Any participant who manages to complete the triathlon in these timings is designated an Ironman.
The name "Ironman Triathlon" is also associated with the original Ironman triathlon which is now the Ironman World Championship.
With a quick transition, you jump onto your bike and get pedalling on the 112 mile cycle segment, and then finish the day (hopefully! The name trivialises it a little, as 'the run' is actually a regulation length marathon – 26.2 miles of running after you've already covered well over 100 miles.
Other obscure rules include: "Indecent exposure/public nudity may result in a disqualification", "Neoprene or any other swim booties are prohibited" and the curious inclusion of not two, but three penalty cards.
Can anyone take the giant step of committing to an IRONMAN triathlon?
But don’t do that exclusively when you train: add side-kicks, one-arm strokes and catch-up drills. Aquatic trainers claim that newbies don’t rotate enough when they breathe, so do focus on that.
Did you know that one of the best ways to train for IRONMAN swimming competitions is to use resistance bands?
You’ll need different shoes for the running and biking legs.
If you love performance enhancing gear, toys and electronics, you'd better keep your wallet open and your plastic available. Experts say that the best stroke for a triathlete to master is the freestyle because it’s so efficient when competing in open water.