The Requirements of a Triathlon
A triathlon basically involves a competition that has multiple stages whereby which the athlete takes part in three sports and has to compete in them one after the other. The course comprises of all three sports and the fastest time wins. There can be other permutations of a triathlon but the most commonly accepted one is the bike, swim and running combination. More and more young athletes these days are taking part in these triathlons because the race is exciting and really tests your endurance and speed. In order to be able to successfully compete in a triathlon you need to complete a few basic requirements of all three branches of the race. These are as follows.
The basic gear that you require for the swimming part of the course is what you require for any proper swimming workout, a swimsuit, goggles and a wetsuit. The swim cap is usually provided by the organizers of the race. The swimsuit that athletes are supposed to wear is made from a Lycra-Nylon cloth so that it fits the body perfectly and cuts down the chances of hydrodermic drag. Apart from that, the wetsuit is for situations when experts say that the water is too cold for athletes. It may also be warm when the water is a decent temperature because it makes our body buoyant and therefore increases speed while swimming. Also, make sure that you do not forget your goggles because they are essential in order to protect your eyes from random debris in the water, salt, chlorine and even the sun’s rays.
The biking part of the triathlon is usually the most exciting for young athletes. However, there are some technicalities involved as the bike you are using needs to be appropriate for your body type and made from the right materials to give you maximum speed. Not only that, but the bike also needs to be approved by the triathlon official to ensure that it meets the safety requirements. Athletes have been known to ride time trial, triathlon, road, mountain or fixed-gear bicycles in triathlons. Basically, any bike that is made from a light material, gives the athlete a substantial aerodynamic tuck and meets all the safety requirements will do a good job. Apart from the bike, every single biker needs to wear a helmet while competing. This could be of a road or aerodynamic design but it has to be present.
This is the least technical aspect of a triathlon. It just requires the athlete to bring along a good and comfortable pair of running shoes and a shirt and shorts. There are some brand that design triathlon shoes that are easier to put on and lace up and may even have sock free designs. This is advantageous because the athlete does not have to waste time putting on socks and shoes and lacing them up during the race.