What is Triathlon?
Triathlon is an activity that combines swimming, cycling, and running in one event. It is a multi-discipline sport consisting of swimming, cycling, and running, and is a great sport to keep active. Also, by taking on the three disciplines, you can keep training with fun and diversity too.
The following are constituted in Triathlon:
A bike is an essential bit of a kit, but as long as it’s been serviced and is roadworthy you can use it. Most races are on roads open to other traffic. If you’re nervous or new to cycling, it would be useful to practice riding your bike on quiet roads until you have built up your confidence.
Shoes are the most important part of your running equipment, and it is worth making sure your trainers fit and are comfortable.
Running after the bike can be a little different, it will get easier as you continue to run. There are usually drink stations on the run route, and again the route will be signposted and have officials.
The swimming will take place in a swimming pool or open water, such as a lake or the sea, and if you’re taking part in an open water event you will need a wetsuit.
Are Wetsuits an essential for Triathlons?
Wetsuits actually become important in the case of participating in Triathlons. Since the transition phase from one exercise to another might make you need it.
If your triathlon is in open water and that water is predicted to be cold, I suggest you get a hold of a wetsuit. Wetsuits are most beneficial to weaker swimmers. The wetsuit keeps you warm and helps you float more easily.
Getting a wetsuit doesn’t necessarily mean you have to pay a lot of money for one especially for your first race. Begin by asking around to see if someone has a wetsuit you can borrow in case of a tight budget. But be sure it fits correctly, which is of prime importance. It shouldn’t be too loose or too tight but just rightly fitted.
A wetsuit that is too tight often makes people feel like they are suffocating and causes unnecessary anxiety. This is particularly true if the suit feels tight around the collar, shoulders, or chest area.
If your wetsuit is too big, it will take on extra water between the wetsuit and your body. It is common, and expected, to have a small amount of water between the wetsuit and your body. However, too much water makes the suit feel heavy and sloppy.
The main reason you will use a wetsuit is temperature control.
The wetsuit will help you keep warm in the colder water.
The use of wetsuits is governed by the various triathlon ruling bodies around the world and this ensures clear guidance for event organizers and athletes to adhere to avoid any confusion.
Water temperature is the main criteria (though air temperature does play a factor too), and this is what will be of interest to you as a swimmer and is designed to keep you safe in extremes of water temperature.
A proper Wetsuit should have the following:
Wetsuits cannot exceed 5mm thickness anywhere. If the wetsuit is made in two pieces, the combined thickness in the overlapping areas may not exceed the 5mm thickness limit
A wetsuit may cover any part of the body except the face, hands and feet
There is no limitation regarding the length of the zipper
Competitors may wear ‘shorty’ style wetsuits, but should be aware that they offer less protection against the cold
Propulsion devices that create an advantage for the competitor, or a risk to others, are forbidden
The most external part of the wetsuits will fit to the competitor’s body tightly while they are swimming
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