My Triathlon Journey (5 Year plan)

Hello Friends and Family!

As I continue my journey into the fantastic sport of Triathlon, I am learning so much about this sport. It is very complex and of course there are a lot of acronyms, distances and terms. For this blog post, I am going to break down the distances of each Triathlon up until my goal of getting to Kona, Hawaii for the Ironman World Championships. In future blogs, I am going to explain a lot of the terms and acronyms so when you hear them, you know what is being said without having to pull out your Google app to search for them. I won’t go over ALL of the distances in Triathlon as there are so many so I will focus on the ones I will be doing.

Zeitfahren / Triathlon Silhouette

Let’s define TRIATHLON. The word “triathlon” is of Greek origin from τρεῖς or treis (“three”) and ἆθλος or athlos (“competition”).
(SOURCE: Wikipedia)

The modern day triathlon consists of a SWIM, a BIKE and a RUN. There are different distances based on organization, sponsor, etc. Sometimes small town events even hold Triathlons for folks to try them out. “Try-A-Tri”.


Athlete training on bicycle

My first Triathlon will be a “Sprint” distance triathlon in the Chicago Triathlon. Below are the distances of the Triathlons I have in my plan for the next 5 years and years after.

SPRINT TRIATHLON – I will do a few of these throughout the next few years until I am comfortable with the longer distances.
– SWIM: 750m (.47 Miles)
– BIKE: 24k (15 Miles)
– RUN: 5K (3.1 Miles)

INT’L/OLYMPIC TRIATHLON – The Int’l/Olympic distance will help me build my endurance to get prepared for the Ironman 70.3
– SWIM: 1500m (.93 Miles)
– BIKE: 40k (24.8 Miles)
– RUN: 10k (6.2 Miles)

Half Ironman 70.3 TRIATHLON – The Half Ironman is yet another way for me to prepare for the qualifying, FULL Ironman, event in which about 80,000 people attempt each year and only 2,000 people make it to Kona.
– SWIM: 1.9k (1.2 Miles)
– BIKE: 90k (56 Miles)
– RUN: 21.1k (13.1 Miles – Half Marathon)

FULL Ironman 140.6 TRIATHLON EVENT (Qualifier for Kona) – This is it, this is what I need to do to get to Kona Hawaii. Again, Over 80,000 Competitors will be gunning for a spot. (There are three other ways, but in the true spirit of competition, THIS is how I will work to get my spot in Kona).
– SWIM: 3.86k (2.4 Miles)
– BIKE: 180.25k (112 Miles)
– RUN: 42.16k (26.2 Miles – FULL Marathon)

ironman Nice

Ironman World Championships – Kona Hawaii
– OCEAN SWIM: 3.86k (2.4 Miles)
– BIKE: 180.25k (112 Miles)
– RUN: 42.16k (26.2 Miles – FULL Marathon)

What makes this the ultimate test is that there are so many factors that I have not much control over. Unlike the other events, I can choose where to go. In Kona, you could have massive swells in the ocean, over 100 degree temps with cross winds that could knock you off your bike and a marathon right after the bike. Just thinking about it gets me excited and scared all at the same time but it is the loftiest goal I have ever set for myself. LET’S DO THIS!

As always, I love you all and thank you for your support in my journey!

Author: CJ LoneWolfSBR

Aspiring triathlete training to become an elite triathlon competitor.

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