home
RSS
January 15th, 2010
10:23 AM ET

What is a triathlon??

By Laura Cozik
Athletic Director, CNN Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge
CEO, Team Lipstick Triathlon

For most, triathlon is a lifestyle. And for first-timers, it’s one of the most amazing things you’ll ever accomplish. There are four common race distances known as the “sprint,” the “olympic,” the “half iron,” and the “iron.” Each race includes a swim, a bike, a run, plus two transitions, and each race doubles the distance of the last, but for the swim, which has a smaller increase. See below for distances in MILES (and kilometers)…

• Sprint – .5 swim, 12 bike, 3 run (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run)
• Olympic – 1 swim, 25 bike, 6 run (1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run)
• Half Iron – 1.2 swim, 56 bike, 13 run (1.9km swim, 90km bike, 21.09km run)
• Iron – 2.4 swim, 112 bike, 26 run (3.8km swim, 180km bike, 42.2km run)

The most common of these distances are the sprint and the olympic, mostly because they are achievable for all ages and athletic abilities. They don’t require quite the commitment level that training for a half iron or iron distance would. So you can work full time, have a family, AND be a triathlete!! As a matter of fact, your family can do it with you as the youngest age-groupers are just 7-8 years old, and the oldest are 85+. Don’t be surprised when someone twice your age passes you on the run!

Part of living the lifestyle of triathlon is being fit and active, but it doesn’t require hours and hours of training every day. For instance, a person who just purchased a bike and is just learning to swim could complete a sprint distance triathlon with just 12 weeks of training, 4-5 hours per week. With smart and structured training, anyone can do it. And with a fun, positive experience, you will be hooked as triathlon becomes a lifestyle. The training process that is involved with triathlon, along with participation and completion of the race, will be one of the most rewarding things you may ever do in your life, not just physically, but mentally, spiritually and socially. Just ask anyone who has done a triathlon and he or she will tell you the same thing.

They’re like potato chips…I dare you to do just one!!

Editor's Note: Medical news is a popular but sensitive subject rooted in science. We receive many comments on this blog each day; not all are posted. Our hope is that much will be learned from the sharing of useful information and personal experiences based on the medical and health topics of the blog. We encourage you to focus your comments on those medical and health topics and we appreciate your input. Thank you for your participation.


Next entry »
soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. cialis canadian pharmacy

    do you need prescription for canadian perscribition of cialis in usa https://canadacialisstore.com/ canadian pharmacy cialis no prescription

    May 1, 2021 at 23:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. erection pills online viagra

    erectile deficiency https://canadaerectiledysfunctionpills.com/ erectile vacuum pump

    May 2, 2021 at 04:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. dapoxetine

    buy priligy online dapoxetine for sale

    May 3, 2021 at 09:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. avanafil

    buy avana uk avana 100 mg

    May 4, 2021 at 01:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. priligy

    dapoxetine hydrochloride 60 dapoxetine tablet

    May 5, 2021 at 19:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. tendances du coronavirus - france

    chloroquinone https://chloroquineorigin.com/ is chloroquine over the counter

    May 6, 2021 at 20:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. cyclosporine

    cyclosporine emulsion drops cyclosporine for humans

    May 20, 2021 at 10:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. chloroquineorigin

    https://chloroquineorigin.com/ arechin https://chloroquineorigin.com/ – chloroquine phosphate generic raoult coronavirus

    May 21, 2021 at 17:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. combigan

    combigan coupon brimonidine tartrate ophthalmic

    May 24, 2021 at 05:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Soosteemocush

    buy tadalis tadalafil generic where to buy generic cialis tadalafil https://cttadalafil.com/

    May 24, 2021 at 06:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. cyclomune

    cyclomune eye drop cyclosporine

    May 24, 2021 at 11:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. tausAffessy

    https://apcalisetadalafil.com/ prescription tadalafil online what is tadalafil generic cialis tadalafil tadalafil cost in canada

