Triathlon A to Z

Add your favourite tri terms to our shiny new glossary...

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11/02/2008 at 13:15

The world of triathlon can seem like a minefield of technical terminology and jargon to the first-timer, and who better to help compile the RW Triathlon Glossary than our experienced forumites?

With your collective knowledge from hundreds of races and years of training, we'd like you to add, edit and compile all your triathlon lingo into one neat, alphabetical list. From aerobars to drafting, T1 to T2, and everything in between.

Feel free to add as many terms and definitions as you want - once we have a comprehensive list we’ll publish an article online.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Catherine RW

11/02/2008 at 13:20

Aerobars - add on extensions to allow to "aerotuck" and thus achive higher speeds if used correctly.

                 - A nice chocolate bar that is normaly minty to taste

Pounce - likes bikes, talks in tounges and has a certian thing about carbon.

M...eldy    pirate
11/02/2008 at 13:21

11/02/2008 at 13:33

Ponce = muppet or

calling me a muppet?

M...eldy    pirate
11/02/2008 at 13:38
whaddya reckon?
Symes    pirate
11/02/2008 at 13:42


- what your thighs will feel like after a long hilly ride

- how the local cantonese takeaway serves its beef, mmmmmm

Gyraffe    pirate
11/02/2008 at 13:53

kk - how about an entry on clipless pedals

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
11/02/2008 at 14:01

Brick - two or three of the individual disciplines performed one after the other in training to simulate how you will feel in a race .

Drafting - riding too close to the cyclist in front of you in a race - leading to disqualification if  seen by a race marshal.

Bento box (or any number of other similar boxes) - a rectangular box that fits on your bike's top bar usually with velcro tapes - for putting your food and other supplies in.

11/02/2008 at 14:05
Gravel Munching.  The state you should be in when you finish
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
11/02/2008 at 16:20

ill leave the definition to our learned captain or someone else who can write.
Daniel Benson.    pirate
11/02/2008 at 17:04

Great shout Barlos and a worthy addition to any tri/running glossary.

While I’m here, I’ve noted a list of other possible terms that could be added.

Aero helmet
Ironman distance
Olympic distance
Half Ironman distance
Tri Suit
Waves (start)

Edited: 11/02/2008 at 17:04
11/02/2008 at 17:12
Waves (stop)....... else you're going to have a sore wrist.
The Trickster    pirate
11/02/2008 at 17:20
He's probably already got one of them.......
PSC    pirate
11/02/2008 at 17:26

Lordy, if we add ponce terminology this will need to be published by Collins!!!

chain whips


Don't forget the "4th discipline" (transition)

11/02/2008 at 17:39
4th discipline is feeding
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
11/02/2008 at 18:55

I thought the 4th discipline was shopping?

or was it drinking?

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
11/02/2008 at 18:55

I thought the 4th discipline was shopping?

or was it drinking?

Ally Bally Bee    pirate
11/02/2008 at 19:11

Over here the fourth discipline is sha**ing. At the Rotovegas tri in NZ you get extra kudos for completing the fourth leg and even more kudos for the fifth (sh*g, swim, bike, run, sh*g).

Doozer.    pirate
11/02/2008 at 19:13
11/02/2008 at 20:02

BAR END SHIFTERS- a style of gear changer which allows gear changing whilst aero.  Removing ANY control whatsover you have of the carbon....

SANDBAGGING - claiming not be training at all whilst training like hell.  As demonstrated by me during any conversation with my boss about traithlon.  Roll on race day.

TRISUIT - A legged lycra suit which enhances any fat on your body and then magnifies it, tenfold.

TRISWIM SUIT - An obsence swimming costume which rides up at the front and back bottoms simulaneously.

ORCA - Manufacturers of clothing where you have to have at least 2 sizes bigger than your normal dress size.

 PLANET X -  A silly place to ask for when you are lost in Doncaster.

SUPPORTER - Any one who shouts anything near transition.

ELITE MAN - A 25-35 ish man who can run barefoot in transition climb on his bike and slide his feet into his bike shoes and pedal off into the sunset.

MAN - A 30 - 55 ish man who can run barefoot in transition climb on his bike, slide one foot into his bike shoes and take out a large section of the crash barrier and a few supporters during the following crash.

NEWBIE - someone who guesses their swim time as 4 minutes for 400m,

PRO - anyone with toilet paper in their hoodie pocket.

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