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Indoor Triathlon FAQs


INDOOR TRIATHLON FAQ

30 Events around Australia and New Zealand in November and December 2019

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Indoor Triathlon

Indoor Triathlon is an initiative from Triathlon Australia that has been designed and developed to encourage adult participation in the sport of triathlon by people who are currently low or even non exercisers. The program is designed to introduce you to the three different Swim - Bike - Run components of triathlon in a safe and supportive environment so that you become more confident about joining them together to complete your first triathlon.

The Indoor Triathlon swim will take place in a 25m or 50m swimming pool, whilst the bike component will take place on spin bikes, so no need to worry about road safety and traffic. The run is done on a treadmill.

Indoor Triathlon is aimed at encouraging people to return to or increase their current levels of exercise, so there is no need to be concerned about being ‘super fit’ to participate.

Specifically, it aims to encourage new athletes to the sport of triathlon with the aim of completing their first Indoor Triathlon.

Definitely not! We would recommend that you wear whatever you are comfortable in for each part of the Indoor Triathlon.

Basic and comfortable exercise clothing is all you need for the bike and run sessions, but swimwear and goggles are a must for the pool.

The Indoor Triathlon swim will take place in a 25m or 50m swimming pool, whilst the bike component will take place on spin bikes in a spin studio, so no need to worry about road safety and traffic. The running is done on a treadmill.

Triathlon Australia has developed an Athlete Guide for Indoor Triathlon to help you build skills and confidence as you develop your conditioning in order to successfully complete your Indoor Triathlon.

NOTE: Whether you are starting or changing your exercise program, Triathlon Australia recommends it is important to check in with a Fitness Professional and complete appropriate Pre exercise Screening protocols.

It will depend on a range of things such as your personal goals and current fitness levels.

Triathlon Australia has developed an Athlete Guide for Indoor Triathlon to help you build skills and confidence as you develop your conditioning in order to successfully complete your Indoor Triathlon.

NOTE: Whether you are starting or changing your exercise program, Triathlon Australia recommends it is important to check in with a Fitness Professional and complete appropriate Pre exercise Screening protocols.

No, the entry cost covers off the required Triathlon Australia One Day Licence fee required for insurance purposes.

You need to be 10 (minimum height of 150cm) years of age or older. We would encourage you to not be put off by your age as enthusiasm and determination goes a long way to helping you achieve your personal goals.

Essentially not too much. Check out the basic equipment for each part of the Indoor Triathlon.

Swim: remember your bathers, goggles and a towel.

Cycling: the bike component is held on stationary/spin bikes, all you need is your runners, a water bottle, a towel and perhaps a change of shirt for afterwards.

Run: you need to be dressed in clothing you are comfortable to exercise in and trainers you would normally wear for running, walking or general exercise.

Swim

Triathlon Australia has developed an Athlete Guide for Indoor Triathlon to help you build skills and confidence as you develop your conditioning in order to successfully complete your Indoor Triathlon.

NOTE: Whether you are starting or changing your exercise program, Triathlon Australia recommends it is important to check in with a Fitness Professional and complete appropriate Pre exercise Screening protocols.

You only need the basic essentials to take part because the swim for an Indoor Triathlon are held in pools. The essentials are a swimsuit that you are comfortable swimming in, plus a pair of goggles that fit you correctly to prevent water getting in your eyes. It's also a good idea to get used to wearing a swim cap as you will be provided with one on event day that you will have to wear.

No, you do not need a wet suit to take part as the swim is held in 25m or 50m pools.

Indoor Triathlon Event volunteers will be keeping track of the time for you — all you have to do is swim.

No, you can swim any stroke you like, including dog paddle, side stroke, breaststroke, etc. You can even walk, if absolutely necessary. Whatever keeps you moving in the water.

You may rest on the walls, hold onto the lane line or stand on the bottom of the pool to rest. You may stop and rest for as long as you like, but keep in mind the clock is ticking.

No. Athletes are not allowed to use any flotation devices including snorkels or fins during the swim.

Transition

This process of moving between the three elements that make up a triathlon is known as the TRANSITION.

This is a straight forward process and the event volunteers will take you through the process of how to "transition" between the swim, bike and run so that you move between the activities with confidence.

The changerooms will operate as your transition area. You will have a set period of time to change out of your swimwear, into your biking and running gear. This goes by much faster than you think, so keep moving. You should bring your running gear with you to the spin studio as you will not have time to go back to the changerooms after the cycle portion. Ask fitness centre staff regarding access to a locker for use during the Indoor Triathlon.

Bike

Triathlon Australia has developed an Athlete Guide for Indoor Triathlon to help you build skills and confidence as you develop your conditioning in order to successfully complete your Indoor Triathlon.

NOTE: Whether you are starting or changing your exercise program, Triathlon Australia recommends it is important to check in with a Fitness Professional and complete appropriate Pre exercise Screening protocols.

No, you don't need a bike to take part as all the cycling during an Indoor Triathlon is done on stationary/spin bikes.

Ask your Gym Instructor for some help to get you set up safely on a stationary/spin bike.

Ask your Gym Instructor for some help to get you set up safely on a stationary/spin bike.

Each person will be able to set their own resistance at a level that is comfortable for their ability. Keep in mind, injuries can occur if you spin too fast, so we recommend each athlete set the resistance at a level that is safe and comfortable based on their cycle experience.

Indoor Triathlon Event volunteers will be keeping track of the time for you — all you have to do is ride.

Run

Triathlon Australia has developed an Athlete Guide for Indoor Triathlon to help you build skills and confidence as you develop your conditioning in order to successfully complete your Indoor Triathlon.

NOTE: Whether you are starting or changing your exercise program, Triathlon Australia recommends it is important to check in with a Fitness Professional and complete appropriate Pre exercise Screening protocols.

You definitely don't have to wear Lycra! You can wear whatever you are comfortable in during each part of the Indoor Triathlon and we would recommend that you take part in the same clothing that you usually wear for exercise.

Yes of course! It is ‘your’ event and we want you to complete it in whatever way you feel most comfortable and capable. That may involve some running and walking combined, or just walking briskly combined with short runs. It is whatever you want to do on the day ... you will still feel great at the end of the Indoor Triathlon.

Having the correct footwear for running is very important. Not only do they need to be comfortable, but trainers that fit and support your feet correctly. This doesn't mean you have to spend a lot of money on new trainers.

However, as a minimum we would recommend that you run in trainers that are not worn at the heel as this will reduce the support to your foot and ankle, but also don't buy brand new trainers and run in them on event day for the first time as all trainers need to be gently ‘worn in’.

Indoor Triathlon Event volunteers will be keeping track of the time for you — all you have to do is run.

Ask your Gym Instructor for some help to get you set up safely on the treadmill.

Each person will be able to set their own speed at a level that is comfortable for their ability. Keep in mind, injuries can occur if you run too fast, so we recommend each athlete set the speed at a level that is safe and comfortable based on their running experience.

Ask your Gym Instructor for some help to get you set up safely on the treadmill.

You may leave the incline at zero on the treadmill or any higher setting that you prefer. It is recommended 0.5 – 1% grade as this is easier on the knees.

General

Absolutely. Headphones are allowed for the bike and run.

When you register for an Indoor Triathlon event, you will be provided with specific information related to your Indoor Triathlon event.

There is plenty of good information available from the event website online.

There are lots of options available to you, including participating in another Indoor Triathlon.

Triathlon Australia will be able to provide you with good advice regarding your local triathlon community, plus you can visit the Events section on the Triathlon Australia website where there is an events calendar showing upcoming events that include triathlons of varying distances.