The Ironman Distance triathlons are not for the faint hearted, it’s considered by many to be one of the world’s most difficult one day sporting event. Most Ironman races have a time limit of 16 or 17 hours depending on the race rules. The rules are different for each race locale. Some courses it’s mandatory to wear a wetsuit, for example. However, this is also to do with the local geography and the weather.
There are two types of race. One is a full Ironman Distance, the other is a half Ironman Distance. The full is often referred to as 140.6 and the half is a 70.3
The Swim Distance
Typically, an Ironman Distance race starts at around 7:00am with the swim. Ofcourse, this all depends on the water temperature, wave conditions and general safety checks.
Full Ironman – 2.4 Mile Swim
Half Ironman – 1.2 Mile Swim
The Bike Distance
The bike leg of the triathlon is the longest, both in time and distance. Average speeds for the bike are normally between 14mph – 22mph.
Full Ironman – 112 Mile Bike
Half Ironman – 56 Mile Bike
The Run Distance
The race finishes off with a full marathon! The thought of a gruelling 26.22 mile run after the athletes have already covered so much ground, is enough to break anyone. Yet this is where you can make or break your personal best.
Full Ironman – 26.22 Mile Run
Half Ironman – 13.11 Mile Run
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