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Reflections of the Virginia Double Iron Triathlon

Posted on 20 October 2010

Our only ultra distance triathlons are (continuous format vs. Ultraman format) held at Lake Anna, Virginia.   All of the other races included in the IUTA (International Ultra Triathlon Association, www.iutasport.com are mainly held in Europe with the big year end finale in Monterrey Mexico with the Quintuple, Deca and Double Deca Iron triathlons.

We had a fabulous weather day this year with the Triple Iron competitors starting on Friday Oct. 8th and the Double Iron athletes dipping into the chilly waters of Lake Anna on Sat. Oct. 9th.   The race course is considered one of the most difficult on the IUTA world cup circuit with it’s gradual multiple climbs on the bike and one climb per loop on the run.  These are not gut-busting hills but they do take their toll after the endless loops on the legs and especially on the mind.

For me, one of the key attractions of this race (like all the various IUTA World Cup races) is the family atmosphere among the athletes, crews, friends,race director (Steve Kirby) and his great volunteers. If you want to push beyond the distance of the normal Ironman distance and challenge your body and mind, then these two races in Virginia should definitely be considered for your 2011crace alendar.

There will be another Double Iron Triathlon in Tampa coming this March as well, so two ultra distance triathlons in the U.S. in 2011! All the competitors dug deep to get through the tough patches as is common with ultra distance endurance racing.   Personally, I had my normal fun and enjoyed building some new friendships.  I had a solid day of racing and final preparation for all the fun in Monterrey Deca Iron in 4 weeks.

If you want a challenge beyond the Ironman, this race is a must!Congrat’s to all the athletes who participated and achieved their personal goals.  The results can be found on the website:  www.usaultratri.com.  Check it out on www.racetwitch.com and please add a race review.

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