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A Triathlon is an ancient Greek word that refers to an athletic event made up of three contests. In contemporary usage, the name triathlon is mostly applied to a race consisting of a combination of swimming, cycling and running, in that order. In most modern triathlons, these events are placed back-to-back in immediate sequence and a competitor's official time includes the time required to "transition" between the individual legs of the race, including any time necessary for changing clothes and shoes. As a result, proficiency in swimming, running, and cycling alone is not sufficient to guarantee a triathlete a competitive time: trained triathletes have learned to race each stage in a way that preserves their energy and endurance for subsequent stages.
What is a triathlon?
A Triathlon may sound easy enough since most people can run, swim and cycle, however extensive fitness training of some degree is recommended before participating. These three disciplined events; swimming, cycling and running, are not often short stretches. The swimming portion can range from 750 to 3800 meters, a bike portion from 20 to 180 kilometers and a run of 5 to 42 kilometers (based on Sprint and Ironman Competitions).
If you break up the triathlon into the three sports components, it will enable you to train better, harder and much wiser then if you choose to concentrate on just one of them. Training in multi sports allows you to develop both muscle toning and high levels of cardio vascular.
Rules of a Triathlon
You can easily achieve this by having different training sessions enabling you to have a great overall workout, without over training one discipline or getting sore muscles that could result in an injury and bad performance. Finding a good facility like Seattle fitness centers will help you train equally in all three aspects of triathlons and allow for better outcome and hopefully better results.
Training involves a lot of time, energy and discipline and the rewards are not often felt in the short run, so remember when you start that things will continue to get better as time goes on.
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Did you know that you can bet on some of the more popular Triathlons such as the Ironman and other prominent events? While it isn't the most popular form of betting, it can be found at some sportbooks under Athletics or Track and Field section of the website.
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