Today’s Short Sweet Sentences (SSS) is focussing on the fastest growing sport in the UK…Triathlon! Let’s take a look:
1.) Triathlon consists of 3 sports: In order to complete a triathlon you have to be proficient at swimming, cycling and running.
2.) Start: At the shot of a gun the athletes begin the race with a swim (the distance varies), the athletes can start on a dock or already in the water.
3.) Location: Races can start on a dock, in the water or on a beach whereby the athletes are required to run into the water like Mitch Buchannon from Baywatch!
4.) Types of Triathlon: Triathlons can include Sprints, Olympic, Half-Ironman and Ironman. With a minimum distance of 16 miles to a massive 140miles!
5.) Distance Breakdown: Sprint = Swim 0.5miles, bike 13 miles and run 3.2 miles. Olympic = Swim 0.93, 24.8 miles, 6.2 miles. Half-Ironman = 1.2 miles, 56 miles, 13.1 miles. Ironman = 2.4 miles, 112 miles, 26.2 miles.
6.) Dog eat Dog: Triathlon is a hotly contested event, especially during the highly crowded swim where athletes will nudge, push and kick in order to get ahead.
7.) Triathlon Segments: Segments are comprised of the swim, cycle and run. Upon completion of the swim athletes enter transition 1, T1, after the cycle segment they enter T2 for the last leg of the race.
8.) Refuel During The Cycling Segment: This is the optimal time to suck back an energy gel and/or a carbohydrate bar, and an isotonic drink because the stomach is relatively stationary.
9.) History of Triathlon: Dates back to around 1978, so relatively recent! It’s thought the term was coined in Southern California no less by a group of friends who each specialised in swimming, cycling and running.
10.) The first Triathlon: Mission Bay Triathlon was held on the 25th September 1974 by Jack Johnstone and Don Shanahan involving 47 athletes. The modern day Triathlon was born.
11.) The first Ironman: Hawaii, Kona bay hosted the Waikiki Rough Water Swim (2.4miles), The Oahu Bike Race (112miles) and The Honolulu Marathon (26.2miles) as separate entities, but they were merged to become the Hawaii Ironman!
12.) Progress: The Hawaii Ironman is approx 140 miles, this is an insane distance and test of ultra endurance. The first ever Ironman attracted 15 people…only 13 finished!
13.) Fastest growing sport in the UK: Triathlon is growing at a rapid pace with the number of competitors taking part reaching 3000 in a year! That’s 420,000 miles of Ironman glory!
14.) Triathlon as an Olympic Sport: Triathlon became an Olympic sport at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Olympic distances involve 0.9 mile swim, 25 mile cycle and 6.2 run.
15.) Average age and Wage: It is thought that Triathlon is most popular among 40 year olds who earn around £45,000 a year. These people are likely to attend Triathlon holidays.
16.) Triathlon Holidays: Training escapes have seen a 35% increase in Triathlon holidays in the last 3 years, with Triathlon holiday goers increasing by 30-35%.