Triathlon, once considered a fringe sport, has been rapidly gaining in popularity in recent years. The availability of short course races improves every year. Long course events, including "branded" IM races, are also being added on a regular basis. People around the country and around the world are gaining a better understanding that "triathlon" entails much more than just the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.
There is, however, another option. Though many will gasp at the suggestion, there are other events available. Though they lack the "IM" trademark, these races offer the same opportunity to test our limits as any branded event. The only real difference NA Sports and WTC events offer is the opportunity to qualify for Kona. And let's face it, most of us aren't aiming that high.
Just who is this Iron Pol?
A former out of shape sailor, who became a marathoner, then a triathlete, Ironman, and ultramarathoner. Now, life has pushed me into short track speed skating. More important than the titles is the lifestyle, and sharing it with others.