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What is Triathlon?

Triathlon is a sport that involves three different sports (yes three – that’s the ‘tri’ bit for you)! You start with a swim (usually in open water, but sometimes in a swimming pool) then a bike ride, and at the end you’ve got a run. And all in one go (so you can show off to your friends that 3 sports is better than 1)! The bike ride and run usually happen on road outdoors. There are different distances you can do, the shortest being a sprint (don’t worry – that doesn’t mean you’ve got to sprint your way around) and the longest a long distance event (one for those that like their endurance events). If you’re an absolute beginner, it’s probably worth trying out the individual sports separately before you go all-in for a triathlon.

What are the benefits?

  • It’s 3 sports in 1 – so you’ll learn lots of new skills and get fit really quickly (and also gives you a reason to brag to your friends)
  • Most of it takes place outdoors – so you can feel good and discover new places
  • It’s really varied – so you won’t have time to get bored during an event!

What will I need?

For the swim you need a swimsuit or swim shorts, sometimes you need a wetsuit too (so check with the organisers first). You’ll also need some goggles too, to protect your eyes. For the ride, you need a bike and for the run some sportswear and trainers (ideally running trainers).

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Find out more about Triathlon

Interested in finding out more about a sport that combines different sports?! Then check out the Triathlon England website for more info.