Perhaps, before we go any farther, I’d better talk a little bit about what a triathlon is and what it isn’t, for those who are really new to the topic. A true triathlon is a three stage competition which involves the attempted completion of three endurance sports. It originated in ancient Greece, but the modern triathlon was popularized in France in the early to mid-1900s. Although there are many variations on this theme, the current popular form of the sport is swimming, bicycling and running one right after the other (although distances vary, depending on the overall length of the triathlon).
The athletes compete for overall fastest completion time, so all triathletes may not start at the same time during the same competition.
The transition time between components also counts in the overall time. A transition area is available to all of the athletes so they can change their gear for each section of the race. This is where they can store their bicycles, running gear, etc. This is also a social area where triathletes talk and get to know each other before each race, as they get their gear set up.
Almost anyone can be a triathlete. There are races for children (Kids of Steel), triathlons in the Paralympics, and everything from novice triathlons to Iron Man races and more. There is no age limit to being a triathlete. The only limit is your willingness to train and participate in the races. My friend Bill from www.excavationscottsdale.com has started up recently quite easily.
If you are interested in becoming a triathlete, there are a number of organizations that you can contact to get more information to help you along the way. USA Triathlon can be reached through teamusa.org. The International Triathlon Union can be reached at Triathlon.org. There should also be local clubs and organizations to get you started.
I hope this has enlightened you a bit about triathlons, and you have a little fun with the information.