Triathlon is an increasingly
popular sport. It involves swimming, cycling and running one after
the other, with the all-important changeovers, or transitions in-between.
Triathlon distances vary from Super-Sprint up to the ultimate
Ironman involves a 3.8km swim, followed 180km bike ride finishing
with a 42km marathon run !
there were no Ironman events nearby – such a shame ! So we’ve gone
for the Sprint distance event.
sprint events vary a little in length, and involve a 400m swim, then a 20 to 25 km mile bike ride,
rounded off by a nice 5km/3.1 mile run.
will also be a "fun" event at the Warwickshire Triathlon, which is roughly half the sprint distance, but not available as
year we have added events for Young People agd 8 to 16 - please see this page CCS Young Triathletes
doing the “full” event will do these in succession, making sure they get the transitions right, trying
to remember shoes, helmets, watches, glasses, goggles etc, whilst wearing some slightly dodgy sports gear. Imagine trying to get to work or dropping small kids to school whilst performing several clothes changes,
partly underwater, and that’s about it.
doing the relay almost have more of a challenge, as they have to link up with their team-mates at the right place and
the right time, with little chance to pause for encouragement, or even “frank discussion” over their performance
a swim, cycle or run is a challenge in itself, Triathlons put still more stresses and strains on the
body, as well as your fashion sense. For example, during the bike ride, your
body has got used to what you are doing. However, cycling uses completely different muscles to running, so when you start
to run, your legs feel like jelly !
Nutrition is especially important, so to make sure that your fuel
tank isn’t on red half-way through, you need to fuel-up and drink-up, mostly during the cycle. You also need to train your body to use the fuel. Most of
the group still seem to be adamant that beer, wine, chocolate and take-away are an essential part of a triathlete’s
diet, in which case I must be more dedicated than most.
there are the hills, especially difficult during the swim.
only saving grace is that our swims are in a pool, rather than open water. This
gives us something to look forward to for next time. Next time ?!
are not seasoned athletes or spring chickens, but this unique challenge seems to have attracted us ! Most of us are first-time triathletes. For the full event, whilst one might be okay at say,
one event, at least one of the other two is often something we’re not good at, so we’ve had to work hard at our
weak disciplines as well as our stronger ones.
hard is the simple practicality of training for three disciplines, and fitting this in with everyday life. However, there is no sign yet of any freak injuries emerging yet, no dislocated ear-lobe or sprained little
very soon, we’ll be doing our stuff, for a personal challenge, and to raise money for children who wait to be adopted.