How tough is IRONMAN 70.3 St. George – really? (Part 1 of 4)
I’m a pretty athletic guy – 6’2” and a little more over 200 lbs. than I’d like to admit, but I’ve always been physically active with my favorite activities of wakeboarding, wrestling, and rock climbing. I’ve never cared much for aerobic exercise, but that old wrestler mentality tells me “I can do anything.”
70.3 mile is a long distance any way you do it, but after watching an IRONMAN and seeing the variety of people that participate, I was left with no excuse of why I couldn’t do it. So I signed up.
I quickly learned that in the world of triathlon, it’s all about your mental toughness, nutrition, and equipment that make such long distances possible. But don’t underestimate the training – especially for the St. George course.
The St. George course is all about heat, hills and hydration. Don’t worry about the heat – just expect it. Don’t worry about the hills – learn to love them. Do worry about hydration. Take advantage of every aid station – whether the water goes in you or on you. You’re going to need it. The desert tends to suck it right out of you, so plan for more water than you’re used to. The volunteers are quick and super helpful, so draw on their enthusiasm and their refreshing beverages and you’re bound for success.