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Triathlon is an endurance sport that involves the completion of three continuous and sequential disciplines. Individual athletes or a relay team complete a swimming, cycling and running segment, with the clock running from the beginning of the swim to the end of the run, continuing through each transition.
In an attempt to appeal to all abilities and ages, most events offer a range of distances:
Try-a-Tri: 250m swim, 6km cycle, 3km run
Sprint: 750m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run
Standard: 1500m swim, 40km cycle, 10km run
Middle: 1900m swim, 90km cycle, 21.1km run
Long: 3800m swim, 180k cycle, 42.2k run
The thought of competing in a triathlon can seem daunting for newcomers, however knowing where to start your training is the first step in getting started:
As a physiotherapist, I can’t highlight enough the importance of listening to your body. Rest days are hugely important as your body needs time to recover from the increased training and recuperate so that it can perform just as well during your next training session and more importantly on race day. I also recommended incorporating some pilates into your training program to build on your core strength, which will help improve your performance and help in injury prevention. Here at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic, we offer a range of pilates classes for various levels provided by a chartered physiotherapist. If you wish to know more about our classes, feel free to get in contact with us. In addition, if you do encounter any issues whilst training or feel that an injury is starting to impede your progress, speak to one of our physiotherapists today.
If you are interested in competing in a triathlon, the Fingal Skerries Triathlon in taking place this Sunday June 10th, the Dun Laoghaire Ironman August 19th and the Dublin City Triathlon September 8th. For other events taking place outside of Dublin and for more information on triathlons, check out the Triathlon Ireland website.