    May 24, 2021 at 20:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Soosteemocush

    buy tadalis https://tadagatadalafil.com/ – tadalafil without a doctor prescription buy generic cialis online with mastercard cheap cialis pills for sale side effects for tadalafil

    May 25, 2021 at 08:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. tausAffessy

    side effects of tadalafil best price usa tadalafil lowest price cialis where to buy tadalafil on line https://tadalafilol.com/

    May 25, 2021 at 09:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Tembepteriope

    cheap generic cialis for sale https://apcalisetadalafil.com/ generic cialis online fast shipping tadalafil cost walmart tadalafil brands

    May 25, 2021 at 11:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. avanafil

    buy avanafil canada buy avanafil canada

    May 26, 2021 at 01:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. tausAffessy

    https://tadalafilol.com/ cialis tadalafil https://apcalisetadalafil.com/ – cialis without prescription side effects for tadalafil

    May 26, 2021 at 02:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Soosteemocush

    https://tadacipetadalafil.com/ tadalafil side effects https://tadalafilww.com/ – buy generic cialis online with mastercard generic cialis online fast shipping

    May 26, 2021 at 04:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Tembepteriope

    https://tadalafilww.com/ generic cialis tadalafil https://tadalafilol.com/ – tadalafil without a doctor prescription side effects for tadalafil

    May 26, 2021 at 14:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. tausAffessy

    prescription tadalafil online buy tadalis where to buy cialis without prescription https://apcalisetadalafil.com/

    May 26, 2021 at 20:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. brimonidine

    combigan bottle sizecombigan brimonidine tartrate ophthalmic

    May 27, 2021 at 02:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Soosteemocush

    https://tadalafilww.com/ cialis tadalafil tadalafil price walmart tadalafil brands buy cialis

    May 27, 2021 at 02:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Tritreviewifind

    https://tadalafilww.com/ tadalafil goodrx buy tadalafil tadalafil blood pressure cheap cialis pills for sale

    May 27, 2021 at 02:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. tausAffessy

    https://tadacipetadalafil.com/ tadalafil online with out prescription cost of cialis cialis tadalafil cheapest tadalafil cost

    May 27, 2021 at 09:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. tadalafil peptides

    cialis tadalafil sildenafil versus tadalafil tadalafil uses

    June 5, 2021 at 05:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. cialis 20mg

    tadalafil dosage generic cialis vidalista tadalafil reviews

    June 5, 2021 at 07:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. tadalafil price walmart

    elevex tadalafil 20mg cheap cialis pills for sale vira20

    June 5, 2021 at 07:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. buy tadalafil

    maxim peptide tadalafil tadalafil online tadalis ajanta

    June 5, 2021 at 18:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. tadalafil price at walmart

    tadalafil daily online tadalafil without a doctor prescription tadalafil tablets

    June 6, 2021 at 03:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. buy chloroquine phosphate uk

    hydroxychloroquine side effects heart where to buy aralen plaquenil hydroxychloroquine sulfate

    June 6, 2021 at 04:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. warnings for hydroxychloroquine

    chloroquinolone hydroxychloroquine sulfate nz chrloroquine

    June 7, 2021 at 07:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. pharmaceptica.com

    sildenafil otc us https://pharmaceptica.com/

    June 19, 2021 at 19:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. pharmaceptica

    what are the side effects of taking hydroxychloroquine? https://www.pharmaceptica.com/

    June 21, 2021 at 12:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. pharmaceptica.com

    tadalafil cvs https://www.pharmaceptica.com/

    June 21, 2021 at 23:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. pharmacepticacom

    tadalafil tablets ip https://www.pharmaceptica.com/

    June 22, 2021 at 20:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. pharmacepticacom

    chloroquine malaria https://www.pharmaceptica.com/

    June 26, 2021 at 11:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. pharmaceptica.com

    chloroquinne https://www.pharmaceptica.com/

    June 26, 2021 at 17:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. pharmaceptica.com

    hydroxcloroquine https://www.pharmaceptica.com/

    June 27, 2021 at 03:23 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Next entry »
Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.