HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR FIRST TRIATHLON ?
One of the first factors to take into consideration in order to have a great initial experience in the triathlon is choosing the right distance. Indeed, there are a number of race formats and, depending on your sporting profile and motivation, you will need to choose the one that suits you best in order to get as much enjoyment from it is possible. Having a good knowledge of your own body is a key element to avoid making a mistake in choosing from the following available race formats:
- XS format (or sprint): 750 m swim, 20 km cycle, 8 km run Ideal for beginners in all the disciplines.
- SD (or Olympic) format: 1.5 km swim; 40 km cycle, 10 km run.This distance is reserved for those who regularly practise at least one of the disciplines and it already represents a big challenge for a first triathlon.
- L format (long distance): 1.9 m swim, 90 km cycle, 21 km run This race format is not recommended for those entering their first triathlon because it is physically and mentally demanding.
- XXL format (Ironman): 3.8 m swim, 180 km cycle, 42 km run This is the ultimate aim for many sportsmen and women who start the triathlon but it is essential to take your time and not skip any of the necessary stages. Very few athletes have the ability to complete the XXL distance when they start out in triathlon. It is strongly recommended to have at least completed an L race format beforehand).
Once you have gained a better understanding of the many different distances offered by the sport, you need to take a leap of faith and complete the most difficult part of your adventure... signing up! The only point on which you need to take careful consideration is the timeframe available to you before the event. Give yourself enough time to train and get yourself organised.