It’s that time of year again. For­get spring clean­ing or spring fever–it’s time to dust off your run­ning shoes, take your wet­suit out of the clos­et, and put some air in your tires. It’s triathlon sea­son! Whether you’re a begin­ner, signed up for a local sprint tri, or a sea­soned vet look­ing for some­thing new and chal­leng­ing, there is a triathlon for every­one. Lit­er­al­ly every­one. Even if you’re just look­ing for an excuse to get out and see some­thing beau­ti­ful, what bet­ter way than a triathlon? This week we are tak­ing a look at some incred­i­bly scenic, not to men­tion epic triathlons that are def­i­nite­ly worth the plane ticket.

Ironman Pucon (Chile)Iron­man Pucon (Chile)
If you’re inter­est­ed in Iron­man then con­grat­u­la­tions, you are way more hard­core than I will ever be. And while Iron (Wo)Men are known for their phys­i­cal prowess, we all know how dull it can be train­ing in the same neigh­bor­hoods over and over again. Pucon’s Iron Man traces the city lim­its under the strik­ing­ly beau­ti­ful view of Mount Vil­lar­ri­ca. Known for it’s out­door adven­ture oppor­tu­ni­ties, Pucon offers stun­ning views, his­tor­i­cal charm, and ther­mal baths–perfect for any post-race aches and pains.

Challenge Wanaka (New Zealand)Chal­lenge Wana­ka (New Zealand)
Just Google “Lake Wana­ka” and see for your­self. Lit­er­al­ly nes­tled in the moun­tains of New Zealand’s south­ern island, Lake Wana­ka is a ski des­ti­na­tion by win­ter, but come sum­mer, the town and lake is packed with tri enthu­si­asts. While the race is iron dis­tance and known for it’s dif­fi­cul­ty, it is also renowned for its scenery and the sup­port of the local com­mu­ni­ty. If your fam­i­ly can’t come to New Zealand to cheer you on, don’t wor­ry, there are thou­sands of locals and vis­i­tors sup­port­ing you from the sidelines.

Catalina Island Triathlon (California)Catali­na Island Triathlon (Cal­i­for­nia)
In true Cal­i­forn­ian form, the Catali­na Island Triathlon is pret­ty “chill” and just a short fer­ry ride from San Diego. With short­er dis­tances (1/2 mile swim, 15k bike, 5k run) and an oppor­tu­ni­ty to swim in Catalina’s scenic Aval­on Bay, Catalina’s triathlon might be the per­fect way to end your season.

Bali Triathlon (India)Bali Triathlon (Indone­sia)
The Bali triathlon, in Jim­baran, Bali offers Olympic, sprint, and “fun run” dis­tances. With beau­ti­ful views and rough ter­rain, this tri makes sev­er­al oth­er “top ten” lists and it’s easy to see why. Peo­ple take this race seri­ous­ly, but the laid back lifestyle of Indone­sia allows for a relax­ing experience…or at least as relax­ing as an Olympic triathlon can be.

Lavaman Waikaloa Triathlon (Hawaii)Lava­man Waikaloa Triathlon (Hawaii)
Locat­ed on Hawai­i’s big island, Waikaloa is an ancient city with mod­ern accom­mo­da­tion  Once a fish­ing vil­lage a stone’s throw from the Ka Upule­hu lava flow, the race lives up to its name. They even have triathlon for kids. Maybe it’s time your fam­i­ly took a trip to Hawaii…

Galapagos Triathlon (The Galapagos Islands)Gala­pa­gos Triathlon (The Gala­pa­gos Islands)
As far as triathlons go, this is one of the most unique. Not only do you get to run, swim, and bike through some of the worlds most incred­i­ble land­scapes, the race is com­plete­ly eco friend­ly and all pro­ceeds go to sup­port­ing the health of the local envi­ron­ment. This is a triathlon to feel good about: mind, body, and soul.

