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.
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.
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.
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.
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.