Ironman. That’s what comes to mind when most people hear the word triathlon. What many don’t realize is that there are actually six distances available in the sport. There’s a Super Sprint/Try-a-Tri, a Sprint, an Olympic/Standard, a Middle or Half Iron, a Long Course, and a Full Iron distance.

The thought of doing a triathlon may seem daunting – I mean training for one sport is hard enough, never mind three – and all in one event.

If this is your first time taking on a Triathlon, and you don’t have much of a background as a cyclist or runner, I would recommend the Sprint distance to get your feet wet. In the Sprint distance the swim portion of the event is generally 750m, the cycling portion is 20km, and the run is 5km.

If you have any triathlete friends, have watched a triathlon, or been into a triathlon specific store you’ll notice that there is A LOT of fancy equipment you can get. For your first triathlon you don’t need to go out and buy a $2000 bike or an $800 wetsuit, what you already have at home or can borrow from friends is fine.