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Destination race special: Ironman Fortaleza in Brazil, November 8th 2015

If you are looking for an exotic destination race, consider Ironman Fortaleza, in Brazil on November 8th. The inaugural race was held last year and it’s now the second full Ironman distance event in the country, the original Ironman Brazil in Florianopolis had its 15th edition this past May.

Fortaleza is in the north east of the country, the region is one of Brazil’s most popular tourism destinations due to its white sand beaches and coconut palm trees, if you are looking for a hot weather race, this won’t disappoint you. Learn more about Fortaleza, what to do there and how to get there in the part two of this destinational race special, for part one lets talk about the course and what makes it so challenge and a rewarding experience.


The one loop swim happens at Iracema beach, the city’s most popular beach and convenient located by the hosting hotel and downtown Fortaleza.

It’s a non-wetsuit swim but relatively fast, in 2014 Balazs Csoke was the first out of the water in 49:49 while Haley Chura led the women’s field in 51:52.

It’s a one wave start and the the organizers expect just over one thousand athletes in 2015.



“A picture paints a thousand words”


At this two lap course, you can expect a wind tunnel in Fortaleza, it’s one of the world’s best destination for Kite surfing and its right during the wind season!

With that in mind, avoid disc wheels or deep rim wheels, this doesn’t necessarily makes the bike course slow, Eneko Llanos rode a 4h27 last year for the best bike split of the day, while Haley Chura had the best female bike split in 4h57.

The course is flat with some gentle rolling hills. You get to experience it all, riding out from the city, then on the coast line and in the “Brazilian outback”, a deserted and hot part inland.



The three loop run will be the most challenging part of the day due to the heat that can go in the high 30’s. With the multi loop run, the athletes should expect to have some local cheering support more often, easing the challenges from the heat, aid stations are provided every 2km.

The run is on the coastline of Iracema beach for 10km out of 14k of each lap, making it for nice views. Fortaleza is also known as the “Brazilian Gold Coast”, the analogy comes from the high rises by the beach front.

In 2014, only one athlete broke the three hour mark and most age groupers struggled to go below four hours, so adjust your expectations and training accordingly


As an early season race, Fortaleza also provides a chance to high performance athletes to have a better chance at qualifying to the world championships, plus it offers 50 slots for age groupers! If it doesn’t work, you can still race another Ironman early in the semester fully fresh, or if you qualify, then recovering for Kona the year after.

Does that sounds interesting? Read article 2 and learn more about Fortaleza, what to do there and how to get there.

Part 2

you will learn more about the traveling and things to do there.

Getting to Fortaleza

Via São Paulo (Guarulhos – GRU) – Brazil’s airport hub. From Asia, you can fly to the middle east, Europe or South Africa, then get a connecting flight to Sao Paulo. Singapore Airlines also offers a direct flight with a quick stop in Spain.

Via Rio de Janeiro – A second option is flying to Rio de Janeiro, while the airport doesn’t offer as many choices to and out of Brazil, it may fit with your tourism plans if you plan to visit Brazil’s most famous city.

Once in Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro, there are multiple daily flights to Fortaleza. The local airlines are: TAM (Oneworld), GOL, Avianca e Azul.

Direct flights to Fortaleza – there are 4 international flights:

TAM flies to/from Miami
TAP flies to/from Lisbon
Condor flies to/from Frankfurt
Avianca flies to/from Bogota

Once you land in Fortaleza, the hotels area is only a quick ride away (approx 20USD).

Where to Stay

The best option is the hosting hotel Marina Plaza. That’s where all the action is: race start, transition areas, finish area, expo, registration and awards.

The second best option is staying somewhere around Iracema beach, there are plenty of hotels options of all budgets, and plenty of restaurants and shopping malls. Avoid staying at the Futuro Beach, while a common tourist destination is far from the race site.

What to do in Fortaleza

Beach Park – one of Brazil’s largest aquatic park at Fortaleza’s main beach. A great option for a family holidays.

Morro Branco beach – One of the region’s most famous beach.

Kitesurfing – Jericoacara itself is worth a visit, but November is the beginning of the kitesurfing season and one of the world’s best location for this sport. Kitesurfing schools also available.

Morro Branco beach (cr: Trip Advisor)


Gallery from 2014 race:


Race website

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ironguides: the e-Kick June 2015

Our eKick this month has a variety of articles to help you with your training and racing! Check it out.

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June 2015

Dear athletes,

Time is flying and we're already into June! There's still time to plan for races at the end of the year or think ahead to 2016.  In this edition, Coach Woody has tips for the bike leg of Ironman distance races.  


Enjoy the read,
ironguides team


Articles from the Coaches

 Coach Woody: KABOOM

You’re flying along enjoying your first Ironman then you hit 120km and KABOOM!!

How many athletes experience this at 120km in an Ironman ride, it’s amazing how often this happens and athletes have a very logical but false impression of how to prevent this. Our natural response is we do not have enough endurance and therefore need to do more long rides and runs!!


