Play Your Strengths
Looking for your next iron-distance race? Take these rankings into account to find the best one for you.
Using 2011 bike and run split data from the major iron-distance events—including all Ironmans, Challenge Roth, Vineman and Rev3 Cedar Point—Raymond Britt of Runtri.com compared the races side-by-side in the graph below. If you’re a talented cyclist but lack run speed, one of the races in the blue quadrant may be for you. If you’re looking for a Kona qualiﬁcation and can handle hills or unpredictable weather, opt for a red quadrant race. Green-colored races are ﬂ at for PRs but competition can be stiff , and blue races have fast bike times but slow marathons. Keep in mind that results could be affected by course difficulty, quality of the ﬁeld and weather conditions.