Ironman Hawaii: The history of the world´s most famous Triathlon

Ironman Hawaii: The history of the world´s most famous Triathlon

The Ironman World Championships is enjoying its 41st edition in Hawaii this year. Since the inception of the event, its magic and legendary status has only grown, planting a seed in triathletes’ minds that’s impossible to dislodge until they’ve experienced the thrill of going to Kona. With a brand as strong as the competitors who take part in its races, it’s easy to forget that what we now take for granted as Ironman began as little more than a dare between athletes to settle the bet of who were the fittest: swimmers, cyclists or runners. The beginnings in 1978 The original Ironman was conceived during the Oahu Perimeter Relay awards ceremony in 1977, where athletes from the Mid-Pacific Road Runners club and the Waikiki Swim club engaged in the usual debate about which sport created the best endurance sportsmen. Commander John Collins of the US Navy suggested an ultimate race to settle the debate once and for all. A combination of three already incredibly tough events held on the island of Oahu: the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, a 3.8k sea-swim; the Around Oahu Bike Race, a gusty, crosswind-dogged 185k course (reduced to 180k for the Ironman) and the Honolulu Marathon, a standard 42,2k running race in baking hot Hawaiian conditions. On February 18th 1978, there were only 15 competitors willing to drag themselves through such a monumental sporting challenge. Each of the competitors had their own support crew providing food and drink as the race went on – beer in the case of John Dunbar, a US Navy SEAL whose support team ran out of water during the marathon, but...
Jogging safely with your Baby

Jogging safely with your Baby

Jogging with your baby can be harmful if you are not using a properly designed jogger. What is Different About Joggers? Larger tires, better shock absorption, a five-point harness, and a reclined seat angle are among the many features that separate jogging strollers from traditional ones, making them perfect for active pursuits.  Larger pneumatic (air-filled) tires A jogger typically has 16″ or larger diameter wheels in the rear, and 12″ or larger in the front (double the diameter of many traditional strollers). These larger wheels roll over bumps easier, and transmit less stress to baby. The air-filled tires reduce the impact of bumps, taking some of the shock out. The large wheels also offer reduced rolling resistance, so your long runs involve less pushing effort. Effective suspension systems A jogger will include some kind of shock absorber system to further take the stress out of bumps in the road. Locking straight-running front wheel You would never know it unless you tried it, but if you try to jog with a traditional stroller, or even a properly designed jogger with the front wheel unlocked, you may find the front wheel(s) start wobbling dangerously. This creates strong vibrations and makes jogging uncomfortable. At worst, it can result in the wheels turning so sharply that the jogger tips over, a serious risk to baby. All joggers provide the ability to fully lock the front wheel, and the best allow tuning the front lock position for perfectly straight and true running. Joggers designed for serious runners rely on a fixed front wheel that is perfectly straight. While this means you must turn by...
Cape Epic – Wild and untamed

Cape Epic – Wild and untamed

A few years ago, Kevin Vermaak, South African, was worried: there were not enough mountain bike races in Africa, therefore, he decided to create his own. That is how, in 2004, the Cape Epic race was born. However, how is it possible that in Africa there were not enough bike races in such a big continent? Well, maybe after reading this article you will get a better idea on why. Cape Epic is the most televised mountain bike event in the world and gathers, during 8 days, the best and toughest mountain bikers in the world, together with amateur bikers. Cape Epic is for partners. Besides being selected, pay the registration fee (1.500 €) and fly to South Africa, you will need to find somebody you can participate with. The elements of this race make necessary to participate with somebody else, but also being able to share such an intense experience with somebody is, indeed, a great opportunity. Ask anybody who has participated in the Cape Epic, they will all agree on one thing: you never know what is going to happen, as you will be surrounded by dangers: Fallings, extreme heat, floodings, wild animals and the accumulated fatigue make essential to go with somebody else. However, and according to the rules, you cannot be more than 2 minutes away from your partner. In case you get very far away from each other, you will face a one-hour penalty, and if this happens 3 times you will be disqualified. Cape Epic in numbers Cape Epic is divided in 5 categories: men, women, mix, master (over 40 years old) and...
Trail – 10 races you should run at least once in your life

