Ireman 226 challenge

Anyone been before or want to join me?

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Darkness    pirate
25/07/2013 at 13:13

Just entered this last night as by chance it is on when I am visiting my folks in N Ireland.  Possibly not the most inspiring bike course being 6 loops for the full distance event, but a sea swim with beach start and a mixed surface run including roads, coastal paths and the beach shoudl hopefully make up for it.  At £100 doesn't seem bad value either.

So has anyone done it?

Lots do the half but only 14 finishers for the full last year, so probably my best chance of a top ten finish!

25/07/2013 at 13:23

thats crazy cheap but a tiny field of people taking part.

i like your thinking about a top ten finish

Cake    pirate
25/07/2013 at 15:18

 Very interesting. Will have to check with the boss but think just found next years A race.

seren nos    pirate
25/07/2013 at 15:24

looks lovely..I need to keep focusing though on IMW

Darkness    pirate
25/07/2013 at 15:27

Entered rather rashly last night and now in a panic that I have bitten off more than I can chew after the Outlaw.  Back to training sort of normally this week so have another week of training and then 2 weeks taper.  Could get messy!

Cake    pirate
25/07/2013 at 15:49

A few people have done back to back IM's and from what they said you will have enough in the tank to do it just might not be the same time. I'd ask around the threads to the likes of DK and co.

seren nos    pirate
25/07/2013 at 17:13

barley has done them a  week apart......

 relax and enjoy

Darkness    pirate
25/07/2013 at 17:17

Excellent, that puts my mind at rest.

I wouldn't fancy a week apart myself though.

Cake    pirate
26/07/2013 at 12:33

Darkness asked GFB on the mundane thread if she had any local info on the race.

gingerfurball wrote (see)

I think there are some hills on the bike - but the roads are good because of the motorway (dual carriage ways??) On the swim you start on the beach and you have to go against the waves to get out a bit but MrGFB didn't think it was too hard.

The run is hard (he fell over a few times because the fields were very rough!) and it's hard to run across sand.


gingerfurball wrote (see)

Cake - MrGFB did the Ireman a couple of years's pretty tough (the run is over pavements, a beach and really rough fields) - the swim is in a lovely harbour/bay kind of place and the bike is pretty good with mostly motor way as far as I know.

(I got my first ever points on my licence driving there trying to follow road re-directions and not noticing the speed limit - they come off next month so that means it's 3 years since he did it )

Itwas very well organised and the scenery is gorgeous!!


Darkness    pirate
26/07/2013 at 13:34

 That is great Cake - thanks for asking for me.

Think I will take the opportunity to walk the fields!

I should be ashamed of myself worrying about it being too close to the Outlaw given that DK is doing the thunderun solo this weekend. 

Cake    pirate
26/07/2013 at 13:43

Don't forget DK is a beast. I'm very interested in this one can you let me know how you get on because I'm already plotting for next year. Good luck mate.

Darkness    pirate
19/08/2013 at 22:49

For Cake and anybody else who may be interested I am very happy to recommend Ireman as a great value, good craic, really friendly ironman distance event. The setting is great, very scenic and the course is interesting.  Triathlon Ireland have some pictures up of this years event on their FB page (including yours truly!)


Darkness    pirate
20/08/2013 at 08:21

Race report:

As I mentioned before I had not planned to do the Ireman until a few weeks ago, the timing just worked with a holiday. There were 6 weeks between the Outlaw and the Ireman and I didn't manage a single long bike ride in this time, but did fit in a 13 mile run, with everything else being relatively short by IM training standards. So not well prepared but I hoped my Outlaw fitness would carry me through.

I registered on Saturday evening at the harbour boathouse and collected a very nice Regetta softshell gilet which was rather better than the usual t shirt, and given the entry fee was £100 I was pleasantly surprised. There were 20 entered into the 226 challenge and about 130 in the half.  The 226 is a bit of an add on to the half which is the main focus, with the 226 starting about 6.15 and the half at noon.  This works well as you get a lot of support at the end of the bike and on the run from those doing the half. Organisation was really good and the setting is beautiful. I wandered down to the beach to look at the swim course and it looked flat and calm.  No racking to do as all done in the morning in the traditional way without the need for transition bags etc.

Race morning came and up at 3am after very little sleep.  My Dad had got up to make my breakfast and I forced down what I could. After saying goodbye to the family I loaded the car but it was dark (of course) raining and windy so I was preparing myself for a difficult day and went back to find some armwrmers and a gilet. The forecast had promised dry but windy so this threw me a little. However as I drove to Groomsport the rain stopped and I was grateful! In transition with just 20 racing it seemed very personal but everyone was very friendly and the organisers were there offering help and clarification. Transition was on grass and there was plenty of room and the organisers had provided a small changing tent beside the racking for the 226 competitors.  The race briefing was a friendly little chat and the race director made it clear that while it was a race they also saw it as a challenge event whether it took 10, 12, 14 or 16 hours and they wanted to help get everyone around the course and would help however they could so if anyone needed anything, even a fish supper!, just let a marshall know and they would do what they could. He also said if someone wanted a supporter to run with them to help them finish they wouldn't mind, but just to let them know and they would provide a hi viz vest for the supporter so other competitors knew they were not in the race. A very relaxed and beginner friendly event. 20 was also the biggest entry they had had for the 226 challenge so far.

As a result of the wind which was moving the buoys and causing some fairly big waves the organisers changed the course to 6 laps sending us less far offshore, with a short beach run between laps over a timing mat. It was very calm and sheltered close to shore and the water quality in Groomsport is excellent, but by lap 3 at the outer limit of the course there was a big swell and when you turned the first buoy you were swimming against some big waves until you turned about 50m later to turn back to the shore.  There were a lot of wobbly legs at the end of each lap and a few comical  falling over moments. I felt I had held my own on the swim but knew I would be a long way back on at least 1 absolute rocket I couldn't follow at the start. I was out in 1 hr 23 in 7th place which was fairly slow for me (1hr 10 at the Outlaw) but it was a tough sea swim and the beach run interrupts the rhythm and I was happy I had swum as well as I can. First out of the water had 6 minutes on 2nd place. It was a first for me to be able to think about placings and time gaps but that is the joy of just having 20 starters and made it a real rac

Darkness    pirate
20/08/2013 at 10:03

Just lost my report twice now on the iPad so am giving up in a huff for bit before I start over yet again! 

Cake    pirate
20/08/2013 at 12:14

 Well done through mate did you finesh ok? A fish supper!!! mmmmm 

I think this one is definatly on the bucket list now and the dates work well for me next year.

citizen 146    pirate
20/08/2013 at 12:42

love reading these real race reports, sounds fantastic so far ( sea swim is a target for me ) cheap enough, and friendly sounds great !!  Is 16 the cut off, may be a bit close after a near 15 at Outlaw?

20/08/2013 at 13:06

i cant wait for the end of this post - the event sounds great - like a striped down commercial beast back to the exercise and pain

Cake    pirate
20/08/2013 at 13:09

That's what I'm thinking mate and it's near some mates of mine so I can say hello.

20/08/2013 at 13:11

its also cheap as chips

Cake    pirate
20/08/2013 at 13:17

What to play? This will be slightly harder than the outlaw because not as many people doing the bike with you and a sea swim but you get a fish supper? You cound realistically do both as darkness did as long as you get your training together and don't mind the pain? If you want to go that way mate talk to will don't listen to me as I'm sometimes a little to enthusiastic about these things.

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