Monday, February 1, 2016

Course Profiles

Swimming Off the Beaten Path - Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race

I recently returned from Istanbul, Turkey, where I swam in the 6.5-km Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race. Sometimes it’s fun to try something different. I had a terrific time and thought I’d share the tale.

Ironman Lake Tahoe

Our course profile for Ironman Lake Tahoe in California, provided by Dave Latourette.

Leadman 250

Our course profile for the Leadman Tri Epic 250 in Bend, Oregon, provided by Nick Mathers.

Ironman Lake Placid

Drawing on Endurance Corner's collective years of experience and access to an extended network of some of the most knowledgeable racers, we wanted to provide our best recommendations for approaching some of the biggest races around the world.

Ironman 70.3 Muncie

Our course profile for Ironman 70.3 Muncie in Muncie, Indiana, as provided by Sue Aquila.

Ironman 70.3 Boulder

Our course profile for Ironman 70.3 Boulder in Colorado, as provided by Justin Daerr.

Ironman Texas

Drawing on Endurance Corner's collective years of experience and access to an extended network of some of the most knowledgeable racers, we wanted to provide our best recommendations for approaching some of the biggest races around the world.

Here, we profile Ironman Texas in the Woodlands, Texas, outside Houston.




Travel

Ironman Boulder

Drawing on Endurance Corner's collective years of experience and access to an extended network of some of the most knowledgeable racers, we wanted to provide our best recommendations for approaching some of the biggest races around the world.

Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico

Drawing on Endurance Corner's collective years of experience and access to an extended network of some of the most knowledgeable racers, we wanted to provide our best recommendations for approaching some of the biggest races around the world.

Here, we profile Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico in San Juan, PR




Profile provided by Justin Daerr

Travel and Accommodations
San Juan has a major international airport and has direct flights from numerous locations in the U.S. You can find plenty of flights from the major airlines such as United and American, but be sure to check other airlines like Southwest to save on potential bike fees. TriBike Transport also services this race and can be a great alternative to flying with your bike.

The race takes place in the middle of the city and both host hotels are conveniently located at either the race start or T1. Additionally, there are numerous hotels in the area if you want to do some price comparisons. The race venue is only a 15 minute drive from the airport and cabs are plentiful, making the need for a rental car unnecessary.

Pre-Race Workouts
Prior to the race, you can access the swim course in the lagoon and because it is protected, it is nearly always calm throughout the day.

Cycling from the host hotels is fairly difficult without doing short out and backs or riding along the bike paths along the shore. When I raced there, I did a short ride near the hotel to make sure everything on my bike was in working order, but avoided doing anything particularly long.

Running can be done easily and I would recommend running along the ocean towards Old Town.

Weather

Ironman Los Cabos

Drawing on Endurance Corner's collective years of experience and access to an extended network of some of the most knowledgeable racers, we wanted to provide our best recommendations for approaching some of the biggest races around the world.

Here, we profile Ironman Los Cabos in Los Cabos, Mexico.




Travel and Accommodations
Los Cabos is located on the far southerly side of the Baja peninsula. After flying into Los Cabos International Airport (SJD), there’s a short 15-minute drive on the local toll road (which accepts USD for the toll) to get to San Jose del Cabo, where the race host hotels and expo are located. You’ll need an up to date passport if traveling internationally. Many U.S. flights route through Dallas Fort Worth on American Airlines. On the return trip, allow plenty of extra time at the SJD airport when traveling with a bike.

Los Cabos is a resort destination accommodating travelers and tourists year-around, so there are many options when planning your lodging. The race website lists many hotel options that offer discounted room rates if booked far enough in advance. The Hola Grand Faro all-inclusive resort was the main host hotel for the inaugural race in 2013, hosting all the expo and registration activities. However, there are endless options of other places to stay depending on your budget and size requirements. The Westin resort, approximately three miles from the center of Los Cabos, is oceanfront and offers excellent service and an awesome dinner buffet that has a different “theme” each night. If you prefer to hang at your lodging for meals, this is the place to stay.

Pre-Race Workouts

Pace Yourself

Always sad to see middle age athletes fall away from sport. The greatest challenges to health & fitness come in the later yrs. #PaceYourself
-Alan Couzens (@Alan_Couzens)

Alan’s tweet got me thinking about how we lose people from sport, and the health benefits that flow from an active lifestyle.

Mercuryman Triathlon

Our course profile for the Mercuryman Triathlon half iron-distance race in the Cayman Islands, provided by Sue Aquila.

Ironman Cozumel

Our course profile for Ironman Cozumel, provided by Justin Daerr.

Ironman Arizona

Our course profile for Ironman Arizona, provided by Justin Daerr.

Ironman Louisville

Drawing on Endurance Corner's collective years of experience and access to an extended network of some of the most knowledgeable racers, we wanted to provide our best recommendations for approaching some of the biggest races around the world.

Ironman 70.3 Vineman

Our course profile for Ironman 70.3 Vineman in Sonoma County, California, provided by Dave Latourette.

Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake

Our course profile for Ironman Buffalo Springs Lake 70.3 in Lubbock, Texas, provided by Ron Tribendis.

Ironman Coeur d'Alene

Drawing on Endurance Corner's collective years of experience and access to an extended network of some of the most knowledgeable racers, we wanted to provide our best recommendations for approaching some of the biggest races around the world.

Ironman 70.3 UK

Our course profile for Ironman UK 70.3 in Wimbleball, England, provided by Russ Cox.

Our Favorite Workouts: Getting Ready for Speed Work

Triathlon is an endurance event, no matter what distance you choose. From a one-hour to 17-hour race, you are asking yourself to race for a long time. This kind of racing take strength, it takes endurance, and most of all it takes a lot of conditioning. If you've frequently raced long and for a number of years it's easy to get sidelined into only going slow, long, easy.

If you find yourself getting "slow," remember there needs to be a certain amount of speed and power in your plan all year.