Ironman Wales 2013

Conquering the dragon beast ...

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seren nos yn canu    pirate
06/12/2012 at 11:52

IMCH is on the list and that nowhere near as tough as IMW

09/12/2012 at 11:37

Room for one more in here....entered and accommodation booked.

seren nos yn canu    pirate
09/12/2012 at 12:38

good news flatfooted...i haven't thought about accomodation...................the first one mbroke my tent poles.so not sure about going back to camp

09/12/2012 at 19:36

Hi all - getting rather nervous reading this!  I've entered Wales 2013 (my first Ironman) and basically starting from scratch! Did a couple of sprints last year including the Sandman (awful condions but enjoyed) but only really starting serious training now.

I chose Wales as logistically it is the most feasable (finance and family support etc) as well as being one of the few with places left. Just wondering if it would be possible to transfer to say Switzerland???? Or am I checkening out!!!

Anyway I'm pretty much committed but am wondering if I have bitten off more than I can chew - my bike skills are pretty basic. As for accommadation I'm looking at Kiln Park (not many left) and wondering whether to go on the monday before for the week and the family can follow down at the weekend - give me time to settle in and check out the courses. The training camp also sounds interesting. 

Any advice would be greatfully received (very worried)

cougie    pirate
09/12/2012 at 21:24
Can't see that you can swap events. I've not heard of anyone doing that so you're stuck with Wales. At least you have plenty of time to train.
I'd not bother going too early - youd just tire yourself out going round the course when you should be resting up. Most athletes arrive on the thursday and go back home Tuesday.

The training camp does sound good - you should book for that and as you're in Wales anyway - get down for a ride on the course in the spring so you can see the course. In the meantime - get training ! How far do you ride at the weekend now ?
seren nos yn canu    pirate
09/12/2012 at 21:26

you can cancel wales and enetre switzerland the following yewar if thereis spaces....but you don't want to do that..Wales is going to be awesome.....

 

not sure about going down early.kiln park in a caravan on your own is going to be pretty miserable

cougie    pirate
09/12/2012 at 21:29
So says the Welsh Tourist Board rep...

;-)
09/12/2012 at 22:21

Thanks all - only joking about swapping - I'm Welsh so don't worry I've committed to IM Wales in my heart and am determined to give it my all. Just had a couple of  people put me down about it telling me I had no chance and that they'd never do IMW even though they had done another Ironman! I'm out to prove them wrong, I may not have the endurance yet but I've got the basic skills to build on and I AM stubborn AND mad so there is no backing out whatever!

My goal when I was 18 was to do Ironman and life got in the way -I'm 45 now and I think my experiences have given me the mentality to achieve it now.  If I don't finish (I will) then I will be in Lanzarote 2014 and back to Wales!

I like the idea of going down early just to get my bearings, have a look around and chill without the stress at home (kids, dogs, horses, work etc). I don't get lonely - always a book to read, computer, sightseeing and off course I'll have my bike. 

Realistically even with the challenging bike course, is 9 months long enough to be able to get in condition to finish it (I have the facilities - Tri Club, Road Racing Club, Gym and Turbo, Treadmill at home) and if needed could fit in 3 -  4 hours a day training. (I said fit in time wise - I didn't mean I'd not collapse in a heap!)

P.S. If anyone wants to come down early you are welcome to join me.

cougie    pirate
09/12/2012 at 22:55
9 months is enough if you can train wisely.

Have you done a marathon before ?

What standard of cyclist are you ?

How's your swimming ?
09/12/2012 at 23:32

Not done a marathon - 10 K though and fell running with Tri club up to 2 hrs non stop.

Cycling - not fast at all but done 2 technical courses (Oswestry and Sandman - in hale and wind). Speed and strength needed in legs (rare skinny long legs for a horse rider!)

Swimming - can go on forever at BS but mastered (learnt) the crawl in last few months - did 750 Bala Lake and Very Rough Sandman sea swim happily. Technique and speed needed now - legs are redundant in my swim!!

I do track training once a week with Tri Club, Run with Another Club (off road), Swim sessions withTri club and weekly Club Ride. Also just joined gym for strength, weights, spin and Pilates/Yoga class as well as free unlimited use of pool. 

Work from home so training can be done while kids in school and also have my bike on Turbo and Treadmill in house.  Plus we have some mega hills where we live, horsehoe pass, Garth, Snowden not far etc.

And I'm still faffing over my shoes lol 

The Silent Assassin    pirate
10/12/2012 at 10:35
Riodog wrote (see)

Just had a couple of  people put me down about it telling me I had no chance and that they'd never do IMW even though they had done another Ironman! I'm out to prove them wrong,

Jut do what someone on here did the first year of IM Wales.

He had lots of people saying he wouldn't do it, he printed it all out and stuck it to his handlebars and kept reading it thinking "I'll show them" and he did

10/12/2012 at 10:48

Hi Riodog and everyone else.

This is my first IM as well, I did Antwerp 70.3 last year but that is very flat.  Other than that I have done a couple of sprints and olympic distances (will be getting more in this year and toying with 70.3 UK at the moment).  I was all signed up to do IM Switzerland but after watching my other half at IM Wales this year I wanted to be part of it so transferred - so yes you can transfer from one IM to another!

My other half started training in Feb 2012 for this years event with no base training, so you have time to train.

I would say if you can, to do the Long Course Weekend as this is a great event in it's own right and is the IM Wales bike course.  I really enjoyed the event this year, but as previously mentioned the run it a different course, but still a good bit of hill training for the marathon run.

I have only ever run a half marathon and have not intention of running more than 20 miles in training - I will leave the marathon till the day, never wanted to run one before and I have got a feeling I will never want to run one again!

