My husband, my brother-in-law, and a few friends are getting ready to compete in their first IronMan. It is in Panama City on November 3.
What is an IronMan? Technically speaking it is a Triathlon composed of:
- 2.4 mile swim
- 112 mile bike
- 26.2 mile run
- In that order, and under 17 hours in the same day.
How did they train for an IronMan? The spectator’s version:
- swam 33 miles in the pool and open water – obstacles: old naked dude in locker room, sharing lanes, creepy underwater things… did it anyway.
- accumulated roughly 2200 miles on the bike – obstacles: changing tires, busted spokes, replacing inner tubes, being threatened by motor vehicles… did it anyway.
- ran approx. 480 miles – obstacles: conditions of cold, dark, rainy, extremely hot, humid, etc… did it anyway.
When did they train? How did they have time to train?
- Up every a.m. before 5 since May – They have seen parts of the day that I only imagine exist.
- Two- a- days. Pre work and post work work outs.
- Weekends. Start before the sun and finish around the time of my afternoon nap.
How long did it take? What kind of time did they put into it?
- Generally speaking – a long time, 7 months
- Detailed version – 21 hours of swimming. 124 hours of biking. 72 hours of running.
Keep in mind those times are the actual workout not the; drive to, drive from, clothes changing, tire pumping, snack packing, goggle fitting, stretching, showering etc… Also, these guys are kind of fast so they aren’t just training to finish, they are training to race – meaning the hours of motion will get them much farther than say, me in the same amount of time.
I’ll be back to answer more of your burning questions like – When do they eat? What do they eat? Do they have a lot of laundry? What about using the bathroom? Stay Tuned!