Each element of triathlon — swimming, cycling and running — has its own unique history. The history of modern triathlon as a sport, however, is fairly recent. In 1974, the first modern swim/bike/run event took place in San Diego, California. The sport’s popularity built over the next decade and is now one of the fastest growing sports in the world.
In Olympic distance triathlon (versus the longer ironman and half-ironman distances), competitors swim 1,500 metres, ride 40 kilometres and then finish off with a 10-kilometre run. Athletes begin en masse with the swim, transition out of their wetsuits after the swim, hop on their bikes, transition out of cycling gear and into the last leg —the running portion — of the race. A test of endurance and stamina, first across the finish line wins.
An extension of the bike’s handlebars that puts the athlete in a more aerodynamic position.
The changeover from swim to bike and bike to run.
The time it takes the athlete to switch from one element to the next. Speed is of the essence as a slow transition time can make or break a race.
Triathlete Andrew Yorke is overcoming struggles for an “opportunity of a lifetime.”
This video features Canadian triathlete Andrew Yorke discussing his intense drive to compete at the TORONTO Pan Am Games in 2015.
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