Completing a triathlon is one of those things that is making its way onto bucket lists. The idea of taking part in an event composed of three distinct sports, all completed back to back (to back) certainly makes it a worthy challenge.
Short of not owning a bicycle, the main thing that puts people off attempting their first triathlon is the prospect of an open water swim. Fortunately this is not a hurdle for the Try this Tri event, as the swim will take place within the safe confines of a swimming pool.
Granted, this means you won’t see any tropical fish and turtles while you swim, but on the plus side, it means that you won’t have to watch a turtle disappearing into the distance as it outpaces you either.
Set to take place on Monday 18 June, a public holiday, the event is the perfect introduction to the sport of triathlon, with different event distances for everyone from the Tykes Dash run for those under four years of age, to a Sprint Distance event for the more experienced (read “much older”) participants.
For the kids’ events and the Super Sprint triathlon, the course does not leave the grounds of Cayman International School, making the even much safer as cyclists will not have to head out onto open public roads.
However, the sprint triathlon, which is the longest event for the day, will venture out of the grounds in order to keep competitors from reaching a state of confusion due to lap after lap after lap of the same circuit.
The sprint triathlon will start at 6.30am with an 800 metre swim (or 32 laps of the 25 metre pool) before participants head out on a 12 mile big ride, followed by a three mile run.
Then at 8am it will be the turn of the Super Sprint participants with a 400 metre swim, a six mile bike and a one and a half mile run. The signature event, the Kids Tri, is open to children five and older, with participants setting off at 9.30am for a 50 metre swim, a half mile bike and a fifth of a mile run.
Children four and under can participate in the Tykes’ Dash across the football pitch.
The event is organised by the Cayman Islands Triathlon Association and is sponsored by Solomon Harris Attorneys at Law.