Ironman Wales 2012

16th September

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11/11/2011 at 16:46
if you got around Etape Cymru on that setup, it will be fine for IMW. what spread do you have on the rear?? if it's 12*25 you might want to consider 12*27 or 12*29 just to give you little extra comfort for the steep hills. unlike a sportive, you need to keep some freshness in the legs for the run so maybe think about some lower gearing at the back.

as for deep rim wheels, I did IMW with my HED Jets(60 front, 90 rear) and all I will say is - given the strong winds we had - I'm glad I didn't have a disk!! it did get twitchy at times in the strong cross winds and the descent into Freshwater Bay was interesting to say the least as that was about the windiest section.

if no or little wind - deep rims; if blowing like fuck - lightweights. I don't regret using the Hed's but in hindsight, lightweights might have been a better choice on the day if nothing else to stop my arse twitching!!
Ironnurse    pirate
12/11/2011 at 19:36

I'm in! Bought 'n' paid for
Slags mate Tony (forum name tba but he may get stuck with this)
Ultra Ironwolf

waving not drowning!


Entering but procrastinating on actually paying up
Alan W

Supporting and Volunteering

Iron Pingu
Mr Zuvai
Artful Hen - volunteering

back for another try

13/11/2011 at 16:15

Nice one, Buddha. Thanks for that. Might just pop a bigger cassette on the back then.
And I'll buy the wheels anyway. Even if I never ride on them, they'll make my bike look fast in the garage.

Just edited this one to correct my desperate, sausage-fingered typing. The SHAME!!

Edited: 17/11/2011 at 20:56
18/11/2011 at 22:36

In, bought and paid for too, add me to that list!

First IM for me too, and i am currently firmly somewhere between nervous anxiety and euphoria!

Looking forward to all the training and hopefully feeling like i can do it and also for a relatively green triathlete and a beginner IM i am looking forward to a little support/info/consolation over the coming months here!

First question, will my straight forward road bike (Spesh Allez with tri bars) be a useful tool or are there any adjustments/alterations i could make to it on a relatively tight budget to transform my performance?

19/11/2011 at 08:01
A road bike + tri bars will be fine
+ves- easy to change gear. There's lots of gear changing to do
A lot cheaper
They can decend well- theres quite a few technical downhills, ie have a corner half way down, or a junction at the bottom
-ves - slightly less aero but if you get a good position on a road bike then that will be good enough

There was a good mix of tri bikes and road bikes - way less carbon blingbthan in other races I have done

Get a bento box to help carry food/ gels. I also have a cheap bontrager rear saddle mounted drinks bottle thing ( about £40??). Holds a canister with spare gels, + a saddle bag with spare inner tubes / co2 stuff
Edited: 19/11/2011 at 08:06
19/11/2011 at 15:02
As OC says your Spesh will be fine as it is a tad hilly, plus it will feel great whizzing past all the mega buck bikes
19/11/2011 at 18:15
Thats a shame UIW hope it all works out in the long run
19/11/2011 at 18:43

Thanks for the feedback guys, good to know i don't have to spend mega bucks and as you say RBM will be good to whizz past a few that have hopefully! The two feed options you mention OC were two that i was toying with so good to know i am thinking along the right lines, thanks again!

UIW commiserations! 

28/11/2011 at 07:51

Mrs. Zuvai here............

Im up for volunteering/supporting/doing anything that could possibly need doing!  

Golden Boots    pirate
28/11/2011 at 13:17

That's rubbish UIW

At least with the new WTC rules on changing events you would be able to cancel and get a 2013 entry for almost no cost

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
28/11/2011 at 18:34
Wales is flat
Iron Pingu    pirate
29/11/2011 at 09:49
  indeed it is .....
Golden Boots    pirate
29/11/2011 at 09:56
I thought it was mostly downhill?
Slagiatt    pirate
29/11/2011 at 10:00
WillRun4Wine wrote (see)

Mrs. Zuvai here............

Im up for volunteering/supporting/doing anything that could possibly need doing!  

Hi  Mrs Z... could you perhaps wait at the bottom of wisemans bridge and push me from there to the top of saundersfoot please
29/11/2011 at 21:48

Well Slagiatt............

 I am absolutely positive you wont need it judging by your success this year........but if theres a bottle of wine at the top im sure I could be persuaded!   

29/11/2011 at 22:08
Mrs Z - re the supporting/transition, Fat Buddha is your man.  He is looking to set up a Pirate Transition Support so keep popping back here for updates or contact FB direct
05/12/2011 at 15:48

Just had a look at Kiln Park for the Long Course Weekend in June. Is that where most people stay when they're down there? Prices looked shocking, tbh;

£171 for a basic tent pitch for 4 nights
£225 for my folks to hook up their caravan for the same duration

Does anybody have any alternative suggestions or better ideas? There's a mention of Hungerford Farm on the LCW website, but it looks a little way out of town. Thanks!

08/12/2011 at 10:07
Just paid my money so there's no going back now

Just got to sort out accommodation for the race weekend, how long do most people book and stay for? couple of days before and a day after? i know it's probably personal preference but any advice on best length of stay for an ironman noob would be welcome.
08/12/2011 at 12:14

If abroad, arrive on Thursday, register and rebuild bike. Friday relax & pasta party etc. Saturday, rack bike and more relax. Sunday - race. Monday - Drink beer and relax. Tuesday, get sherpa to pack and leave for home.
How much time do you have ??

08/12/2011 at 12:54

I remember being a little shocked at the camping cost  for 4 nights in late september at kiln park, for a tent. - ie £80-100 ish I think.....

however that was not the peak holiday time.....

and it was wet and windy.

and we left after 3 nights

but kiln park is close(ish) to the action - no having to drive into town is an advantage.

The pub is 'interesting'

Edited: 08/12/2011 at 12:55
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