A triathlon is a race event consisting of three consecutive parts, each a race of a different sport. There are multiple variations of the triathlon but the most popular form involves swimming, cycling, and running as the three parts of the race.
Each of the three parts of the race are completed sequentially with short breaks between each segment, called a transition stage, where competitors may take a short rest and change equipment for the next stage of the race. The most common form of triathlon has participants swim, then cycle, then finish with running.
There are a variety of different types of triathlons, but the standard triathlon consists of 1,500 meters of swimming, 40 kilometers of cycling, and 10 kilometers of running. Transition areas are set up in between different segments of the race for athletes to switch gear and prepare. Don't forget, transition time counts towards the full triathlon time. Another extremely popular form of triathlon called the Ironman, is only for the most physically and mentally fit athletes; it consists of a 3.8-kilometer swim, 180-kilometer bike, and 42-kilometer run.
Triathlon continues to be an extremely popular sport for amateurs and professionals alike. Completing a triathlon is no easy task, so many use it as a method for getting in shape and goal setting. Triathletes go through intense phases of training in order to prepare for triathlons, at times beginning training years before the race. They must be in peak physical shape, build endurance, and master transitioning between different parts of the race. Triathlon is an exciting way to test your endurance and train with some of the best athletes in the world.
While the components of triathlon have been around for a long time, triathlon itself is relatively new. It's modern roots first began in the 1970s at the San Diego Track Club, who encouraged their athletes to practice all three sport disciplines in order to lessen the strain it had on their bodies while running track. Ever since, triathlon's popularity has spread its way quickly across the U.S. and worldwide. Triathlon made its first appearance in the Olympics in Sydney, Australia during the 2000 Olympic games.