Q: How far do I have to swim/bike/run?
A: There are many types of triathlons… according to USAT (USA Triathlon). Distances vary from event to event, some are slightly shorter, and some are slightly longer, depending on the location. As you can see, there are distances for the very beginner to the very elite. Sprint distances are the best and safest place to start, unless you have a strong background in endurance training, in which case you may feel comfortable starting with an Intermediate distance. Here are the breakdowns:
“Sprint”: ½ mile swim, 12 mile bike, 3.1 mile run
“Olympic” or “Intermediate”: 1 mile swim, 24 mile bike, 6.2 mile run
“Half Ironman” or “Long Course”: 1.2 mile swim, 55 mile bike, 13 mile run
“Ironman” or “Ultra”: 2.3 mile swim, 111 mile bike, 26 mile run