Coach Shem:  How to be Good at Triathlon
Consistency and Repetition are the big secrets to all the top triathletes out there. If you were looking for a magic formula or a short cut to success I’m afraid to tell you there is none. (more)

Profiles:  Felix Jaber

 In February 2009 Felix Jaber joined ironguides after he had decided to make important and dramatic changes to his life a little over a year earlier. Tipping the scales at 130kg and facing health problems, Felix had committed to improving his health and losing weight. Along the way he realised that alcohol was part of the problem so he did something about it. Then he decided to become a triathlete. Working with ironguides coach Alun Woodward, Felix started with a goal to complete Cancun 70.3 in 2009. He did and is now training for his first Ironman. Here is his remarkable story. (more)


Specific Race Plans

ironguides has launched specific training plans for some of our readers favorite Ironman races. The plans were designed based on the conditions and needs of each course and will provide our athletes specific sessions that will get them race ready – Learn more about each plan:

Ironman Malaysia – English Language: Learn more, sales through our partner

Ironman Florianopolis – Portuguese language only : Learn more


Ironman Fortaleza – Portuguese language only: Learn more

New from ironguides: advanced level canned training plans

If you are a high performance amateur triathlete but you can’t afford hiring a coach, you have now the option to buy our advanced level canned training plans.

Learn more: 

Coaching Service Offers

Beginners Coaching: Triathlon for Health and Weight Loss

If you are struggling with a boring exercise routine that keeps you trapped in the gym, join ironguides to discover that fitness and losing weight is not a chore you’d rather avoid at all costs. Training for a triathlon is a lot of fun and you will soon find that you are motivated to work out consistently (more)

“I had ballooned to 130 kilograms (286 pounds) at age 40 and knew something had to be done. I said to myself, What if I could train and do triathlons? I signed up for a race in six months but felt training-wise I wasn’t doing things right so I kept looking for plans and that is how I found ironguides and decided to give it a shot. The sessions were entertaining and challenging. I finally did my first race and felt great after, but I still weighed over 100 kg, then my coach decided it was time to to work in my nutrition – the results were amazing. I lost over 25 kg (55 pounds) in 7 months and ended up weighing 80 kg. Three years later, I still weigh the same and have finished many races including two full Ironmans.”

– Felix Jaber, ironguides Athlete, from Obese to Ironman

Intermediate Half Ironman Training Plan

The ironguides 16-week Half Ironman Distance Triathlon Training Manual provides all the information you need to successfully prepare for your next Half Ironman Triathlon. It’s effective, efficient, safe and fun. (more)

“I trained for and completed my first race, the 2011 Steelhead Whirlpool 70.3 Ironman in August 2011. Thank you for your training materials on your website.  I am 28 years old and insulin-dependent diabetic. I have never thought about an endurance event, much less an Ironman. I became desperate for advice and everyone else seemed clueless. Without your advice I wouldn’t be an official Ironman finisher. Thank you, ironguides!”

– Matthew Strayer, November 2011

Monthly Subscriptions: Bike Focus

The ironguides Bike Focus Triathlon Training Subscription program is perfect for the athlete who struggles with sluggish, uninspired cycling splits in their triathlon results. Much of your training time will focus on building bike strength and power, while maintaining or somewhat improving swim and run skills.


“I’ve always been self-coached but didn’t want the commitment of a coach while I was interested in following a structure that works. The subscription service is a great idea as I’m still able to train using The Method, while it fits my budget and gives me flexibility to change the focus from single discipline to the balanced programme as I progress into the season"
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ironguides Brazil now on Facebook

Now ironguides Brazil has its own Facebook Page with content in Portuguese.

Agora, a ironguides Brasil tem sua própria página no Facebook, conteúdo em Português.

Free eBook: ironguides' Triathlon Secrets, a superb tri resource

Download ironguides' free ebook Triathlon Secrets and discover the secrets of Olympic medalists and Ironman champions.

Excerpts from Triathlon Secrets:

 … an obsession with data took hold of me and began to displace the spontaneous joy I used to experience in training…

…The Method meant learning to read the body's signals and knowing to trust one's own intuitive understanding…

…enables you to develop a broad feel for the workings of your body. Like life, training by The Method is a qualitative experience!

…don't waste time or energy readjusting to new, haphazard sessions and reconfiguring weekly schedules…

…train to maximum efficiency (for your situation) while optimizing recovery… [more]


Tri Gear: 2014 tritop now available

ironguides has new tritop available! Check the photos out below or download our catalogue for more details. 

Tritops – price
ironguides coached athlete price 55 USD
non coached athlete 75 USD

Bike jersey – price
ironguides coached athlete price 45 USD
non coached athlete 65 USD

In This Issue

 Articles from the Coaches  

•Felix Jaber

 ironguides Brazil now on Facebook
 Specific Race Plans
Advanced level canned training plans
 Coaching Service Offers 
 Free eBook: ironguides' Triathlon Secrets

 Tri Gear: 2014 trisuit and bike jersey are ready 

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