I’ve been wanting to do an Ironman triathlon for a few years now (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile ride and a 26.2-mile run). I’ve started researching which event I would like to take on*. I have not made this a very comprehensive list, for there are scores of Ironman events all over the world.
Instead I have selected a few of the more quirky versions of the event that appeal to me more.
- Hawaii. Worth a mention for being the original Ironman event. You either have to qualify or buy a slot on an eBay charity auction. Both options rule me out!
- Endurance Life’s XTRI24. More or less Ironman distance. Off-road mountain bike section and sea swim make this quite impressive!
- Celtman. All of my research kept coming back to this as being the UK’s most appealing hardcore triathlon, held in magnificent Torridon. Sadly though you need a support car and a support runner which adds enormously to the cost and faff involved. Both of which have been the main things preventing me trying an Ironman earlier. I was all set to enter this one until I found out about this rule.
- Hardman. A great name for post-race bragging rights over in Ireland (come on, admit it, you’d love to tell people you’ve just finished the Hardman…!”)
- Alpe d’Huez: any accusations of wimpishness at a mere 21km run is offset by the cycle section!
- The Brutal. Hmmm…. I’m detecting a theme here in the naming of these mad, masochistic events. And if the Brutal is too easy (don’t forget that the run section involves the highest summit in Wales), you can always attempt the Double Brutal! Some people always take things a little bit too far…
- City to Summit. From Edinburgh to the summit of Ben Nevis. I really like the simplicity of this idea.
- Horseman. Taking place on Dartmoor so ideal for those in the South West of Britain.
- Norseman. King of Kings – my favourite sounding Ironman-esque event. Norseman is the worlds toughest long-distance distance triathlon. It is also the most northern, taking place at the same latitude as Anchorage in Alaska. The race is a travel through some of the most beautiful parts of Norway. It is not a normal circuit-race as it starts in a fjord and finishes at mountain Gaustatoppen at 1,850 meters above sea level. Total ascent is 5,000 meters. The water temperature is normally about 15.5 degrees C.
Sadly, you also need a support crew for this, hugely upping the faff factor. But surely this is the most epic of all the Ironman-type events?
- Unless, of course, you want to attempt 30 Ironman events in 30 days…
What do you think?
Have I missed anything out? Please do have your say in the comments.
NB – the word “Ironman” can only be used for official Ironman events. All the others are “Ironman distance” (or further).