Pho­to Cred­it: Cre­ative Commons

Aus­tralia hopes to pro­duce some future world and Olympic triathlon ath­letes with the part­ner­ship between Shel­don Col­lege and Triathlon Aus­tralia. The goal of the pro­gram is to help stu­dents achieve their ath­let­ic goals with­out sac­ri­fic­ing their aca­d­e­m­ic ones.

Prin­ci­pal Dr. Lyn Bish­op told the Bay­side Bul­letin, “By work­ing hand in hand with triathlon coach­es we will be able to give ath­letes the chance to be the best that they can be.”

If you could/could have attend­ed a school with a pro­gram for an out­door activ­i­ty, which activ­i­ty would it be? What would be your favorite class? Get cre­ative and we’ll award one answer with some Clymb credit.

[Via: Shel­don Col­lege]

 

Pho­to Credit

For more than 20 years the Dan­skin Triathlon Series has been sup­port­ing and inspir­ing female ath­letes at all lev­els. We’re excit­ed about our upcom­ing event with Dan­skin and with their next triathlon right around the cor­ner (July 22nd in Web­ster, MA), we thought it might be fun to let our female triath­letes show off their win­ning moments.

Ladies, do you have a post-triathlon pho­to that cap­tures your moment of tri­umph? We’d love to see it. Share it with us on Insta­gram using #The­Clymb #Dan­skin­TriS­eries. We’ll award a few pics with Clymb cred­it. Con­test ends on Fri­day, July 20th at 3pm EST.

For more dates in the Dan­skin Triathlon Series click here.

One of the newest addi­tions to the Olympic games, triathlons test the true heart of an ath­lete. Stan­dard par­tic­i­pa­tion requires con­tes­tants to com­plete a 1.5 km swim, 40 km ride, and 10 km run. These three endurance races push the body to the lim­it. Men­tal fit­ness as well as phys­i­cal fit­ness are required to pre­vent bonk­ing; train­ing is key to the suc­cess of any ath­lete. This dri­ve to excel and go beyond dri­ves SUGOI appar­el. Inspired by ath­letes like you who push the lim­its, SUGOI is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing train­ing gear that incor­po­rates the newest tech­nol­o­gy while stay­ing fashion-forward.

With the two year Olympic triathlon qual­i­fi­ca­tion peri­od end­ing in May, the 2012 Sum­mer Olympics are just around the cor­ner. Ath­letes to watch include: Alis­tair Brown­lee (Eng­land), Emma Mof­fitt (Aus­tralia), Paula Find­ley (Cana­da), Jar­rod Shoe­mak­er (USA).

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There’s nev­er a dull moment for a triath­lete. World Iron­man Dis­tance record hold­er and four-time World Cham­pi­on, Chrissie Welling­ton under­stands this bet­ter than most ath­letes. Ded­i­cat­ing the last 5 years of her life to Iron­man, Welling­ton has earned 13 vic­to­ries in 13 races! Requir­ing extreme ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment, achieve­ments such as this are high­ly impres­sive. Although, Welling­ton has announced her plans for tak­ing a hia­tus in 2012, there is no ques­tions that she will con­tin­ue to inspire ath­letes worldwide.

With con­stant demands on the body, ath­letes like Welling­ton know that per­for­mance appar­el can play a piv­otal role in achiev­ing suc­cess.  There are few cloth­ing brands that under­stand this rela­tion­ship between an ath­lete and their gear. Com­pres­sion tech­nol­o­gy com­bin­ing pow­er, flex, and weight set 2XU apart from oth­er appar­el lines. A recent part­ner of the World Triathlon Cor­po­ra­tion and Iron­man, 2XU strives to con­tin­u­al­ly devel­op new tech­nol­o­gy that will take ath­letes to the next level.

The Clymb also wants to help you raise the bar for your fit­ness goals! For the next three days, log in to your Clymb account to take advan­tage of amaz­ing mem­bers-only deals on 2XU gear and SUGOI per­for­mance apparel.