What kind of regime is required to compete in a triathlon? According to the website Active.com:
“With no current fitness you can be ready to do your first triathlon in only 12 weeks.”
The above doesn’t mean it’s easy, and doesn’t explain what you have to do to get from “no current fitness” to triathlon-level fitness. But yes, it is doable. What happens in a triathlon? While there are different kinds of triathlons, and specifics may change, here’s what happens, taking the Olympic Triathlon model as an example:
- A swim of just less than a mile
- A bike ride of almost 25 miles
- A 6.67 mile run
There are transitions between each event.
The annual Donner Lake Triathlon, a popular one in the Truckee area, featuring five different types of events, plus an opportunity to train or attend a clinic, happens this year on July 23-24. It’s an all ages affair, an excellent venue for athletes at various physical fitness levels, and a great spectator event as well. Please check the organizers website DonnerLakeTri.com for all the details, including up to the minute changes. Here’s a look at how weekend looks.
Donner Lake Triathlon Schedule of Events
The five types of events include a non-competitive event for kids aged 4-15, a Sprint Triathlon, an Olympic Triathlon, the Half 70/3, and an Aquabike event. The current schedule looks like this:
- Friday, July 22, 2016 – At West End Beach, Donner Lake, beginning at 5 p.m. there are packet pick-up times, a Swim Clinic, and a Pre Ride Donner Lake Triathlon Olympic/Half Bike Course.
- Saturday, July 23, 2016 – Same location, beginning at 6 a.m. when the Sprint Transition Area opens, with the actual Sprint Start at 7:30 a.m. Following that, another 14 events in all will take place, ending up at 4 p.m. with the Olympic/Half/Aquabike race briefing and athlete meeting. In the midst of it all, many activities for kids, an Expo, and the Awards, Food & Beverage event. A jam-packed day.
- Sunday, July 24, 2016 – At 5:30 a.m. at West End Beach the Transition Area opens. The Half Triathlon and Aquabike events both begin at 7:30 a.m. and the Olympic Triathlon at 7:45 am. Various events and activities follow, including an Expo, live music beginning at 1 p.m., and an Awards Ceremony at around 3 p.m.
For specific wave start times, and all the details you would need, head over to the site’s schedule page.
Is this event ‘good’ for the Truckee-Tahoe area? Absolutely. Partnering with Green Bucks, every race registered for generates a dollar donation to support local projects such as the watershed, to maintain trails, to protect wildlife, or to fund environmental stewardship programs.
This list was accurate at the time of publication; please check directly with the venue(s) to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same.