What is triathlon?

Triathlon is an endurance sport in which you swim, cycle and run, in that order. The sport is characterized by speed, strength and endurance. Triathletes are typically goal oriented and place emphasis on leading an active and healthy lifestyle.

Like many other sports, triathlon is enjoyed by people from all walks of life. From the casual athlete who enjoys staying fit but does not want to be limited to a single sport to the professional athlete who has aggressive goals and training schedules. Triathlon also draws many youth who find the sport fun because of its camaraderie and variety.

Triathlons are raced over a variety of distances. The shortest race can be completed in less than 30 minutes, whereas some of the longest races can take well over 10 hours. Having said this, the majority of races fall into the middle distance (Olympic). Distances for Vattenfall World Triathlon Stockholm

Many people say that there are really four disciplines in triathlon where the transition between the individual sports is considered the forth. As a triathlete becomes more competitive they will start to focus on practicing these transitions as well. This type of training is known as transition training. If you are new to triathlon it is well worth your time to practice a few transitions so you know what to expect on race day.

For more information about triathlon visit the International Triathlon Union website.