August 18, 2013 - About 1,000 people from all around the world
participate in the Ironman Triathlon, and it's a memorable experience for all involved.
There are two courses: the half
ironman and the sprint triathlon. The half ironman entails a
swim of 1½ miles, biking for 56 miles, and a 13.1 mile run. It is
a challenging course indeed. The sprint triathlon entails a swim of
a 1/3 of a mile, biking for 15 miles, and a 3 mile run.
What will you encounter on the
course? The swimming will include water which is seldom flat and
it's anything but tropical. The water temperature can range
from 71 to 79 degrees. If you hate cold water, wet suits can be
worn, but they must meet certain guidelines. The biking aspect of
the course will take you down roads with wide shoulders that are
reasonably smooth. There are some gentle rolling hills, and
some challenging steeper grades up to 9%. Take note that a
helmet is required. The run rewards you with scenery and
shade, as you proceed along the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee.
The sometimes hot and humid August weather may be a factor in
the run, but more often than not, mid August features comfortable
temperature in the upper seventies and low 80's. A light breeze is common
near the shore, which might help keep you cool.