June 2019 Extreme Triathlon Highlights: CELTMAN, SWISSMAN, and ALASKAMAN
Extreme triathlons are typically ultra “iron-like” distance races where athletes are required to push their human physiology to the extreme through intense elevation profiles, diverse terrain (swimming in deep, cold fjords, cycling mountain passes, trail running), and the potential for extreme weather conditions. Logistics are also part of the extreme triathlon challenge. With the majority of these races being largely “self supported,” the athlete is required to have a support person/crew and vehicle. Besides being a race requirement, the support person/crew is key to the success of the athlete. They help in transition, provide support (food, drink, clothing, tools, mechanical aid) during the bike, and many races require the support person complete at least some portion of the run with the athlete.
Note: if you’re interested in racing an extreme triathlon, most registrations are through a lottery process, which typically open the fall before the race season. Plan ahead!
CELTMAN, SWISSMAN, and ALASKAMAN