Triathlon Magazine Canada - - Front page -

HU­MAN GREED KNOWS no bound­aries, and the field of en­durance sports is no ex­cep­tion. Just fin­ished your first sprint triathlon and won­der­ing what an Olympic dis­tance might feel like? You fi­nally nailed the stan­dard dis­tance and your eyes are now on to a mid­dle-dis­tance – and fi­nally a full dis­tance? These days there is no end of the pro­gres­sion in the world of triathlon: Race cal­en­dars world­wide are of­fer­ing more and more op­tions to step up to an­other grade.

To take on the ul­ti­mate chal­lenge you will face in your ath­letic ca­reer, your mind­set needs to switch to a dif­fer­ent set-up. In­stead of the “safe en­vi­ron­ments” of an Iron­man or a 70.3, some of the most epic races are held in the dra­matic and de­mand­ing en­vi­ron­ments of moun­tains and deserts where even aid sta­tions can be scarce and where you’ll need to carry all your needs with you for the day.

The good news is that most of these events will re­quire the sup­port of a team (coach, friends, team­mates) and they are spread out through­out the whole year (Jan­uary un­til Septem­ber), so you can plan your prepa­ra­tion ac­cord­ing to your en­deav­ours and your favourite peak times. The bad news is that not only will the prepa­ra­tion for these races be bru­tal, but even the race it­self will not be “the day where you pick up the fruits of your seed­ing.”

Here you have five events sure to test you to your lim­its.

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