Here are some frequently asked questions and answers
What are the typical race distances?
Sprint – varies per race but usually about 400-700 yard swim, 8-15 mile bike, and a 2-4 mile run
Olympic – 1.5K (.93mi) swim, 40K (24.8 mi) bike, 10k (6.2mi) run
70.3 or Half Ironman – 1.2mi swim, 56mi bike, 13.1 mi run
140.6 or Full Ironman – 2.4mi swim, 112mi bike, 26.2mi run
What is a good starting distance/race?
This is highly personal depending on your fitness level and comfort with all three disciplines. Many people start out with a Sprint or Olympic. If you are proficient at two of the three disciplines, an Olympic might be a good choice provided you train for it. Talk to the folks you are training with and those with a little more experience to get a feel for things.
What is the best way to train?
This is a very personal decision and will very greatly depending on the goals you would like to achieve and the amount of time that you have to train. As far as the training goes, there is no substitute for good coaching with a real coach. We have some great coaches through Team Go Fast Get Fit, so use their knowledge. The amount of training will very greatly depending on your fitness level, comfort level with each sport, amount of time you have available, and the distance race you have chosen. In very general terms, it is a good idea to do each discipline at least two times per week, increasing the distances gradually.
Bonk – To run out of energy due to inadequate fuel intake
Brick – A workout that has two or more evnts combined, commonly a bike workout followed by a short run to help the adaptation between muscle groups
DNF – Did not finish
DQ – Disqualification
Drafting – Following closely behind another athlete in their slipstream, mostly referred to on the bike. This is illegal in most races.
Negative Split – Running the second half faster than the first half
On Your Left – What you should say when you attempt to pass another biker
T1,T2 – T1 = swim to bike transition, T2 = bike to run transition
Wave – groups of athletes starting together at the swim portion of a triathlon