The sport of triathlon has exploded, and knowing what’s involved in the training, preparation and lifestyle for these athletes is something that all fitness professionals should be well-versed in.

Like all triathlons, an Ironman consists of swimming, biking and running, in that order. The day starts with 2.4 miles of swimming, then biking 112 miles and finishing with a full marathon of 26.2 miles.

As the foundation, these five concepts must be addressed and upheld for an athlete to prepare and complete a race

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