Step 1 : Introduction to the question "What is the order of events in a triathlon?"
...What do you have to do in a triathlon? In the late 1980s, a 1.5 kilometer swim, 40 kilometer bike ride and a 10 kilometer run (0.9 miles swimming, 24.8 miles of cycling and 6.2 miles of running) was often called "International-Distance Triathlon" because that distance was accepted as the international standard and used at the first Triathlon World...What are the distances in a triathlon? Distances are displayed as swim/bike/run: Super sprint triathlon: 400m/10km/2.5km. Sprint distance triathlon: 750m/20km/5km. Standard distance triathlon: 1500m/40km/10km. Middle distance triathlon: 2.5km/80km/20k. Long distance triathlon: 4km/120km/30km. Ironman distance triathlon: 3.8km/180km/42km.
Step 2 : Answer to the question "What is the order of events in a triathlon?"
The components of a triathlon involves swimming, cycling, and running in immediate succession over various distances. Triathletes compete for fastest overall course completion time, including timed "transitions" between the individual swim, cycle, and run components. The order of a traditional triathlon Swim-Bike-Run is based on safety issues and smooth transitions. The idea behind swimming first is that the open water poses the greatest threat to an exhausted athlete. If the swimming portion were last, then it would increase the chance of a racer collapsing with exhaustion in the water and possibly drowning.