What is a Triathlon?

A triathlon is a continuously timed event consisting of a swim, a bike and a run, typically in that order.

Triathlons come in varying distances known as:

  • Super Sprints – anything shorter than a sprint
  • Sprint – 400m-750m Swim, 21km Bike and 5km Run
  • Olympic/Standard – 1500m Swim, 42km Bike, 10km Run
  • Middle/Half Iron – 1.2 Mile Swim, 56Mi Bike, 13mi Run
  • Ironman/Long Course – 2.4 Mi Swim, 112 Mi Bike, 26Mi Run


How far I’ve never even ridden a bike!?

Not a problem most people start off with Super Sprints and many never race further then sprint or Standard. The key thing to enjoying the sport is to slowly build up your fitness levels and grow to enjoy the sport.

Thats why our GoTri Woking events are so great as they give people a chance to try the sport and only require a very small amount of training.


Ok I’ll have a go what do I need to know?

That first of all it’s going to be great fun and shortly you will be hooked!

Theres a couple of things you’re going to want to do to get ready though and make sure you have the best race experience possible. A little bit of preparation go’s a long way so take some time to train in the run up to the event and make sure you’ve got suitable kit with you.


What do I need to do to prepare for the event?

Depending on the distance of event you’ve signed up for generally speaking at a minimum you need to be able to complete each individual distance. Our GoTri Woking events are short so that the distances are achievable for most people.

GoTri Woking is a 200m Swim, an 11km Bike, and a 3km run. As long as you can complete each of these stages by themselves you can likely put them all together on the day.

That being said you might want to prepare a bit more if you have time and I would recommend using our basic training plan.


What does it mean by my age group?

Triathlon results are judged by age group so you may find you get assigned one. Don’t panic this just means you’ll be placed in the same catergory on the results listing and it may affect your start time. In reality it’s unlikely to affect your race so don’t worry about it.


What Equipment do I need?

You do need a reasonable amount of equipment to take part in a triathlon. But you don’t need to run up a huge bill.

For the Swim you’ll need goggles and a swim suit or trisuit.

For the Bike you’ll need a road worthy bike, helmet and suitable clothing or trisuit.

For the Run you’ll need a pair of trainers.

For your first triathlon thats really all you will need and a determination to get around the course.

You’ll notice suitable clothing comes up a lot and trisuits really do make life easier. These can be had quite cheaply online now so are worth buying. You can then put layers over the top for the bike/run as needed but the suit will help you stay comfortable throughout the event.


How do I get changed/What is Transition?

Upon exiting the pool you generally go straight into transition. This is the area outside where your bike and your stuff will be located. Transition is included in your race time so you don’t want to spend too long getting changed.

Check out this video below for more info on how to set up transition and what to expect.

I’ve seen other similar events such as Aquathlons what are they?

Theres a couple of other common formats you might see such as;

  • Aquathlon which consists of a Swim followed by a Run
  • Duathlon which consists of Run – Bike – Run
  • Otillo – a newer format rising in popularity consisting of alternating swims and runs.


Where do I sign up?

Head over to our event listings and find the next GoTri or Sprint event to sign up for your first and maybe second triathlon.