The Sprint distance triathlon is a very popular distance for new triathletes. It consists of a 1/2 mile swim, a 12.4 mile bike, and a 3.1 mile run. This is a very popular distance for amateur triathletes (often referred to as “age groupers).
Depending on the event you have entered, the start of the race will vary. Some races have a mass start, which can be very chaotic at the beginning of the swim. In the mass start – all racers leave at the same time. Another method of race start is to set the athletes off in waves, that are a few minutes apart. These waves will usually be divided into separate groups based on your age or predicted swim time.
The Sprint triathlon would be a good goal for anyone considering entering triathlons. If you want do triathlons to “race” or to lose weight, this is a great distance to get exposed to the sport.
As with any triathlon, I recommend training for it. The training is a very important aspect to completing triathlons injury free. Not to mention how great you will feel after workouts. You might be a bit sore at first, but I promise, if you stick with the training, you will begin to love the thought of a good workout, and take pride in your Personal Records that you set for yourself as you achieve more and more.
If you have decided you want to compete in a Sprint Triathlon – good luck and have fun! Please check back and update this blog with your experience.