Though many Ironman triathlons are earning a reputation for filling quickly (Ironman Arizona 2013 sold out in a mere 40 seconds after opening), plenty of options still remain for triathletes looking to conquer 140.6 miles in 2013. A variety of well-established races in North America still have registration spots open for their iron-distance offerings. Note that some of these races are only a few months away, so you’d need a great base fitness at this point to commit to the full distance.
Aug. 25, 2013
The time-trial start of the Ironman Louisville swim is ideal for athletes apprehensive about a mass-start swim. Athlete position is first-come, first-serve, and athletes swim upriver around an island before turning to meet the downriver current. As far as bike and run courses go, Louisville is relatively benign. The two-loop bike course totals 2,060 feet in elevation gain, and the run is relatively flat. If a wetsuit is a must for you, skip Louisville, as water temperatures for the race are expected to be between 80 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
The challenge, however, lies in the weather – temperatures range between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit on race day with very high humidity, making it for a sweaty race-day experience.
“It is very hot,” says Adam Folts, who completed Ironman Louisville in 2012, “but there are plenty of aid stations on the course. It has some cool features, like running on a bridge, and the scenery is beautiful.”
Photos: 2012 Ironman Louisville