Event and Distances
The Virtual Triathlon will track results in three events.
- Swim* .5 mile or alternative
- Bike 19 miles
- Run 3.75 miles
*ABOUT THE SWIM
Swim .5 mile in a pool or open water. As a voluntary participant in the Whidbey Island Virtual Triathlon, you acknowledge that it is a requirement that you have an attentive spotter or other support person on deck/shore or in a kayak or stand up paddleboard if you choose to swim.
You should not swim in a situation that’s new to you and must be sure to add several safety elements, for instance bringing a spotter/kayaker/boater, swimming close to shore, utilizing wetsuits and personal flotation devices, and wearing bright caps and/or swim buoys for visibility.
If the body of water is subject to currents, such as Puget Sound or a river, swim half the distance in one direction, followed by half the distance in the opposite direction. To measure distance in Google Maps: https://support.google.com/maps/answer/1628031
Athletes who have been unable to train for the swim portion, those who are inexperienced swimmers, and those who are new to swimming in the outdoors should choose one of the Swim Alternatives* if a supervised, safe swim is not available.
We understand not everyone has access to a safe, swim-able body of water under the current conditions. Therefore, we are broadening the “swim leg” to include other options. Swim if you can. If you cannot, complete one of the following substitute events:
- Kayak 1.0 mile
- Stand-Up Paddleboard 1.0 mile
- Indoor rowing machine (Concept 2 or similar): 3000 meters.
- Burpees Perform 120 Burpees.
- UBE or similar Upper Body Machine 3.0 miles
- Propose an Alternative Core Sport Idea for a swim-substitute leg you’d like to complete. Guidelines:
- The sport should not be running or biking. (It is a TRI-athlon after all.)
- Choose a distance (or number of repetitions) which should be achievable in 15-25 minutes by a range of athletes. This duration is comparable to the duration of our usual swim leg.
- The sport should involve vigorous use of the arms, shoulders and core muscles, as swimming does.
- Please send your idea to the race director at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we like your idea we may publish it for use by other participants.
ABOUT THE BIKE
There is no defined course, but in keeping with the spirit of our traditional race, bring on those hills! Cycle on a stationary bike or outdoors. Participants must observe all rules of the road.
ABOUT THE RUN
There is no defined course. Just go the distance! Run on a treadmill, or create your own course on streets or trails near you. Participants must observe all rules of the road.