.
Triathlons are one such way to continue this tradition. The triathlon is accessible to everyone from new athletes to professional competitors, and for the young to the very old. With skill levels for all types of competitors, the triathlon has become a way to not only showcase one's fitness level, but also to interact with others in a race to the finish.
What Happens During a Triathlon?
The triathlon consists of three events, which is why 'tri' is included in its name. The competition begins with a swimming portion, followed by a biking portion, and then finishes with a running segment. Each of these segments varies in lengths, depending on the actual competition guidelines.
Some might prefer the sprint level of triathlon in which each of the segments is very short, while others might yearn to complete the Ironman, which involves incredibly long distances. Other competitions also allow for teams to compete together, taking over for each other as the events switch, while other competitions do not.
Why Three Sports at Once?
There are many reasons why the triathlon is such a popular competition. First of all, it's a contest that allows people to focus on multiple sports during their training sessions, which often leads to less burnout and fewer injuries. Competitors can also focus on just one part of their training if they tend to excel in that area.
For example, if someone is a strong runner, they might try triathlons as a way to add biking and swimming to their training routines, but they will excel at the running portion because of their expertise, helping them to win, even if their other segments aren't as strong.
Some like the idea of a triathlon as it allows them to test their endurance. Just because there are multiple segments does not mean this is an easy race. Not only do you have to train to be fast in each segment, but you also need to learn how to be face while still facing another segment. This requires that you learn how to preserve your energy as you are beginning the event.
Triathlon Mental Training Tips for the Beginner
How Does One Train For A Triathlon?
Just as with any athletic contests, competitors in triathlons will want to practice their sports on a regular basis. A typical training week might include days for each sport as well as days for rest as well as strength training. Some athletes will also practice building upon every event, adding mini triathlons to their training schedule. This helps to boost one's endurance as well as one's confidence for the actual training day.
There are triathlons available in nearly every state in the U.S. as well as in countries outside of the U.S. during the entire year. To make sure you're giving yourself the best chance, choose an event during a cooler time as this is easier on your body than attempting a triathlon during a summer day.