Ironman Wales 2012

16th September

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Golden Boots    pirate
08/11/2011 at 09:31
Don't be NB - for many of us this year it was our first IM, and most managed OK. Get the hours in and don't be afraid of sea swimming and hills on the bike and you will have no problem
08/11/2011 at 12:04
Don't be scared NB - I'm a crap swimmer, weak climber on the bike and can't run worth a damn any more due to a hip/thigh problem, but I've entered anyway. Ever optimistic. The race is on my birthday so that's a good reason to do it!
Edited: 08/11/2011 at 12:06
08/11/2011 at 12:16
These responses all making me a bit more positive.ultra that's a great reason to do it. I think il have to practise sea swimming though.
08/11/2011 at 15:02
NB its a well tough day out but the support makes it all worthwhile, just train properly and you will be fine Oh and at least a couple of sea swims as part of your training is a must IMHO, a killer of a course but with the right prep its definately do able as a first one
08/11/2011 at 15:53
Thanks Ridgeback.I was thinking of doing the Llandudno sea swim as part of my training for it.Also a couple of hilly sportives.Bala Oly in September the lake was quite choppy so I suppose that will have helped.
08/11/2011 at 18:21
BN sounds like a plan
08/11/2011 at 19:54
The Long Course Weekend in early June is the best prep you could do for IM Wales.
Same swim and bike route at a very reasonable price, hard to find a reason not to if you have free accom in Pembers.
Oh BTW it was my first IM too.
08/11/2011 at 20:56
Our Channel relay swim in July should be a good warm-up then!
08/11/2011 at 21:55
fat buddha wrote (see)
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.....

Any news on this, FB?
09/11/2011 at 09:21
nothing more yet Schmunks - not had the conversation with Matt yet but will try to do so asap. plenty of time yet
11/11/2011 at 14:35

Hi Buddha/Others.

Any advice on chainset/cassette suggestions for IMW? I have Shim 105 Compact 34-50 on the front and 10 on the cassette currently. It got me round Etape Cymru well enough, which I reckon must have been a similarly horrible profile to IMW. But I'm thinking of ways to give myself a little more scope for the climbs, on the basis that keeping a bit of life in my legs for the run will be more important than pure bike speed.

Was also planning on buying some aero wheels... nothing mental... like a 50mm - 80mm set from Planet X. Is that just dumb vanity? Will I be better off with a lighter set of climbing wheels, or is there still an aero advantage at all?

Any thoughts, please?

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 17:03

Looks like I'll have to pull out of this, my leg pain has been diagnosed as arthritis of the hip. I have an appointment (not until 6th March!) at a specialist sports clinic to discuss an athroscopy to get me running again for another 2 or 3 years. Recovery time is reckoned to be around 10 weeks, which means I will have missed nearly a year of running by the time I'm allowed to start training again (if it happens).  I have to believe the diagnosis is correct as I was told 3 years ago by another doc to quit running.


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! 

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