I just completed my first HIM this past weekend in Augusta. Very fun and I can’t wait for the next one.. and the one after that.. etc.
One thought that popped into my head was if racing a 70.3 triathlon or a full marathon is more challenging/difficult.
My feelings are that the training for a HIM is more time consuming and taxing on the body but although the HIM takes a bit longer to complete, the full marathon is more taxing on the body on race day.
I’m on the fence and would say they are about equally difficult/challenging if you are comparing apples to apples as far as weather conditions and course difficulty.
I completed an ultra marathon a few months ago and that was by FAR the most difficult thing I have ever done.. but the main reason it was so hard was the 100 degree heat index.
Anyway.. it is something worth discussing.
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I couldnt agree with you more, You hit the head on the nail, I did my first HIM in July of this year too.....
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While both are very challenging distances, the marathon may seem more demanding on race day because you are using the same muscle groups throughout the entire distance. A triathlon is going to allow you to use different muscle groups at different times.
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