Generally made up of a Swim-Cycle-Run, a Triathlon is a “multi-sport” event in which individuals (or teams) aim to complete all 3 disciplines in as fast a time as possible. The “transitions” between the Swim and Cycle (T1), and the Cycle and Run (T2) are part of the race too and make up part of your overall time.
There are many recognised distances in the sport, from “Super Sprint” all the way up to “Ironman” meaning there is something to suit all tastes and abilities.
Due to widespread coverage, and a boost in the sports profile, Triathlon has been one of the fastest growing sports on the planet in the last few years.
On the back of amazing achievements from the Brownlee brothers, Non Stanford and Jodie Stimpson in the ITU World Series and Olympics, as well as Chrissie Wellington being crowned 4-time Ironman World Champion, triathlon in the UK has exploded. It seems like everyone wants to get in on the fun!
Founded back in 2008 by a few keen individuals, the Shetland Triathlon Club has seen many members come and go over the years. The committee has been very proactive since its conception and has grown into a very successful club, producing great results at a local level as well as on the International stage.
The underlying value of the club has always been about “completion” rather than “competition”, and we are always on the lookout for people to come and give it a go. Although the club has a high standard of members, we are trying to shake off the elitist image it might have and introduce newcomers to the sport. It isn’t just for the Pros!
Regardless of ability/fitness/age/motivations, we will welcome anyone who wants to get involved. Don’t be put off by the fancy bikes, stupid looking helmets and all-in-1 lycra skin suits, you’re not racing them, you’re racing yourself!
With a variety of well-planned events throughout the year, there are plenty of opportunities to put your body and mind to the test.