Triathlons are really 3 sports rolled into 1. First you swim, then you ride a bike, then you run. The distance for each leg depends on the type of triathlon you are doing (see below). Most women start out doing Enticers and do a couple until they get the hang of it and feel ready to step up for another challenge. It’s totally up to you which distance you choose, it’s really a matter of what you want to do and can fit into your lifestyle.

  • Enticer - Swim 250m, Ride 10k, Run 2.5k
  • Sprint - Swim 500m, Ride 20k, Run 5k
  • Olympic - Swim 1k, Ride 40k, Run 10k
  • Half Ironman - Swim 1.9k, Ride 90k, Run 21k
  • Ironman - Swim 3.8k, Ride 180k, Run 42k

If you struggle with one of the sports, don’t worry, we all do! I have never met a triathlete who loves and is great at all three sports. We all have one we don’t feel confident with and need to spend more time working on.

You can compete in most triathlons either as an individual or as a team. This is a great way to give it a go and see if you like it without making a big commitment. Teams can be made up of either 2 or 3 people with the timing chip that goes around you ankle used as the ‘baton’ to pass from one person to the next.

Where you actually swim depends on where you are doing the triathlon. While all the Triathlon Pinks are held in a swimming pool, many tri’s are held in lakes, rivers or the ocean. While this can sound a little scary, don’t worry, it’s really quite fun and they are usually plenty of people around making sure you are safe.