Ironman 70.3 FAQ

As the big day gets closer, lots of my friends and family have been asking me lots of questions about the race and the event itself. I thought it might be interesting to anyone thinking of doing a half Ironman or indeed any other supporters. If you've got any questions I missed, pop them in the comments and I'll do my best to answer. 

How far is the distance?
It's a total of 70.3 miles/113km (hence the name Ironman 70.3). It's a 1.2 mile/1.9km swim, 56 mile/90km bike followed by a 13.1 mile/21.1km run. 

How long does it take?
Obviously it hugely differs from person to person! At the 2015 70.3 world champs, the fastest man Jan Frodeno finished in 3:51:19 and Daniela Ryf finished in 4:11:34 as fastest woman. I hope to finish in the time limit!!

Is there a cut off time?
Yes. The swim must be finished 1hr 30 after you start. The bike leg must be finished 5hrs 30 after you started and the run must be done 8hrs 30 after you started. There are some additional times added for transition but the whole things must be done in 8 and a half hours. Eeeek!

Can you take a break?
Not really, the idea is for all three disciplines to be back-to-back. In Transition, there are chairs if you need a minute to collect yourself but really, you want to be in and out as soon as quick as possible.

When do you eat?
The bike is usually the longest part of any triathlon so that's when you need to get some essential energy inside of you. People have all sorts; gels, flapjacks, jam sandwiches. Whatever you need to get you round. On the run, triathletes often have energy gels but it really is a case of whatever works for you.

Can you listen to music while you go?
Nope, just you for the whole 70.3 miles!

What if you need the loo?
There are some loos in transition and on the bike course. If you're hardcore and don't want to stop, I've heard of people have a little piddle on their bike. As for the swim...what do you think!

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