Has it always been one of your goals to run a marathon? We have a better idea: Triathlon in paradise!
Triathlon in Paradise
Anyone contemplating a triathlon abroad is in the right place at Falkensteiner Punta Skala Triathlon in Zadar. No matter whether you are a pro or a beginner, the Falkensteiner Punta Skala Triathlon offers all athletes the perfect challenge in beautiful surroundings and a relaxed atmosphere. The distances between hotel, start and finish are not far, the starter field is pleasantly manageable in size and the atmosphere is just what you would expect it to be in a holiday paradise: easy-going. Where else does it take just five minutes to get from the hotel room to the start and where else could you treat yourself to a massage or a hammam treatment right afterwards? Or would you prefer the sauna instead? There are a great variety of choices and every finisher has more than earned it!
But let's get back to the athletic part: There is a choice of middle distance and a sprint triathlon, as well as an aquathlon, a 5K and a 10K run by the sea. While the middle distance, consisting of a 1.9K swim, a 90K bike ride and a 21.1K run, should not be attempted without extensive training, the sprint triathlon is easy to manage, even without special training. It requires a 250M swim, a 7K bike ride and a 1.5K run. Ideal for all amateur athletes. Anyone who would like to give the sprint triathlon a shot, but does not want to transport their own bicycle to Zadar, can also rent a bicycle locally at the Falkensteiner's own bicycle rental. Due to its short distances, the aquathlon is particularly perfect for children who would like to experience what it's like to enter a competition. No matter what competition you choose, one thing is for sure: the ocean is always close by and the sun shines downs on you all the time. Not to forget the ocean breeze that provides the occasional necessary cooling. It doesn't get any better than that!
On the day before the race, it is time to pick up your starting documents and to head over to the pre-race briefing in which you will be supplied the main details about the course. After all, no one should get lost on the course or lose time because of a slight error. So please make sure you do not skive the meeting.
If, on the night before your race, you lay out your sports clothes, timing chip, swim goggles and whatever else you may need, you will save yourself a lot of stress on the morning of the triathlon! The hot temperatures should not be underestimated; therefore, it is best to prepare an extra couple of water bottles and to leave them at the transition zone or to fasten them to your bicycle. And don't forget: go to bed early, the next morning will be tough! The start is at 7:00 or 8:00 am, depending on what distance you are competing in.
The alarm rings early, preferably at least three hours before the start, allowing time for an unhurried breakfast at Falkensteiner Family Hotel Diadora, which will open the breakfast buffet extra early on that day for the sake of all the athletes, before you already need to take your bicycle and your change of clothes to the transition area. Checking in is what it's called in triathlon jargon. And then things quickly become serious. The tension rises and it's time to head over to the start. No more mulling things over, enjoy the sun, put on your swim goggles and plunge into the beautiful turquoise sea water at the starting shot!
There is no better swimming course. After completing the swim, participants run to the transition area.
Quickly pop on your helmet, pull on your shoes, grab your bicycle and push it to the cycling course. Please note: you may ride your bicycle only after you cross the timing line. Before you cross the line, you are required to push your bicycle.
Now make it through the bike course quickly and marvel at the landscape, return to the transition area, park your bicycle and enjoy the final kilometres on the run section alongside the sea!
And then, finally, it's time to bask in being appropriately celebrated! By the spectators and the hotel's own mascot, Falky!
You have completed the triathlon in paradise! And what's the best thing about it? It's not far to the follow-up massage at Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera and there are plenty of swimming pools and the sea already waiting for you to come and cool off after the exertions of the morning!
But those who have thus exhausted themselves also require sustenance. No problem! After the competitions, lunch for all the contestants will be served up at the Falkensteiner Family Hotel Diadora, followed by the award ceremony. Don't miss it, even if you haven't garnered a podium finish! And after that much sport, you deserve to just sit by the water, basking in the sun in the days thereafter. Triathlon in paradise makes it possible!
PS: For anyone who also feels inspired now, the next Falkensteiner Punta Skala Triathlon is scheduled to take place in 2018! Don't miss this sporting spectacle!