Dec. 1, 2013
Cozumel, Mexico, a popular vacation destination, allows athletes to end their season with a bang (and a few post-race margaritas) at the final North American Ironman of the year.
“The ocean swim at Ironman Cozumel is like going on a 2.4 mile snorkel trip in an aquarium.” Says John Jenkins, who completed the race in 2011. “It’s absolutely beautiful, and has lots of fish and sea life to distract you along the way.”
The bike and run courses are known for speed, with flat-and-fast straightaways offering ample time in aero position. Spectators will enjoy the ease and frequency in which they can spot athletes – both the bike and run courses are three loops apiece.
Don’t mistake “fast” for easy, however – the December weather in Cozumel is beautiful, but windy. The presence of strong winds can create difficult current in the ocean swim and have prompted officials to ban disc wheels on the bike course for athlete safety. Heat is also a factor.
“Triathletes racing Ironman Cozumel should be honest with their ability to perform in hot, humid conditions,” warns Jenkins. “It’s flat and fast if you can handle the heat and humidity. Training in conditions similar to race day is critical to assure a positive outcome in this race.”
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