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...
Dating a triathlete: 10 benefits of having a triathlete in your life

Dating a triathlete: 10 benefits of having a triathlete in your life

We all know how difficult it is to make compatible romance with an intensive training. These difficulties are multiplied by 3 in the case of triathlon, but sometimes it’s also positive to see things from a wider view and think about the bright side of having a triathlete in your family:   Healthy lifestyle: An expert in nutrition, helathy lifestyle and training will be available for you 24/7. Furthermore, he or she will be more than wiling to share tips, advice and experiences with you (even when you don’t ask)   Yoy may discover a sport that you have never thought about: once you try it (if you dare) you will be able to say that at least you have tried, and you will have discovered a new sport (or three) that may not only surprise you but also hook you. An expert will guide your steps and will share with you her/his passion, strengthening your relationship.   You can dress more casually: even if he or she is in great shape, we all know that the last thing a triathlete is worried about is fashion, and will just stick to the main sports clothing brands. However, be prepared to find  spandex clothes every now and then hanging at the shower rack, a huge colection of running sneakers all around your house and fluo-colored t-shirts in the washing machine.   New friends: thanks to the many events you will be attending, your partner will be able to make new friends, with whom they will share their passion, advice and experiences. Furthermore, for sure you will meet other triathlete’s partners that will bring you...
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