In that context, Bart had not got off to a good start, finishing the first leg swimming in 40th place. A placement that would probably have discouraged anyone but Aernouts, who, in addition to the built, has a will of steel. It is precisely because of his winning mentality that one of the legendary Ironman champions, Bob Babbit, says that "when Bart races, he never makes mistakes. It's like everyone else is playing checkers and he's playing chess."
“ First of all, during the period of isolation and with the cancellation of all my competitions, I took a step back in the volume and intensity of training. Riding and running indoors is easier to concentrate on the real task of training, and it's also the only way to perform specific training sessions perfectly. There are no distractions and no need to pay attention to anything else, time flies and even safety".
The period of isolation imposed by the virus has also allowed these extreme athletes to experience, in addition to training, new virtual competitions. "I took part in the Ironman VR5 race and it was a great opportunity to continue competing and to meet the triathlon community online. I am sure that these virtual races could help many athletes to stay motivated and find a new goal in these difficult times.”
The edition of Kona 2020 has been postponed to February 6, 2021, but the countdown for these men of steel has already begun.
- 1.9 km swimming (1.2 miles)
- 90 km by bike (56 miles)
- 21.097 km running, half marathon (13.1 miles)
The definition of Ironman 70.3 is the result of the sum of the three distances in land miles (1.2 + 56 + 13.1 = 70.3).