Triathlons are not for the faint.
Whether you are a seasoned champion or a new competitor, you don’t want to cram more than what your body can handle into one season. You might get to that finish line, but with subsequent events, you will find that your body performance can hit unexpected exhaustion. It’s recommended that triathletes work gradually over seasons and hit the road running in a few select triathlons, than participate in many events without being able to give all your triathlons your best shot!
That note of caution aside, if you are at the top of your game and are kicking yourself for not registering for triathlons earlier this summer – No Problem!
Here are five big triathlons from across the country that you can still participate and put on a great show! Ready?
1. Mack Cycle Escape to Miami Triathlon
You know what they say – Miami is always a good idea. Come September and you will want to consider this tough-to-crack nut of a triathlon on the East Coast.
With both sprint and olympic distances, this premier event in South Florida sees triathletes face the waters off the Margaret Pace Park and then race inland from Escape Island.
The bike course at ‘Escape to Miami’ offers a fascinating and exclusive view of Miami.
Don’t let all the beauty fool you though. Everyone tries to get to the finish line – few make the cut. Will you?
Date: September 25, 2016
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2. Chicago Triathlon
Ready to race in the Windy City?
With a legacy that has lasted more than 30 years, the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon is one of the biggest triathlons in the world and has sprint and international distance courses at the shores of Lake Michigan. Get ready to compete in downtown Chicago, with a protected harbor swim and an exhilarating run down Columbus Drive. The Chicago Triathlon is para-athlete friendly. It is not too late to take on this action-packed tour!
Date: August 28, 2016
3. Tri Rock Austin Triathlon
This popular triathlon competition in the Lonestar State is held at Auditorium Shores in Austin. This event in the cultural capital of Texas boasts of a swim in the scenic Lady Bird Lake. It offers triathletes four types of distances – Sprint, Super Sprint, Olympic and Olympic Aquabike.
The Tri Rock Austin Triathlon also has a Militay/ Public Servant Division and those who want to race in just one element can participate in the TriRock Relay to compete as a team for fastest overall time. Check out this Texan triathlon before the summer bids us all goodbye!
Date: September 5, 2016
4. The Nation’s Triathlon
When was the last time you went swimming in the Potomac? Exactly.
The Events DC Nation’s Triathlon course is a spectacular, athlete-friendly course that takes you down history lane! You get to race past monuments and memorials in the nation’s capital on a flat and fast bike course that winds along the Potomac River.
The Nation’s Triathlon has the noble goal to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), which draws in a lot of deserved attention and competition too.
As usual, it has a variety of Olympic, Sprint, Bike and Swim courses on the platter. The Finish Line festival has live music, free food for athletes and free post-race athelete services which will make for a memorable triathlon experience!
Date: September 11, 2016
5. The Great Floridian Endurance Festival
If you want to enter the fray at the GFT, you had better been training hard for this!
This triathlon lives up to its name and has a reputation for being gruelling. The Great Floridian XXVI is designed only for experienced triathletes. It has three triathlon distances, three aqua bikes, three Open Water Swims and a host of relay options.
The swim course is at Lake Minneola, which is designated as “Outstanding Waters” in Florida. The bike and run courses will take you through the South Lake county.
Expect to encounter hills and the legendary Sugarloaf Mountain.
Are you tough enough for the 140.6? GFT or death!
Date: October 22, 2016
Ready to hit that final triathlon before the season ends? Grab your triathlon wetsuits and gear and register yourself today!
Note: Usually triathlon events have rolling registration fees, meaning the prices soar as race day approaches. You should sign up as soon as you narrow down your options!