I want to enter (and complete!) an ironman (in 2014!!) BUT....

......i live on an island that is 9x5 miles....

17 messages
01/11/2012 at 11:13

So......i have managed to get it into my head that i want to do an ironman in 2014.  Read Holgs book - its given me the bug!  even though i can only swim backstroke.  which i dont think will really be allowed.... but i can run.  slowly.  and cycle.  kindof. 

The only problem is - i live in Jersey.  Which is fab.  but to go on 5/6 mile training rides i would have to ride round and round the island a fair few times. 

Just wondering if any other islanders have managed this ???!  


M...eldy    pirate
01/11/2012 at 11:19

At least you have some lovely scenery whilst you are going round and round and round ....

If you want to, you can 

01/11/2012 at 11:19

or five to six hour training rides.  D'oh.  not 5/6 mile. the island isnt that small!! 

MTri    pirate
01/11/2012 at 11:22

Don't see that as being a problem.  My IM training loop is only 20km, which I repeat up to the desired time.  Makes pacing easier, riding past the house etc to top up with food/fluids, and each loop canbe compared to one another.


Guernsey run the Graniteman, which although only half, is done on a smaller island.


Sea swimming won't be limited for you though

01/11/2012 at 11:23

haha thats true!!  i could swim around the island - that should give me enough practice!! 

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
01/11/2012 at 11:24

I know someone who did all his training on the same 10 mile loop, and he didnt live on an island, he's just mental though.

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
01/11/2012 at 11:27
trixeepoo wrote (see)

haha thats true!!  i could swim around the island - that should give me enough practice!! 

I know someone who swam round Jersey a couple of years ago


Bouncing Barlist    pirate
01/11/2012 at 11:28

Could you not do a weekend trip or two to France?  There must be some great cycling there and the weather shouldnt be to bad.

01/11/2012 at 11:44

oooo thats a good idea - thanks

The round the island swim is scarily quite a popular thing to do! 

WildWill    pirate
01/11/2012 at 11:50

Just ride all the roads the criss-cross the island ... twice 

cougie    pirate
01/11/2012 at 11:57
It's doable but i would much rather do nice long rides out into the county rather than loops if I have the choice. Can you plan some weekends on the mainland maybe for your century rides ?

Other than that you have a very large and scenic turbo.
AndyB99    pirate
01/11/2012 at 12:45

i did imuk and rode round and round the IMUK loop cause i live close to it...i've done the loop literally hundreds of times...focus on the goal....not the ride and it wont be a problem....sea swims too....IM wales is you're best bet in the uk

01/11/2012 at 12:47

Given the traffic on the island, once the daylight returns I'd be opting to get the rides in early morning.  Until then, the Turbo is your best pal.

TheEngineer    pirate
01/11/2012 at 13:52

There are a few good cyclists in Jersey too...


01/11/2012 at 14:14

A friend of a friend who lives on Guernsey does Decas so it's certainly doable,  just need to get your head round it.

Otherwise try these guys.



01/11/2012 at 16:08
I like loops easy to get the pacing right and also you can put fuel dumps on your loop rather than carry it all good luck
01/11/2012 at 17:07

Decas living on Guernsey??!  Crazy!! 

i will just have to mix up my loops and drop tasty treats along the way! 

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