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The Ironman Triathlon is a huge commitment. Take a look at several races, talk to people who have done the race, look up information on-line, etc. to make sure it is the right fit. For example, if you dislike hilly terrain and are not used to training on it, maybe Ironman Lake Placid is not for you. Or if you live and train in a cold climate, but then find yourself in the heat of Ironman Texas, it could be a struggle. Of course, with the proper preparation, anything can be done, but try to take into consideration all of the variables of the event. Will your family & friends be there to help sherpa? Do you have young children that will be there? Is there housing close to the event for convenience, etc.? I could write an entire post on this, but briefly, envision the entire event from start (the day you arrive) to finish and imagine how it will work. This may sound like overkill, but the last thing you will want is extra stress about things outside of the race, so if you can pre-plan, it will take that piece out of the equation.