What did it take for me to complete my first 70.3 Triathlon?
Nothing Good, Comes Easy
While goals like this are most certainly possible, in a perfect world, we recommend aspiring triathletes to start with 1 or 2 years of shorter races (sprint & olympic distance). Race experience is invaluable and the more experienced one becomes, the more enjoyable and rewarding their journey and ultimately race experience will be.
To be clear, we can and often help brand new triathletes GO BIG in their first year.
If this is something you are considering, hiring an experienced triathlon coach is worth its weight in gold. A good coach will not only get you properly prepared, but they will also keep you on track and help you avoid the inevitable rookie mistakes. Additionally, they will be your "go to" resource in helping you determine exactly what equipment / gear to buy and what stuff isn't exactly necessary.
Aside from the steep learning curve (psssssst - 3 sports PLUS nutrition, pacing and race execution), when starting from scratch, the first year in the sport can be expensive.
However, the feeling of accomplishment upon crossing the finish line makes one's commitment ABSOLUTELY PRICELESS.
"From 0 to IRONMAN 70.3® in 1 Year"
What it took...
Below is an outline from Jonathan of what it took for him to complete his first IRONMAN 70.3 in his first year of triathlon.
After reading, you can decide for yourself if HE thought it was worth it. :)