ITU Athlete Routines, Rituals, & Performance Strategies

The Olympic Triathlete trains and the coach plans for four disciplines:
the swim, bike, run, and transitions. The 1.5 kilometer swim, 40 kilometer
bike, and 10 kilometer run are rarely done in ideal conditions or courses,
adding to the complex formula that the athlete must compete against in
order to win. At the Olympic level of competition every advantage and
possible race situation needs to be planned in advance. In a sport that
takes less than two hours to complete, often seconds is what separates
the Gold from second place.