Course Talk: Ironman 70.3 World Championship

  • By Kim McDonald
  • Published Sep 3, 2013
  • Updated Jul 29, 2015 at 5:02 PM UTC
Photo: Nils Nilsen

Local wrench
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Pro and age-group athletes who win each division will automatically qualify for the 2014 Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Mont-Tremblant, Québec, Canada. Starting in October 2014, the Lake Las Vegas race will become Ironman 70.3 Silverman and will be a qualifying race for the 70.3 world championship.

Key workout
To prepare her legs for the hilly race, Williamson ran three loops of the Henderson run course on tired legs after a long ride, trying to run each loop faster. You can do a similar workout by finding a two-mile stretch of road that goes slightly downhill and running down and back three times in the late afternoon heat, trying to increase your pace on each lap while practicing your fueling strategy.

Best for: Athletes who thrive in desert conditions
95 degrees: Average high temp in September
78-82 degrees: Sept. water temp in Lake Las Vegas
2,543 feet: Elevation gain on bike course
551 feet: Elevation gain on three-loop run course
50: Countries athletes will come from
2,500: Volunteers

Pro quote: “I think it’s really useful to try to pace yourself in this race,” says Kelly Williamson, the 2012 runner-up. “People will crack on laps two and three, and if you control that first loop and fuel yourself, I think you stand a big chance of continuing to make up ground.”

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