Triathlon Related Terms

I saw a post on this morning with a list of Triathlon terms. I thought that it was a good list, so I’m going to use some of their list with a few additions of my own:

70.3; 1/2 IM, HIM color>- This term is used to describe a Half Ironman race distance, which is a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike an 13.1 mile run.

140.6; IMcolor> – This term is used to describe an Ironman distance, which is a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run.

1/2 Marycolor> – This term describes a half marathon, or a 13.1 mile run.

Aero Barscolor> – These are handlebars on a bicycle that face forward and that have places where you can place your elbows. These aero bars make it possible for triathletes to maintain a more comfortable and more aerodynamic position on the bike.

AGcolor> – This is an acronym for Age Group. Age-Groupers are athletes that are not professionals or Elite. Basically the people that have real jobs and do triathlons as a hobby.

AHRcolor> – This is an acronym for Average Heart Rate.

Anaerobic Exercisecolor> – This is an initial phase of exercise, or it can be used to describe short, intense bursts of exertion such as in jumping, sprinting and weight lifting.

Anaerobic Threshold (AT)color>– This is the exercise intensity level at which lactic acid is being produced more quickly than it is capable of being metabolized, meaning that it begins to accumulate within the blood stream.

Aquabikecolor> – This is the swimming stage followed by the biking stage without a running stage.

Base Periodcolor> – Training phase which the solid foundation for fitness that you use to build speed and power is established.

Bonkcolor> – A state of extreme exhaustion mainly caused by the depletion of glycogen on the muscles. As expected, this usually happens someone on the run portion of a tri.

Build Periodcolor> – Training phase which high-intensity training in the form of muscular, speed, and power endurance’s are emphasized.

Duathloncolor> – This is the running stage followed by a biking stage, then another running stage – there is no swimming stage.

Interval Trainingcolor> – A system of high-intensity work marked by short but regularly repeated periods of hard exercise interspersed with periods of recovery.

Peak Periodcolor> – Training phase which volume of training is reduced and intensity is increased, allowing the athlete to reach high levels of fitness.

Prep Periodcolor> – Training phase which the athlete begins to train for the coming season; usually marked by the use of cross-training and low workloads.

Race Periodcolor> – Training phase which in the workload is greatly decreased, allowing the athlete to compete in high-priority races.

Taperingcolor> – A reduction in training volume prior to a major competition.

60 minutes of spinning. Mixed in some fast flats with some long hills. Worked hard to keep my HR in zone 3 (138-142), with it moving into zone 4 & 5a (143-158) at the end of each segment.
40 minutes of weights (chest, triceps and abs)

For those keeping track…this marks 2 weeks with no swimming. I wanted to take a week off to help my shoulder heal, but now there’s a different problem. A sign at the gym this morning read as follows:

“Attention Members – the pool will be closed until further notice”


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