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fldogwalker Pro 68 posts since
Jan 25, 2010
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Sep 29, 2010 11:23 AM


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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  • silvereagle Legend 1,159 posts since
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    1. Sep 29, 2010 12:31 PM (in response to fldogwalker)

    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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  • Run Coach Robert Legend 782 posts since
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    2. Sep 30, 2010 12:04 PM (in response to fldogwalker)

    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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