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Fit Recovery’s Cycling Dictionary: Definition of Triathlon

July 2016
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The Fit Recovery Cycling Dictionary defines the word “triathlon” thusly:



:  a perfectly good way to screw up a good bike ride with a swim before and a run after.

Triathlon has been sweeping the world for more than a decade as is witnessed by the ludicrous fees charged and paid to attend the events.  The simple truth is this:  If you can swim before a bike ride and/or run after a bike ride, your bike ride was not long enough.


  1. Yep I often say if you are able to run 5k or whatever after your bike ride, you weren’t pedalling hard enough!

  2. adarling575 says:

    As a triathlete I would like to add “triathlete: the word to describe someone who is average at swimming, cycling and running” (pros excepted of course!!)

    • bgddyjim says:

      Truthfully, I like triathlon and respect those who do it. Take someone who can ride and run but is lousy at swimming, yet they’re still out there putting in laps at the pool. As a straight up cyclist, I copped out. I went for the one that makes me smile.

  3. Ian says:

    I trained and raced Triathlon for a while.. did pretty well too but truth be told, the time commitment is simply enormous to do well!

  4. Kecia says:

    Ha Ha!! As you might expect, I disagree…swimming primes the pump for the ride, and after the ride, the legs are all warmed up to have even more fun! 😉

  5. IM Sam Sneyd says:

    I think the 112 mile bike in the Ironman races i do is a long enough bike ride 😛

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