Ironman Race

An Ironman is the hardest one-day endurance race in the entire world, covering a staggering 140 miles from start to finish. Athletes begin with a 2.4 mile swim – sometimes an open ocean swim like the Ironman World Championships this weekend in Kona, Hawaii; sometimes a lake or river swim as in Switzerland and Austria.

With a quick transition, you jump onto your bike and get pedalling on the 112 mile cycle segment, and then finish the day (hopefully!) by progressing onto ‘the run’. The name trivialises it a little, as ‘the run’ is actually a regulation length marathon – 26.2 miles of running after you’ve already covered well over 100 miles.

Among the many different rules and regulations in place to police Ironman triathlons, this one has always amused me: “No form of locomotion other than running, walking or crawling”.

Introducing to Triathlon

If you are here, you definitely want to know more about triathlon.  So what is that sport?

Triathlon is complexed endurance sport competition. It involves swimming, running and cycling. Sounds pretty hard, yeah? To compete here you must constantly improve your overall physical fitness and cardio endurance, practice in yoga, pilates and weight trainings.

As a benefit – there are less injuries in triathlon unlike running because of low impact swim and bike training that delicately trains all muscles instead of legs only.

There are two transitions during the race to change over sport to sport. It takes place in a designated transition area where bicycles, running shoes, hydration and other gear is set up ready to be used during the course of the event.

The first competition held in San Diego, California on September 25, 1974.