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Six Reasons to Try Triathlon

Swimmer at Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon

Thinking about trying something new, but not really sure what? Or maybe you just want to get fit, but get bored easily while running on a treadmill. Or maybe, you want to achieve something that you can be proud of.

If so, maybe Triathlon is what you’re looking for.

What is a triathlon?

A triathlon is a multisport race consisting of swimming, cycling and running over various distances.

For someone who is starting off in Triathlons, there are distances available such as the Try-a-Tri which is a 250 metre swim, 6km cycle and 3km run, and the Sprint which is a 750 metre swim, 20km cycle and 5km run.

Both of these distances lead up to the Standard Triathlon, which is 1500 metre swim, 40km cycle and 10km run.

Who can do a triathlon

The honest answer is anyone can do a triathlon.

With Triathlon, you don’t need to be outstanding at one particular activity – the variety means that you can be average at all three sports and still perform fantastically. Someone who is decent at swimming, cycling and running could end up outperforming a brilliant runner and cyclist who might not enjoy the swim section. It’s more about balance and persistence – and less about natural athletic ability.

Triathlons can also be completed as a relay team – a good idea for dipping the toe in the water before going for the full thing (although we think you should dive right in.)

6 Reasons a Triathlon Should be Your Next Goal

1. To get fitter

Triathlons require training, and training will make you fit.

The variation of running, cycling and swimming works the whole body. Most triathletes will notice fat rolling off and muscle piling on as they prepare for a triathlon.

2. It’s accessible

Triathlon is a very accessible sport. Once you invest in some equipment such as a wetsuit, goggles, swim hat, a bike, helmet and suitable running shoes, you’re ready to train without having to spend more money on a gym membership.

While some prefer the gym, it isn’t necessary. You can run, cycle and swim outdoors, for free. There’s no excuse not to get off the couch and go and train.

If you have kids and it’s hard to find the time to train, you can involve them. Run with the buggy, or get your older kids involved in the junior options.

3. For more energy

After training for a few weeks, you’ll find that you’re feeling a lot better. It won’t be just that your jeans aren’t pinching you anymore, you’ll actually feel more energetic and more productive.

Your mood will noticeably improve from the positive benefits of getting exercise, fresh air and being more involved with others.

4. To make friends

Triathlon Clubs are known for the fun they have outside of Triathlons as well as the fun they have in them. As well as training together, Tri Clubs become like families.

Expand your social circle with supportive group of people all willing each other to succeed.

5. To build your confidence

As you train, you will begin to feel better, fitter and, with your club-mates beside you, you’ll feel like you can take on the world. Taking on challenges and overcoming them will make you feel unstoppable.

All of this will build your confidence, not just in training, but in other areas of your life too.

6. To be proud of your accomplishment

You’ll strengthen your weaknesses, physically and mentally, and achieve something truly great that you can be proud of. Triathlon training takes time and effort, but it will be all worth it for that sense of achievement when you cross the finish line.

Added bonus – bragging rights. Telling your coworkers on a Monday morning that you did a triathlon at the weekend will be very rewarding.

Why not Tri it? 

Aoife has a BA in Creative Writing, English & Gaeilge from NUI Galway and has a passion for writing and all things fitness. She is currently an event coordinator at RunIreland.com.