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Triathlon Distances EXPLAINED - Sprint, Olympic, Half Ironman, Ironman distance!

Triathlon Distances EXPLAINED - Sprint, Olympic, Half Ironman, Ironman distance!24 Jan. 2019
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There are a variety of

There are a variety of triathlon distances for athletes of all levels, from the beginner triathlete to the veteran endurance athlete! In this video, I'm breakin' down the 4 main triathlon distances!

1.) Sprint triathlon

2.) Olympic triathlon

3.) Half Ironman triathlon (70.3)

4.) Ironman Triathlon (140.6)


1️⃣ Sprint triathlon distances: 750-meter (0.47-mile) swim | 20-kilometer (12-mile) bike | 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) run

2️⃣ Olympic triathlon distances: 1.5-kilometer (0.93-mile) swim | 40-kilometer (25-mile) bike | 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) run

3️⃣ Half Ironman triathlon distances (70.3): 1.9-kilometer (1.2-mile) swim | 90-kilometer (56-mile) bike | 21.1-kilometer (13.1-mile) run

4️⃣ Ironman triathlon distances (140.6): 3.8-kilometer (2.4-mile) swim | 180.2-kilometer (112.0-mile) bike | 42.2-kilometer (26.2-mile) run


If you're a beginner triathlete, I recommend starting with a Sprint (or Super Sprint) triathlon ??

*There are tons of variations of the above triathlon distances. These are just the for most common ones.

Hope this was helpful to you! Good luck training!



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Jeremy Tri

What distance was your first triathlon? If you haven't done one yet, what distance are you planning to do for your first race? Let me know below!

Triathlon Cycling Tips: Pacing Strategy

Triathlon Cycling Tips: Pacing Strategy6 Jul. 2017
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Triathletes can easily

Triathletes can easily blow their legs up on the bike and have a disaster run, these triathlon cycling tips will help you nail your triathlon bike strategy with regards to pacing the bike portion of a sprint triathlon all the way up to full ironman triathlons. Triathlon Taren explains how to pace a triathlon bike using ftp (functional threshold power) and rpe (rate of perceived exertion).


New to Triathlon Taren: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWpwOMNJWlc&index=1&list=PL_mMJdHlxQ3v2T8qP734UmCWIsYg14CU0&t=11s

Triathlon Training Tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdDZSsFxwgQ&list=PL_mMJdHlxQ3uwJzm8stxTT7zNDeyl7nRu&index=1

Triathlon Swimming Technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzC6RCzramo&index=1&list=PL_mMJdHlxQ3veuyA-O7wbg-r3T-ami4qB


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Comments (28)
Evan Colyer

Thanks for an awesome video, only comment I have is a safety one (not sure if this is the first time) but no helmet on your ride to sort out your drone? Bad Taren


The problem I have is running off the bike no matter how slow I bike my heart rate immediately hits 170-180 range even running at a slow 10.30-11 minute pace until I walk heart rate returns to 115 then as soon as start running straight back up. I've done loads of brick runs any ideas?


And the same pacing strategy needs to go into the swim as well. You can´t win a race at the swim, but you can surely lose it there...

Rodrigo Perez

RIP DRONE! He will be missed!


At Sprintdistance im going always between 105-95% and it always worked out.?

Elson Justine

Hi Taren. Oh this is so helpful! Came right on time! Could you please also share the 'Swim Pacing Strategy'? Thanks.

Manuel De La Garza

great info, Thanks!

Walt R. Buck

It's raining hard here. Has been all day. I can't seem to get outside. I'm going to have to double up tomorrow. As it isn't serious Triathlon training and just getting in shape to start training it's okay. I'll walk 10km tomorrow instead of 5km today and tomorrow. From 322 start (312 june 5th) as of june 4th I'm down to 289.0.

I've said it a number of times, and I'll keep saying it, watching these videos is excellent motivation.




very useful. awesome

Jim Dawson

Hi Taren. I'm in the market for a new bike. Given I have a road bike I was thinking of getting a TT bike. Any advice? Also, just wondered why your TT and road bike were both Cervelo? Any thoughts gratefully received. Thanks. Jim


one sided powermeters, namely stages, is only around 500$

J. Michael Tynan

For those of us in the US, could you include imperial with metric units of length? Thanks.

