A triathlon has 3 stages to it, a swim, cycle and a run. These can be a varying distances, but it is aimed at being an endurance event, where competitors need stamina and mental will power to get them through the pain.
Triathlons are held all over the world for differing abilities, the most famous of which is the Iron Man competition, which is the grand daddy of all the events.
Many competitors have one discipline that they are weaker at and so try to gain time in the other stages. The transition phase of the race is paramount to maintaining a good time. After the swim you must run and take off your wetsuit, grab your bike, run with it and then jump on and get your feet into the shoes which are already attached to the bike. It takes some skill to do this and many people lose valuable time at this part of the race.
I have had reoccurring nightmares of triathlons, I have done a couple in my time more of a social sport rather than a competition per say and also a lot of duathlons. I love the sport it is growing and has a great following in the UK. Combining the sports is tough going, the swim is hard enough never mind having to cycle and then run. It is something that requires training and I think what I like about triathlons is that it is as much a mental game as it is a physical and you need to have a balance of training nutrition and mental readiness in order to be successful.
Many triathletes have a weaker discipline, now I would say that it is 50% the swimming and 50% the cycling. Running seems to be the main area where people can do and train quite easily for. I am actually planning to launch triathlon buddy in spring of next year because it’s a unique community in the sense that this mental readiness and all encompassing training. I wouldn’t want to force them into the specific jogging or cycling buddy sites to find those other people to train with. Triathlon at the end of the day is a different sport and so deserves it’s own platform for people to find likeminded buddies. You would want to train with another triathlete as you both understand the psychology, intricacies and the reasons why you would do things differently to a road cyclist. Understanding transitions is a really important part of the sport overlaying that with the swimming element means although it is a smaller community it will be valuable to those that choose to join.