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Triathletes in Victoria

A triathlon is a sports event which combines three sports, typically running, biking, and swimming. During a triathlon, competitors perform all three sports sequentially without stopping, in an attempt to beat the clock. Get discounts at couponers for Triathlon sports watches. People of all ages and sizes compete in triathlons, although a circuit of professional athletes dominates the triathlon world, much like with other sports events. Training for a triathlon, as well as competing, can be a great way to get in shape and enjoy sports. In addition, many triathlons are held to benefit charity, much like marathons, which encourages athletes at varying levels of experience and physical ability to compete.

It is an exciting multi-discipline sport involving a continuous race over various distances in the three disciplines of swimming, cycling and running. A standard triathlon is made up of a swim, followed by a cycle ride, followed by a run. Competitors race against the clock, which starts as they enter the swim and stops as they cross the finish line after the run. For this reason, triathlon is often reported as having a 'fourth discipline' known as the transition. The transition is the point in the race when competitors change from swimming to cycling, and from cycling to running.

Triathletes fall into two categories: the Elite, the professional triathletes who compete at an international level, and Age-Group - triathletes who are non-professional. The Age-Group system allows you to compete against other triathlete entrants of the same age (within a five year band) and sex. Look over the best deals for triathlon sports watches at couponer’s. Triathlon and duathlon World and European Championships give all triathletes the chance to enter - they have an age-group category as well as an elite category.

A triathlon tests the endurance and speed of an athlete, as well as his or her ability to conserve energy and focus on the race as a whole. Triathletes are usually extremely strong and limber, with powerful upper bodies for swimming and well developed lower bodies for biking and running. Because a triathlon involves competing against a clock, rather than against other athletes, it is an individualized but not brutally competitive sport. Usually groups of athletes are sent out in stages, to avoid clogging up the field, typically beginning with professionals and following with amateurs broken up by age group. A variation on the triathlon is a relay triathlon, in which a different athlete completes each stage.

The swimming stage typically takes place in a lake or the open ocean. As soon as athletes emerge from the water, they immediately change into cycling gear, as the transition time between stages is counted in the overall time. After cycling, the athletes change shoes to run, and the course is considered complete once the athletes have crossed the finish line. In longer triathlons, help stations along the way offer water, food, electrolytes, and other supplies to athletes, along with first aid for injuries. The length of a triathlon can vary immensely. Check the for deals on sports watches.

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Triathletes cycle during the Ironman 70.3 Triathlon in Singapore
Triathletes cycle during the Ironman 70.3 Triathlon in Singapore
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