The planning has already begun. Many of you will by now have chosen and signed up for your big race, with several others pencilled in as well.But just in case you're still wondering where to race, we present the TW guide to some of this year's best
this year.Rasmus Henning (Den)Henning moved from Olympic-distance triathlon to Ironman in 2009 because he wanted to spend more time with his family (fewer races mean less travel). He made his mark quickly, winning Ironman China that year. Last year he won
-distance record at Challenge Roth (8:18:32), breaking her own record, and she also won Ironman South Africa. She has never lost an Ironman race. She is unlikely to lose this one.Julie Dibens (UK)The 36-year-old from Salisbury came third at Kona in 2010, a
pressure on him going into the race because he was only in his second year as a pro and that the Kona racewould be only his third Ironman event. "If I could get top 15 I'd be ecstatic - anything above that would be a bonus," he added. Interestingly
, the Forestman - a full Iron-distance triathlon. This year, it was a standalone race and the relatively small field made for occasional lonely moments on the undulating but beautiful course.After two laps of Ellingham Lake, competitors set off on the bike
'll be posted to give you a motivational boost.Feeling inspired?If you missed the entry deadline or if we've inspired you to try your hand at next year's event, swot up on our guide to Ironman training and discover why long distance triathlons are soaring
Distance: 1.5K/ 43K/ 10KWhere: Bowness-on-Windermere, CumbriaWhen: July 3First man: Steven Garner 2:27:39First woman: Christine Johnson 2:37:12Last finisher: 4:35:43No of finishers: 157Anyone who took part in this race last year could be forgiven
, old satan was in a very bad mood that day.This incredibly tough triathlon - which was moved from its September date to make way for the 2012 Olympics sailing test events - is one that earns you brownie points for life if you make it to the finish
Rosindale had a more comfortable race in the women's event, pulling away on the final run to secure a win in 2:06:37, more than a minute ahead of Ireland's Aileen Morrison. Overall, great performances in miserable conditions.
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