CAN I DO A TRIATHLON OR A DUALTHON?
YES YOU CAN!
If I can do a triathlon, then you can do one too! I was almost 200 pounds when I completed my first sprint triathlon and my first Olympic Distance triathlon and I had no professional training for either of those races. For that matter, I had absolutely no professional training for any of the first five races I completed and the only reason I had a professional trainer for the HITS Austin Dualthon in December of 2013 was because I won a contest. That being said, competing in and finishing my first triathlon was one of the most life-changing experiences I have ever had and I pray that you will be inspired to “jump in with both feet” and start training for one today! For that matter, try a 1K or a 5K! Just do something!
According to Wikipedia, a triathlon is a multiple-stage competition involving the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance disciplines. While many variations of the sport exist, triathlon, in its most popular form, involves swimming, cycling, and running in immediate succession over various distances. Triathletes compete for fastest overall course completion time, including timed “transitions” between the individual swim, cycle, and run components. The word “triathlon” is of Greek origin from τρεις or treis (three) and αθλος or athlos (contest). Triathlon races vary in distance. According to the International Triathlon Union, and USA Triathlon, the main international race distances are:
1. Sprint Distance; 750 meter (.465 mi) swim, 20 kilometer (12.5 mi) bike, 5 kilometer (3.1 mi) run
2. Intermediate (or Standard) distance; commonly referred to as the “Olympic distance”: 1.5 kilometer (.93 mi) swim, 40 kilometer (25 mi) bike, 10 kilometer (6.2 mi) run
3. Long Course; commonly referred to as 70.3 or the ‘half-Ironman’; 1.9 kilometer (1.2 mi) swim, 90 kilometer (56 mi) bike, and a 21.1 kilometer (13.1 mi) run
4. Ultra Distance; commonly referred to as 140.6 or the ‘Ironman’; 3.8 kilometer (2.4 mi) swim, 180.2 kilometer (112 mi) bike, and a full marathon: 42.2 kilometer (26.2 mi) run.
What is a Dualthon?