When you’re deciding on a vacation destination, there’s lots of factors to take into consideration. You need to think about what sort of vacation you’re looking for – something relaxing, or something active, or something cultural? You also need to think about whether you want sun, surf, and sea, or whether one of the world’s more wintry destinations might rock your world.
An increasing number of world travellers are combining their passion for sport with their travel decisions. For example, if you’re into triathlons then you might be interested in coordinating your itinerary with a triathlon event that you take part in.
In this article we take a look at some of the things that you need to consider when planning your triathlon travels.
What is a triathlon?
At it’s most basic, competing in a triathlon involves swimming, cycling and running in immediate succession over various distances (fastest overall time wins).
While versions of triathlon events began in France in the 1920s, the sport as we know it today began to take off in popularity after a series was staged in California in the 1970s. Triathlon has been included in the summer Olympics since the 2000 games in Sydney.
Elite events are generally structured as a 1.5 km swim, 40 km cycle, and a 10 km run.
Even if you’re not competing at elite level, triathlon is still a great sport to get involved in — delivering all-round fitness and lots of opportunities for you to set yourself goals and challenge yourself to achieve and exceed your personal bests. Here’s some training tips:
- Get some professional coaching to perfect your technique — you need to be as efficient as possible.
- Work on shoulder and back strength in the gym to ensure you are maximising your forward movement with each stroke.
- Get the best cycling equipment you can afford — optimise your tools.
- Build leg strength with squats and lunges to ensure you can pump those pedals with power.
- Mix up your training to ensure your body is ready for anything — intervals and hill climb sessions will give you much better results that just belting around a flat jogging track.
Which triathlons to aim for:
Triathlete magazine has ranked 16 bucket-list triathlons that you might want to start training for:
- Ironman Coeur d’Alene – Idaho
- Laguna Phuket Triathlon – Thailand
- Challenge Wanaka – New Zealand
- Alpe d’Huez – France
- Abu Dhabi International Triathlon
- Ironman Western Australia – Busselton
- Ironman 70.3 St. Croix – U.S. Virgin Islands
- Ironman European Championship Frankfurt – Germany
- Ironman Lake Placid – New York State
- Ironman Lanzarote – Spain
- Ironman Lake Tahoe – Sierra Nevada Mountains
- Ironman New Zealand – Taupo
- Wildflower – California
- Norseman Xtreme Triathlon – Norway
- Challenge Roth – Germany
- Escape From Alcatraz – San Francisco