tri·​ath·​lon | \ trī-ˈath-lən How to pronounce triathlon (audio) , -ˌlän, nonstandard -ˈa-thə-\

Definition of triathlon

: an athletic contest that is a long-distance race consisting of three phases (such as swimming, bicycling, and running)

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The seventh-grade teacher bikes to Jefferson Middle School as much as possible, coaches cross country after school and uses weekends to run, swim, do Insanity videos or complete half marathons, 5Ks, triathlons and a half Ironman. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An active family, an odd work schedule leaves Mom with no workout routine," 12 June 2018 The only way to permanently silence your self-righteous marathon-running friends, besides fleeing the country, is doing a triathlon. WSJ, "101 Ways to Live, Work and Goof Off More Ambitiously," 26 Oct. 2018 Participants must have done a triathlon prior to 1999. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Triathlon comes home to Katy with new features," 10 July 2018 Olympic triathlon champ Gwen Jorgensen will make her half-marathon debut at next month's USATF Half Marathon Championships., "What would Bill Bowerman's vision be for Hayward Field? Oregon track & field rundown," 24 Apr. 2018 For that reason, when lifting weights as part of marathon or triathlon training, performing 2-3 sets of 12 or more reps, resting for 30 seconds or less between sets, is ideal. SELF, "Your Guide to Navigating the Free Weights at the Gym," 12 Jan. 2019 The Verge spoke to Saltzstein about the nuclear triathlon and how nuclear fuel is basically Pez candy. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Have nuclear fuel transportation cask, will travel," 3 Aug. 2018 In her latest challenge, Horner is planning to complete 50 Ironman triathlons in 50 days. USA TODAY, "Fitness star Ashley Horner to complete 50 ironman triathlons in 50 days," 5 July 2018 Carley is athletic and has completed triathlons before. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wauwatosa couple celebrates finishing Ironman race with surprise proposal, engagement," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of triathlon

1973, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for triathlon

tri- + -athlon (as in decathlon)

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English Language Learners Definition of triathlon

sports : a long-distance race that has three parts (such as swimming, bicycling, and running)

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