Getting to Distance XXX

You have gotten over your fear of triathlons and you are ready to set off, good for you! Unlike how I approached triathlons, there is absolutely no rule saying you need to start your triathlon journey with a long course triathlon. In fact, there is nothing saying you ever have to do any distance triathlon. There are a lot of resources available for recommendations of triathlon distances for beginners which have a lot of great information. I know people who have only ever done full Ironmans. This is contrary to almost every resource on the topic, but it is more common than you might think.

Lets review the distances and the associated estimated weekly training hours:

140.6 – Sometimes referred to as ultra long distance, full distance, or “Ironman” if it is an Ironman branded race.
Swim 2.4 miles
Bike 112 miles
Run 26.2 miles
Training week: 15 hours or more

70.3 – Sometimes referred to as long distance, half distance, or “Half Ironman” if it is an Ironman branded race.
Swim 1.2 miles
Bike 56 miles
Run 13.1 miles
Training week: 10 hours or more

International Triathlon – Sometimes referred to as Olympic distance or 5150 if it is an Ironman branded race.
Swim .93 miles
Bike 24.8 miles
Run 6.2 miles
Training Week: 7 hours or more

Sprint Triathlon – Sometimes called a sprint tri or short triathlon
Swim .5 miles
Bike 12-17 miles
Run 3.1 miles
Training Week: 5 hours or more

Here are some additional resources:

http://triathlon.about.com/od/Competition/ss/What-Kind-Of-Triathlon-Are-You-Ready-For.htm

 

 

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