14 Weird rules Female Olympic Triathletes have to follow

Triathlons are tough competitions in which participants must complete three parts of a race swimming, cycling, and running, these races can be intense, so there are strict rules every triathlon must follow in order to have a safe and fair competition, most of them are there for safety reasons but a couple of these rules have caused quite a controversy in the sport.

14. Natural testosterone, can't be too high or else
Everyone knows that athletes are not allowed to use performance-enhancing substances when they are competing, but what happens when a female athlete just naturally has higher testosterone levels? Natural body chemistry has been called into question, for one Olympic athlete in particular; Magaret Wambui of Kenya is a bronze-winning Olympian, but new rules about testosterone are affecting her ability to participate in Olympic sport. The new rural state's "female athletes with higher natural testosterone levels have to lower those levels in order to be eligible to compete".

13. No hand-holding
the 2019 World Triathlon Olympic qualification event in Tokyo was pretty grueling, the weather was so hot and humid, officials decided to cut the running portion of the race in half, taking it from 10k to 5k, but two British athletes overcame the oppressive heat and dominated the race. Jessica Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown were neck and neck as they approach the finish line in first and second place. Suddenly, in a show of camaraderie, the competitive athletes slowed down, held hands, and crossed the finish line together, but the race officials were not fans of this approach, they held an urgent meeting to discuss the effects of this kind of thing and what's supposed to be a competitive sport.
They scoured International Triathlon unions rulebook and found a sentence at the bottom of the rule number 211.F, it says: "athletes who finish in a contrived tie situation, where no effort to separate their finish times has been made, will be disqualified". Officials made the call to disqualify both athletes forfeiting their podium finishes and preventing them from qualifying for the Olympics. But do you think this was too harsh?

12. Lube is a must
When participating in a triathlon, lubrication is an athlete's best friend, it's particularly important when it comes to the swimming portion of the event. Lubrication keeps your swimsuit or wet suit from chafing your skin while you move, Lube also helps triathletes get their wet suits off faster and easier. Swimmers will lubricate their wrists and ankles to help their wetsuit slide off without a struggle. And since it can get pretty dicey in the water with other competitors, athletes' lubrication can help you slip out of the grasp of anyone who tries to grab your ankles during the swim.
Lube is important for running as well, long-distance runners protect certain areas on their chest with cream or nip strips to prevent chafing and bleeding that occurs from clothing rubbing against the same spot for an extended period of time.

11. No unsportsmanlike conduct
This strict rule comes straight from the USA triathlon rulebook, it states that "All competitors must refrain from using foul, harsh, argumentative, or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct directed at race officials". Of course, triathlons can be hard and sometimes frustrating, but athletes know to keep their complaints to themselves during competition. Does anyone else think it's weird that triathletes aren't allowed to use harsh language but can grab each other's ankles in the water?  maybe it's harder to notice those ankle grabbers.

10. No dunking
We've established that bumping into each other during the swim portion is unavoidable, but there are a bunch of swimmers in the water at the same time and they are all swimming to the same target, it only makes sense that you might catch afoot to the head every now and then. Some even have their goggles slept right off their face by somewhat aggressive swimmers. Making contact with other athletes in the water seems to be an expected and accepted part of the sport, but one thing that is absolutely not permitted is dunking. "Swimmers will be penalized and even disqualified if they're trying to dunk, deliberately push or forcefully grab another opponent in the water".

9. No obstructing
This falls into a similar category as the "no dunking rule", but it's applied more widely to all areas of the triathlon, the rule-book states that "participants shall refrain from intentionally or accidentally blocking, charging, obstructing, or interfering with the forward progress of another participant". If you're caught doing this, you could get slapped with a time penalty in which they add a couple of minutes to your time, this can move you from a first or second place down to the bottom. They take this role very seriously as it comes down to a safety issue, and all athletes have the right to race in a safe atmosphere with good sportsmanship.

