Sprints OW standard around these parts - 750-1000 m swim, 12-18 mile bike, 5k run. Runs can be longer but never seen more than 5 miles.<br><br>
Pool swims are usually shorter anywhere from 250-500 m/yds.
Yeah, Olys are what Chris said. I think a sprint distance is "supposed" to be 800m (or 1/2 mile) swim, 16 mile bike, 5K run. BUT -- I have yet to do 2 sprints that were the same distance. I think it sometimes depends on the venue and what they have to work with as far as the bike route. A 5K is easy to find, so that's pretty standard. The bike is usually 12-16 miles, though. Most of the swims around here are shorter, though -- 500m. I think that's because they are encouraging as many people as they can to do a sprint, and most people are weak swimmers, and the swim is what intimidates them.<br><br>
So, the answer to your question is yes and no. There is a pretty standard distance for the Oly, but the sprints are all slightly different.
The swim was the thing that kept me from doing a tri for the longest time. I've only done a pool swim, now I'm having the same problem with open water swims. Funny thing is that I used to be and open water diver...
Yeah, but swimming and diving are two different things. When diving, you aren't trying to get from point A to point B, plus you have air, etc... You don't really have the possibility of not being able to breathe. I do think the swimming part keeps A LOT of people from doing tris. I have actually talked to 3 people where that is the case. They tell me they don't like swimming, so why would they want to do an event where they have to swim? These are all runners, of course.<br><br>
For real? Not that I'm a snorkel person, but I did not know that! (Guess I never really thought of it)
Cool! But my goal is to do a HIM in '09. So, I've got to either have to faster in my simple elementary back stroke, or get enough power our of my breast stroke to be able to get a breath. I can't get enough power out of my legs to pop my head up and breath. Similar problem with my crawl(freestyle). Not enough power from the legs to get the rotation in order to breath.<br><br>
I'll come up with something. Or I'll look pretty funny in Kona swimming the 2.5 with the elementary back stroke. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">