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How long is a triathlon?

If you are looking to get started in triathlon, then you will want to know how long a triathlon it. There are a number of regulated-length triathlons, which vary in distance, but have the same balance between swim, cycle and run.

Super sprint

  • Swim 400m
  • Cycle 10km
  • Run 2.5km


  • Swim 750m
  • Cycle 20km
  • Run 5km


  • Swim 1,500m
  • Cycle 40km
  • Run 10km

Half-Ironman (70.3)

  • Swim 1,900m
  • Cycle 90km
  • Run 21km


  • Swim 3,800m
  • Cycle 180km
  • Run 42km

Triathlons for children

Children can also take part in TriStar events, which also vary in distance based on age.

TriStars Start (Age 8)

  • Swim 50m (pool) or 50-100m (open water)
  • Cycle 800m (grass) or 1.5km (tarmac)
  • Run 600m

TriStars 1 (Age 9-10)

  • Swim 150m (pool) or 150-200m (open water)
  • Cycle 2km (grass) or 4km (tarmac)
  • Run 1.2km

TriStars 2 (Age 11-12)

  • Swim 200m (pool) or 200-300m (open water)
  • Cycle 4km (grass) or 6km (tarmac)
  • Run 1.8km

TriStars 3 (Age 13-14)

  • Swim 300m (pool) or 300-500m (open water)
  • Cycle 6km (grass) or 8km (tarmac)
  • Run 2.4km

My battle with tiredness

I’m trying to get my health and fitness back on track, but I keep facing this battle with tiredness.

It’s a catch-22 scenario.

I’m tired because my fitness levels have dropped.

But when I start to exercise I’m more tired.

In the last 10 days, the only exercise I’ve done is a very leisurely 3km run on Saturday. And yet, it’s 9.30pm and I’m off to bed.

Losing my battle with tiredness.

Good night!

MySwimPro review – the first test

I’ve never had much of a memory. But I do love swimming. And those two don’t really mix. I have trouble counting the number of lengths I’ve swam – I have no chance at remembering any attempt at a complex session plan. This is where MySwimPro is set to help out.

What is MySwimPro?

MySwimPro is an online coaching platform for swimmers that is available on iOS and Android (unfortunately there is no web platform). It costs $95.99 per year or $14.99 per month, but they do provide a 7 day trial period.

Within the app you can sign up for a training plan, and there’s quite a range from Beginner’s Freestyle to 10K Marathon.

And here’s the crucial part: it will send the sessions to my Garmin Fenix 5 sports watch!

How did it go?

Tonight I tried MySwimPro for the first time. I have to say I’m a little disappointed.

I had a warmup of 400m freestyle in 7 minutes, but I don’t think it tracked it right. My watch beeped to tell me I had finished after (what I felt was about 12 of the 16 lengths).

Maybe I am that bad at counting.

The other problem I faced is that I couldn’t keep up with the workout. And there wasn’t an intuitive way to stop my watch racing off into the distance while I caught my breath. I ended up cutting it short and doing my own session.

The final problem I had with it was the lack of data provided into Garmin Connect after the session. MySwimPro talks about how nicely it plays with Garmin, but where’s my data?

In the image below you can see my Garmin Connect data for the first half of my session (with the MySwimPro plan) compared to the second half (using the standard Garmin Fenix 5 features).

Garmin Connect data from MySwimPro swim
Garmin Connect data from MySwimPro swim
Garmin Connect data from normal swim
Garmin Connect data with standard data points

As you can see, there’s a lot more data available when you don’t use MySwimPro.

So, what next?

I’ve reached out to the devlopers, and will keep on testing. I hope it’s just a setting that I haven’t enabled, so will be quite a quick fix. We’ll see.

Fitterclub a new fitness membership site

Today I started a membership with Fitterclub, an online fitness and health hub that provides workout plans and meal plans to help you achieve your fitness goals. I found a one-year membership available from Stacksocial (affiliate link) for $19. Quite a good deal considering the standard price is £59 for four weeks, or £590 for an annual membership! With a focus on personalised workouts and meal plans, Fitterclub fits well with my idea of holistic health and fitness – and $19 is at the level where I think most people can take a risk and not lose too much if the concept doesn’t work.

The Stacksocial deal (affiliate link) is time-limited, and you can see how long you have left below, and if you buy through my link I’ll get a little cut (currently 8%) at no extra cost to you.


Now, £590 per year is a lot of money – it works out at just under £50 per month – and is vastly more expensive than my current gym membership! Luckily, my account says it will renew at £99 per year, which is much more reasonable. I don’t know whether this applies just to Stacksocial customers, or if everyone gets the £99 renewal fee.

[add image of account renewal]

I can’t say that joining Fitterclub will change your life. But, if you want to live more healthily, bringing food and exercise together is important, and the Fitterclub platform does this. I can’t say at this stage whether Fitterclub works, but I was convinced enough to give them a try, and I’ll be posting my progress on this blog.

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