Triathlon Advice

What is triathlon?

Triathlon is an event where competitors swim, bike and run. There are several standard distances for triathlons:

Swim: 400m - 750m (often pool swims)
These distances can vary
depending on the venue
Cycle: 20k Run: 5k
Olympic Distance
Swim: 1500m
Usually open water
based in the sea, rivers or lakes
Cycle: 40k Run 10k
Half Iron Man Distance
Swim: 1.2 miles (1.9km) Cycle: 56 miles (90km) Run: Half marathon (13.1 miles)
Iron Man Distance
Swim: 2.4 miles (3.8km) Cycle: 112 miles (180km) Run: Marathon (26.2 miles)


A run/bike/run or run/bike event over differing lengths


A swim/bike or swim/run event over differing lengths

There's lots of advice in this section for beginners and more experienced triathletes alike. Also see the many useful articles by our coaches.

See also

Spreadsheet Utilities

These are MS Excel Spreadsheets which you should save to your own computer when prompted. As with all files downloaded from the internet, you should virus check these with an up to date virus scanner. Many of these files contain macros and you may need to alter your macro security options to allow them to work. See Macro Security in Excel's help.