Now triathlons aren’t purely cycling (there’s some swimming and running in there), but they are near to my heart as they got me back on a bike ten years ago after a decade off. Since triathlon involved three sports, the fitness you get out of them is really great. This mix sport approach can also be daunting when thinking about training and equipment. It really isn’t that bad especially when you are training for the reasonable Sprint distance races (300-800 meter swim, 10-18 mile bike, 2-4 mile run depending on race.) All you really need is a pair of goggles, swim suit, bike, helmet, and running shoes. Tri-geeks get very equipment obsessed, but for short distance races, that’s really all you need. I recommend checking out sites like Beginner Triathlete and TriNewbies for pointers. There are also some good beginner books out there and the local tri shops listed on the side bar are always a good place to get some advice. Do also go to the rules meeting before your first race. It’s not complicated, but there are some key differences from group riding and road racing.
Triathlons generally fall into four categories: Sprint, Olympic (1500m swim, 40K bike, 10 K run), 1/2 Ironman or 70.3 (1.2mi swim, 56 mi bike, 13.1 mi run), and Ironman (2.4 mi swim, 112 mi bike, 26.2 mi run). There are lots of Sprint distance races on the Austin calendar, a few Olympic and 1/2 Ironman races, and currently no local Ironman distances. There are also duathlons, which substitute the swim with a run at the beginning. I’d not recommend the Olympic or longer as a first race unless you are on a relay team and only doing one leg of the race. I’ve included the race distances and as much information as is currently available on each race.
Note that all of the listed races are USA Triathlon sanctioned which means you will need a USAT membership to race. USA Triathlon offers a one-year Adult Membership ($39) and a one-year Youth membership ($5) OR if you are only going to race one or two races, you can get a one day membership through the race for $10.
Champions Triathlon & Duathlon
Enchanted Rock Extreme Duathlon
The Rookie Triathlon
Lake Travis Triathlon
Cedar Park Kid’s Triathlon
Skeese Greets Women’s Triathlon
Ranger Triathlon (Childrens & Adult Triathlon)
Rockin’ R Toobin’ Triathlon
Capital of Texas Triathlon
Varsity & Jr. Varsity Triathlon
Lake Pflugerville Triathlon
Greater Gator Olympic Triathlon
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Hill Country Kid’s and Family Triathlon
Jack’s Generic Triathlon
Gatorbait Memorial Triathlon
Austin F1 Cubed Triathlon
Sweet & Twisted Triathlon (Womens Only)
The Austin Triathlon
The Kerrville Triathlon
Ironman 70.3 Austin