The Ultraman is considered one of the toughest events in the world by Outside Magazine. A 3-day, 320-mile (515-kilometer) individual ultra-endurance event which takes place on the Big Island of Hawaii. Entry is limited to 35 participants and is by invitation only. Founded in 1983, the event is held annually on the traditional Thanksgiving weekend. This race takes place over three days.
Stage I - 6.2-mile (10 km) ocean swim from Kailua Bay to Keauhou Bay, followed by a 90-mile (145 km) cross-country bike ride from Keauhou Bay around the southern tip of the island via Route 11 to finish at Namakani Paio Park in the Volcanoes National Park. Vertical climbs total 7,600 feet.
Stage II - 171.4-mi (276 km) bike ride, from Volcanoes National Park (Route 11) to Keaau, then turning east with a counter-clockwise loop through Kalapana, Kapoho and Pahoa, then on through the City of Hilo. From Hilo, the route continues north along the Hamakua Coast (Route 19) to Waimea, and over the Kohala Mountains via Route 250 to finish at the Kohala Village Inn on Hawi Road, just above its junction with Route 270. Vertical climbs total 8,600 feet.
Stage III - 52.4-mile (84 km) double-marathon run from Hawi to Kawaihae (Route 270), then on to Kailua-Kona (via Route 19) and finishing on the beach at the Old Airport State Park.
I am coach by one of the top ultradistant coaches in the world - Chris Hauth. He has coached me to 12 Ironman finishes (2.4 Mile Swim, 112 Mile Bike, 26.2 Mile Run), 1 Triple Ironman (7.2 Mile Swim, 336 Mile Bike, 78.6 Mile Run) and 1 Ultraman. Chris is responsible for my daily program. www.aimpcoaching.com.
I will be updating my blog every couple days as to training and preparation. Last week my mileage totaled 3 miles of swimming 300 miles on the bike and 40 plus miles running. I have lost 24 pounds since I started training and I have 15 more to go before race day. Stay tuned ---
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