I anticipate that in the next few years I will participate in an Iron distance event. Not sure when or where, but I think that it would be a cool thing to do around my 40th birthday (I am 36).
I am aware that entry into domestic (US) Ironman races is competitive, and difficult to achieve. A lot of preplanning seems necessary, ie voluteer in this year's event to race next year's event.
I began to wonder about the European events, specifically France, Spain and Germany. Those destinations would make an excellent vacation in addition to doing the race.
Anyone participated in these events and have feedback to report? Does the language barrier present a problem? How about foreigh cuisine?