Ironman Wales 2013

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26/03/2013 at 04:51

I'm looking at this race for a first-time Ironman.  I've done the Wildflower half and will be doing the half plus Olympic distance the next day, this year.  It's considered a challenging course in the US.  I'm thinking Wales would be good for the climate, I need cool weather.  Are there many people who do this as a first time race?  I've heard that it is a competitive race, which scares me more than the race course.  I won't be doing it until 2014, just trying to prepare myself!

seren nos    pirate
26/03/2013 at 07:42

hi

 The climate will definitely be on the cool side........but hopefully we won't have the tailend of any more american hurricanes this year....so please don't send one over

MTri    pirate
26/03/2013 at 08:18

Two friends did it in 2011 (the hard year ), as their first ironman, having each only ever done a sprint and a half beforehand, and were successful.

 

As to competitiveness, unsure, never get to the sharo end of a race

26/03/2013 at 08:34

The thing about Wales & about West Wales in particular isnt so much the cool temperatures it's the unpredicatableness of the weather.  You can be basking in glorious sunshine at Manorbier or Saundersfoot & be sat in the rain in Angle or Milford Haven.

On the bright side UK sea temperatures are usually around their highest September time & who knows we may even have an Indian summer arriving by then.  Plan for the worst & then whatever arrives on the day you'll be ready for and have mentally & physically prepared for.

If all else fails, bring an umbrella.

Iron Pingu    pirate
26/03/2013 at 09:48
jenjonesdpt wrote (see)

I'm looking at this race for a first-time Ironman.  I've done the Wildflower half and will be doing the half plus Olympic distance the next day, this year.  It's considered a challenging course in the US.  I'm thinking Wales would be good for the climate, I need cool weather.  Are there many people who do this as a first time race?  I've heard that it is a competitive race, which scares me more than the race course.  I won't be doing it until 2014, just trying to prepare myself!

 

 

A bunch of us did IMW as first timers in 2011 and loved it.  As it's the UK, pack for every type of weather.  Seriously, pack your factor 50 and your thermals, one day it can be glorious the next Baltic. 

Not sure about the competitive bit, I think it's the same as a lot of races, you get the speedy ones at the front and then the rest of us at the back.  It's certainly had a great atmosphere the last couple of years

26/03/2013 at 10:30

IMW in 2011 was my 5th and last  IM and I have to say that it was probably the best supported one I'd done - superb atmosphere all round.  

it's Wales - it has weather - and you can get 4 seasons in a day anytime of year so as IP says, pack for all conditions. 

and if, as FRV suggests, you bring an umbrella, be prepared for it to be blown inside out after you've been rained on..... 

31/03/2013 at 17:35

I've just put up a new post on my blog, Chase The Potato, called 'this is carbon, right?'

http://chasethepotato.wordpress.com/2013/03/31/this-is-carbon-right/

How is everyones training going this weekend? Hope you're all able to make use of the extra time to get out a bit?

seren nos    pirate
31/03/2013 at 18:03

i am trying to work on the bike in the dry weather........i really need to get stronger on the bike if i'm going to crack this

01/04/2013 at 10:49
Disaster
Weekend in the lakes perfect for some training. Stayed away from running to help rest foot a few more days, but it 'went' whilst walking to pub for tea. Can't weight bear without pain, not eased overnight. Will get podiatrist appointment ASAP but am not feeling good about this.
01/04/2013 at 11:11
Nightmare! I'm having to e really careful with historical knee ligament damage, the bugger is the only time I've re-injured has been doing seemingly normal tasks like getting in the car. It's heartbreaking when things like that happen!
01/04/2013 at 19:46
Hi all. Just checked the last time I posted on here - it was 2009! Anyway entered imw 2013 and looking forward to it. Following the Fink program, so far so good. Only missed a couple of sessions in the first 7 weeks. Managing long bike sessions on a Saturday. Is everyone else on track?
01/04/2013 at 22:31
Pretty much the same, just doing battle with the "how best to convert my road bike" debate.. Just got some aero bars... Now Easter's out the way it's time for fun. Even managed to find an Olympic distance that tallies with the plan. Half iron race for prep less successful lol
02/04/2013 at 11:15
Disastrous swim today... Supposed to be 2500m but just felt panicked And gross... So got out and went to work... Going to have another go later. Not drinking Alcohol again .. A bottle on Easter Day And I feel AWFUL... Doh
02/04/2013 at 17:31

Real world IM training, CJJ. Enjoy!

seren nos    pirate
02/04/2013 at 17:34

princess leah and all those with injuries.i hope they get sorted soon......

CJJ most of my swimming sessions finish in failure

 

llangy......id it 7 weeks already......time is flying by

02/04/2013 at 18:53
Just got in from the pool, 2500m in just over an hr. not gonna set the world on fire but I beat the nerves and really loved it. Means dropping my run to the morning and doubling up but the psych benefits are much bigger as far as I'm concerned and l'll still = the same volume come Sunday night so no biggie... Real world training..... A big juggling act!!
seren nos    pirate
02/04/2013 at 20:04

well done CJJ..another one ticked off........its one big juggling act isn't it

02/04/2013 at 21:53
Hey CJJ. What Olympic you doing?

Easter tough. Still eating all the chocolate I was meant to keep and have in small portions ;-(.

Think weight might go up this week.
03/04/2013 at 06:21
Hey llangy it's the one at the fratton park/lakes tri festival. Was so lucky finding it!
03/04/2013 at 06:43

It's a total juggling act - I've been awake since 4.30am trying to figure out how I'm going to squeeze in training around various commitments. Now the mileage is going up and my energy is going down these things are really starting to occupy my mind!

CJJ - glad you got a decent swim session in. I'd be quite happy with 2500m in an hour

Princess Leah - hope your foot injury is not as bad as you feared?

http://chasethepotato.wordpress.com/

 

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