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Somehow, in their wisdom, or by a twist of fate, the friends who first envisioned the ironman came up with the perfect combination.
Its perfect because to complete the course requires a combination of ability, desire, self-confidence and courage. Yet at the same time it is within the grasp of so many people around the world who are willing to accept the challenge when they are seduced by the call of the Ironman. Or, "Ironstruck".
It just never ceases to amaze me when you hear stor ...more
The Ironman was born back in the 1970's when a few acquaintances were having a friendly discussion about who was the fittest athlete--a biker, a runner or a swimmer. They created a race that would include all three disciplines and the winner would be declared the "Ironman."
At the time they were not comparing the race to any other event. There simply was no event in the world like it and it has gone on to become the ultimate endurance race in the world.
It spawned events like the ...more
It seems that every year there are more and more novice Ironmen taking up the challenge of this great event.
I believe the biggest draw of the Ironman is that its within reach of anyone who is willing to put in the required effort to reach the finish line.
As a result it draws people from all walks of life as well a broad range of athletic ability.
I certainly would never want to deter anyone from striving for their Ironman goal, but it seems that little is ever written abou ...more
If I could take one thing back from all the ironman training I did over the years, it would be the thousands of laps I did in the pool with the hopes of thrashing out a faster swim time.
If you are an age grouper or a novice Ironman, there is really no point in spending hours and hours in the pool if you are already at the point where you can easily handle the distance. To devote your valuable training time to enable you to complete the swim 4 or 5 minutes faster is a very poor return o ...more
So you tried the Ironman and didn't reach that finish line.
First of all, I don't believe there is any such thing as failing in the Ironman.
You most likely went through a lot just to reach the start line and that in itself is quite an accomplishment. Not just anyone is willing to stand on that beach and wait for the starting gun.
It takes a special person to face the doubts and fears that come with the ironman challenge.
You probably worked yourself into the best shap ...more
One of the most time-honored traditions of the Ironman is the mass swim start.
It truly is a sight to behold if as spectator you are witnessing your first ironman start. You may wonder how everyone manages to survive out there with the incredible free for all that usually follows within seconds of the start gun.
Some feel its an accident waiting to happen and filled with danger for the beginner ironman. It should be mentioned that normally over 50% of any Ironman race consists of ...more
I remember the first time I brought a wind-trainer home. It was meant as a bike training alternative when the weather was bad.
For 95% of my rides I would load my bike on the back of my car and drive out to the countryside where there was a wide shoulder and less traffic. Besides, there was no way on earth I would ever attempt to ride in the city. Far too dangerous and not very productive anyway. what's the point when you have to stop every few blocks for a traffic light.
As the ...more
Ironman Langkawi-Malaysia is soon to take place in the idealic setting of Kuah town. The race is to go ahead as scheduled on February 26, 2006 and there are still openings for those of you looking for a race in the very near future.
The langkawi-Malaysia Ironman first took place in the year 2000 and has since become the favorite of many athletes from around the world.
The swim is a 3.8 km swim in the tranquil waters of the Kuah town Jetty.
The bike is a 2 and one half loop c ...more
The Hawaii Ironman grew from very humble beginnings. Really not much more than a few friends discussing who was the better athlete---a runner, a biker or a swimmer.
A suggestion was made that a race be invented that included all three elements. That day, an event was born that would change the landscape of sporting history.
What started as a 2.4 Waikiki rough water swim, a bike race around the island, followed by the Honolulu marathon gave birth to mult-event races that had never ...more
What scares you the most about your upcoming ironman race? What's your fear-factor?
As fit as a person is going into their first career Ironman, the fear-factor is always in the equation as the big day creeps ever closer.
As cool and confident as many participants may appear, there is almost always something that fills them with a certain amount of misgiving and anxiety.
For many, the fear-factor will be overwhelming self-doubt as they wonder what on earth they have gotten t ...more