A Close Look At Half Ironman Triathlon
Half Ironman triathlon is a series of long distance triathlon races that covers a total of 70.3 miles. It is organized by the WTC, World Triathlon Corporation. The race consists of 13.1-mile run, 56-mile bike ride and 1.2-mile run. The triathlon culminates every year with a WTC where competitors qualify for the 70.3 series 12 months before the championship race. The competitions are also held in many regions including Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Europe. The following is a close look at this half triathlon that will help you a clear idea of what it entails.
Ironman 70.3 competition
The time required for athletes to complete the 70.3-mile distance is dependent on the race and external factors. The factors include course conditions, weather, terrain and the total elevation gained or lost at the end of the race. The finish time ranges from sub-4-hour completion times to the imposed cut off for elite level athletes. The total time for the competition is usually 8.5 hours after the start time.
Growth of Ironman 70.3
The number of events in the championship has grown steadily to match the increasing popularity of the sport. The series has grown from 14 events in 2006 to over 60 events within 7 years. The biggest increase in the number of events was experienced between 2011 and 2012 when the events increased from 38 to 57. Every State offers Half Ironman racing events where Florida and California tops the list with 10 and 12 events respectively.
Qualifications for Half Ironman triathlon
Prospects athletes can quality into World Championship through the Ironman 70.3 series of events. This happens 12 months before the championship where some of its events act as qualifiers for Full Ironman World Championship. Triathletes qualify for the championship race by earning points and competing races within a set qualifying time. The top 35 females and top 50 males in the pro rankings are eligible for participating in the championship race. On the other hand, amateur triathletes can qualify by simply earning a qualifying slot in one of the qualifying events. The slots are allocated in different categories which are based on gender and age. Each group is allocated one qualifying spot in each event making it possible for local athletes to participate.
Planning of the championship series
The first ironman 70.3 championship race was held 2006 in Clearwater, Florida. The next five championships were in the same venue until November 2010. The venue of the championship changed to Las Vegas for 2011 to 2013 championships where it was held in the month of September. Lake Las Vegas hosted the swimming even of the race. The organizing team decided the location of the 70.3 Championship to be changing every year. For instance, the 2014 championship was held in Mont-Tremblant, Canada while this year’s championship is scheduled for Zell am See-Kaprun in Austria.
Prospect athletes who have done several short distance triathlons can step up into the Half Ironman. They can make the transition friendlier by train harder while keeping time. It is important to add in big training days which may include simple tasks such as 1 hour run, 50-mile bike and 2000-3000 yard swim. One can then upgrade to more complex tasks equivalent to the events of Ironman 70.3. In addition, be sure to check your nutrition and get the right gear to make sure you have fun and learn from your first Half Ironman experience.