Ironman Wales 2012

16th September

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Slagiatt    pirate
08/10/2011 at 23:53

Muaaah haa haa .... and another friend falls victim to the lure or becoming an Iron Man .. met up with my old boss this week and after hearing all about Wales he's signed up . Quote of the eve was his "what the feck are you wearing" in ref to the pirate monaco .. so i think he may still need some convincing to go pirate .

10/10/2011 at 10:11
Kelvyn, that's where I stayed this year, the rooms are basic but it did the job very well for me and the family.

My head was all over the place pre IM (forgot my bike repair kits at home so needed to rebuy everything) and needed to pick up Pirate colours from being so close enabled me to pop back as much as I wanted. Also on the day I could pop to the bike racks, pump-up the tyres, load-up the gels and then go back to the Hotel to finish off the rest of the mornings prep and pick up the family....and lastly I was a whimp...lying awake in those early hours, with the wind and rain lashing it down, I was soooooo glad not to be in a tent with the family

The pint afterwards with my Dad, which was 'on the house' in the relative quiet of the hotel was also another of the cherished memories from that day.
10/10/2011 at 12:04
Sounds good to me too - I don't mind camping in general but not before/after an IM, need a bit of comfort and a nice hot bath or shower on demand. Had enough of camping in the rain in Switzerland.
Iron Pingu    pirate
10/10/2011 at 13:44
The camping conditions this year were, erm 'special'!
Mr Zuvai    pirate
10/10/2011 at 13:47

i still need to find replacement poles after several broke on the last night courtesy of hurricane irene

it was a bit of a shame - cause everyone packed up and left on the monday - nobody fancied another night of gale force winds!

Golden Boots    pirate
10/10/2011 at 15:47
I didn't think it waas that bad? Oh yeah... I was living like Royalty over in the 'statics
Iron Pingu    pirate
10/10/2011 at 16:01
Although I'm only in Tenby next year in a volunteering capacity, on the day they released the race date I booked a 3 bed caravan.  Worked out the same price as 3 of us camping this year!
Slagiatt    pirate
10/10/2011 at 16:13

God dammit ... i looked last week but didnt book it , just gone back on the site to book my live like a pikey luxury weekend experience  and the price has almost doubled ... didnt take Haven very long to cotton on that it's the IM weekend  

Golden Boots    pirate
10/10/2011 at 16:17
Iron Pingu how much did you pay if you don't mind me asking? It cost me something like £280 for 3 nights this year
Golden Boots    pirate
10/10/2011 at 16:19

And just so you all know....

although I'm back on here after three weeks away... that doesn't mean I'm signing up for next year. No it doesn't. Definitely not.

Slagiatt    pirate
10/10/2011 at 16:22

GB you soo know you'll be doing it mate

Just cost me £311 for the three nights ... same spec was less than £200 a week ago  <kicks himself for not just booking the thing in the first place >

Golden Boots    pirate
10/10/2011 at 16:53

i know I wish to have a social life this year unlike 2011.  After splitting with the OH I really need to try and meet more people in and around London, rather than living in the relationship/IM training bubble that I was this year

I also need to bare in mind that I could get moved quite easily to a new location in a couple of months or so, which would probably leave me living in hotels and therefore make cycling difficult!

Saying that though, I do like the idea of doing the double with yourself rather than just doing one. No point building all of that fitness and letting it go to waste on an easy course like the Outlaw

Iron Pingu    pirate
10/10/2011 at 16:58

Sorry guys, paid £165 ...

Slagiatt    pirate
10/10/2011 at 17:26
Its my own stupid fault IP .. didnt book it last week as was hoping to get another pay day in first .. didnt spot the pay deposit only option until today ... oh well... i'll recover my losses when i sub let the sofa to soggy campers on race night

11/10/2011 at 14:08

So it was mentioned that Kiln Park was walking distance...could I get some clarification? I've looked at it online, and it looks like you've got to cross tracks, the golf course, etc. I'm not worried about me, but my wife will have a 9yo, 7yo, and 8 month old (in a buggy) to get to the finish line from our rental.

Is it an easy walk for her?

11/10/2011 at 14:17
you don't have to cross tracks if you don't want to - there are various routes from KP into the town but with the tribe in tow it might be easier across the tracks (there's a bridge) and then follow the pathway up the side of the golf course into town - no obstacles to speak of and very straightforward. it looks worse on a map than the real deal. it's about a 20min walk if you're on your own so longer with the tribe

there's a quicker route which has a few small obstacles which is the one most people use but with a buggy your wife may not find it so easy.
Golden Boots    pirate
11/10/2011 at 14:20
With the kids it would not be a problem, not so sure with a buggy as there is a steep hill depending on which way you go and a path which could get a bit muddy after heavy rain. It's about 20-30 minutes depending on where you are in the campsite
Golden Boots    pirate
11/10/2011 at 14:21
Sorry FB you beat me to it
11/10/2011 at 16:39

Thanks for your advice. Considering some hotel options in town as well...any advice? Anything to avoid? This is guys are a big help.

One last question...any way I can incorporate some Canada into the Pirate kit (or vice versa)?

11/10/2011 at 16:50
CK - can't help on the hotel thang - plenty of them in Tenby though at varying prices. I guess with tired kids at the end of a long day, you might want to avoid anything too close to the finish so they can get to sleep - the finish line will be hammering away until midnight.

as for the kit - it is what it is - no variations/no names. that's been a given from the start. although being Canadian you might be able to bring a load over to save costs - it's made by Louis Garneau in your country!
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