Once some athletes conquered the boundaries of marathons or Ironman-distance triathlons, they wanted to test their physical and mental stamina and endurance even further.
(Vocus/PRWEB) January 27, 2011
Imagine testing the limitations of your mind, body and spirit by swimming up to distances of 24 miles, biking 1,120 miles and running 262 miles. These are examples are called Ultra-Distance Triathlons, an emerging segment of ultra-distance endurance sports designed to challenge and test mental, physical and spiritual limits of participants.
The Ultra-Distance Triathlon’s roots were formed from Ironman distance events where athletes desired to go further than the standard 2.4-miles swimming, 112-miles biking, and 26.2-miles running. These early race challenges became the springboard for the Ultra-Distance Triathlon races that emerged from the imaginations, dreams and goals of athletes determined to test boundaries of their own physical and mental capabilities.
Many Iron athletes began to ask, ‘What is next?’” said Wayne Kurtz, author of the new book Beyond the Iron and founder of RaceTwitch.com. “Once some athletes conquered the boundaries of marathons or Ironman-distance triathlons, they wanted to test their physical and mental stamina and endurance even further. These multi-sport events have actually developed from original Ironman Triathlon competitions into the Double Triathlon (since Ironman is now a trademarked name, the races cannot be named Double Ironman and are normally titled Double Ultra Triathlon”).
Today the most popular Ultra-Distance Triathlons consist of the following distances:
Double Triathlon – 4.8-mile (7.6Km) swim, 224-mile (360Km) bike, 52.4-mile (84.4Km) run
Triple Triathlon – 7.2-mile (11.4Km) swim, 336-mile (540Km) bike, 78.6-mile (126.6 Km) run
Quadruple Triathlon – 9.6-mile (15.2Km) swim, 448-mile (720Km) bike, 104-mile (168.8Km) run
Quintuple Triathlon – 12-mile (19Km) swim, 560-mile (900Km) bike, 131-mile (211Km) run
Deca Triathlon – 24-mile (38Km) swim, 1,120-mile (1,800Km) bike, 262-mile (422Km) run
Double Deca Triathlon – 48-mile (76Km) swim, 2,240-mile (3,600Km) bike, 524-mile (844Km) run
“The mental and physical endurance required to participate in such an event is very challenging — and for me what drives my passion and enthusiasm to participate in them,” said Kurtz. “Not all athletes will be driven to go ‘the distance,’ but for those who do, I want to teach them how to prepare and train for it.”
As a result, Kurtz has written a new and unique guide to Ultra- Distance Triathlons titled Beyond the Iron. “If you’re an athlete merely interested in discovering what Ultra-Distance Triathlons are all about; a coach who wants to help others learn to train; or an athlete who wants to train independently, this book will help you. As an experienced Ultra-Distance Triathlon enthusiast, I wanted to help guide other trainers and coaches, and current and prospective endurance athletes — and this book provides that kind of in-depth details.”
About Beyond the Iron
Beyond the Iron is a simple and comprehensive training guide designed to provide prospective and current athletes with information on the Ultra-Distance Triathlon events, training tips, and schedules, and insider advice and insight. Author Wayne Kurtz, founder of RaceTwitch.com, is an experienced Ultra-Distance Triathlon athlete and passionate coach and supporter of the events. For more information, visit the website at http://www.beyondtheiron.com or http://www.RaceTwitch.com.
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