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What do you call it? an Ironman 70.3 or a Half Ironman?

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What do you call it?<br><br>
Forget the corporate naming crapola for now.
 

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long course isn't half iron though...almost...right?
 

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Long course, typically, is half Iron (or 70.3, if that's your flavor) or beyond, including the Iron distance.<br><br>
Half Iron is the "old," or even non-branded edition of a race that is half the distance of an Iron distance event. 70.3, the total distance, is now a title being promoted by the brand Ironman.<br><br>
It's all the same. Care what they call it if you will. I personally do not. Distances are all the same.
 

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I usually say half iron, mostly b/c it seems more recognizable (maybe just to me?) - Also, you usually hear people say "I'm training for an ironman", not "I'm training for 140.6"...
 

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Good point! But it sounds better to my friends and family that I am doing a Ironman 70.3 vs a half ironman. They don't know the difference and think the Ironman 70.3 is a full Ironman. Even if you try and explain it they just don't understand.<br><br>
But i would go with whatever the event is calling it.
 

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I call it Half Iron, BUT I have a 70.3 sticker on my car <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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I honestly have very little occasion to call it anything, but I would probably call it a half iron. And then explain the distances if they don't know.<br><br><i>Yeah, I'm one of those people who ignore the fact the people who I'm talking to likely don't care.</i>
 

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Been calling it Half-Iron Man because ppl have no idea what it means but it sounds funny to them; and so they ask me what's the score.
 

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Last night I told DH that I was going to do an ironman *just* so I could put a 140.6 sticker on my car <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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yeah, but how many stickers to do you see that say 13.1 or 26.2?
 

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Most people glaze over before you can tell them what the distances are or what you are doing, therefore I call it a tri. Very rarley do I say I'm doing a half, or I just use the name, ie GCT.<br><br>
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My favorite is when I tell people I'm doing/did an IM...they say...oh...that's just like what my friend did...400y, 15 b...5k...<br><br>
"Yup, Just like!"
 

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I have seen both stickers before...I thought it was kind of funny...<br><br>
I was talking to an old triathlete a few years back and told him about my upcoming 1/2 that year...he said, "Oh, you mean a Tinman"...that's what they used to call the 1/2...a Tinman...I guess it makes sense, Ironman is the top dog, Tinman is a step below...
 

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i do like "TinMan"! Maybe we should change the name back to the old name.
 
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