Julian Doyle

What's the longest ride you have ever done?

Sara Bruner

Thank you! This is exactly what I needed in the front of my mind before Saturday's Muncie 70.3! (It's my first) I know my run is the strongest part of my race but the bike is the biggest variable. Thank you for saving me from killing it on the bike to preserve my run. Excellent advice!

Tim Pfluger

Here's what I struggle with... hilly courses where your power fluctuates so much. No matter if you are spinning in 32 tooth rear, you can't keep your power down to these levels. The hillier the course, the more time spent above these percentages. Hard to judge on these types of courses.

Thanks for all you do!


Hi Taren, question with respect to FTP tests.. is that a number that should change over the course of a training cycle (say 6 months)? In other words.. lets say I do an FTP test at the beginning of the season and it's 180. Then, 3 months later I do another FTP test and it's 195.

If that's the case, do I change my "75%-80%" numbers as well?

The reason I ask is because it seems like if I stay at FTP 185 from the beginning of the season, I am never improving due to the ebs and flows of training each year.

Hope that makes sense. Thank you!

Olga Shokurova

Hi Taren, can you do a video about overloading vs overtraining and how to bounce back? I stupidly did an extra track and an extra strength workout last week (on top of a pretty high volume week) and I am paying the price with fatigue, lost motivation and hamstring trouble this week. I'm a little worried I'll continue feeling this sluggish, so if you have any advice that'd be great!


get well soon, tribot

steve covus

Hi Taren, I have a cadence sensor and a speed sensor that are linked to my Garmin 735xt. Is it worth having a bike computer as well if so which one is worth having?
Thanks Steve

David kendellen

Asked and answered :) you the bestest. thanks bud

Stephen Cody

I am actually currently on my way home from my bike fitting. I can't believe the difference getting the bike set up correctly makes. I feel like you can transfer of power from my legs into the rear tire so much better with just a few tweaks and adjustments. But see how I do tomorrow on my long ride day.

Marijn Van Zeijl

Hello Taren, Here is a comment from Holland, i'm watching your video's as i'm preparing for my first sprint Cross triathlon!! Hopefully it Will o as planned, and i will not finish last. (Thats my goal). I Will make a video about is anders Will let you know if your tips where helpfull for me. Gr. Marijn

Immer Chriswell

So on your pacing chart, you were saying 85% was a higher threshold. Is that 85% of FTP, or 85% of that 20 minute effort?

And where would heart rate fall into this? My max HR is 198, when I got off the bike from my bike I was at 180 and then sucked on the run, was at a real slow pace but still like 185 bpm

shoji O

Nice advice!!

Stijn De Schepper

High waaayyyy to the DANGER ZONE!

Samuel Cervantes

Hi Taren,
Another great video with key insight on pacing strategies! Thank you!

Peter Pfaffelhuber

Nice explanations, Taren! Just a stupid question: What is 70% of an RPE of 9 (out of 10)? You explained that effort is not linear with speed, so it is around 6? Take care, Peter

Webinar: Racing a Full or Half IRONMAN® Distance Triathlon Faster

Webinar: Racing a Full or Half IRONMAN® Distance Triathlon Faster25 May. 2016
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This live presentation is

This live presentation is designed to provide you with tangible tips and strategies that you can use to achieve a faster finish in your full or half IRONMAN® distance triathlon. It's appropriate for both first-time and experienced IRONMAN distance athletes. There will be time for Q&A at the end.

Topics covered include:

Top 5 mistakes that most athletes make in training - and what to do instead

- Developing a race day strategy

- Mastering race day execution

- What to do when things go wrong

Please note: IRONMAN®, IRONMAN® and IRONMAN Triathlon® are registered trademarks of World Triathlon Corporation (WTC).

Comments (3)
Nick Benvenuti

thank you very much for your efforts on this. currently training for my first half and the information provided will aid greatly.

Andres Pineda

great info

Vita Laignel

Thanks David! Great webinar! Awesome suggestions! My last IM was pretty brutal with nutrition. Yuck. Switching everything around this year.