The Triathlon is a multi-disciplined sport, which typically consists of swimming, cycling and running elements. It is essentially an endurance race, with multiple stages, that are completed consecutively.
The sport was first conceived in the 1920s and has developed into an entertaining spectacle, which is an Olympic and Paralympic event, and is often featured on television.
To excel at the sport requires the athlete to optimise their time taken to complete the course, which includes the transition areas along the way. The athletes have to maintain a high level of fitness and conditioning to last the duration of the race.
The Olympic standard length for triathlons is a 0.93 mile swim, followed by a 24.8 mile bike ride and a 6.2 mile run to finish the race.