Ready to take your triathlon game to the next level with a 70.3? Or maybe you’re toying with the idea of training for a 70.3 but you’d like to know what to expect before you fully commit? You’ve come to the right place! Before you dive in, or start pedaling or running, it’s helpful to know exactly what you’re getting into.
A 70.3 race isn’t exactly something you can just register for and attend the next week. Competing in a 70.3 race takes months of preparation for training, and most of the time involves travel. We’re here to support our fellow racers in each step of their journey- so this one’s for you, the new racers! Keep reading for our guide to 70.3 races for beginners, including the best ones to try.
What is a 70.3 Race
If you’re new-new to the racing world, you might not even know what exactly to expect from a 70.3 swim, bike, run race. No worries, we of course have answers!
A 70.3 race is characterized by specific distances in each of the triathlon events- swimming, cycling, and running.
Here’s exactly what you’ll see , distance-wise, during a 70.3:
The total distance is… you guessed it, 70.3 miles. The names for these races can differ, depending on the company hosting the event. The IRONMAN brand has several 70.3 races, while others are often called “middle-distance” races. The bottom line here is committing to a 70.3 means lots of careful planning and training, no matter who’s hosting the event or where it is.
Are you ready to start prepping for a 70.3? We’ll share our thoughts on what makes some races better for beginners in the next section.
The Difference in 70.3 Races: What Makes Some Better for Beginners
All 70.3 races have to fit the same criteria that we’ve outlined above. But of course, there are some differences that might make some events more conducive to beginners.
Here are just a few things to note when looking for 70.3 races to start your journey:
Best 70.3 Races for Beginners
We considered the factors above and came up with our own list of 70.3 races that are best for beginners, both in the United States and internationally.
Best 70.3 Races for Beginners: United States Courses
First, our best courses for beginners in the US. These courses all are known to be great starters for those just starting their 70.3 career.
A triathlon along the Cali coast? Yes, please! The scenery alone is worth it. The race ends on the beach after the course takes racers through all of Santa Cruz’s most well known spots, including the boardwalk. This course is flat all around and the swim leg is a great one for beginners.
If you like your swim, bike and run in a cooler climate with a side of Mother Nature’s finest landscape, consider Timberman, located in Laconia, New Hampshire. Athletes swim in Lake Opechee, with clear but crisp waters. The bike and run legs are as easy as you can expect from a 70.3 course, too. Overall, this one is a beginners dream!
This course is flat, flat, flat. No hills means a much easier bike and run. The route is also a scenic one, too. The swim leg here is a little more difficult, however you’ll be expending less energy on the other two events. Just be sure to register early for the Atlantic City 70.3, because it’s almost always full.
Best 70.3 Races for Beginners: International Courses
If your passports have been needing a little attention, an international 70.3 might be in your future. Below are our favorite international 70.3 courses for beginners.
The Mediterranean coastline gets our vote for one of the most beautiful courses. But this 70.3 is also a perfect starter for those that aren’t experienced in 70.3s… yet. Each event in this 70.3 has low finishing times, so it’s well worth the trip to add this one to your list as potentials for your first few 70.3s.
Australia’s beaches aren’t just made for surfing… although they’re great for that, too. We love this course for beginners because even though the swim is in the ocean, it’s a less intimidating one. Plus, the run and bike legs aren’t as difficult as other courses, so you don’t have to constantly focus on what’s next.
This course made our list because it has one of the easiest open water swims. Since so many new racers have some level of open water swim anxiety, we wanted to make sure we had an easy swim on our list! Swimmers complete one loop in the Adriatic Sea, so once you have this race under your belt, you’ll definitely feel ready for another.
Now get out there and choose your race! If you’re ready to add a 70.3 to your list, then any of these six courses would be a great place to start. Visit our website for more tips and tricks to help you crush tomorrow, and the gear you need to make it happen.