Penticton, located in the beautiful Okanagan region of southern British Columbia, is the home of the annual Ironman Canada competitions. The first Ironman Ultra Distance event had only 23 competitors and took place in 1983. As the years passed the attendance for the Ironman Canada has increased dramatically, with an expected attendance of over 2,500 athletes this year.
August 26th is the big day when triathletes from Canada and the US will head to Penticton to show off their skills. Participants will swim 2.4 miles (3.8 km), bike 112 miles (180 km), and run 26.2 miles (42.2 km) for a chance to meet or break records.
Registration is available online. It is recommended to sign-up a year in advance, as the race sells out within hours of opening. A fee of $675.00 will cover your 2012 Subaru Ironman Canada entry, and if for some reason you are unable to make it, refunds are available until July 15, 2012.
Garmin's latest fitness device is the ideal accessory for triathletes. The Garmin Forerunner 910XT is a rugged, waterproof GPS-enabled sports watch. Along with the previous Forerunner features, the 910XT will measure swim strokes and can be used in up to 164 feet (50 m) of water. On land or in the water, this unit can transfer seamlessly from one sport to another. Athletes can use it as a cycling computer to measure cadence or when running for heart rate and calorie consumption. When your trials are complete, load all your data straight to Garmin Connect to share and analyze your race.