IRONMAN.com just published their list of the top ten places to “be an Ironman.” They scoured the globe, looking to answer the question, “Where are the best places to be an IRONMAN? What cities offer the perfect blend of training partners and racing opportunities?”
And – no surprise – earning its “triathlon mecca” moniker, Boulder, Colorado landed #1 on the list . . .
by Jennifer Ward Barber
We know where young people want to live, and what town attract healthy outdoorsy types. But where are the best places to be an IRONMAN? What cities offer the perfect blend of training partners and racing opportunities?
The cities that follow are home to the top IRONMAN athletes in the U.S. Read on to find out why.
1. Boulder, Colo.
At the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder, Colo. benefits from altitude and beautiful scenery. Many professional triathletes call town home base for all or part of the year.
“Living and training in Boulder is a triathlete’s dream,” says Pam Schuckies, Team Captain for the Newton Foundation Racing Team and member of the Boulder TriClub. “It’s not unusual to cross paths with an Olympian or an IRONMAN World Champion running on a trail or out on the road cycling.”
Train: “Since it’s so dry, it doesn’t feel so cold and can be hovering around 32 degrees and it is still pleasant to go out for a run, especially if it’s sunny. We actually have a lot of sunshine here year round,” says Schuckies.
Race: There are lots of events to compete in locally, from low-key local duathlons, triathlons and aquathons, to famous events like Bolder Boulder and Boulder Peak Triathlon and Boulder 70.3. And of course Boulder is proud to host the inaugural IRONMAN Boulder in 2014.
Live: Gain an advantage through proximity to world-class coaches and other resurces such as physical therapists, massage therapists and nutritionists who specialize in athletes. Rub shoulders with the pros and provide home-stays for a professional triathlete. (Schuckies has hosted Australia’s Tim Reed, German Faris Al Sultan, and American Jenna Shoemaker.)
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