There is an old joke, what’s got three legs and kills you?………..A Triathlon! A triathlon is a race consisting of three individual elements, swim, bike and run . Competitors start at different times and compete against the clock, the winner is the person with the quickest time for all three sections and the transitions between them.
To start out in triathlon you do not need to spend a lot of money on equipment. All you need is a swimsuit, a pair of goggles, a bike with gears ( a mountain bike or road bike), t shirt and a pair of trainers. If you find that you really enjoy the sport, you can gradually upgrade your equipment over time. It needn’t be expensive either, if you look on eBay or in the back of triathlon or cycling magazines there is always plenty of second hand gear for sale.
Triathlon is an individual sport, and you can train quiet adequately by yourself with the help of books and magazines for guidance. By joining a club you get to meet like minded individuals, make friends and get training buddies. At Carneddau we have different meetings throughout the week, including runs, bike sessions and coached swim sessions. Knowing your mates are waiting for you, helps get you out of the house when it is raining and the sofa looks a better option!
Triathlon is the fastest growing participation sport in the UK. Many people compete just for the enjoyment of the sport, knowing that when they go into work on a Monday they’ll have achieved something special at the weekend. Others may wish to be more competitive and work their way through the excellent British Triathlon Association’s age group structure. Before embarking on any new training regime, get a check up from your doctor, just to be on the safe side. Be realistic when you enter an event, remember you want to complete it. Allow plenty of time to get your fitness levels up. Training should be just as enjoyable as competing, try and swim and cycle once a week, run twice a week and you should get round a sprint event comfortably. If a particular aspect of the event is letting you down, such as swimming, consider an additional training session or even lessons.
Triathlon events are split into age group categories, ranging from Tri Star children’s events to categories for the over eighties. In virtually all triathlons you will get an overall placing and a placing within your age group, this helps you judge your performance against others your age, and can lead to some very fast times from OAP’s!!
It is best to start with a sprint event. These typically consist of a 400m pool swim, a 25km bike ride and a 5km run. Good events to start with include, the Llanrwst Sprint Triathlon, Ruthin Sprint Triathlon, Denbigh Sprint Triathlon all organised by Ruthin Tri Stars.