Most triathletes would say that training and completing their first long-distance triathlon is a life-changing experience. Now, combine triathlon with a visit to the Holy Land and your experience just might be transformational. I arrived in Tel Aviv this morning after a ten hour, uneventful flight from Newark. You see, EverymanTri is a lucky guest of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism to participate in Israman-- Israel’s iron-distance triathlon—and to share our experience with you.
Israman, located in Eilat on north tip of the Red Sea (see red circle in the image at left), was named one of Triathlon magazine’s top 10 races. The inaugural race took place in 1999 with only 26 brave souls at the starting line. This year the race is on Friday, January 30th. Israman also holds the distinction of being one of the most difficult bike courses of any triathlon.