Preparation is Important Part of Triathlon Success

Arlington, Virginia, resident William Allen Kennedy leads and provides strategic guidance for Kennedy Technical Consulting Services, LLC. In addition, William “Bill” A. Kennedy is an avid triathlete, and when he is not in the office, he spends much of his time training for or competing in these races.

A triathlon is a race run in three stages, most typically running, cycling, and swimming. Triathlons vary in distance, and the Ironman Triathlon is the longest standard distance. The Ironman’s 140.6 miles consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run. Most people compete at shorter distances, such as the half Ironman, where each leg is exactly half the distance.

A triathlon is a grueling athletic event that pushes participants to the limits of their endurance. Proper training is crucial, both to avoid potentially serious injury and also to give triathletes a reasonable expectation of finishing the course. Even the shortest triathlon distances will generally take a trained triathlete an hour or more to complete, during which there is no relaxing or resting. Training for a triathlon generally takes place in phases, gradually increasing in length and intensity. After the race has been run, triathletes should take a break from training to rest and recover before preparing for the next event.

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Various Types of Triathlons

William (Bill) Allen Kennedy is the president and chief executive officer of Kennedy Technical Consulting Services, LLC, in Arlington, Virginia. In this position, William Allen Kennedy assists his client in their pursuit of Federal government contracts by providing business development services ranging from strategic planning, capture management, proposal management, and leadership coaching. In the past, Bill Kennedy, a long-time Arlington resident, has worked extensively with the Raytheon Technical Services Company. Also an experienced triathlete, William A. Kennedy’s most recent triathlon season found him finishing second in his age group for the Tri It Now race series and later in the year qualifying for the USA Triathlon National Championship in the duathlon.

The term triathlon most commonly refers to an athletic event that requires participants to swim, bike, and run in succession for a predetermined distance. There are several different types of triathlons, each with their own measurements and regulations. The traditional full marathon requires participants to swim for 2.4 miles, followed by a 112-mile bike ride and finally a 26.2-mile run. Full marathons are often referred to as Iron Mans, while half Iron Mans are sometimes referred to as Iron Man 70.3s, referring to the total mileage participants cover during a half triathlon.

In comparison, sprint triathlons are convenient when a large number of beginners or amateurs are competing, such as during a charity event. Sprint triathlons feature a half-mile (or 750-meter) swim, followed by a 12.4-mile bike ride and concluding with a run of just over three miles. The final two forms of triathlons are the Olympic and ITU Long formats. Olympic triathlons, despite the name, are the second shortest format—the swimming portion of the event lasts just under a mile, while the bike ride features 24.8 miles and the running section 6.2 miles, essentially double a sprint triathlon. Finally, ITU Long triathlons feature a 1.86-mile swim, a 49.6-mile bike ride, and a 12.4-mile run.