Goa Triathlon 2015
Date: 22nd February, 2015.
Venue: Bambolim beach and plateau
It’s that time of the year again where the weather is pleasant the seas are calm and the air is crisp. It that time of the year to flex your muscles, put on your swimming caps and oil your gears and take part in the second edition of the Goa Triathlon.
Organised annually in the month of February by the team behind GO Adventures, the Goa Triathlon is the most coveted sports event of the year in Goa. With prize money two lakh rupees, participants from all across India and abroad descend on the shores of Bambolim this time of the year to test their mettle in this gruesome tri disciplined event. With double the number of participants from the previous year, the Goa Triathlon aims to promote Goa as a safe and healthy tourist sporting destination for individuals and families alike. GO Adventures believes in giving back to the community and a share of the profits will be directed towards Caritas, a home run for children with HIV/AIDS.
What is a Triathlon
A triathlon is a multiple-stage competition involving the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance disciplines. While many variations of the sport exist, triathlon, in its most popular form, involves swimming, cycling, and running in immediate succession over various distances. Tri-athletes compete for fastest overall course completion time, including timed “transitions” between the individual swim, cycle, and run components. The word “triathlon” is of Greek origin from treis (three) and athlos (contest).
The nature of the sport focuses on persistent and often periodised training in each of the three disciplines, as well as combination workouts and general strength conditioning. Athletes normally start their training months in advance and involves rigorous workout routines and specialised diets.
Participation in this event is either as a team, with one member performing one leg, or for those brave at heart, can participate individually and perform all three legs. Starting bright and early while the sun is still kissing the horizon the event continues all day and will finish by noon when the sun is blazing right overhead.
The event starts with the swim covering a distance of 1.5Km in the calm waters of Bambolim beach. After completing this leg of the event it’s a 200 meter dash to the start of the cycling leg. Starting from the beach and consisting of multiple laps, the circuit takes you past the shaded roads of the University Library, the Taleigao plateau and terminates near the Shyama Prasad stadium Bambolim, the entire route totaling 40Km. Burning up the last ounce of energy left participants must make a dash to the finish line back again at the Bambolim beach, running 10Km, thus completing the entire event.
Here are some pictures from the the 2014 edition.