For anyone who dreams of qualifying for Ironman’s annual world champtionships at Kona, the journey can be fraught with challenges. And those who choose Ironman Lanzarote to make their bid, can expect a beautiful setting teamed with hot and windy conditions.
If Lanzarote is on your list, Team Vitfor OTE triathlete, Corinne Clark’s memories of her 2019 race, in which she took the age group win, top female non-pro athlete, and ultimately bagged her place at Kona, could provide you with the impetus you need to book your ticket.
“It was an amazing experience from beginning to end, even if the island of Lanzarote comes with its own set of challenges. A washing machine in the swim, windy and brutal on the bike and scorching hot on the run!
“The most amazing part was standing waiting to start the race. With so many other athletes around you, it feels exhilarating, enough to give you goosebumps.
“My lowest point was on the bike when I ran out of water before going up one of the climbs. Lanza really isn’t one of those places to run dry and I really should have grabbed more water at the feed station.
“Crossing the line was a real highlight though and nothing beats that feeling when you realise that all the training has come together.
“My Vitfor training program and tapering was focused on getting me prepared for the race and I got some great advice from experts on managing my nutrition.”
TOP TIPS FOR IRONMAN LANZAROTE
- Prepare for crosswinds
Lanzarote is famous for its strong, gusting winds which can turn into crosswinds on certain climbs. One of the biggest regrets that many have in attempting this triathlon, is their choice of wheels. Deep carbon-rimmed wheels will act as a huge sail, so choose wisely.
- Think safety first
Because of the insane conditions on the bike, don’t take risks you don’t need to. Yes, it’s a race and you want to set your best time, but you also want to make it to the run in one piece.
- Stay hydrated
The island is dry, hot and windy which can have a severe effect on hydration. Use the feed stations to top up on fluids whenever you can – you will need it for cycling the hill climbs especially. And, make sure you’ve attended to your general hydration well before the race even starts.
- Use sunscreen
Whilst you may not feel the effects of sunburn during the cycling stage, you could well feel it by the time you come to the run. Use sunscreen and stay covered as much as possible.
- Enjoy it!
Ironman Lanzarote is classed as one of the toughest, but it’s also one of the most beautiful too. Take the opportunity to appreciate the views and even consider combining your race with a little holiday downtime.
Corinne finished in a time of 11:01:27. She finished 1st in her age group, earning a mention in Tri247 roll call, was 1st non-professional lady and 10th lady overall.