As the triathlon season gets underway in Pembrokeshire all this training is about to be tested at the Long Course Weekend in Tenby from the 11th – 13th July.
Thousands of athletes will be rolling into Tenby this July to take part in this Ironman Wales warm up. Billed as the most difficult triathlon in Wales the event is an Ironman over 3-days, with a Friday evening 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride on Saturday and 26.2 mile marathon on Sunday. A spectacular spectators sport!
Attempting an Ironman is no casual undertaking. The nine month training journey started in the depths of winter with evening swim sessions at Tenby leisure centre, dark winter runs and bracing weekend bike rides.
By early May the Monday and Friday swim sessions moved into the sea at Tenby’s North Beach, bringing an excited buzz to the air as local swimmers dive in the water in their numbers.
If you’re in Tenby this summer you’ll see swimmers taking their laps of North beach every evening and the chances are they’ve got the Ironman in their sights.
By June its light enough for 6am runs in warm sunshine, through the streets of Tenby and the local countryside, accompanied by a chorus of bird song.
10km club runs take place every Wednesday around Tenby and are very social gatherings. The club welcomes athletes from all over the UK to come and train with them and the community spirit of Tenby’s Ironman is palatable.
But be warned – these guys are 6-months into their training and are fit! If you can keep up with them as they do laps their affectionately named ‘heart-attack steps’ you’re well on your way to becoming an Ironman.
Long, summer nights are heavenly for evening bike rides around the south Pembrokeshire countryside. Rides go out on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with routes planned for their scenery as much as their miles.
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