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Introduction:Every sport needs some basic rules and tips for success. Triathlon is no exception. In the wake of modern technology and triathlon gears, every triathlete needs to have a solid knowledge and background of the game.
Know Triathlon Rules:It is said ‘learn the rules like a pro to break them like an artist. The purpose of rules is to define what is permissible or not permissible to follow during in-game circumstances. Rules oversee whatsoever from wearing proper uniforms, to making the transition from one phase of the game to the next, etc. The triathlon includes Swimming, Cycling, and Running. The target is to complete all sections in the shortest possible time. Certain rules are mentioned below.
- Rules Related to Race Types:
- A triathlete has to go in the order of swimming, cycling and then running as a rule of the game.
- Every triathlete will have an identity number, and a corner will be assigned to that number where all the logistics like towels, bike shoes etc., are to be available.
- Race organizers can have a session of information sharing. In this meeting, hazards or difficulties of the track may be discussed.
- If a triathlete wants to swim or make a rehearsal before entering into the game, he or she is allowed to do so.
- Once the race starts, every triathlete will be released into the water through different waves by the signal of a gunfire.
- Once swimming ends, then cycling starts, and running at the end.
- Usually, there are four different types of races which may vary in length.
- The first one is a sprint, with a maximum length of a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometre bike ride, and 5-kilometre run.
- International/Olympic has a 1500 meter swim, 40 kilometres bike ride, and 10 kilometres run.
- Half-Ironman Race/70.3 Triathlon Race: 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, and 13.1-mile run.
- Full-Ironman Race: 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and a full marathon of 26.2 miles.
- Rules related to Gadgets:
- No triathlete is allowed to use headphones.
- Triathlete number has to be visible.
- If the water temperature is below 60.8 degrees Fahrenheit, wearing a wetsuit is mandatory, but if it is above 84 or above, it is a rule not to wear a wetsuit.
- Wearing a helmet and chin strap in the cycling segment is a rule. The helmet needs to be approved.
- Rules related to Transition:
- A triathlete has to dispose of trash in the designated area.
- Transition is not a resting time. It is a rule to consume less time in transition period.
- It is advisable to remain for a shorter period in transition.
- Rules related to Cycling:
- Remain in your lane and keep a distance of three cycles behind the next rider except passing the next.
- While passing the next cycler, the cycler has 15 seconds and moves in the left zone.