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Articles geared toward triathletes

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.

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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?
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.

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?
Yes, I do. If you’re reading this, the chances are pretty good that you could finish a triathlon. You’re interested in fitness, in endurance and fitness. As long as you pick a triathlon that’s suited realistically to your abilities, you can finish.

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:

Feb. 15–28

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.

Entry Fees:

Nov. 1–Jan. 31: $10

Feb. 1–Feb. 28: $12


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Entry Closes:

Feb. 28th

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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SWIMMER magazine

SWIMMER magazine and STREAMLINES e-newsletters, packed with articles on training and technique, health, fitness, nutrition, product reviews, and much, much more.