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The Ironman 70.3 World Championship

Contributed by on September 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Can you swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles, and run 13.1 all in one day? Most people would steer clear of this type of activity, except those looking to take part in the Ironman triathlon. This year on Sunday September 11, 2011, the Ironman 70.3 World Championship will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada and participants will run, bike, and swim through some of Las Vegas’ most amazing attractions, including Lake Las Vegas and the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The triathlon gets its name from the fact that 70.3 is half the distance of a full Ironman race in kilometers. Triathloners from all around the world have to compete in order to earn spots to race in the 70.3 and this year four physically challenged athletes have paved their way to becoming challengers in the race.

The first triathlon is said to have occurred in the 1920 in France and was known as “Les trois sports.” The event was held on a yearly basis. It wasn’t until 1974 in Mission Bay, California that the first official triathlon was held in the U.S. which involved a mere 46 participants. This year’s Ironman 70.3 Triathlon series is expected to have over 60,000 athletes.

What Does It Take To Finish A 1/2 Ironman?

Training for any triathlon, let alone one of the most prominent triathlons in the world is no easy feat and while it may seem like something as simple as learning how to swim, bike, and run at a pretty fast pace, it takes so much more. Body conditioning and endurance training are just pieces of the big puzzle, but when it comes down to it, training for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship requires a lot of time and effort and lets not forget determination. Not many people can dedicate hours upon hours each day to swim laps, bike 8-10 miles, and run even more miles and even few of us have the want let alone the drive to do such vigorous physical activity.

Even when it comes to some of the most experience triathloners, help from an outside coach or trainer is always a big help. As explained by Dr. Ken Collins, a Spokane cosmetic dentist and Ironman veteran, “I have a coach that I work with. He’s back East and we do it all over the Internet or on the phone. Through testing and working together, he’s developed a training schedule for me based on the time that I have available and my goals and my present fitness. I’ve been working with him for a couple years, and I’ve always had coaches.”

Dr. Collins completed his first triathlon race in 1989 and has since completed 9 other Ironman races and 10 half-Ironman races. Despite having a busy schedule as a dentist, he still dedicates his time to not only treating his patients but to training each and every day. As he explained when asked how he’s balancing work life and his physical life day to day, “I’m just cramming it all in every day.”

Training For A Triathlon – The Basics

Though each person participating in a triathlon will have a different training schedule and routine from the next, Dr. Collins explained his personal schedule. “Usually Tuesdays I run 8 to 10 miles. Wednesdays I swim a couple miles. Thursdays I run 8 to 10 miles. Fridays I swim 2 miles. Saturday I bike 30 to 50 miles. Sunday, I run 8 to 10 or 12 miles and I ride 40 to 60 miles depending on what I want to get out of the work out, and Mondays are usually off or an easy swim.”

As previously mentioned, working with a coach is ideal for both novice and expert triathlon participants. Online you’ll find plenty of tips and tricks to successfully train for and complete a triathlon. While starting off your first run at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship may not be best, starting off in a more localized triathlon is a good beginning step.

Ashley Page writes for Off-Topic Media. Dr. Ken Collins is a Spokane cosmetic dentist and can be reach at:

Collins Family Dentistry
3151 East 28th Avenue
Spokane, WA 99223
(509) 532-1133


By Jacob Maslow, Staff writer

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