As a spectator last year and watching loads of people not make the bike cut off - this is where my concentration will be.  If you can get back in off the bike within the 10.5 hours cut off (inc swim) then you will have 6.5 hours for the marathon which is totally doable!

Good luck with the training!  Are you following a plan?

11/12/2012 at 22:41
The Silent Assassin wrote (see)
Riodog wrote (see)

Just had a couple of  people put me down about it telling me I had no chance and that they'd never do IMW even though they had done another Ironman! I'm out to prove them wrong,

Jut do what someone on here did the first year of IM Wales.

He had lots of people saying he wouldn't do it, he printed it all out and stuck it to his handlebars and kept reading it thinking "I'll show them" and he did

 

The Silent Assassin wrote (see)
Riodog wrote (see)

Just had a couple of  people put me down about it telling me I had no chance and that they'd never do IMW even though they had done another Ironman! I'm out to prove them wrong,

Jut do what someone on here did the first year of IM Wales.

He had lots of people saying he wouldn't do it, he printed it all out and stuck it to his handlebars and kept reading it thinking "I'll show them" and he did

Thanks that is very good advice as the main person who upset me is really bugginng me at the moment and my determination is getting even stronger!

 

11/12/2012 at 22:53
Miss Mc wrote (see)

Hi Riodog and everyone else.

This is my first IM as well, I did Antwerp 70.3 last year but that is very flat.  Other than that I have done a couple of sprints and olympic distances (will be getting more in this year and toying with 70.3 UK at the moment).  I was all signed up to do IM Switzerland but after watching my other half at IM Wales this year I wanted to be part of it so transferred - so yes you can transfer from one IM to another!

My other half started training in Feb 2012 for this years event with no base training, so you have time to train.

I would say if you can, to do the Long Course Weekend as this is a great event in it's own right and is the IM Wales bike course.  I really enjoyed the event this year, but as previously mentioned the run it a different course, but still a good bit of hill training for the marathon run.

I have only ever run a half marathon and have not intention of running more than 20 miles in training - I will leave the marathon till the day, never wanted to run one before and I have got a feeling I will never want to run one again!

As a spectator last year and watching loads of people not make the bike cut off - this is where my concentration will be.  If you can get back in off the bike within the 10.5 hours cut off (inc swim) then you will have 6.5 hours for the marathon which is totally doable!

Good luck with the training!  Are you following a plan?

Ah yes I agree with you about the bike - that is where I think the problem will be so I am going to really workon that. I can always crawl the marathon in the remaining hours on just determination (I think) but the bike is my biggest worry.  I think I will go down in the spring and ride the course to get an idea and see how I fare.

I have the Don Fink book and 2 others which I plan on following at the appropriate weeks start but I am just building my endurance up and swim skills at moment. I am a member of my local Tri club which do swim and track sessions and also a Road Racing club but I've been advised to train on my own on the bike rather than with a group as find you have to follow their pace which might not correspond to the   appropriate phase of the Ironman training?

Thanks for the advice and good luck in your training  will see you at the start!

seren nos yn canu    pirate
12/12/2012 at 07:51

I would love to do some of the long course weekend but its the weekend after outlaw so i think that should be a no for me......i think the bike part and probably the swim or half swim would be really worth going for.not so sure about the run........

My first week of training for Outlaw started today and the frost and ice means i am swapping sessions to try and wait for the freeze for the bike....giving up and going to a spin class today instead

12/12/2012 at 09:02

Yes maybe a bit close to outlaw, I probably won;t be able to walk for at least a week after wales!!

The LCW I am doing the full swim, full bike and half run.  The marathon run in July is far to close to IMW so too much risk of injury.

Riodog - I also have the Don Fink book and Ironman Start to Finish in 24 weeks so will be following a combination of the 2!  There are other 3 of people in my tri club doing IMW (plus a couple more maybe sigining up) so I have a few training partners but we are all at different levels, but they are all good on the bike.  I am also doing the Nova Colli (stands for 9 hills) in Italy in May which is 209k so should stand me in good stead training wise - hills, hills, hills, thats all I am going to be training on!

Let me know how you training goes throughout the year!

Iron Pingu    pirate
12/12/2012 at 10:51

Riodog, you know, the scarier it seems to start with, the better it feels to finish I reckon.  You'll be buzzing for weeks, enjoy the journey

AndyB99    pirate
13/12/2012 at 16:38

it is a great journey to Ironman.....but it cant be underestimated......its not on for people to tell you that you'll fail....people said that to me....and i did!!!....but seriously not finishing isnt a failure.....however...all the back slapping wont get you there either....on the day its a lonely place....and you have 12-17 hours to think about nothing else but how much pain you are in!

as M.Triumphant (from here) said to me a couple of years ago.....consistancy is the key....and its ALL ABOUT THE BIKE! make sure you're consistant....make sure you dont ditch your long bike sessions...and if your running is going great....ditch one of thse sessions and ride your bike.hopefully this thread will pick up a bit now as more people join and training gets going!!

seren nos yn canu    pirate
13/12/2012 at 20:22

 

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Andy......its definitely a course that will find any weaknesses you have on the bike course ..... and yes you have to bike , bike and bike some more

14/12/2012 at 16:28

Ok, time for a deep breath, stop lurking and commit publicly here that I'm signed up too (and very very worried!).
Am getting used to turboing in my garage in the dark (no electricity supply) but still not used to trying to do early morning training of any sort!

I'm interested in what people are planning for LCW - my plan does not have me up to near that distance at that time, but seems others are planning on doing the whole cycle then - would you expect to be doing 100 mile rides at that point - 8 weeks out.  It is my first IM if htat makes a difference?

I'm heading down there over the New Year break.  Possibly won't get out on the bike with the weather but at least will get a feel for what the hills look like.

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