In the last few year the country has experienced a huge running boom, even bigger than the one in the 1980s. Our area has seen evidence of this boom with the phenomenal growth of the Anniston Runners Club's signature race, the Woodstock 5k, held the first Saturday in August each year. Woodstock had 79 runners in 2005, but has exploded to almost 1400 at last year's event.
But maybe a 5K road race has gotten a little too tame for you, and you're looking for more of a challenge. You're in good company. Triathlons/Multi-Sports events are the fastest growing types of fitness challenges.
If you can keep yourself afloat for 400 yards or more, stay upright on a bike for 16 miles or more, and put one foot in front of the other for 3 miles or more...then you can do a triathlon.
There are all different distances to choose. Sprint distances consist of anywhere from a 400-600 yard swim, in a pool, lake, or river, a 16-20 mile bike leg, and the final portion is the run, which is usually a 5k (3.1 miles).
Olympic or Intermediate distances consist of a 1k swim (.6 miles), 30 mile bike, and 10k run (6.2 miles).
The Ironman (IM) distances are 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and full marathon run (26.2 miles). And of course there is the "Half IM," which is half the IM distance.
There are a multitude of triathlons and other multi-sports events within an easy drive of our area, and we have a large number of experienced, as well as nascent triathletes, who support each other by training together and swapping stories and race reports.
So, have you ever considered doing a triathlon?