ironman vs ultra distance triathlon
Go over to tritalk/runnersworld to investigate this can of worms!
No easy answer IMO. Personally for me, an ironman refers to the distance/challenge not the Ironman brand per se. But at the very least don’t get an Mdot tattoo after doing an equivalent distance event as an acquaintance of mine did!!!
For me, I would do the non branded event and still consider myself an ironman. Who cares what anyone else thinks anyway?Posted 4 years agoultracoachMember
Done 4 iron-distance races in the UK….a Double Iron distance in Holland….and twice done a Triple Iron distance race in germany.Posted 4 years ago
Going back to Iron distance next year , and it will be in the UK…but never a branded Ironman. Just do not see the value in their races…..400£ touch for a race….???
It is up to each person obviously, and some cherish that M-Dot branding.huckleberryfattSubscriber
If it’s a one-off thing then I’d go for a great location, great course and great organisation—I’d want to enjoy the event and not spend the day doing laps of an industrial estate. That might be a big brand thing but not necessarilyPosted 4 years ago
Ironman does kinda make you sound like you wear your pants over your trousers …OnzadogSubscriber
If you were only planning on doing one event, rather than getting into them regularly, would you feel the need to make it an “ironman” or would a local ultra mean the same?
Is it worth the extra cost to be an “ironman”?
Would you tell people you were an ironman if you “only” did the ultra as most folks wouldn’t appreciate the difference?Posted 4 years agoredwoodsMember
njee20 – Member
Yes I would just say Ironman – as it’s just a brand, as I’d say that we’d bought a new Hoover etc. they’re synonymous.
Don’t tell him that! The pedant in him will never let him do anything other than the Ironman now. (We own a Dyson fluff-picker-upper so have to refer to the activity with it, as ‘vacuuming’.) 😉
Mrs OnzadogPosted 4 years agorichardkMember
Done one of each, nobody outside of triathlon knows the difference (anything in that distance gets called an ironman), so pick the race that matches your ambition or skills best, and that has a good reputation.
The little touches on Mdot are good (name on your number so people who don’t know you can’t shout support), but you pay a price for that. Ironman races are the only way to get to race in Hawaii (world champs) if you’re that way inclined.
I’m going back to half IM distance next year, and will be doing local, non Mdot branded races as supporting local organisers is now my priority.
If you want a recommendation, look at Outlaw for a fantastic IM distance UK race.Posted 4 years ago
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