Ironman Wales 2012

16th September

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13/10/2011 at 16:05
Thanks for the votes of confidence...it should be interesting. I can see (mind the pun) how sighting would be difficult...good tip. Since you all seem to pretty familiar with the area, what are the must sees for the family when we're in South Wales?
13/10/2011 at 17:01
CK - depends what you want really and how long you have. there are some interesting castles in the area (Tenby, Pembroke, Carew etc); some fantastic coastline to explore west of Tenby (Pembrokeshire National Park); go visit St Davids, the smallest city in the UK (basically a village with a cathedral); the National Garden of Wales is not far away with the largest single dome greenhouse in the world (I think).

if you go further afield you have countryside like the Brecon Beacons National Park with cave systems (Dan-yr-Ogof), or you can explore the history of coal mining in Wales at the Big Pit in Blaenavon (you can go down into the pit). The Gower coast near Swansea is just gorgeous.

And do visit Cardiff - capital of Wales - it has a superb city centre.

lots to do really
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
13/10/2011 at 17:28
I also loved the swim and by the accounts ive read many others did to.

It was a bit unnerving when we turned the first buoy and got hit by the swell but it didnt really hamper progress.  Just took a bit of used to swimming along a rollercoaster.

For me the swim made such a change from the monotony of flat swims, there was variety all the way around.  Getting flattened by the waves getting in and out was great
Golden Boots    pirate
13/10/2011 at 20:32

Slag - I'm just doing the run, hoping to get my running legs back in case I don't go long in tri next year

The swim - the best fun I have had in rubber in a long time

Iron Pingu    pirate
13/10/2011 at 21:05
GB, you not doing Outlaw?
13/10/2011 at 23:10
CK - two things;

When I saw the video of the swim there was a part (taken from a boat, I think, near the first buoy) where it looks horrific, with dark grey water, huge swell, and the swimmers being pitched around all over the place. If I'd seen that before entering, there's no way I'd have gone ahead. But it really isn't nearly as bad as the footage makes it look. I'm a pretty nervous swimmer in the sea, and I promise it was genuinely almost fun!

Secondly, if you're looking for a hotel, try the Atlantic (phone them as the online booking is blocked). It's above South Beach (where the swim won't be) and v near the finish/transition. We stayed there this year, and they were great (though it sounds like all the hoteliers etc made a huge effort).
seren nos    pirate
14/10/2011 at 08:15

i loved the swim............brilliant all around..............even getting thrown to the ground before it started

MTri    pirate
14/10/2011 at 08:57
I'd agree with the above, the swim was generally good fun, and looked a lot worse on the TV than in reality. Slightly lumpy, but not waves breaking overhead, or too many white horses, just a well formed swell. I think most people were surprised by their swim times, either the course was slightly short, or it was swell / tides assisted. Certainly, the swim into the beach from the last buoy was easy. Fears from the week leading up to the race weren't necessary on the day, and exiting the water, running up the zig zag path and through the town and crowds to T1 was just fantastic.
Hope    pirate
14/10/2011 at 09:30

Even I enjoyed the swim and my swimming is rubbish!!

 I worried loads about the sea swim in the run up to this race, but really you just have to deal wth what's in front of you on the day.

It's got to be unlikely that you will be racing in the tail end of a hurricane!

Golden Boots    pirate
14/10/2011 at 10:34
Iron Pingu wrote (see)
GB, you not doing Outlaw?

No!Definitely not.maybe.

waving not drowning!    pirate
14/10/2011 at 10:41

CK even my swim was entertaining.  i lost my googles getting knocked over at the very start and only managed 1 and a half laps without them. Once you get past the surf it's all good and the views back to Tenby are great.

next time i'll have another hat over them and spare pairs strapped to my arms and legs.

not planing on repeating the 12 hours of clapping others round this year my hands got quite sore. but i always find people supporting round the course help me along so it was good to pay that back.

the support at tenby was great i thought.

good to see GB i'm just gutted i didn't survive to see slag come over the line. clapping people down the finish shute in a soaking pair of jeans seeing the joy on peoples faces got to be hard work.

Golden Boots    pirate
14/10/2011 at 10:47
waving not drowning! wrote (see)

 clapping people down the finish shute in a soaking pair of jeans seeing the joy on peoples faces got to be hard work.


It was made much easier by the 6 or so beers I managed to have before the very end
Slagiatt    pirate
14/10/2011 at 10:55

 alright i take the hint ..... i'll try and get round quicker next time 

waving not drowning!    pirate
14/10/2011 at 11:00

slagg

if you lose as much weight training this time as you did last you'll fly up those hills?

not sure 9 stone will be a good look for you though.

Slagiatt    pirate
14/10/2011 at 11:43

lol.. yes WND  not sure i can get away with 9 stone .. i'll be more than happy to hit 13...

Now GB has found me some reasonable local hills to practice on i should be able to knock a bit of the bike time for next year ... then if i can get my legs to co-operate and run i reckon theres half a chance of making last orders.

14/10/2011 at 16:18
heads up volunteers

IM Wales like the idea of the pirates taking over transition for the day at the 2012 event and I'll be talking to 8iron next week - if he remembers to call me - to discuss the plan and how it will work.

we'll need as many volunteers as we can muster so I'll punt up a separate thread calling for volunteers and get Schmunkee to do a list when I have more details.....



MTri    pirate
14/10/2011 at 17:08
Cool, transition by The Pirates, what can go wrong
14/10/2011 at 17:10
"what can go wrong"

MTri    pirate
14/10/2011 at 17:17
Ooh, got my pirate logo, just noticed it. Kit and T-shirt next!
waving not drowning!    pirate
14/10/2011 at 17:29
so how do you get a logo and kit?
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