Triathlon Basics and Distances

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Triathlon Basics and Distances

Before beginning his work as a sports agent and athlete marketer, sports and fitness enthusiast Mark Fretta was one of the top triathletes in the world. In fact, Mark Fretta was part of the 2011 men’s Pan American Games triathlon team.

While a triathlon can theoretically consist of any three athletic challenges, the most common form of triathlon consists of swimming, biking, and running. Triathletes must transition between these challenges quickly, and they have to dedicate hours of training each week to all three segments.

Triathlons also come in various distances. The most common, the Olympic-distance triathlon, consists of a 1,500-meter swim, a 40-kilometer (almost 25 miles) bike ride, and a 10-kilometer (more than 6 miles) run. A sprint-distance triathlon will cut all three of these distances by half. Ironman-distance triathlons, by comparison, drastically increase the distance traveled, requiring nearly 4 kilometers of swimming, 180 kilometers of biking, and 42 kilometers of running.


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