The Pentathlon

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Guess what was going on at my gym this morning?  The modern pentathlon!


You are probably thinking, “What the heck is a pentathlon?”  At the least, that’s what I thought when I took a peek into the pool and saw a bunch of banners and swimmers.  I asked a volunteer, and she explained that the pentathlon combines five sports:  shooting, running, swimming, riding, and fencing.


Apparently, the pentathlon event that was taking place at my pool this morning was part of the WORLD CUP SERIES!  Pretty neat.


Some pentathlon facts:


  • Except for the fencing competition, athletes don’t directly compete against one another.  Rankings are based on score per event.
  • The swim is a 200 meter freestyle race.
  • The horseback portion consists of show jumping over a 350 – 450 meter course with 12 – 15 obstacles.  Athletes don’t get to bring their own horse – they are paired with a horse 20 minutes before the event.
  • The shooting portion involves using a 4.5 mm air pistol and standing 10 meters away from a stationary target.
  • The run is a 3 KM cross-country race.


Exciting stuff.  Meanwhile, I simply did 20 minutes on the elliptical and lifted weights. Booooring.


Eats, eats, eats.  Granola, Greek yogurt, and a banana.


And post-workout, a sunflower butter, soy milk, raspberry, and protein powder smoothie.  Good stuff.


If you have to combine any 5 activities in a pentathlon, what would it be?  My race would be a run, swim, bike, speed reading, and blogging race. Smile



  • Jennifer March 9, 2012, 9:38 am

    Hmm, probably bake, eat, run, eat baked leftovers, read 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 9, 2012, 9:41 am

    Run, bike, sail, shooting, aaaaand…. lol shooting basketball hoops!

  • faith @ For the Health of It March 9, 2012, 9:42 am

    I’d do…lets see…
    -Roller Skating
    -Rock Climbing
    -Air Hockey
    -Beach volleyball 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 9, 2012, 9:43 am

    I don’t think I’d be very good at the traditional pentathlon you described, but I’d probably be good at one that involves running, spinning, stepping (as in the StepMill) shopping, and green smoothie drinking!

  • Samantha Angela March 9, 2012, 9:47 am

    Body Weight Back Squats

    2 minute kickboxing round

    5K Run

    Curling 4 Ends

    Cross Country Skiing

  • Laine March 9, 2012, 9:52 am

    Swim, bike, hike, hula hoop, cross country ski.

  • Rachel March 9, 2012, 9:53 am

    I’ve always wanted to try a pentathlon! I’ve done three of the sports already (swimming, riding, and running) but I would swap out the shooting and fencing for rock climbing and cycling, to make up my dream pentathlon.

    They were just doing the swim portion at your gym, right? There weren’t horses or anything? LOL! How funny that the do the events at different locations.

    • CaitlinHTP March 9, 2012, 2:41 pm

      Lol no, they transport the athletes in buses 🙂

  • Army Amy* March 9, 2012, 9:55 am

    I misread the first sentence and thought for a minute that YOU were participating. Immediately I was freaking out. (Isn’t horseriding while pregnant a big no-no?) But alas, you are not participating. I bet it was cool to see, though.*

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon March 9, 2012, 9:55 am

    Hmm…run, bike, canoe, downhill ski, agility ladder! I know…totally realistic to canoe and ski in the same race!

  • Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots March 9, 2012, 10:03 am

    when I swam for my club team in middle school/high school we used to have a pentathalon and it was events of 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 100 freestyle and a 200 IM.

  • Jenny March 9, 2012, 10:09 am
  • Christine @ BookishlyB March 9, 2012, 10:17 am

    Running, yoga, spinning, reading and baking.

  • Corrie Anne March 9, 2012, 10:23 am

    Running, baking, eating fro-yo, burpees, and shopping!!

  • Bjork March 9, 2012, 10:45 am

    Mine would pranably be singing, walking, scooter riding, box jumping and coffee drinking hehe

  • Sonia the Mexigarian March 9, 2012, 11:36 am

    Running, swimming, biking, trail riding, and pole dancing. I may not be a pro at any of those, but I can do them 🙂

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 9, 2012, 11:39 am

    Love that question!! Mine would be : How much can you lift in BodyPUMP, How sweaty can you get in Zumba, Running, Holding Pilates moves, and Flexibility.

    Sounds like a good workout to me!

  • Moni'sMeals March 9, 2012, 11:42 am

    whoa, they have it all now appartently. Never heard of this! kinda nuts, right?!

    Mine would go something like this:

    Bulldog walking(active recovery!)
    Hip Hop class

    buhaha! 🙂

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 9, 2012, 11:47 am

    How fun!! I would like running, kickboxing, punching, ab holding, and stretching!

  • Amanda March 9, 2012, 11:56 am

    Fun question! Mine would be:

    – Running
    – Spinning (indoor cycle, not in circles)
    – Yoga
    – Skiing
    – Drinking (last event, obviously)

  • Leatitia @ The Sweetest Year March 9, 2012, 12:09 pm

    We have something similar in my city but with different sports.

    Rock climbing
    Rollerblading (15km)
    Mountain bike (25km)
    Kayak (2km)
    Cross-country race (8km)

    The fastest man took 3 hours to complete the challenge, the fastest woman almost 4 hours. They’re MACHINES.

    This video of the event makes me tear up!

  • Leatitia @ The Sweetest Year March 9, 2012, 12:11 pm

    Oh and there’s this video where you can see the participants during the race:


  • Megan @ Striving for strides March 9, 2012, 12:17 pm

    Pentathlon sounds awesome! I would totally rock the shooting, riding and running portion. The swimming and the fencing sports on the other hand, not so much. lol Thanks for sharing!

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat March 9, 2012, 12:20 pm

    Spinning, running, eating, shopping, blogging 🙂

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 9, 2012, 12:40 pm

    Wow! I’ve never heard of the pentathlon either. Those are some pretty well-rounded individuals!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed March 9, 2012, 12:43 pm

    Stunting (as in lifting and throwing people in the air in cheerleading)

    Hehe… starts out as workout, ends as a party 🙂

  • Sara March 9, 2012, 1:01 pm

    What a great, fun question!

    Mine would be:

    30 mins of Lifting
    10 mile Bike
    30 min Hike
    5k Run
    Hour of Yoga

  • Justine Duppong @ Life With Cheeseburgers March 9, 2012, 1:40 pm

    Could something involving Pinterest be considered an activity? 😉

    Seriously, I think there could be dangerous results if I tried a real pentathlon (shooting and fencing??)! Ha!

    • CaitlinHTP March 9, 2012, 2:42 pm

      I totes agree. I would probably kill myself or someone else.

  • Lindsay March 9, 2012, 1:54 pm

    Hey Caitlin! I heard once that when you’re preggo you can’t lift more than 25 lbs, is that true?? Just wondering since you are lifting these days. I’m not preg but I’d like to have the info for some day 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP March 9, 2012, 2:43 pm

      I’m not sure if that is true but I think I’ve heard something similar. I don’t lift more than that… my muscles are smallsauce.

  • Kayla @ The Best Things March 9, 2012, 1:58 pm

    chip eating
    sit up contest
    and i agree..
    drinking 🙂 haha

  • Anna March 9, 2012, 2:12 pm

    Lifting, running, dancing, making a protein smoothie, and then making a froyo sundae!

  • Jen March 9, 2012, 3:17 pm

    Any pentathalon I would consider entering would have to include:
    1. Running
    2. Freestyle dancing to show-tunes
    3. Hiking
    4. Ice skating
    5. Slip-n-Slide

  • Deblynn March 9, 2012, 3:51 pm

    I’d choose: Running, swimming (backstroke only), downhill skiing, boogie boarding, and baton twirling. Yup.

  • Jen March 9, 2012, 10:10 pm

    How do you get your smoothies sooo thick and creamy looking?!! What proportions?

    Also – did you buy a house??

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