Last week, New York City hosted its first ever Ironman race!
An Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bike and a marathon 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run, raced in that order and without a break. -Wikipedia
The race was met with great excitement, and competitor’s slots were sold out in less than 8 minutes after registration went live.
I was told that over 1400 of the competitors were first time Ironman entrants!
In this 2012 Ironman competition, Duane Reade pharmacy was the title sponsor of the “Ironman
Village” and the sponsor of Jozsef Major, a competitor in the race.
I went to the Ironman Village at Pier 92, W. 52nd Street and had the opportunity to interview Jozsef Major, who has been doing triathalons for 20 years, 8 years of that as a professional!
In the past 8 years, Jozsef Major has competed in 31 Ironmans. Holy moly!
Jozsef had been training in Connecticut in the month leading up to the Ironman race, and on the weekends, he actually visited the actual ironman race route in NYC to practice the running portion.
He said that the running route was particularly challenging, and that the swim portion was supposed to be “easy”, though swimming is the part of the race in which he is least confident.
When asked for advice to young triathlete hopefuls, Jozsef Major said that it was important to learn good swimming form.
So, if you give your children a good foundation in swimming, they will have a future advantage in triathlon racing!
For more pictures of my day at the Ironman Village, check out the Google+ photo album I made!
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