Triathlons come in a whole range of distances. I guess the same can be said for other races but there is something interesting about looking at triathlon options. They all have a swim, bike and run component but, depending on the distance, the percentage of time spent doing each sport changes.
I've done one super sprint (aka try a tri) and the distances were 400m swim, 10k bike and 2.5k run.
I've done a sprint which is 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run.
I've done a bunch of triathlons that don't technically fall under a specific category. They tend to be something like this: 750m swim, 30k bike, 7.5k run, or 750m swim, 25k bike, 7k run.
I've done one olympic triathlon which is exactly twice the sprint triathlon distance: 1500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run. My favourite triathlon distance so far.
And then there are the more famous half-ironman races which are 1.9k swim, 90k bike, 21.1k run.
And finally, the ironman which is 3.8k swim, 180k bike and 42.2k run.
The jump from olympic to half-ironman is just big enough that I have tucked the half-ironman distance away in my 'maybe one day if I'm feeling crazy' drawer. But it's not a goal right now - not even a tiny spec on the horizon.
On Sunday I was browsing for another triathlon or two do to this summer. I found one in Kingston, Ontario and they have something called a 'long course triathlon'.
It's a 2k swim, 56.2k bike and 15k run.
The swim is actually longer than the half-ironman swim but 2k is not a big deal for me so that's fine. The bike and the run are the perfect distance. They are longer than the olympic and long enough to give a taste of a half-ironman without actually doing one.
The race is August 2nd which makes me thing it would be a great goal...for NEXT summer.