If you can swim, bike, and run, then you can compete in a triathlon. This past weekend the Ironman World Championship event was held in Kona, Hawaii, where the sport’s top athletes had to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run a full marathon in less that 17 hours. It was the 35th anniversary for the event, which started when a group of athletes wanted to determine who was the fittest in the three disciplines. Triathlons are now held all over the world at various distances, and today’s post looks at a few of them since the start of the year.
The historic 100th edition of the Tour de France came to a conclusion yesterday on the tree-lined Champs-Elysees in Paris with Christopher Froome of Great Britain retaining the overall lead to win his first yellow jersey. The second half of the race, heavy on climbing, with five mountain stages, took the riders to the top of Mont Ventoux and on two ascents of the legendary Alpe d’Huez. The final stage ended as the first, with German sprinter Marcel Kittel in front.