8. Leave the white outfits for the pros
This is another unwritten rule that triathletes swear by, only the pros wear white outfits when competing in triathlons. The reason for this is a bit disturbing. According to the global triathlon network, while clothing technology has come a long way, we're not quite there yet when it comes to wearing a white tri suit or cycling shorts, they say: "it's a pretty bold move", the GTN leads on that "athletes may not always have full control of their bowels when racing", and that, of course, is not at all if you're wearing white. Additionally, as most of us know, white can become transparent when it gets wet, this can lead to an athlete revealing a whole lot more than their superior running, swimming, and cycling skills out on the course.

7. Ditch the tunes
This is another important safety world that absolutely all triathletes must follow at every competition: "you are not allowed to compete with earbuds in your ears". It doesn't matter whether you're blasting Lady gaga or Normally for your motivation, you'll have to wait until the race is over to rock out. Coaches recommend that athletes get used to the silence while they're training, so they don't become dependent on power songs from maximum performance. They'll have to silently belt the tune to Born This Way in their heads if they want to safely compete in a triathlon.

6. No littering
Triathletes usually carry gel packs with them to help sustain their energy during endurance races, they're allowed to drink gel packs on the track, However, they are not allowed to just throw the empty packets on the ground, the same is true for those cups they hand out at beverage stations. Competitors are expected to toss their trash in the garbage can, Not turn the street into their own personal trash dump. If they ditch their trash on the ground or in the face of another athlete, triathletes can get docked serious minutes. Coaches recommend that competitors either find a trash can or check their trash into their suits until they can find a place to dump it.

5. No outside help
When you're competing in a triathlon, it's up to you and you alone to finish the race, You can't rely on any help from your friends on the sidelines, or you could get penalized or even disqualified. The only support you are allowed is that provided by race officials, they set up plenty of water and sports street stations for competitors. Therefore athletes are not allowed to grab a drink from their mom on the sidelines. So athletes, tell your mom's not to give you any Gatorade on race day!

4. You're in charge of your pace
In the same way that spectators of the sport are not allowed to interfere or help competitors in any way, they're also not allowed to yell out your race time, they're very strict about this; "if your friends shout your time to you to give you a little boost to the finish line you could wind up with a two to three-minute penalty". Officials will actually walk around the track and make sure they don't hear any spectators shouting out times to the athletes. Triathletes are expected to be in charge of their own pace and motivation without any outside influence.

3. No drafting
Drafting is a term for bike riding when one or more cyclists will ride closely behind another, The biker in front acts as a shield protecting the cyclist behind from the wind and resistance upfront, this allows the rider in the back to get an easy ride for a bit while the rider in front Braves the elements. This can give the back rider an advantage in a competition giving him the energy to propel himself forward, so he can pass the front rider. This is a big no-no in triathlon competitions. active.com recommends that cyclists imagine a rectangle around each rider that's one meter wide on each side and seven meters back, you can only enter into that box if you're actively passing, once you get into that space, you have 15 seconds to complete the pass. If you don't pass within that amount of time, you could be penalized.

2. Dismount in the right spot
After you've finished the cycling part of the triathlon, you've got to put your bike away on the rack before moving on to the next portion of the race, but you are not allowed to come in hot all the way to the racks on your bike, you're expected to dismount at the designated area and run or walk your bike up to the rack. This helps prevent unnecessary collisions between participants. Everyone is trying to put their bikes away at the same time in a crowded space, you can't have riders barreling into a crowd and potentially crashing into one another, it usually doesn't help riders make up time anyway!

1. Helmets
Officials are pretty particular about this rule in triathlons, they want you to have your helmet on and buckled before you start writing in the cycling portion of the race. If you don't have your helmet on and fully fastened before swinging your leg over your bike, you could be penalized, you're also expected to put your bike away before you take off your helmet.

So do you think Jessica and Georgia should have been disqualified for holding hands across the finish line?