Participating in a triathlon event: can I do that?
Triathlon is still regarded as a hard, tough, extreme sport. Yet this sport can be practised by the young and the elderly, first-timers, and also by people who practice only one of the three elements.
It is not a sport that requires an awful lot of training. Nor do you need to wear the fanciest outfits and use the finest equipment. The best way to for a first experience with triathlon is the so-called Trio Triathlon.
What is Trio Triathlon?
Trio Triathlon is a beautiful way of achieving a sports performance within a few hours together with friends, family, colleagues, neighbours, etc. Participating is more important that winning.
Some advantages of participating:
- You get acquainted with the sport and its atmosphere
- You’re part of a team: you work together and support each other
What’s the idea?
You form a team of somebody who can swim fast, somebody who cycles regularly, and a good runner. It is also allowed to create a team where 1 person does two of the three parts. Remember: It is not about achieving top performances.
How does the competition work out?
Once you have picked up your proof of registration at the registration office, you receive a time registration chip. The swimmer starts off, and after the swim, passes the chip to the cyclist. At the end of the cycling track the cyclist then passes the chip on to the runner, who takes it across the finish. The combined end time counts for the classification.
For what distances can I register.
During the Veenendaal triathlon you can participate in:
- 1/8th: 500 m swimming, 20 km cycling, 5 km running
- 1/4th: 1 km swimming, 40 km cycling, 10 km running
In effect this means:
- 1/8th: 1 round of swimming, 3 rounds of cycling and 2 rounds of running
- 1/4th: 2 rounds of swimming, 6 rounds of cycling and 4 rounds of running
Why is it called 1/8th or 1/4th?
Competitions are organised as much as possible on the basis of standard distances. This is usually derived from the 1/1 triathlon, the “classical distance”, consisting of 3,8 km of swimming, 180 km of cycling and 42.195 km of running
How old do you need to be to register?
- For the 1/8th distance participants must be 12 years of age or older
- For the 1/4th distance participants must be 14 years of age or older
What are the rules for team composition?
A trio-team can consist of both men and women. In the classification no distinction is made between all male, all female or mixed teams. Trio’s start at the same time as individual participants.
I want to participate…:
- “…but I don’t have a racing bike” Maybe you can borrow a racing bike from someone else. It is also permitted to use a mountain bike or a recreational bike. Wearing a well-fitting helmet during the competition is a must.
- “… and I can swim fast using the breast stroke, but I can’t do the breast crawl. Is that OK?”. No problem. You can use any kind of stroke you want. However it is nog allowed to bring or use swimming attributes.
Would you like to participate, and are you looking for 1 or 2 other people to form a team, than place a post on Facebook.