Back in 2005 we wrote a feature story entitled "There is no such thing as a sprint triathlon."
It began like this:
If you think about it, there is no such thing as a sprint triathlon.
Triathlon is an endurance sport…one of the longest and hardest that
test an athletes muscles, athletic abilities, mental toughness,
strengths and weaknesses and most importantly, endurance.
However I suppose you could design true Sprint triathlon. It would look something like this:
1) A fifty meter freestyle swim 2) One lap around a Velodrome 3) A 100 meter dash"
This is from the marketing material for the Uber Man:
"The word “Sprint Triathlon” has always been an oxymoron in the sport…until now. This triathlon will define what it means to “truly red line”. If the Kentucky Derby is the fastest two-minutes in sports…UBERMAN is certainly the fastest 15-minutes in triathlon."
The Race includes a:
- 250 Meter Swim - 4 Mile Bike - 1 Mile Run
The race organizers go on to say:
"Witness 10 Elite Men and 10 Elite Women competing for the coveted UBER CUP, flying by you every two minutes at warp speed.
The 20 athletes will not only include a pro field but several of the top amateur Elite triathletes from regional triathlon clubs. Watch them compete against the pros, watch them battle each other for their chance to be the 2009 UBERMAN and UBERWOMAN!
All prospective entrants should be able to meet all of the following criteria;
1. On the swim leg of this race: You should be able to swim under 3.0 minutes.
2. On this race you should be able to average 30 mph on the bike.
4. On this race you should be able to race at sub 5 minutes on the total run."