Posts tagged ‘IM’

March 18, 2011

Get Out the Lead, Man

Because engaging your muscles to cover 140.6 miles wasn’t quite enough. A new race, a new format, complete with a new distance of insanity. Brought to you by the organizers of the famous Leadville 100 (the 100 mile Mountain Bike race, made even more famous in 2009┬áby Lance’s smoking time, and with the last few miles with a flat tire.) the LeadManTri is the newest test of physical endurance (maybe not the most extreme, but the newest) in the outdoor arena of Multisport.

You can read all about the event on the page, but the quick run down (courtesy of my favorite daily newsletter, Everyman Tri,) is roughly a 3.1 mile swim (compared to 2.4 for IronMan) 132 mile bicycle (112 for IM), followed by a half marathon (where IM demands a full marathon). Sounds simple enough, right? Training for the LeadManTri will certainly follow a different approach in order to compensate for the longer swim (where most people claim their weakness), and the longer bicycle ride (a strength for many), and shorter run.

This is a pretty exciting twist to the traditional full IronMan distance. I guess we’ll wait to see if it catches on in popularity, and whether or not it does, the main 2 questions remain: What are you doing now? -and- What next?