Standard Race Distances

March 20, 2007

The ITU accepts a 5% margin of error in the cycle and run course distances.

Super Sprint
Swim: 400m (0.25mi)
Bike: 10km (6.2mi)
Run: 2.5km (1.5mi)
Distances vary, but this is a standard Super Sprint course.

Sprint
Swim: 750m (0.5mi)
Bike: 20km (12.4mi)
Run: 5km (3.1mi)
A 500m swim is also common. The Sprint Distance is the fastest growing triathlon race distance in the United States.

Olympic
Swim: 1.5km (0.93mi)
Bike: 40km (24.8mi)
Run: 10km (6.2mi)
Also known as “international distance”, “standard course”, or “short course”

ITU-Long Distance
Swim: 3.0km (1.86mi)
Bike: 80km (49.6mi)
Run: 20km (12.4mi)
Shortened in 2006

Half-Ironman
Swim: 1.2mi (1.9km)
Bike: 56mi (90km)
Run: 13.1mi (21.09km)
Also called an “Ironman 70.3” or “medium distance”

Triathlon One O One
Swim: 1.86mi (3.0km)
Bike: 80.6mi (130km)
Run: 18.6mi (30km)
Made debut in 2007

Ironman
Swim: 2.4mi (3.8km)
Bike: 112mi (180km)
Run: 26.2mi (42.195km) marathon
Also known as “iron distance” or “long distance”

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March 15, 2007

After a long search and a great GGTC wetsuit expo, I’ve finally found my wetsuit! The Fit2Race HydroFlex wetsuit! It’s the best price around for a high quality performance wetsuit–only $130!

The owner, Paul, gave an excellent presentation on swimming techniques, both good and bad, as well as what to look for in a wetsuit. He showed us their newest product, the Sockeye, and I was impressed. Here’s it’s description from F2R’s website: “The Sockeye is designed to complement efficient and fast swimming with sleek aquatic qualities. Built with 5mm rubber thickness in the front chest and legs, 3mm in the back shoulders and 2mm in the arms and under arm gussets. Capitalizing on the aquatic qualities of rubber, the forearm catch panel blends 5mm rubber into its design. Glide, catch and lift yourself into potentially the fastest suit ever made. Escape transitions in effortless motion with our new flexible designed inner jersey. See what is winning races around the world.”

The Sockeye wetsuit was very tempting at the very competitive price of $300, but it’s still above my price point for a wetsuit at the moment. I’m going to get through my first triathlon to see how I like this intense sport before investing further. 🙂 Good news is that the HydroFlex is very similar to the Sockeye only missing the redesigned neck and larger forearm catch panels. I’m just going to have to use more body glide on my neck! 🙂