New To Triathlon

Triathlon is the UK’s fastest growing participation sport.

Being a relatively young sport, conceived in 1974, it has a reputation for being friendly and inclusive with people competing at all levels within the same race and all getting equal support.  People come to the sport for a variety of reasons.

Be it from a single sport looking for a fresh challenge or those starting out on a fitness campaign looking to make finishing a race their goal. All are equally welcome.

THE BASICS

Triathlon is a sport made up a three disciplines, a swim, followed by a bike and finishing with a run.  You race against the clock, over the total time for all three aspects of the race.  As a result there is a "fourth discipline", the transition from swimming to cycling,T1, and from cycling to running,T2,where time can be gained or lost.

INTERESTED?

Come along to any of the Dumfries & Galloway Triathlon Club training sessions and find out more. You can try a few sessions at club rates before deciding whether to join.

DO I NEED LOTS OF EQUIPMENT?

All you need to have a go is a swim suit and goggles, a roadworthy bike (mountain/hybrid/road) and helmet and a pair of running shoes.  If you enjoy it you will find there are limitless ways to spend your money to potentially improve your race time.

DO I HAVE TO SWIM FRONT CRAWL?

You will be put in a heat determined by your predicted swim time, which means you don't have to worry about holding anyone up and it is perfectly OK to swim breaststroke.  If you join Dumfries & Galloway Triathlon Club you will nearly always find the friendly face of other club members for support and advice.

RACING?

The races are run over a range of distances with the swim either being pool based or the added challenge of open water (You get to wear a wetsuit in Scotland!)  Most people start with a Novice or Sprint.

  SWIM CYCLE RUN
NOVICE 400m 10km 3km
SPRINT 750m 20km 5km
OLYMPIC 1500m 40km 10km
HALF 1900m 90km 21.1km
FULL 3900m 180km 42.2km

The majority of races in Scotland are sprint distance but these often will include a novice event.

All multidispiplinary race have to be entered in advance.  

Most but not all are entered through http://www.entrycentral.com

Please visit http://www.triathlonscotland.org/events to see all the events in Scotland.