Austin Sports Medicine: Triathlons

It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!

Triathlons are fun community and/or competitive sporting events which focus primarily on endurance.  Athletes first swim, then bike and finally run to the finish. A group can participate in a relay with each person only doing one section or two sections of the event.

To start off the season, we recently had the Rookie Tri, which is a triathlon for beginners, and Memorial Day’s Life Time Tri CapTex, both hosted by High Five Events. It has a slightly shorter course than most sprint tri’s and is set up to help the first-time triathletes succeed!

Triathlons come in different sizes. Sprint tris typically include a half mile swim, 12 mile bike ride and 5k run. Olympic triathlons are basically double that. And the big daddy Ironman race consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run.

Medicine in Motion is the primary medical team for the major (and minor) triathlons in the Austin area. We provide care for athletes the day of the race in the finish line medical tent as well as out on the course. In our next blog, we’ll talk about the types of injuries we see at these events.

In the meantime, consider trying a tri! The triathlon season finishes in October, so look for a race that fits your schedule and give it a tri! You will see us next at the Skeese Greets Women’s Triathlon finish line medical tent on June 8th.

If you have questions or have needs regarding sports medicine in Austin or the surrounding areas, visit us at, call or send us an email!