Ironman New Zealand 2019 With half the field coming from outside the country every year.IRONMAN New Zealand on Saturday, 2 March 2019 is truly the world’s most international Ironman New Zealand 2019 Live Online
The New Zealand marathon takes place in early March each year in the picturesque setting of Lake Taupo.
The Ironman triathlon is for me one the very pinnacles of sporting achievement, with a remarkable level of training and dedication required to be able to even think about participating. Many people regard the marathon as a good measure of excellent fitness, but the triathlon takes this onto another level altogether, with the 26.2 mile marathon distance run preceded by a 2.4 mile swim and 112 mile bicycle ride!
I’ve always liked the idea of participating in a triathlon and still harbour ambitions of taking part one day, but I think I would have to build up to it gradually, perhaps by starting the with half-distance 70.3 version – I have managed a half-marathon before and cycled over relatively long distances so it’s only really the swim part that would put me off – if it was in a pool I would be OK, but the added effort required to get across choppy open waters is pretty intimidating I have to admit.
In terms of location, then the New Zealand Ironman has to be one of the best to choose (it is actually the second oldest in the world) with the backdrop provided by the beautifully scenic Great Lake Taupo, a 238 square mile expanse of water located on the north island. It is a popular region for sporting events, with cycling a particular favourite, and the ironman weekend always brings out decent crowds of spectators to cheer on the competitors. February is of course still summer time in New Zealand, so the weather is usually pretty decent for the event, although the athletes will be hoping for cooler temperatures.