Triathlons can seem complicated as there is a lot of equipment, locations and logistics to think about. I’ve broken down what you need to consider when doing your first race.
Choose Your Distance
Shorter distances are usually more attractive for first-timers. It’s fun and can be competitive if you want it to be. I’d suggest starting off with a Sprint distance to get familiar with the way triathlon races work and build up to longer distances.
Decide if you want to be part of a team or go solo
Many races allow you to work as a team in a relay race. This means the 3 legs can be split up by 2-3 people. So you can compete and only do the swim, bike or run leg if you want to. Some people like to complete all 3 legs and do it individually. Think about your fitness level, strengths and goals when you are deciding this.
Check out the events calendar & Pick your race
There are lots of different events happening across Dubai over the coming months. Check out the events calendar and see which race suits you. When picking a race consider; locations, times, availability for supporters coming to watch you, if you can race as a family, race packs, information available to you.
Register & Collect your race pack
Register for the race you have chosen, read more information about the race and collect your race pack. Your race pack will usually include; rules, race numbers, swim hat and general need to know information about your race so you have everything you need.
Arrive on event day in plenty of time. Relax and enjoy the day! The hard work is in the training. Race day is the day to get the medal you have been working towards!
National Fitness Programming Manager