Friday, March 6, 2015

The Next 140.6

I am an endurance athlete, through and through. I truly do not like the 5K distance, mainly because it hurts but also because I usually need a few miles to get into my groove. I thought about "retiring" from the 5K distance, but we have a race that we do every year that I actually enjoy.

I have this feeling that I am going to love running my 50K (as long as there isn't snow on the ground, of course). Yes, it will hurt. Yes, I will probably swear to (not AT) Isaac (who is pacing me). But I know me, and I know when I cross the finish line I am going to want more. It may be another 50K or it may be that potential 50 miler I am thinking about doing in November.

So as much fun as training for a few 70.3s and doing SOS Triathlon is going to be this year, I am already thinking about which "Ironman" we are going to do in 2016.

The top contenders so far are:  

Challenge (formerly Rev3) Cedar Point 140.6

While this race isn't an Ironman event, I believe that Challenge provides almost the same, if not the same, amount of support at their events for a third or half of the cost of an Ironman event. Another bonus is that our friend, Eric, may do this race with us as well!

The one con with this race is its timing. Fall isn't the best time for me to miss a few days of work, but I would figure something out!

Ironman Muskoka

This is a new race this year, but the distance from our house is driveable and it looks like the location is really pretty. It is a "tough" course, but what Ironman isn't tough? We've done tough before and we can do it again!

Other than it being more expensive, the only other con for this race is again the date for me because of my work schedule.

Ironman Mont Tremblant

We are going to spectate this race this year, so after seeing it in action we may just want to take the plunge and do this race! Again, it isn't too far of a drive for us and the location is really pretty. Also, of the three this one's date works the best for me and work.

So there you have it, those are the three top contenders right now. I may completely change my mind though, who knows!


  1. Sounds exciting for you to be looking forward to this next year. I also did my first IM in 2014, but not sure if my next will be in 2016. IMMT has always intrigued me and from what I have heard it is beautiful. It is cool that you will be spectating this year.

  2. I've been waiting for this! Happy choosing!

  3. I did the 70.3 in Muskoka and Tremblant last summer and I am doing IMMT for my first full this summer. You could not pay me to do the full in Muskoka but I am not in your league. I am a back of the pack girl and it took me over 8 hours to do both. My blog is if you want to read my reviews. Happy picking and maybe I will see you cheering me on in August. I am going Musselman 70.3 this July as my warm up race to IMMT.

    1. Awesome! We're doing Musselman (DoubleMussel) this year too. It's a great race. Maybe I'll see you there!

  4. If you do either CDN race, I will 100% sign up to volunteer transition. I believe I have friends doing IMMT in 2016, so that's the one I'd push for. We actually took our honeymoon in Mount Tremblanc

    1. Right now, those may actually be our number one choice! I will let you know :)

  5. I know John of did the Cedar Point full iron last year. He is super nice. You could ask him about it. I remember there being huge waves on the lake he said, and he is a pretty string swimmer. Don't know if that was just a bad day or if it is always like that.
    I don't know anything about the other two.