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FAQs

A typical triathlon is three events. Starting with a swim, then a bike ride and finishing with a run. It is usually done in this order for safety reasons.

Here are some frequently asked questions about the event:

i.)  There is, of course, a Queen of Greystones. I.e. this is not just an event for men. In fact we have the highest percentage of female entrants of any triathlon events in Ireland.

ii.)  We are working on training and development plans to help those that need a little extra motivation to do any of the segments.  We will announce details of these plans as soon as we can.

1) What are typical events in a triathlon?

A Swim, a Cycle & a Run

2) What are the standard distances of a Sprint Triathlon?

750m Swim, 20km Cycle, 5km Run

3) What equipment should I plan to take?

SWIM – Swimsuit, Goggles, Towels (sit on in transition area, dry off, wipe feet), Bucket (with water to wash sand off feet), Wetsuit, Swim cap, Sunscreen, Vaseline (normally used for the crotch, nipples & underarms)

CYCLE – Helmet, Bike shoes, Socks, Bike shorts, Bike Jersey/Singlet, Gloves (not neccessarily required in a short race), Cycling glasses, Water bottle, Spare tires/tubes, Tool kit, Frame pump,

RUN – Running shoes, Socks, Shorts, Singlet, Hat, Sunglasses

DO I NEED A SWIM CAP?

No Swim hat will be provided.

MISC.- Watch, Race number, Race information, Writing instrument, Identification/passport, Money/credit card, First aid kit, Fluid replacement drink, Energy food, Warm cloths (tights, jacket, helmet cover, etc.)

4) Why do so many triathletes get upset about wetsuit usage in races?

(Wetsuits are permitted but not essential for the King of Greystones event)

The basic issue with wetsuits is that in addition to making open water swims safer by providing the wearer with added warmth and flotation they also provide a speed advantage. The speed advantage comes from the added flotation that puts a swimmer’s body in a higher and more “correct” position. This is the position that a good swimmer swims with anyway by using proper technique.Therefore, wetsuits speed-up a poor swimmer with poor body position much more than they speed-up a swimmer that already uses good body position.

5) Why is the swim leg of a triathlon relatively shorter in time than the biking or running legs?

This question has been debated endlessly over the years. Triathletes that excel in swimming want a longer swim and triathletes that are poorer swimmers tend to be happy with the status quo. The basic reason for short swim legs is that swimming, especially in open water, is the biggest limiter to people participating in triathlon. Also, in many parts of the world, trying to map out a long swim course is very difficult (think about a 4+ kilometer swim in your average lake).

6) What’s a “brick”?

A “brick” workout, in the triathlon community, is a bike ride followed immediately by a run. It seems nobody really remembers how it got its name but a couple guesses are:” Bike-Run-ICK! ” That’s how your legs feel for the first part of the run.

7) What is the race format?

The race starts at the shot of a gun as athletes begin their swim. Races can start off a dock with the athletes diving in. They can start with the participants already in the water behind the “start line.” Races can also start on the beach with triathletes running in to the lake, ocean, etc. The swim is usually very crowded with a lot of pushing and kicking to get ahead.At the end of the swim, the athletes exit the water and start on the first transition, T1. They run to the bike racks, put on runners, and hop on their bike. Biking is the best time in the race to refuel on sports drinks and energy bars/gels.After the bike segment is complete, the triathlete comes back into the transition area for T2. They drop their bike off and leave for the last leg of the race, the run. Next comes crossing the finish line!

8) Is there a cut-off time for the swim?

For coast rescue purposes, there will be a cut-off time for the swim of 50 mins. However, when brought ashore you will be allowed to continue on the race.

9) WHEN DO ENTRIES CLOSE?

Entries close on Monday 25th of July, or when we have sold out. Typically each race will sell out before the official closing date. Last minute places may become available if other entrants decide to cancel their entry close to race day. If this happens it will be announced via our website. Please note we cannot guarantee that such places will become available.

10) THE RACE IS FULL. IS THERE A WAITING LIST?

We do not operate a waiting list. Last minute places may become available if other entrants decide to cancel their entry close to race day. If this happens it will be announced via our website. Please note we cannot guarantee that such places will become available.

11: CAN I USE HEADPHONES WHILE RACING?

No, it is not safe to do so. You may be penalised or disqualified by our race referee.

Residents

I NEED TO MAKE A JOURNEY ON THE WEEKEND OF THE EVENT – CAN YOU HELP?

There may be road Closures in place in the area on the day of the event. Further details will be posted here approximately 4 weeks prior to raceday, if there are.

WHICH ROADS WILL BE CLOSED DURING THE EVENT?

We will list which roads and at what times that these roads will be closed as the event approaches. Please be sure to plan your journey carefully, the road closures will add time to your travel, if there are any.

HOW WILL THE ROADS BE CLOSED, if they are?

Road will be closed in conjunction with the Local Authority and Garda Siochana using cones, barriers and traffic management personnel, supplemented by motor cycle marshals. This will create a traffic free environment for the entire event.

WHAT HAPPENS IN AN EMERGENCY?

Please be advised that road closures do not affect the blue light services, and a member of each will be sat with us in Race Control during the event weekend so we can respond quickly and efficiently to any emergency call.

Volunteers

I’D LIKE TO BE INVOLVED, CAN I JOIN THE CREW?

If you’d like to be part of THE TEAM please contact us at info@kingofgreystones.com