Olympic triathlons (including the NYC Triathlon) involve a 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer bike ride and 10-kilometer run. In “Iron Man” triathlons, the swimming portion can be as long as 3.9 kilometers, followed by up to a 180-kilometer bike ride and a 42.2-kilometer run (the same distance as a marathon).
- Triathlons are categorized by distance. Sprint triathlons typically require a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike ride and five-kilometer run. Olympic triathlons (including the NYC Triathlon) involve a 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer bike ride and 10-kilometer run.
- 1 How long is the swim in an Ironman?
- 2 What is a good swimming pace for triathlon?
- 3 Why is the swim so short in triathlon?
- 4 How long is a beginner triathlon?
- 5 What is the hardest part of a triathlon?
- 6 How fast do triathletes run?
- 7 What is a triathlon race?
- 8 Can you rest during a triathlon swim?
- 9 How many times a week should I swim for triathlon?
- 10 How often do triathletes swim?
How long is the swim in an Ironman?
Each year, over 96,000 athletes register to compete in Ironman races, representing over 90 countries, regions and territories. This triathlon distance requires a 2.4 mile swim (3.9K), 112 mile bike (180.2K), and 26.2 mile run (42.2K).
What is a good swimming pace for triathlon?
The average middle guy swims at 2.02/100m for an Ironman and at 2.06/100m for a 70.3. The average middle lady swims at 2.09/100m or an Ironman and at 2.12/100m for a 70.3.
Why is the swim so short in triathlon?
The Ironman arose from a discussion on who were the better athletes — swimmers, cyclists, or runners. Then they set the race up with the swimmers being at a disadvantage. Hence, swim training gets much less attention than the others.
How long is a beginner triathlon?
Most beginner athletes start with a Sprint distance race for their first triathlon. While the distance of Sprint triathlons can vary from race to race, the standard length of each leg is a 0.5 miles (750m) swim, 12.4 miles (20km) bike, and 3.1 miles (5km) run.
What is the hardest part of a triathlon?
The hardest part of triathlon is the constant mental game your mind is playing with you. It starts right when you hear the word triathlon for the first time and never stops. Most people fear open water swimming and see that as a barrier to even start triathlon.
How fast do triathletes run?
Not only are transition times mere seconds, but the overall pace is often extremely fast, hovering just above a 5-minute mile run pace. High-caliber professionals will often finish Olympic triathlons in around 2 hours or less, with the men’s record currently at just over 1 hour, 46 minutes.
What is a triathlon race?
A standard triathlon event involves a continuous timed race over various distances combining the three disciplines of swimming, cycling and running. Triathlon events occur in that order – a swim, followed by a cycle ride, followed by a run. A good transition routine shaves minutes off your time so practice in advance!
Can you rest during a triathlon swim?
Yes, you are allowed to rest during the swimming segment of a triathlon. Any participant is allowed to rest anytime during a triathlon, or any event for that matter. Resting is vital to a participants health and safety when needed so it is important to stop and rest if need be.
How many times a week should I swim for triathlon?
Swim Frequency by Level So, you need to figure out how much time you can devote to your swim, in tandem with whatever other goals you may have like triathlon training, strength training and so on. I usually recommend three swim sessions per week to maintain the balance of time and life demands.
How often do triathletes swim?
In my experience working with close to 500 triathletes over the past 10 years, most age group triathletes swim about 2-4 hours a week (10,000 yards or less). The bottom line is triathletes do not swim enough for the distances they compete.