What are the typical triathlon distances?

  • Ironman: 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run
  • Half Ironman: 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run
  • Olympic Distance: 1500 meter (.93 mile) swim, 40k (24.8 mile) bike, 10k (6.2 mile) run
  • Sprint Distance: usually about one half of an Olympic Distance race
  • Super Sprint Distance: Usually about one-quarter of an Olympic Distance Race

Do you really think I can finish a triathlon?

Yes, we do. What you really need, ultimately, is to want it bad enough. If you do, you will.

Do I need to train a billion hours?

Short answer: no. You’ve got limited time to train; be realistic. Train hard in the time you’ve got. You can do very well while training far less than you think you have to.

How do I join the club?

See our membership page for details.

Do I need to have a strong background in one of the events?

Not necessarily. While you will encounter athletes who swam in school meets or ran cross-country, many new triathletes are approaching these events for the first time.

I’ve heard that a triathlon swim is rough, and people try to swim over you?

The talk about the swim typically surpasses the reality, which is: there are no lane markers, everyone’s trying to go in the same direction, some with more success than others. Yes there is occasional contact, but it’s unintentional. Do not take it personally, just keep swimming.

Do I need to buy a lot of expensive gear?

No. It’s possible to compete in a triathlon with equipment you have in your garage and your closet.

Do I need to buy a wetsuit?

A triathlon wetsuit can cost £200 to £400, so it’s a pricey investment. The reasons to get one: nearly all races in the UK are wetsuit legal meaning you HAVE to have one, but they also help you stay warm in longer swim distances, and the buoyancy will greatly help most amateurs.

Do I need to buy an expensive triathlon bike?

Anything with two wheels in your garage can get you started at no extra cost.

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