10 Easiest Ways to Become a Triathlete
Around the Block Tri
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Another happy triathlete nears the finish line: her house
Yup, you have just one block to either bike-run-bike or swim-bike-run depending on whether you have access to a pool, lake or ocean. This triathlon travels well; all you need is a neighborhood block.
Shortest Tri Ever
Emeryville, California - held every April 2 of 11
This race is just like its name indicates: short. It's so short, organizers say, anyone can do it. The course includes a 100-yard swim in a pool, a flat 2.5-mile bike and a 2.1-mile run. It's the ultimate ultra sprint. This year's event just passed so mark your calendars for next year.
Morris Paddle Pedal Run Mini Triathlon
Morris, Illinois - September 7, 2013 3 of 11
This triathlon packs in the adventure with a 2-mile paddle, 11-mile bike and 3-mile run. Participants can compete as a team or individual, making this a race ideally suited for families.
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The gym has everything you need to put on your own triathlon. Spice up your typical workout by rotating between the stairclimber or rowing machine, treadmill and bike. Change machines every five minutes and complete as many rotations as you feel like.
Weston's Family 4th Mini Triathlon
Weston, Connecticut - July 4, 2013 5 of 11
This race is perfect for kids and adults who have never competed in a triathlon. The distances vary depending on the age of the participants and is open to kids as young as four years old. Don't live near the race? Why not create your own 4th of July-inspired triathlon? Go for a swim with your kids or friends, take a bike ride and then go for a walk, hike or run before the festivities begin.
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Another potential triathlon course
Next time you look around on a Saturday morning and realize you have nothing planned, call up some friends and head out for a do-it-as-we-see tri. You start by picking any activity, like say a jog down the block, and go from there. Your fellow triathletes take turns picking the next activity. It can be anything you stumble upon along the way from tackling the monkey bars at a local park to moonwalking at a bus stop.
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"Weeeeeeeeeeee! Triathlons sure are hard."
This triathlon is for folks who like speed. Put together your own water slide-bike-run course that takes advantage of big drops for the "swim" and bike portions and easy declines for the run. Race your friends or go solo.
Race the River Triathlon
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho - July 28, 2013 8 of 11
This sprint triathlon was designed as a race that anyone can complete. It begins with a half-mile swim in the mild current of the Spokane River. From there athletes tackle a 10.1-mile bike course and finish with a run through a local park.
Bond With Your Dog Tri
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Center your first triathlon around your dog. And it doesn't have to involve traditional triathlon sports. Begin with a little doga (that's yoga with your dog), followed by a little swim and end it with a walk.
Slowest Racer Wins Tri
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Put a new spin on some old timey picnic games the next time your friends come over for a barbecue. Racers have to complete a 100-yard three-legged race, 50-yard "gangnam style" dance moves and 25-yard zombie walk. The first team across the finish line loses. The hard part of this race is completing it as slowly as possible. The ones who cross last win the title.