Try your first triathlon now

2015-05-05 06:00

With some time and training, a little dedication, great motivation and much enthusiasm, anyone can finish a triathlon.

This is according to insurer Discovery. The 2015 Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town on 25 and 26 April is a great first triathlon to try, the company says. Following its successful launch last year, the Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town will once again form part of the International Triathlon Union’s (ITU) popular World Triathlon Series.

Triathlon is a multidisciplinary sporting event that consists of a swim leg, a cycle leg, and a running leg.

The distances of each leg, and the total distance covered, depends on the event type: sprint or half-Olympic distance triathlons are the shortest and fastest consisting of a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run. On the other end of the spectrum, Ironman triathlon events start with a 3.86km swim, then a 180km cycle and end with a 42.2km run.

Olympic and long-distance or half-Ironman events fall inbetween these distances.

Completing a triathlon is a significant commitment to training and competing. But triathlon is a great sport says Kate Roberts, SA Olympic triathlete: “The unique combination of disciplines means three times the challenge, but also three times the sense of achievement.”

Many reasons to try a tri

Eric Harr, in his book Triathlon Training, gives a number of reasons to enter a triathlon. These range from being able to lose a great deal of weight quickly to personal fulfilment and bragging rights. But whatever your reason for entering, triathlons are very rewarding.

Where to begin?

Biokineticist Ceejae Miller says that the triathlon experience, on race day and during training, is much easier and more fun when you’re training with a group. Her advice is to join a club and get expert advice. “Triathlons are hard if you don’t know what you’re doing or haven’t sought advice and don’t know what to expect,” she says.

Finally, Olympic medallists Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee say that if you’re thinking of entering you should “absolutely do it and train and get on with it; and secondly, really enjoy it.”

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