What is a triathlon?
A triathlon could easily be described as one of the most challenging sporting events on the planet. It’s one of those sports that relies on an unbelievable level of fitness if you want to get any good at it and ability in multiple activities.
In short a triathlon is a three part activity which involves swimming (in open water or a swimming pool, depending on which event you enter), cycling closely followed by running. All three events are done back to back without rest in succession.
There are a number of events within the triathlon group such as a mini or sprint triathlon to the Olympic triathlon then the half ironman (or ironman 70.3) right through to the full ironman.
So now you know exactly what is a triathlon, do you think you’ll be giving it a go?
Let’s say you’ve decided that you’d like to fulfil your lifetime’s ambition of doing a full ironman, or that you’d be more than happy with just the half version.
That’s agreed, but what’s you’re next step? How do you get started and what should you do??
Well unless you’ve run one before (and to be honest even if you have, you’ll still benefit from some guidance) you will need a half ironman training program to guide you along the way. A good one will not only steer you through potential problems, but also save you time and energy on spending your training doing inefficient things.
I’ve just written a new page all about this subject, go check it out here – half ironman training program
Are you a seasoned triathlete?
Do you want a fresh challenge and a step up in terms of effort and stamina?
Are you looking for a half ironman during the month of December and want a warm climate during the winter months and can afford to travel to the north island of New Zealand if you don’t already live there. Then why not give the Taupo Half Ironman a try.
It’s and annual event set in the beautiful town of Taupo, New Zealand. The race is open to both men and women and covers the official half ironman distances.
It’s not too expensive to enter and the prizes are quite good. Read all about it right here – taupo half ironman
A half iron man race is a gruelling race for the very fit and dedicated athlete in you. You can’t suddenly decide to go out a do one off the cuff, you’ll need to prepare very thoroughly and to be honest, you’ll need to have worked your way up the triathlon ranks AND completed a full traithlon first.
The half iron man is an event that is gaining popularity these days as it has all of the challenge needed to make a tough endurance event but it isn’t quite as gruelling as the full ironman competition is.
As with all endurance events you’ll need to prepare thoroughly beforehand, this means completing all stages in sequence a number of times. You need to learn how it feels to follow on one event after another.
Go here to find out more – half iron man