Trail – 10 races you should run at least once in your life

Today we are talking about 10 races that will take you to the most inhospitable places in the world, from going through deserts, to traverse islands and circle mountains, always accompanied by extreme temperatures. These races are only for hardcore-trail lovers. Have you participated in any of these 10 races? If so, tell us your experience in the comments! 10 trail races that will test your limitations Ultra Trail del Mont Blanc: UTMB is one of the most famous events in the world. During the week of the UTMB, 5 events take place at the same time at Mont Blanc, gathring more than 7.000 people in the highest mountain in Europe. If you hadn’t make it to the race, you can always follow it live from their website. Tor des Geants: Tor des Geants will take us to surround the “4 giants” at Val d’Aosta, the Italian Alps. These giants (or “geants”) sill take us surround the mountainside of the Montblanc, Grand Paradiso, Monte Rosso and Cervino, and in order to win you will need to avoid sleeping: winners tend to end the course in 3 days, although the organizers will give you 6 days to go through its 330 kilometres. Tor des Geants is not a challenge for everybody, and many people can spend years trying to get a slot. Kima Trophy: also in Italy, the Kima Trophy takes place in Val Masino, north of the country. Kima Trophy is a biannunal race with a 52 kilometres itinerary and 4200 metres of vertical drop. Kima Trophy is also a pioneer in skyrunning races. Zegama: we travel now to  Zegama at Basque Country in...
Athletes you should follow on social media

Athletes you should follow on social media

Are you starting to train? Do you need motivation and want to make sure you’re looking after yourself properly, while also keeping up to date on how the athletes train? Then you should take a look at this list of ten athletes you should be following on social media. Too Fat to Run?:  Fattymustrun has a challenge: to get 1 million overweight and inactive women running. In her blog, Julie provides support for larger woman who want to start (or are already) running. This blog is about empowering other women to start running and overcome their insecurities, and if you check her Twitter profile or blog, you will see that she’s making a huge change. Julie is also a motivational speaker and an author of the book “New Year, Same Me”. Check her blog here: http://toofattorun.co.uk/ Lazy Girl Running:  As a runner of ultra-distance, marathons and triathlons, Laura uses her Twitter account to motivate her readers to use running as a tool to overcome limitations or difficulties. She owns a blog and has also written two books: “The Lazy Runner” and “Tricurious”. She definitely has no time to be bored! http://www.lazygirlrunning.com The 5K runner: The5kRunner is a great resource for beginners to the sport. The blog, owned by 3 people, contains tips for those who are getting started in triathlon and duathlon, but also reviews on all kind of gadgets for running, especially watches. You can check their blog here: https://the5krunner.com/  Randall Wharton:  Many of you can relate to Randall’s story: he started running on 2012, when he was 39 years old, overweighed and unfit. Since then, he has been counting kilometers and sharing his...
Els 2900 – Crowning 7 Andorran mountains in one race

Els 2900 – Crowning 7 Andorran mountains in one race

Do you imagine a race where you have to crown the 7 highest mountains of Andorra? This is the idea that gave brith to Els 2900, a race that offers the possibility to enjoy a trail race in one of the most beautiful plces in Europe. Despite being quite a “young” race, Els 2900 has managed to make its own space in the club of the most important trail races. But, how was born this itinerary, which in just 2 years has becom one of the most impressive ones in the world? Here’s the story: Els 2900 was borned thanks to the initiative of two people who one day, decided that they wanted to go over the 7 Andorran summits that were higher than 2900 metres. Those two pioneers, Matt Lefort and Carles Rossell, quickly realized that this itinerary deserved to become a race, so they decided to get to work. Els 2900 is a race only for the chosen ones In 2014 appeared for the first time in the race calendar, with what its creators called the “Edition 0”, a test edition with test runners that was a success. In 2015 the first edition of Els 2900 took place, but the registration was not open for everybody: the 50 participants that would enjoy this itinerary would be chosen by the organization regarding a dossier. Els 2900 is not for everybody: according to the organizers’ definition of the race: “it’s the toughest and most technical itinerary currently”. Starting from Refugio del Estany de la Pera, the race will take us to crown the 7 highest peaks of Andorra, sharing this adventure with...
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