Ironman Cozumel, 2012
The swim is probably the most spectacular part of the race. You start in a beautiful protected harbor in the ocean at Chankanaab National Park. There are 2 official practice swims before the race since normally no one is allowed to swim in this area. There’s no surf entry or exit to deal with, but there is a group of dolphins that greet you with leaps and twirls as you walk across the dock and make your way to the swim start. The course is one 2.4 mile rectangular lap, and it’s always a non wetsuit swim because the water can get up to 84 degrees. Luckily, the salt water helps you float!
First, you swim north against the current with the buoys on your left for approximately 800m. Then you u-turn and swim south with the current for well over one mile before you make your final turn and head back to the dock against the current again. There is a submarine at the final turnaround and plenty of divers, kayakers, boats, and paddle boarders on the course to keep athletes safe. In 2011, the conditions were so perfect that no one DNF’d the swim. This is traditionally a fast swim course! This year was a different story.
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Ironman Cozumel Swim (2012): http://sandiegofitnessdiva.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/ironman-cozumel-the-swim/
The bike was the most challenging part of the race for me hands down. I’m a newbie cyclist compared to most of the field (first road bike experience was May 2011), and I am slow! That means I get to be on the bike for 1-2 hours LONGER than the average Ironman. But that’s OK. I can still conquer a 112 mile bike ride like it’s nobody’s business, even if it takes me 7:30 hours to do it!
Ironman Cozumel Bike (2012): http://sandiegofitnessdiva.wordpress.com/2012/12/18/ironman-cozumel-the-bike/
Call me crazy, but the marathon was my FAVORITE part of the day! Why? For starters, I love to run; it’s a passion of mine. It’s also my fastest leg of the triathlon – I passed 244 people! Finally, the crowd support was UNREAL. I had never seen anything like it! The fans and the people of Cozumel made my day, and I had an amazing time on the run course.
Ironman Cozumel Run (2012): http://sandiegofitnessdiva.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/ironman-cozumel-the-run-the-finish/