GauntletThe short answer to this question is 70.3 miles (or 113.13 kilometres if you like your measurements in metric. But I order pints of beer after a race and it therefore makes sense that all units that happen before that point should come in Imperial measurements too).

That 70.3 is made up of, in this order, a 1900m swim (ok that’s metric), a 56 mile cycle and a half-marathon (13.1 miles). But what does that really mean in real terms? Luckily, I’ve got some real-world examples to help make things a bit clearer.

1.9km swim

That’s the length of 19 football pitches, 190 London buses or 76 lengths of your local pool. Personally I’ll find imagining overtaking 190 buses stuck in a traffic jam as I swim along much more motivating that ticking it off as laps of the pool.

56 mile cycle

Further than cycling the length of Luxembourg (51 miles). That’s the country, not the city. I don’t know much about Luxembourg but according to Wikipedia ‘Luxembourg sells the most alcohol in Europe per capita.’ I think I’d like it in Luxembourg, but there’s high chance of me falling off my bike there. Apparently Luxembourg doesn’t have a national sport. I’m going to suggest it adopts triathlons but maybe doesn’t go in for the full iron distance.

13.1 mile run

This is the same as the entire length of London Underground’s Victoria Line from Walthamstow Central to Brixton. And on some days you’d be better off doing it by foot. Now, what was I saying about the lack of half-marathons in London.

So that’s what I’ll be doing next Sunday as I take on the Gauntlet Triathlon at Hever Castle: swimming past 190 buses, cycling the length of Luxembourg (and then some), and running the whole of the Victoria line. When I put it like that, it sounds pretty far.

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  1. emskiruns September 21, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    I love this description of the 70.3 really made me laugh I think it would be much more motivating to do the buses rather than the lengths if I’m honest!

    Good luck for this awesome challenge next week I am sure you will be fab as ever – look forward to hearing all about it!


    p.s hope there’s a very large beer awaiting you at the end of this one!

  2. Tara@PNWRunner September 22, 2013 at 4:32 AM

    It is on my bucket list! Maybe next year or the next?! We will see!

  3. April @ My Real Food Family September 23, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    It does sound like a long way when you put it like that! Hope you have a great race!

  4. Lucy September 26, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Maybe you should move to metric and visualise a litre of beer at the end????

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