What is Triathlon?

Triathlon is a hugely popular multi-disciplined sport consisting of a swim section, bike section and finally a run section divided by what is known as transition stages (T1 – swim to bike / T2 – bike to run). Races are continuous with a standard distance (Olympic distance) of 1500m (swim), 40km (bike), 10km (run). The swim section can be held in a pool, lake or in the sea, the bike section can be on or off road (for off-road triathlons) and the run section also on or off roads.

Triathlon race distances are:

Distance

Swim
m

Bike
km

Run
km

Super Sprint

0
0
0

Sprint

0
0
0

Standard (Olympic)

0
0
0

Middle Distance (Half Iron)

0
0
0

Long Distance (Ironman)

0
0
0
Typical finishing times:

Super Sprint

1 - 2 Hours

Sprint

1 - 2 Hours

Standard (Olympic)

2 - 4 Hours

Middle Distance (Half Iron)

5 - 7 Hours

Long Distance (Ironman)

8 - 15 Hours

Ironman is a long-distance triathlon organised by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC)

You can find out a whole lot more by visiting the British Triathlon website here