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Did You Know: Triathlon Facts

Scimitar has had the pleasure of producing quality sublimated custom sportswear with hundreds of triathlon clubs and organisations across the United Kingdom, including the likes of British Triathlon.

Triathlon is a well-known sport that typically involves running, swimming, and cycling. However, there are many interesting facts about the sport that people may not be aware of. With this in mind, we have decided to explore 10 lesser-known facts about triathlon.

  1. Unusual Grooming Practices Among Triathletes

Contrary to popular belief, triathletes’ meticulous grooming rituals primarily serve to reduce discomfort during post-competition sports massages rather than to enhance aerodynamics. The removal of body hair helps prevent the agony of hair pulling during these therapeutic sessions.

  1. Swimming Prowess Doesn’t Guarantee Triathlon Success

 Proficiency in a swimming pool doesn’t guarantee excellence in a triathlon. Triathlon swimming introduces unique challenges, such as navigating around buoys and markers and maneuvering through a crowd of fellow swimmers. The transition to open-water swimming adds an entirely different dynamic.

  1. The Complexity of Triathlon Bicycles

 Triathlon bicycles, characterised by their heightened rigidity and aerodynamic design, present a challenge for riders. You heard it right, triathlon bikes are more difficult to ride than your usual road bicycle.

  1. The Inaugural Triathlon Event

 The origins of the first triathlon event trace back to September 25th, 1974, when the first-ever event unfolded. This pioneering triathlon comprised of a 10km run, an 8km cycle, and a 500m swim, setting the stage for the modern triathlon format.

  1. Triathlon’s Olympic Debut

 Triathlon made its Olympic debut at the 2000 Sydney Games and has since become a consistent fixture in the Summer Olympics. The inclusion of the sport highlights the sport’s global appeal and popularity on the world stage.

  1. Burning Calories

 During a triathlon, athletes can burn an astonishing 10,000 calories. While this figure may vary from one event to another, it highlights the physical demands of triathlon competitions, necessitating meticulous dietary strategies to get those personal bests.

  1. Age No Barrier in England

 In England, aspiring triathletes as young as eight years old can participate in triathlon events. The approach encourages young talent to explore and engage with the sport from an early age.

  1. The Marathon of Triathlons

 In 1998, Mexico hosted an extraordinary double Deca triathlon that spanned a staggering 438 hours to complete. This duration is approximately 20 times longer than that of an Ironman, showcasing the remarkable endurance and tenacity required for such an undertaking.

  1. Triathlons: An Alternative to Track Training

 Triathlons were initially conceived as an alternative to track training. It is no surprise that the sport has grown in popularity since evolving into a distinct sport that seamlessly integrates running, swimming, and cycling.

  1. Prioritising Safety in Triathlons

 The sequential order of disciplines in triathlon, commencing with swimming and followed by cycling and running, is not arbitrary. It is meticulously designed with safety in mind, ensuring a smooth and secure progression for all participants.

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