The off season has began but it is always a great time to think about your 2019 Triathlon Season. Have you figured out what race you want to do? Have you figured out your season? Most people have but if you are getting ready for an Ironman race and you haven’t signed up for one, chances are the a lot of the Ironman races in the US are full. Ironman AZ 2015 filled up on the spot in AZ and people online couldn’t even get in.

As you sit on the computer looking at Ironman.com to figure out your race schedule, there are 5 questions you should ask yourself before you sign up for an Ironman and your success at the race. This is what I came up with…

What Ironman Should I Do?

  1. Do you want to swim in the river, ocean or a lake?
  2. Do you like flats, hills or mountains on the bike?
  3. Do you want 2-3 loops on the run? Flat or hilly?
  4. Do you want to train during the winter, spring, fall or summer?
  5. Do you want to travel via flight or car?

Let me break them down for you…

1. Do you want to swim in the river, ocean or a lake?

You need to ask yourself,  “How comfortable are you in the open water?” Did you grow up swimming in a nasty lake and the thought of ugly fish and sharks DON’T bother you? Pick an ocean swim. Did you grow up swimming in the community pool and the thought of swimming with ugly fish and sharks bother you? I would pick a river or a lake.

Ironman FL is one of my FAVORITE Ironman races BUT you are swimming in the ocean. Florida was canceled in 2014 due to high rip tides, so it wouldn’t have been safe for anyone. Ironman Mont Tremblant and Boulder are in a lake. Are those swims wetsuit swims? (Most of the time, yes). Is the water too cold? Sometimes that can play a huge role on athletes, is the cold water.  Let’s look at Ironman Texas. You start off in a lake but then it narrows down to the river. Will you feel claustrophobic? Those are some of the thoughts that I have before I sign up for an Ironman.

Let’s chat about nutrition, when it comes to a 70.3 Ironman Triathlon. I will also chat about Ironman Triathlons, Olympic and Sprint Triathlons in the next couple weeks.

We will chat about the 5 W’s, and will post 2 – 5 tips regarding nutrition within the triathlon. So let’s chat today about:

Details of a 70.3 Ironman Triathlon FullSizeRender 61

Who Does a 70.3 Ironman Triathlon? My suggestion is that you have been doing Sprint Triathlons and Olympic distance triathlons for over a year now. You have probably done a 13.1 Marathon, and maybe even did a full marathon. You feel comfortable at least in 2 out of 3 of the sports.

What is the distance of a 70.3 Ironman Triathlon? 1.2 Mile Swim/56 mile Bike/13.1 mile Run

When are 70.3 Ironman Triathlons?  Year Round!

Where are 70.3 Ironman Triathlons? All Over! Check out the Ironman Triathlon website, along with my Ironman Triathlon Travels on Pinterest.

Why do a 70.3 Ironman Triathlon? If you want to do a 70.3 Ironman but don’t have time for an Ironman Triathlon, 70.3 IM is the best for your time. I think training for a 70.3 Ironman has got to be the “easiest” on your schedule, IF you are craving to go long.