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Places to Swim: More than 1,000 clubs and chapters, many offering workouts catered to triathletes. Training with swimmers in a coached swim workout is the best way to improve the swim leg of your triathlon...
Online Workouts: for athletes who train on their own. Written specifically for triathletes by triathletes.
A full Calendar of Events, so you can find the pool and open water competitions you need to test yourself during the off-season or keep your edge during the season.
Fitness Logs: where you can keep track of your mileage in all three disciplines: swimming, biking and running, for a complete record of your training.
Triathlon FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
We have a twofold FAQ section. The first section gives you answers to your questions regarding Sprint and Mini-Triathlons. The second section gives you answers to your questions regarding USMS.
#1. 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
#2. I’ve heard that a triathlon swim is rough, and people even try to swim over you; true?
I like to run, but people tell me I shouldn't run marathons and compete in triathlons in the same season; thoughts?
No reason at all that you can't run and compete in triathlon. I'm convinced I train and race better by having marathons and triathlons in my racing plans. See Runner or Triathlete? Why Not Both? and Planning Your Training and Racing Season.
#3. Do you really think I can finish a triathlon?
What you really need, ultimately, is to want it bad enough. If you do, you will. [Note: see your doctor before attempting anything related to endurance training and racing.]
When & Where:
Check the list above of participating clubs for specific dates, times, and locations, or swim on your own at your local pool during the event window.
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Feb. 1–Feb. 28: $12
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Places to Swim
More than 1,000 clubs and workout groups, many offering workouts catered to triathletes. Training with swimmers in a coached swim workout is the best way to improve the swim leg of your triathlon.
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