This is the biggest week of the year in the triathlon world. KONA!
What is Kona? It is the home of The Ironman World Championship. The best triathletes - both pro and amateur - will compete in arguably the hardest single event in one of the most brutal locations. To understand just how tough this race is let's start at the beginning. A triathlon is a single race where you swim, then bike, and then run. The distances range from a "Sprint" all the way up to the "Iron" distance. An Ironman consists of:
- 2.4 mile swim
- 112 mile bike
- 26.2 mile run
Without stopping! Now imagine traveling 140.6 miles under your own power in one of the hottest, most humid, and windiest places on earth. Boom - that's Kona. This is not the best spectator sport, especially if you aren't a triathlete yourself. It's looooonnnnggggggg. Most of the pros finish around 9 hours, where mere mortals average about 12 hours.