Ironman Mt. Everest
I'm intrigued with the newly-announced Ironman Lake Tahoe. It has a lot going for it: For starters, Tahoe is beautiful. The water temperature is expected to be a not-unpleasant 65-70 degrees. Tahoe is at that awkward distance which is too far to drive and too close to fly, but it's a fairly easy trip from Los Angeles. Sounds like a great place for a race, except for one tiny detail: it has no oxygen.
Ironman Lake Tahoe has over 5,000 feet of climbing, which is a lot for an Ironman race. But the kicker is that the starting elevation is 6,248 feet. That's higher than Denver, the Mile-High City. I ski a fair amount, and I know how winded I get just climbing a flight of stairs in Park City, Utah (elevation 7,000 feet.) It got me wondering, are there any other Ironman races at altitude? Here's what I found: