I experienced a triathlon myself during photographing the first ever Triple Mix Triathlon in Almere last weekend. A quick game form of three very short triathlons, every time in a different order.
The Triple Mix race contains three heats. In the first heat, the athletes will start with swimming, then cycling and as last part running, just like a normal triathlon. The second heat will with running, but not in a mass start. The athletes start in the same order, and time difference, as they finished the previous heat. After the running part, they get on the bike and will finish with swimming. The third and last heat starts with cycling. The athletes have to run towards their bikes (just like a normal transition) and ride the course. Then they have to switch to their swimming goggles during the transition and they finish with running.
The distances are short during a Triple Mix race. The athletes have to swim 200 meters, ride their bikes for 5 kilometers and run 1,5 kilometers. And all heats do not last much longer than fifteen minutes
Personally I had the feeling that I had to do a triathlon myself. At the start of the race I had to place my shoes, ready to put on, at the beach so I could jump out of the boat. After that a quick run towards the transition area and running course to shoot the end of the first heat and the beginning of the second heat. And to finish it all I had to run towards the start of the cycling course, put on long trousers and a coat to sit on the back of the motorbike.
It was a lot of fun, I’ve learned a lot, and I can’t wait for the next one!