A Different Way to Spend your Saturday: Try the Tri!

Summer is just around the corner in Vancouver, and for many that means finding any excuse to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. That could mean a bike ride around Stanley Park or a hike up the Grouse Grind, but why not try something a bit different?

Try the Tri.

UBC Point Grey Triathlon - Try the Tri

Yes, the idea of a Triathlon can sound intimidating, but hear me out. Many triathlons offer a variety race lengths that, with a little bit of planning and training, are totally achievable. Now close your eyes and imagine yourself crossing that finish line… how incredible that feels  to have accomplished such a feat? Not to mention when you’re back at work the following week and everyone’s chatting about their weekends and you get to say “oh I just conquered a triathlon”….. no big deal. Specifically, we’re talking about the week of June 18th, after you complete the UBC Point Grey Triathlon.

The facts: Short Triathlon

The Short Triathlon distance includes a 400m swim, 11km bike, and 5km run. But are you wondering what that actually means? Let’s break that down a bit.

  • The Swim – 400m is 4 laps in the 50m competitive pool. Many triathlon’s take place in the ocean, but here you’ll be sheltered in the state-of-the-art UBC Aquatic Centre.
  • The Bike – 11km is the same distance you’d bike if you started from Canada Place and biked around Stanley Park to English Bay.
  • The Run – 5km, also very achievable, is approximately what it takes to run from Science World to Kitsilano beach if you follow the seawall through olympic village and past Granville Island.

Train together, Tri together.

Two friends crossing the finish line at the UBC Point Grey Triathlon

Numerous studies show that it is easier to stay on track with a training schedule (and have more fun doing it) when training with friends. Did you know that you can request to race with your training partner? Register separately online, and then follow up with an email to ubc.triathlon@ubc.ca with the first & last names of both you and your friend and we’ll ensure that you’re in the same heat! Friends who Tri together, stay together – am I right or am I right?

Divide and Conquer.

Two friends doing the Point Grey Triathlon Relay

So maybe you’re not quite ready to take on all three aspects of the Tri quite yet. So grab 1 or 2 friends, split out the legs and do it in a relay! The Relay distance includes a 700m swim, a 20km bike, and a 5km run. You can split it amongst 2 or 3 people and just divide out the legs of the race amongst yourselves. What better way to bond with your squad than to work together and cross that finish line as a team? You’ll be the #SquadGoals envy of the neighbourhood.