No race pushes people to their limits like a triathlon. For nearly a full day, participants push themselves to their limits while swimming, biking, and running. You've likely heard of them before, but do you know just how difficult it can be to complete one? Those who compete in triathlons have to go through dedicated training long before the day of an event. In fact, the actual triathlon is just the tip of the iceberg. One of the most difficult aspects of participating in a triathlon is the training itself.
Simply put, a triathlon is a race that consists of 3 different sports: swimming, biking and running. Competitors compete over various distances in each sport to be the first one across the finish line. While many athletes participate for the feeling of accomplishment, others take a more competitive approach and with good reason. In many triathlon events the top athletes can make over $100,000. Add that to other money made through coaching and brand sponsors, and you have yourself a well paying career.
The distance of a triathlon can vary greatly depending on the type of triathlon. For a full distance triathlon, also known as a Full Iron man, competitors travel a total of 140.6 miles in a single race. Mini sprint triathlons, however, can be much less than that. For a list of common triathlon distances, refer to the chart below.
Going from couch potato to full triathlon athlete can seem nearly impossible, but by breaking down the process it becomes manageable. Getting into triathlons takes time, effort, and patience. It is something that should be worked up to, not jumped in to. One of the best things you can do is to hire a fitness coach. Doing so will help you break down your goals, stay accountable, and find the right work out system for you. For a good run down, check out the video below: