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Tri-PT 70.3 Corona Edition

The Tri-PT 70.3 Corona edition started at the Vlietlanden on Sunday, September 6. For a while it seemed that we would start the day with rain and cumulus clouds, but just like with the previous Tri-PT Corona edition, the weather was beautiful upon arrival.

At 6.45 am we attended the briefing with 21 TRI-PT coached triathletes. After a brief explanation of the rules and the course, the first triathlete started the 1.9 km swim at 7.05. After this, a competitor left every thirty seconds to keep the distance due to the corona rules.

This provided spectacular images for the volunteers and the early supporters.

Arriving in a well-prepared transition zone, we took off the wetsuits and put on the bicycle helmets. The course was 7x a round of 13km around the Vlietland. Departing from the transition zone you came on a winding path that required technical skills from the participants when you were on a time trial handlebar. This was followed by a number of kilometers that became increasingly difficult as the day progressed due to the headwind. The way back got better and better, a higher dike brought you back towards the transition zone with a tailwind. Due to the early start, it was very quiet on the track, which ensured fast cycling times for all participants.

After 90 kilometers of cycling, the bike stayed behind in the transition zone and we could start the half marathon. The shell path where we had to turn around after 1.4 km was known to the participants of the previous edition. This also applies to the bridge, with a 10 percent climb rate, which had to be braved a total of 16 times. The best thing about the running route was that we passed the transition area eight times and were encouraged by the large numbers of supporters and volunteers.

After 4.31.05 the first finisher, Max Mahoney, came through the Tri-PT flags. Followed by Davide and Mark. Among the women it was Andrea who crossed the finish line first with Manouck in second place. Podium seats were not of the utmost importance. Most importantly, 8 (!) Participants had renounced their first half triathlon and all participants had finished!

Corona has prevented many races from taking place. Tri PT has offered a fantastic alternative for its members to still be able to race and to find even more fraternity in the fantastic sport triathlon.

On to the TRI-PT marathon on November 1!

Guest article – How corona (and Stryd) made me a better runner

I have been running regularly for almost 30 years. With a PR of 1:37 on the half marathon and 45 minutes on the 10K, I rank among the “average runners” and that’s how I feel.

Although I worked for a major sports brand from Germany for many years (and have been involved with Stryd from a very early stage) my running was always something with no strings attached. “Nice walk” was the main thing for me. Keeping the body healthy was a priority. PR’s never affected me that much. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t be fanatic and take it easy on me. Walking several times a week – although I often couldn’t find the time to do so – was and is a goal that I try to pursue.

Long distances seemed out of reach for me; a 10K “still went”, but a half marathon was a real challenge and despite several attempts I never managed to run a full marathon, because I always got injured during the preparation.

But, with today’s knowledge, it is clear that I trained completely wrong for a long time and did not use all those kilometers to the maximum and put unnecessary strain on my body.

Since I started running I have always focused on speed; the time it takes me to travel a kilometer. After Stryd came onto the market, I switched from speed to power. Although I am a firm believer in running on wattage, this article is not about the pros and cons of power itself, but about the “zones” I discovered thanks to the power meter and how to train in / with these zones differently. runner made me. Thanks to corona.

What I never realized during all those years of running is that I often ran too fast and too hard. Because I thought that training on my “ability” was the way to improve myself. Whether I was running 5, 10 or 20 kilometers, I always focused on my “average speed” of around 5 minutes per kilometer, or later with power, around 260 as my “average wattage”.

Yes, I worked for a sports brand, but I also lived in China for a long time, with the well-known air pollution. That meant running was often a lonely affair on a treadmill at home or in the gym. And since I don’t like time limits and have always had jobs where free time is a non-existent luxury, I never really bothered to delve into the science of getting faster, especially on the longer distances, because “that could be done. I don’t walk anyway ”.

To a revealing and performance-improving coincidence of circumstances: working from home due to COVID and the approximately simultaneous release of the training plan functionality in the Stryd app for my Apple Watch.

Because of corona, I suddenly traveled a lot less than ever before in my working life. Suddenly I had more time for running and also to finally get to know “the science behind performance improvement”. And it was a revelation.

I followed the programmed training plan in the Stryd app and was amazed how slowly I had to walk according to that app. In fact, in the beginning I simply couldn’t run that “slow”. But with more time available and with slower walking, my “average distance” per run suddenly became a lot longer.

My regular 5K “tour around the church” suddenly became 10 kilometers a few times a week. But with a clearly less physical strain. I didn’t know what was happening to me. Even more amazing was that my “Critical Power” (in the definition of “Stryd”: my peak power for about 50 minutes) went up by over 7%. I walked slower, but my “output” went up !? How was that possible?

When I started to delve into “how is that possible”, a “world of running zones” opened up for me. I had heard of walking in different zones but did nothing about it. However, for me running is now nothing more than a varied schedule of interval training, easy runs and long distances with low intensity; a constant mix of both walking in low zones and good exercise in high zones. Yes, I now run a bit more kilometers per week than before, but it is completely clear to me that with such a varying approach I could have improved years ago.

The reason for finally writing this article is the revelation that “walking slower” eventually makes me faster. Perhaps a well-known fact to many, but how many average runners who want to get faster know or actually do?

Although I have a PR of 45 minutes in 10 kilometers, it wasn’t just over 20 years ago and I weighed at least 10 kilos less, as long as I can remember I couldn’t even get below 53 minutes. And yet, recently I ran 10 kilometers in 50 minutes! Next goal is a half marathon. A distance that I have not run for more than 2 decades, but where I have been getting closer and closer in my training in recent weeks and that I should be able to walk in 1:52 according to the race calculator in my Stryd app: 5 months ago that was unthinkable!

And now I even play with the thought that a full marathon might be possible after all! Then corona really made me a better runner!

26-07-2020: Tri-PT Triathlon at Vlietland

Do you have what it takes? Your first triathlon since lockdown! Participate at the Tri-PT Studio triathlon on the 26th of July. Triathletes are welcome to join us, find more information about the triathlon in Voorschoten in this article.

Race day rules

Participation is completely free, no entrance fee is charged. However, there are a few things that we need to keep in mind. Firstly, it goes without saying that the rules of the RIVM are followed before, during and after the race. Not only do we have to respect the RIVM rules, normal traffic rules have to be followed as well. The bike- and run course is open for other traffic and people as well.

Furthermore, every athlete needs to take care of/bring his own food and drinks which he/she is taking during the race. Another important note: do not throw empty gel packages etc. away, but keep them with you until you find a bin. Respect nature!

The normal rules from the NTB apply, which means that you need to wear a helmet before/during handling your bike. The exception is that we don’t have start numbers. There is another requirement for swimming. You need a safe swimmer! If you don’t have one, please let us know so we can bring ours.

Distances

  • Swim start = rolling start (60 seconds between each athlete) 1 kilometer, consisting of a 500 meter course up and down.
  • Bike leg = non drafting! A total of 38,4 kilometer
  • Run leg = Stay at the right hand side as much as possible, also on the steep, narrow wooden bridge! a total of 10 kilometers.

Timetable

  • Transition zone opens at 06.30
  • Race briefing at 06:45
  • Start: 07:00

All participants will receive a t-shirt and medal after the race.

There’s no entry fee! However I would suggest that we will have coffee /drinks/food at Waterfront afterwards and that the athletes keep the medics, volunteers, photographer and organisation free.

For those who know Waterfront: We’ll have the tables on the terrace near the entrance so we’ve a good view on the bikes (bikes are right next the terrace). I will bring a long cable and locks so we can lock the bikes together. 

Would you like to join us? Send an email to Paul (info@tri-ptstudio.nl) or call directly to +31 6 18144296.

Swim analysis in the endless pool

Swim analysis endless pool

Last week Gosse visited Tri-PT Studio for his first swim analysis in the endless pool. In this blog you can see and read Gosse’s experiences. This way triathletes and swimmers with an interest in a swim analysis in our endless pool get a good idea of how a swim analysis works.

An earlier article describes the entire process of a swim analysis step by step.

Last summer I participated for the first time in a sprint triathlon and I really enjoyed it. Now I am training for an Olympic triathlon. Cycling and running training go well for me, but I still see swimming as an obstacle. That is why I opted for an indoor swim training / analysis.

At first it took some time getting used to swimming in the endless pool, but after a few strokes it already felt quite natural. I first swam a bit as I would do during a triathlon so my movements could be properly analysed. After this I was allowed to watch the screen as I swam and I received clear feedback and tips from Paul.

The tips and feedback were then incorporated into a few exercises and these were also analysed. This analysis clearly showed that I was swimming much more stable and controlled. This is exactly what I was looking for. I have been given the exercises and analysis images and I can start working on this myself. I plan to come back in a few months before my competition to see if the exercises have helped and to update my technique for the specific competition.

A swim analysis in the endless pool

Are you curious about the possibilities that a swim analysis can offer? The endless pool page contains more information about a swim analysis at Tri-PT Studio. Want to know more immediately? Please contact us by email, WhatsApp or by phone.

Swimming analysis in the endless pool: step-by-step

Endless Pool Tri PT Studio

The endless pool is part of Tri-PT Studio for a few months now, dozens of swimmers have been able to improve their technique during this time. Right now, when it’s not exactly swimming weather, it can be useful to improve your technique. This way you have an advantage over the other swimmers and triathletes when the season starts again. But how does that work, an endless pool? This article describes step by step what a swim analysis looks like in practice.

1. Contact Tri-PT Studio for an appointment

Step 1 is to make an appointment at Tri-PT Studio. This is easily done via telephone, WhatsApp or e-mail. It is also possible to make the appointment physically when the studio is visited, so you immediately get a picture of our endless pool.

1.1 What does it cost for a swim analysis in the endless pool?

The rates for a swim analysis in our endless pool are described below. There are two options for doing a swim analysis at Tri-PT Studio.

ENDLESS POOL TRAINING  
Swim analysis (40 min.)€ 90,incl. video images and analysis
6 x swim analysis€ 425,-incl. 2x video images and analysis
Swim training (40 min.)€ 80,-incl. video images excl. analysis. Only for athletes that had an analysis before.
6 x swim training€ 399,-incl. video images excl. analysis. Only for athletes that had an analysis before.
Duo package (2 athletes)Both € 10,- discountAt least one of the athletes has to be new to the swim analyses.

Usually, swimmers are able to schedule an analysis within 7 days from the first contact moment. Contact us now to check availability!

2. Preparation for the swim analysis

The appointment has been made, now the preparation for the swim analysis can begin! For many athletes it is reassuring to know that they do not need to prepare physically. We get the best result of the analysis when a swimmer swims “normally”. That is why you can achieve the most results.

In terms of supplies can be prepared. For example, it is useful to take the following:

  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Bathrobe
  • Diving mask
  • Snorkel
  • Nose clip

Some of these attributes (snorkel, diving mask, nose clip, zoomers) are also present in the studio, which can be used by swimmers.

2.1 How hot is the water in the endless pool?

This is a question that we get a lot from swimmers. The water of the endless pool is 25 degrees, about 2 degrees lower than a “normal” pool.

3. The swim analysis

On the day of the swim analysis itself it is wise to be around 15-20 minutes in advance. Then the trainer can get acquainted and expectations or goals can be discussed. In total, the swim analysis and everything around it takes around 75 – 90 minutes.

The swimming video of is viewed during the analysis. On the basis of these images, it is discussed how swimming technique can be improved. This advice can be applied directly by the swimmer, because of the mirrors in the endless pool, the swimmer also has “direct” feedback.

4. After the analysis

After the training there is time for a cup of coffee with the trainer, so that you can discuss the results again. Here swimmers also receive tailor-made advice, allowing them to improve their swimming technique.

The detailed analysis is sent within four working days. The analysis consists of “photos” obtained from the video analysis, supplemented with tips and processed in a document.

5. Back in the water!

Time to put the advice and tips of the Tri-PT Studio specialist into practice. Now the swimmer can work on the swimming technique. If there is a need for another analysis, it is recommended to schedule this 4 to 6 weeks after the first analysis. This time depends on the frequency with which someone is swimming and the level, for a novice swimmer it may be good to do the following analysis after 2 to 3 weeks. The Tri-PT Studio trainer provides advice on this.

Schedule a swim analysis

Curious about what a swim analysis can mean for your swimming technique? Have an advantage over other swimmers / triathletes this season? Then make an appointment for a swim analysis in the endless pool of Tri-PT Studio! Visit the contact page, WhatsApp us or fill in the contact form below!

    Contact us today!

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    Triathlon training in offseason

    WattCycling

    The last few months have been the most important months of the year for most triathletes. Training all year for that one race or a few ones in the summer. It is very important not to stop training or to loose grip in the winter. And this is slightly more difficult for triathletes, than it is for athletes who “only” practice one sport.

    In addition, the winter weather is not particular motivating neither. Earlier I wrote an article with tips for triathlon training in offseason, this article is specifically about keeping track and improving cycling and swimming condition and technique in offseason.

    Offseason training in the endless pool

    Tri-PT Studio proudly presents our endless pool. We opened in October 2019 and our endless pool was also opened. This pool makes it possible to swim endlessly throughout the year. The dimensions of this bath are approximately 520 cm by 240 cm.

    One of the big advantages of the endless pool is that there are no turning points while swimming. This allows the swimming technique to be analysed very closely and thereby also be improved. In general, swimming training in an endless pool is around 20% to 30% more effective than in a regular swimming pool.

    How does the endless pool work?

    At the “front” of the pool is a motor that ensures that there is a current in the endless pool. The speed and power of this current can be adjusted completely as desired. This ensures that both experienced swimmers and beginners benefit from using an endless pool during the training sessions.

    The current is wider than the width of the swimmer and deeper than dept of the swimmer itself. The water reaches the back of the pool through and along the swimmer. The water is then pushed back from both sides to the “front” of the swimming pool, where it is pushed back towards the swimmer. This circulation ensures as little turbulence as possible, while making optimum use of the power of the endless pool.

    Training in the endless pool

    Curious about how you will enjoy swimming in an endless pool? During a training in the endless pool of Tri-PT Studio you will be guided by highly qualified trainers. In addition to coaching during and after swimming, you will also receive video footage of the session and a detailed analysis. This allows you to get started yourself after training in the endless pool.

    Tri-PT Studio is easy to reach and accessible to athletes of every level. In front of the door there is the possibility to park for free. The studio is also easily accessible by public transport. We are located next to the Voorschoten station, where trains and buses stop.

    Read more about the endless pool of Tri-PT Studio and make an appointment for a swim analysis.

    Cycling in off season

    It is fairly obvious that swimming in the fall and in the winter is not as easy as in the summer. Running and cycling can also be done indoors in almost every studio. What makes Tri-PT Studio so interesting for triathletes is the presence of the Wattbikes. These bikes are used to guide and support athletes through WattCycling. Below you can read more about why WattCycling is a solution for athletes who not only want to stay fit in the winter but also want to improve their level.

    What is WattCycling?

    The Wattbike is used for WattCycling. This is the most advanced indoor bike that exists. Athletes who use the Wattbike describe this as a real cycling experience. The unique thing about this indoor bike is that your performance is accurately measured and you receive continuous feedback from the Wattbike.

    You don’t use WattCycling just to stay fit in the winter. It is precisely a method to take your cycling technique to the next level. For example, think about improving your kicking technique so that you can put more power. In addition to strength, efficiency is also central to the training.

    WattCycling at Tri-PT Studio

    It is possible to only train on the Wattbike or to do this as a group. The training sessions last around 80 minutes. Athletes can choose between a Tri / Endurance training that focuses on long bike rides and time trials, d ‘Huez for a combination of longer intervals and a low pedaling frequency with high resistance or High Intensity Training with many intervals and high intensity.

    Each of these courses is specially designed to make a specific goal feasible. For those who do not have a specific goal in mind, there is a fourth option, a combination of all three courses.

    There are various options with regard to subscription or ride card for WattCycling. Read more about WattCycling or contact Tri-PT Studio directly.

    Opening Tri-PT Studio

    After a month of renovation, Tri-PT Studio is open! The endless pool is placed and ready for use, the personal training area is finished and is full of equipment and we are looking forward to it! In this article, you’ll read more information about the triathlon and personal training studio.

    Tri-PT Studio
    Personal training area at Tri-PT Studio

    Personal training in Voorschoten

    Starting from September 2019, triathletes and athletes are welcome at Tri-PT Studio in Voorschoten. A wide range of activities are performed in the studio. For example, athletes can make a swim analysis to see how their swim technique can be improved, or a personal training session can be planned with one of the trainers. Currently Gijs van Brink and Jim Springer are ready to give personal training.

    These trainings can be followed with a trainer, 1 on 1 or with several people at the same time (max. 4). In addition to the studio of Tri-PT Studio you can also use the fields and roads next to the studio, the lake Vlietland or other locations in the area.

    Read more about personal training at Tri-PT Studio.

    Triathlon coaching

    Paul van Brink has been infected with the triathlon virus since 2007. He still participates a lot in triathlon competitions at home and abroad. He is not only a triathlete but also a triathlon coach. With Tri-PT Studio he wants to help triathletes with all aspects of the triathlon. From swim analysis and cycling tests to dietary advice and triathlon motivation.

    Tri-PT Studio is the place for triathletes from Voorschoten and the surrounding area. Not only the technology can be found under one roof, the expertise is also present. Read more about triathlon training at Tri-PT Studio here.

    Visit Tri-PT Studio!

    Curious about the result of the renovation? Do you want to know how the triathlon and personal training studio have become? Then visit the studio for a cup of coffee, a training session or just to have a look! Tri-PT Studio is centrally located at Papelaan 85 in Voorschoten.

    The studio is easily accessible by car and public transport. From Wassenaar, Leiden, Leidschendam and the surrounding area you can reach Tri-PT Studio in 15 minutes by car. There is free parking space in front of the door. Voorschoten station is opposite the studio. Sprinters, intercity trains and buses stop here.

    For more information about the location and contact with Tri-PT Studio visit the contact page.

    Things to keep in mind when purchasing a triathlon bike

    Triatlon fiets kopen

    In one of my earlier blogs I gave the tip not to immediately purchase an (expensive) triathlon bike as a starting triathlete. However, if you do intend to purchase a triathlon bike, here are some points to take into account.

    The importance of the correct cycling position during a triathlon

    The correct position while cycling is a crucial thing. Because of the fact that a triathlon consists of multiple disciplines; swimming, cycling, and running, you don’t want to waste any energy due to an incorrect cycling position. In addition, an incorrect position can also cause injuries. For these reasons, I definitely recommend you to have a bike fit (bicycle measurement) done before the purchase of a triathlon bike. Moreover, I also recommend this if you already have a bike, but haven’t done a proper bike fit for your bike yet. A correct cycling position is essential and you can gain a lot from this for your triathlon.

    A racing bike or a triathlon bike?

    You could say that the type of bike depends on the triathlon distances that you want to complete. The shorter distances, respectively, such as a sprint or Olympic distance mainly require aerodynamic bicycles. For longer distances, such as half a triathlon or the Ironman, comfort (the right cycling position!), nutrition and hydration are also very important. Space for at least 1 bottle is required. So, for these distances, it is important to have a bike that also abides to these requirements. I can say that for the longer distances it’s certainly advisable to ride on a triathlon bike.

    For the shorter distances, a normal racing bike could stand up perfectly for the task. You might even add a triathlon steering wheel for more aerodynamics. For these reasons, it isn’t really necessary to immediately purchase an expensive triathlon bike as a starting triathlete!

    The difference between the triathlon bike (time trial bike) and the racing bike

    The difference between the two types of bicycles can be found in the geometry of the bicycles and the bicycle position when riding the bike. Because, in addition to the cycling part, a triathlon also consists of a swimming and a running part, which means that the upper body is already tired before you start cycling. Thereby, you must also have enough energy left in your legs for the running part.

    This means that the geometry of a triathlon bicycle also ensures that the bicycle movement matches more closely to the subsequent running movement, making the transition between cycling and running more easier which results in spilling less energy.

    Buying a new or second-hand triathlon bike?

    It isn’t really necessary to buy a brand new triathlon bike as a starting triathlete. The purchase of a second-hand racing or triathlon bike will definitely be a good option for starting triathletes. However, it is very important to pay attention to the correct cycling position. Especially with a second-hand bike. The body position will be different for everyone, depending on someone’s posture. So, if you are already familiar with a certain brand and its bike fit, I advise you to stay with that brand.

    The right bike fit is a must

    In the end, the choice for a racing or triathlon bike, new or second-hand, mainly depends on the distances you want to cycle and your available budget, of course. As a triathlete with the aim of cycling the shorter distances, a (second-hand) racing bike will suffice. If your goal will be a half or a whole triathlon, I would recommend you to go for a triathlon bike. Regardless of your goal and the type of bike you decide to purchase, the right bike fit is essential. This is something you should really keep in mind when purchasing your triathlon bike.

    A training schedule for your first triathlon

    Curious how far you can go? Do you think you can do half a triathlon or maybe even a whole triathlon, but you don’t know where to start? Find more information on the triathlon coaching page.

    What are the benefits of a triathlon watch?

    Triatlon horloge

    Thanks to technologies such as GPS and the advanced possibilities to measure speed and distances, a triathlon watch can be very useful for every triathlete. In this blog I give a brief explanation of the different functions of a triathlon watch and I explain a number of watch brands.

    The difference between a triathlon watch and a regular sports watch

    Whereas sports watches were previously only able to display time and heart rate, the functions of these watches are now much more extensive. Especially due to the built-in GPS and the advanced tracking functions that can be found in many triathlon watches. You could see it as a smart watch specially designed for the multisport triathlon. These watches are therefore perfectly capable of registering the multiple disciplines, which is the difference with a normal sports watch. I certainly dare to say that a triathlon watch contributes to a more effective training for your triathlon.

    The different functions of a triathlon watch

    Just as a triathlon consists of three different disciplines, a triathlon watch also works in three different modes. Namely swimming, cycling and running. To be able to train effectively, it is important to be able to follow all those three components carefully. Of course, you want to know as precisely as possible what your average speed is for each different part. Thereby, it is also important to know how much rest you should have in between your training sessions. Many triathletes underestimate the importance of rest. So, a triathlon watch that can remind you of this is very useful. Thanks to the connection that is possible between a triathlon watch and the various training apps, it is very easy to accurately track all your training results.

    The different brands and types of triathlon watches

    There are different types and brands of triathlon watches on the market. The price of a watch depends on the different functions. Starting from around € 250,- for a good triathlon watch. However, you can make it as pricey as you would like. I’m a fan of the watch brand Garmin myself, but the watch brand Polar is also known for their triathlon watches of good quality. I am not a big fan of the Apple triathlon watches since the connection with Training Peaks is not optimal. There are of course several more brands on the market, but for now I will stick to the watch brands I just mentioned.

    Garmin Fenix 6 PRO

    This might be the best Garmin triathlon watch so far. The Garmin Fenix 6 PRO has everything that triathletes (and basically every athlete) need for the best results.

    Garmin provides you the data of other athletes so you can find the most popular routes nearby you. One of the biggest advantages of the pro is also the map function, which has the entire map of Europe.

    Two reasons why it is not the universal best triathlon watch is because it is not compatible with Huawei phones and can be kind of intimidating for casual triathletes.

    Garmin Forerunner 935

    One of my personal favorite models from Garmin is the Garmin Forerunner 935. This is a very advanced triathlon watch that has many different functions. This watch is able to keep track of the average heart rate and speed and the Garmin 935 can also make a prediction of your end time. In addition, this watch also has a length tracker and a SWOLF tracker. These functions enable you to accurately measure the length and number of swimming strokes. This makes this triathlon watch an excellent tool to improve your swimming technique.

    This Garmin triathlon watch also feels great on the wrist because of the narrow design and light weight of the watch. When using GPS, the battery can last up to more than 10 hours. A very suitable watch for the fanatic triathlete and the long distances. However, all the advanced functions of the Garmin Forerunner 935 do have a price tag. This triathlon watch costs around € 450,-.

    Garmin Forerunner 735XT

    A cheaper alternative to the Garmin 935 is the Garmin Forerunner 735XT. This model is available for less than € 300 and has about the same functions as the Garmin 935. The difference is mainly found in the shorter battery life (on average 8 hours with intensive training and use of GPS) and the lack of possibility to connect with WiFi. For triathletes with a less higher budget, this triathlon watch is a good option.

    Polar Vantage V and Polar Vantage M

    The both Vantage models from the watch brand Polar have a lot in common. In fact, the Polar Vantage V can be seen as a more extensive version of the Polar Vantage M. In addition to registering the average speeds on the various components, like this is the case with the other watch brands, the Polar Vantage V can also register your running power. Thanks to a built-in barometer, the power of your running steps can be measured while running. The Vantage V also has a so-called “Recovery Pro function”. This function indicates whether you have taken sufficient rest time in between your training sessions or not. Due to the more extensive functions of the Vantage V, it also costs a little bit more in contrast to the Vantage M model. For example, the Polar Vantage V costs around € 450,- and the Polar Vantage M costs around € 250,-.

    Which triathlon watch for a starting triathlete?

    As a starting triathlete, it is understandable not to immediately opt for the most expensive model. The Polar Vantage M and the Garmin Forerunner 735XT are both triathlon watches that offer all the necessary functions for a reasonable price. Therefore, these watch models are the triathlon watches that I would recommend for a starting triathlete.

    Which triathlon watch is my favorite?

    My personal preference goes to the watch brand Garmin. The newest model (the Garmin Forerunner 935) is currently my favorite. This due to the many advanced functions, the fine fit and the watch design itself.

    A training schedule for your triathlon

    Curious how far you can go? Do you think you can do half a triathlon or maybe even a whole triathlon, but you don’t know where to start? Find more information on the triathlon coaching page.

    Triathlon – what are the different distances?

    Triatlon distances

    In one of my earlier blogs I wrote about the origin of the distances of the “original” triathlon from the first triathlon competition in Hawaii. These distances are 2.4 miles for the swimming portion, 112 miles for the bicycle portion and 26.2 miles for the running portion. These are also the distances of the entire triathlon, also known as the Ironman. In addition to the distances of the Ironman, triathlon also has several shorter distances as well. In this blog I will give an explanation of the different distances in triathlon.

    The table below shows the most common triathlon distances and the lengths of the different disciples.

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    Olympic triathlon / standard triathlon / quarter triathlon

    Triathlon has been an Olympic sport since 2000. The Olympic distances of a triathlon are different from the distances of the original triathlon. Namely 0.93 miles of swimming, 24.8 miles of cycling and 6.2 miles for running. Today these distances are also referred as the “standard” distance by the International Triathlon Union (ITU). The reason for this is the fact that the Olympic name is a protected brand name of the Olympic Committee. In fact, the Olympic distance is actually a quarter of a triathlon, but then with 0.93 miles for the swimming portion instead of 0.62 miles.

    Half triathlon / half Ironman or Ironman 70.3

    When you talk about half a triathlon you automatically think of the same distances as half an Ironman. Namely 1.2 miles of swimming, 56 miles of cycling and 13.1 miles of running. Yet the distances between the half triathlon and the half Ironman are different. The distances of half a triathlon are 1.55 miles of swimming, 49.7 miles of cycling and 12.43 miles of running. The distances of the half triathlon are also seen as the “middle” distance. The half Ironman is also called the Ironman 70.3. The number 70.3 stands for the total mileage of the race.

    Sprint distance / eighth triathlon / super sprint

    The shortest distances in the triathlon sport take place in the sprint distance, the eighth triathlon and the super sprint. The distances of the sprint distance are 0.5 miles of swimming, 12.4 miles of cycling and 3.1 miles of running. The distances of the eighth triathlon are 500 meters miles of swimming, 12.42 miles of cycling and 3.1 miles of running. The distances of the half sprint are 375 meters of swimming, 6.2 of cycling and 1.55 miles of running. So this is exactly the distance of a whole sprint.

    Mini triathlon

    In addition to all the above distances, there are also the “mini” triathlon distances. These distances usually have two variants: 100 meters of swimming, 5 km of cycling and 1.25 km of running or 250 meters of swimming, 10 km of cycling and 2.5 km of running. The first variant of the mini triathlon is intended for children from 8 years. The second variant of the mini triathlon is intended for children from 10 years.

    What is drafting and in which distances in triathlon is this allowed or not?

    Drafting can be explained as cycling close to your predecessor. You often see this in cycling races. In triathlon sports it depends on the distance of the race whether drafting is allowed or not. For example, drafting is allowed at the Olympic Games and therefore at the Olympic distance. Drafting is not permitted in the other triathlon distances. Thus, all the distances longer than the Olympic distance. This means that you have to keep a distance of at least 12 meters away from your predecessor. In this case, overtaking maneuvers must be carried out quickly and neatly. According to this, you could say that drafting is allowed in all the shorter race distances than the Olympic distance. However, in practice there are also short races in which drafting is not allowed. Thus, if you participate in a triathlon shorter than the Olympic distance it is always advisable to check whether drafting is allowed or not.

    Why is the order of a triathlon 1. Swimming, 2. Cycling and 3. Walking?

    This has to do with safety and the fatigue of a triathlete during and after each portion . Swimming is the first part in triathlon. If the cycling or running portion would be first during a triathlon, this will mean that you have to go swimming with tired legs. This can cause cramping and is therefore dangerous for a triathlete. For the same reason cycling is the second part in triathlon. If you first go running and then have to cycle with tired legs, you could fall because of the tiredness. Therefore, running is the last portion in triathlon. If you get exhausted while running you always have the option to go further on a walking pace. Thereby, falling of a bicycle will be much more dangerous than falling while running.

    Triathlon distances for men and women

    The competition distances in triathlon sport are the same for both men and women. There is no distinction made here. The competition forms in triathlon sport consist of separate competition forms for men and women as a mixed competition for both men and women as well.

    A training schedule for your triathlon

    Also curious what triathlon distances you are able to complete? Would you like to discover this, but don’t know where to start? Find more information on the triathlon coaching page.

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