I recently went to Buenos Aires, Argentina to compete in the inaugural Buenos Aires 70.3. It was the first Ironman branded event in Argentina and the biggest triathlon the country has ever hosted. They really put on a great show. It was an early season race for me and I wasn't quite in top form, however I have never run down a finishing chute to as many outstretched arms and high fives - for 6th place! The highlight of my race was riding my brand new Argo 18 E-119 Tri bike , Enve 7.8 wheels and Ceramic Speed oversized pulley and bearings. It was an It was a dream. Despite only my second ride on the bike, I set a wattage record for 56 miles.
The race was very well organized and is a great one for spectators. There were food trucks, bleachers and tables with umbrellas for the fans. But, in full disclosure, and to provide advice to those who may be interested in putting it on their calendar for next year, there are still some bumps to be ironed out.
For starters, the logistics were challenging -the race is over an hour away from the city of BA. Secondly, we didn't get any finisher shirts or hats - bummer! Hopefully, Ironman will sort this out for next year.
Aside from the race - the trip was amazing. Incredible food, wine and people with the warmest hearts. Next time, I will go a few days after, instead of before, just to eat and drink and see the sights. If you are looking for a destination race, I highly recommend this one. Here a few pictures from the journey: