Adaptive Triathlons



Tri It Your Way


By Allison Hoit

A cooler, crisp air is starting to blow, leaves are turning into wonderful colors, and pumpkins are making an appearance. I guess it’s safe to say: Happy Fall Ya’ll! October is one of my favorite months for many reasons: cooler weather, football season, Breast Cancer Awareness events, cooking with pumpkin, and 5k/10k runs galore, just to name a few. Around this time last year we focused on 5k training and a Pumpkin Circuit Series, so if you missed those articles in the Training Corner make sure to check them out for some seasonal training fun this year!

For this month, it’s all about “Tri It Your Way,” with a focus on Adaptive Triathlons. A triathlon is a multi-stage race involving the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance events:  swimming, cycling, and running. Triathlon races vary in distance, and triathletes compete for the fastest overall course completion time. A paratriathlon is a type of triathlon for athletes with a physical disability, and the Paratriathlon will make its debut at the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Paratriathlon, governed by the International Triathlon Union (ITU), keeps the three popular endurance events and adapts them for athletes of all abilities to the following:  750m swim, 20km bike (handcycles/tandem bicycles), and 5km wheelchair or running race. The Paratriathlon fits within the Paralympic movement because “it offers a unique and inclusive global opportunity for athletes of all disabilities to perform at elite levels in a modern, exciting and dynamic sport,” (Source- http://www.triathlon.org/paratriathlon).

In the world of adaptive triathlons there is truly something for everyone, and you do not have to be an elite athlete to participate in one of these multi-stage races! On October 26th, the fitness department at Lakeshore Foundation is hosting a “Tri It Your Way” Triathlon, which included a 10-week Triathlon Training component for the thousands of children and adults with physical disabilities and chronic health conditions they serve annually. The 10-week training has consisted of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike/handcycle, and 26.2-mile walk/run/push. Participants work to complete these distances one time for a Novice ranking, two times for an Athlete ranking, and three times for an Olympian ranking. Participants choose to train at their own level, in teams or individually, and to their own abilities, earning the corresponding ranking to their completed distances. The 10-week training will culminate with the “Tri It Your Way” Triathlon. 

 






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