2012 was a special year for sport in Britain and without a doubt a monumental year for the sport of triathlon with Yorkshire’s Brownlee Brothers inspiring many people to try a triathlon for the first time.
Although many people associate the sport of triathlon with long distance races such as the Olympics or Ironman, it is fast becoming one of the most inclusive and family friendly sports around with many short distance races now to choose from.
Tri Together, the award winning beginners’ triathlon series, saw more beginners doing their event in 2012 than ever before and explain how by breaking down common misconceptions in the sport, they are seeing 83% beginners doing their races.
- Not all triathlons take place in open water, many local events such as Tri Together take place in indoor pools with wave starts so there are a maximum of 6-8 people in a lane at any one time. No need to buy a wet suit either.
- You need to have a fancy racing bike to do a triathlon. As long as your bike is in road worthy condition, with two working brakes and is not a fixed wheel bike, anything goes. Tri Together events have people taking part on mountain bikes, Brompton bikes, trikes and they’ve even had an electric bike with no battery take part!
- Early birds catch the worm! Yes, a lot of triathlons start at ungodly hours of the morning as most of them take place on open roads but Tri Together events take place on closed roads and so our race doesn’t start til 11am.
- You have to be able to be good at all three sports…not necessarily. Everyone has the one discipline they don’t like or aren’t very good at. Yes, it is called a run, but you can actually walk. There is no rule that says that you must run the whole way. In fact, many people will walk some or nearly all of the run section. Make sure that you have some energy at the end so that you can look good as you run across the finish line!
- Perhaps it was 2012’s Superheros, the Paralympians that gave you the fire to get into sport for the first time rather than the Brownlees. Tri Together is uniquely designed so that disabled and non-disabled people can take part side by side. With wide paths for the cycle and the run, Handcycles, recumbent bikes, trikes, tandem bikes, sports wheelchairs are all welcome.
- Triathlons are expensive. Yes, it’s true that the cost of figure hugging wetsuits, aero dynamic helmets and lightweight bikes can all add up. Tri Together aim to keep the costs down by offering low cost entry fees in exchange for your fundraising efforts for a fantastic cause.
- It’s an individual sport! More and more races now include relay team options. Tri Together even offer you the chance to take part in teams of twos or threes so you can play to your strengths.
- It’s not a family friendly sport! Triathlon is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and so it welcomes young participants. All Tri Together events now cater for those aged 8 and over so all the family can get involved.
If this is your first triathlon, getting started with your training might seem like a daunting prospect. Your overall fitness level will have a part to play, so if you're new to regular exercise, don't jump straight in at the deep end, but build up slowly. As a guide, you should start training at least three months before the triathlon. The sooner you start, the easier it will be in the long run.
If you're thinking about your first triathlon, why not sign up for the Tri Together triathlon, an award winning series of triathlons for people of all ages and abilities to swim, bike and run together. Beginners will be supported all the way to the finish line with training programs, free taster training sessions and opportunities to try alternative cycles and racing wheelchairs. Visit their website for more information on the free training sessions.
Started in London in 2011, it won the 220 Triathlon Race of the Year and was shortlisted for the British Triathlon event of the year 2011. In 2012, it went on to win the Triathlon London Professional Event of the Year. It is now set to expand from one event to three, taking place in London on 1 September, Lancaster on 7 July and Glasgow on 22 September. Join us in 2013 and be part of this unique triathlon experience.
Online entry is now open so secure your place today, visit the Tri Together website or text TRI to 80878* standard text rates apply.
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Tri Together takes place in Lancaster on 7 July, London on 1 September and Glasgow on 22 September.
Online entry is now open so secure your place early visit or text TRI to 80878* standard text rates apply.