Try a triathlon

Swim, ride, run 

Triathlon combines three fun activities into one multi-sport event requiring only a single ingredient: will.

Be your best at triathlon
Steve Trew.
Blacklick, OH : McGraw-Hill 2010.
  1. Previous ed. published as: Triathlon. 2008.
  2. Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-248) and index.
  3. About triathlon -- Triathlon clothing and equipment -- How to get the most out of your triathlon training -- Swimming -- Open water swimming -- Cycling -- Running -- Transition and back-to-back training -- Mental attitude and confidence -- Diet, nutrition and supplements -- A six-month training schedule into your first race -- Preparation for race day.
The complete triathlete's training manual : [a unique training guide for triathletes of all abilities]
Oliver Roberts.
Hauppage, NY : Barron's Educational Series, 2010.
A successful triathlete is an endurance runner, swimmer, and bicyclist?and superb conditioning is essential for athletes who compete in this arduous sport. This book presents six graded training schedules designed to take aspiring triathletes from beginner status to championship contender. The author?s guidelines will tell readers which schedule is best for them, based on their state of physical fitness. They?ll find detailed advice on how to build general fitness and lose unwanted weight. Author Oliver Roberts also recommends the best equipment, based on each individual?s physical profile, and offers detailed advice on how to avoid injury during the course of a training program. Just as important, he tells how to cope with injuries if they occur. Finally, he advises on how to plan for a triathlon, how to compete in the race, and how to develop tactics for completing the event in fast time. A log section at the back of the book helps trainees keep track of their progress. The book is filled with charts and more than 150 color illustrations.
The triathlete's training bible
Joe Friel.
Boulder, Colo. : VeloPress, c2009.
The Triathlete's Training Bible empowers triathletes withevery detail they need to consider when planning aseason, lining up a week of workouts, and preparing torace. With a solid understanding of the science behindthe author's proven methodology, triathletes can easilydevelop a personal training plan and know how to adapt itthroughout the season based on their body's response totraining. The third edition includes extensive revisionson the specifics of how to train and what to eat.Triathletes discover how to better gauge intensity withthe latest in training technology to maximize form andfitness and reduce fatigue; improve economy in swimming,cycling, and running; adapt annual training plans over aseason; build muscular endurance with a new approach tostrength training; and improve body composition andrecovery with smarter nutrition. Featuring case studiesand multiple contingency plans to draw on when trainingdoesn't go as expected, this book expertly guidestriathletes to the top of their game.
Triathlon training for dummies
by Deirdre Pitney and Donna Dourney.
Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, c2009.
Training effectively for a triathlon is about getting your body used to moving for the same amount of time it will take you to complete the event. So, "Triathlon Training For Dummies" outlines effective training programs based on the readers perceived level of fitness and expected time to the finish line, detailing a four-hour-per-week training program for a Sprint triathlon, eight hours for an Olympic and 20 hours (a much greater time--and mental--commitment) for an Ironman.
The everything triathlon training book : from scheduling workouts to crossing the finish line-- all you need to meet the challenge
Brent Manley and Lucia Colbert.
Avon, Mass. : Adams Media, c2009.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 281-282) and index.

People of all ages, gender and fitness levels generally have a natural ability to swim, ride a bicycle and run. So try a triathlon!

Today’s triathlon events are offered at varying,  manageable distances in order to allow the greatest number of people to finish, and experience for themselves an overwhelming sense of accomplishment, satisfaction and self-respect.

Triathlon distances include variations of the following lengths:

  • Children: 100-yd. swim/1-mile bike/1000-yd. run
  • Sprint: .5-mile swim/12-mile bike/3-mile run 
  • Quartermax: .6-mile swim/28-mile bike/6.5-mile run
  • International (Olympic): 1-mile swim/25-mile bike/6.2-mile run
  • Halfmax: 1.2-mile swim/56-mile bike/13.1-mile run
  • Ironman: 2.4-mile swim/112-mile bike/26.2-mile run

Triathlon facts

1977:  Triathlon grew out of a debate in Hawaii over which event was most grueling:
Waikiki Roughwater Swim = 2.4 miles, or
Around Ohahu Bike Ride = 112 miles, or
Honolulu Marathon = 26.2 miles.

1978:  First Ironman Triathlon combined all three distances. 15 men participated.

2000:  Triathlon becomes Olympic sport in Sydney - Olympic distance.

While the triathlon event is an experience in which success is completely dependent on the individual participant, preparing for the event through an organized local training group can provide both social interaction and motivation. One basic training guideline suggests 2 swim efforts, 2 run efforts and 1 cycling effort per week in preparation for a first triathlon. Contact a local bicycle or running shop to join a class focused on efficient transitions or open water swimming.

For an adventure that begins with an exploration of the local neighborhood, encompasses the roadways of the greater community, provides travel opportunities to new locales, creates new relationships with other enthusiasts, and results in a high level of personal achievement, try a triathlon.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff