Lace up your shoes and tighten up your goggles, welcome to the Ironman Experience 2014.... Through our eyes.
February 18, 1978, the first Ironman challenge was held in Waikiki. The course consisted of three pre-existing challenges: The Waikiki Rough water Swim (2.4 miles), the Oahu Island Bike Ride (112 miles), and the Honolulu Marathon (26.2 miles).
Fifteen athletes competed in the first official Ironman triathlon. Only 12 of the 15 crossed the finished line. Gordan Haller won the title as the world’s first Ironman with an astounding time of 11:46:58.
The Ironman triathlon became an annual event, and was televised by ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” for the first time in 1980. This televised special created global recognition for the Ironman Triathlon.
Upon his next duty station, Collins handed the organization of the Ironman off to Valerie Silk, a Hawaii-based gym owner. Silk transitioned the triathlon to the Big Island to accommodate increasing numbers of competitors with a rural course.
To date, the Ironman Triathlon World Championship is annually held in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. This year there are 143 qualifying Ironman races across the world, where triathletes will compete for a place in the Word Championship.
RACE COURSE Each Ironman event maintains a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run. Triathletes are permitted 17 hours to complete the entire race. Each Ironman event lasts from 7 am – 12:00 am.
View our JOUR 320 video project featuring triathlon racing.
Hear both sides of views in regard to "the dangers of triathlon training." Some enjoy the thrill and health benefits of triathlons, while others warn of its lethal consequences.
Triathlons: Training with death
Triathlon races are known for its brutal courses in swimming, running and biking; however, the race is also known for its brutality on the human body.
The death rate in triathlons is reportedly twice the amount of marathons due to the rigorous training and course.
Studies show that triathlon races cause increased stress on the heart, hyperventilation, cardiac arrest, decrease in life expectancy and even death.
Swimming is the most dangerous portion of the race. The cold water speeds up the heart rate to a dangerously fast beat decreasing oxygen intake. To cope with the increased heart rate the body tries to slow down its heartbeat. This phenomenon sometimes causes the body to experience hyperventilation.
The race is overly taxing on the heart, forcing it to beat four times faster. A normal healthy workout should be no more than an hour. Most triathletes workout five times more than the recommended timeframe, thus, overworking and shocking their heart.
Increased stress on the heart causes the oxygen radicals within the bloodstream to collide into muscle cell membranes causing an accelerated deterioration of the body. These extreme races can reportedly remove up to 3 years of life from triathletes.
CAUTION: Men older than 40, beware!
Triathlon races pose the greatest threat to men older than 40. These middle-aged men, 40 to 60 years old, encompass more than 30% of race participants. They are more prone to cardiac arrest and have the highest rate of race fatalities.
Michael McClintock, a 55-year-old triathlete, died in 2013 after he went into cardiac arrest while training at home. Doctors reported that McClintock “over worked” his heart to the point where it went into shock. Although he was considered healthy, his training regiments were too extreme for his age.