Ironman Wales 2013

Conquering the dragon beast ...

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MTri    pirate
08/01/2013 at 19:55
Seren, yep, I'll be up for some swims in the Taff, but not quite yet
08/01/2013 at 21:23

FF, I don't have a TT bike, but a road bike has been fine for me at both IMWs so far - and although it wasn't too windy last year, in 2011 quite a few people were struggling with their TT bikes (I know because I passed plenty !)

08/01/2013 at 21:28

Cheers Jods, I have both but i'm more comfortable on hills and technical courses on my road bike.

Think i may give the long course weekend a punt on the road bike and make a choice after that.

08/01/2013 at 21:32

It's not v technical, but there are certainly some decent hills - I'd go for the lightest choice, but LCW should help you decide.

MTri    pirate
09/01/2013 at 11:09

Subject to getting a TT, I'll be trying it out at the LCW to see how it does, and then make a decision.


Noted about some of the descents being technical, the one into Narbeth before the climb into town was particularly unpleasant (if I remember correctly), bu quite a few of the ascents and descents were fairly striaght forward, so it's still a tough call.


Having volunteered in 2012, there were a lot more TT bikes on the course than in 2011, I think the feedback generally was that TT bikes were suitable, although 2011 did have stronger winds, but that really had a biger impact on wheel choice than bike choice.

09/01/2013 at 22:36

I did the LCW 2012 on a road bike and IM Wales 2012 on a TT. Added 30 minutes to my time using the TT bike and within 10 miles wished I was back on the road bike.

I'm doing IMUK 2013 and tempted to do IM Wales again as well. If I do will definitely use road bike. To be fair though my TT bike experience was pretty limited, but with all the hills the road bike was just more comfortable to ride for me.

As always, it's what you're comfortable with and would recommend the LCW if only to get an idea of the course. A good weekend as well.

Good luck to those doing it, 2012 was an amazing event, support is fantastic especially at the end of the first bike loop and during the marathon sections in Tenby.


12/01/2013 at 16:43

SA, i'm best on my road bike tbh, i have a TT but options toi use it are limited...wonder why i bought it some days.

19/01/2013 at 10:25


This is my first time on this forum and I'm looking for a little inspiration...

I want to do an IM in 2013. I can bike pretty well and I'm experienced in many sportives (Etape du Tour Mont Ventoux, Alpe d'Huez, Dragon Ride and all sorts of others), commuting, TT's (only 10 miles), (Silverstone) and have done two OD tri's last year. My running is ok but not fab, although I have done one marathon in 1995 and many half marathons, the last being in 2010. My swimming is not great and probably my weakest link; the furthest I've swum in open water is 1900 meters in about 50 mins and my OD (1500 metre) swim times were about 33 mins.

I think I have the motivation for IM but not much money (why so expensive!?) so can't go abroad with a package tour as the family will want to come along as well. IMUK is sold out, as is the the Outlaw and so that leaves IMWales which is said to be tough with a sea swim and loads of hills.

What do you reckon? Should I do IMWales?


AndyB99    pirate
19/01/2013 at 11:17

yes mate sign up...its going to be an epic sound very capable of doing whats the worst that can happen???

seren nos    pirate
19/01/2013 at 12:07

you seem to have a very strong starting base and have 8 months top train.IMW is an epic event

Slagiatt    pirate
19/01/2013 at 12:31
Ctpotato ... Go for it ... It's an awesome event and sounds like you have a great foundation to work from . The family will enjoy it too , amazing support in Tenby .
Iron Pingu    pirate
19/01/2013 at 23:22


20/01/2013 at 06:10

Mrs ctpotato is very supportive and is saying the same as you all as well i.e. do it! Obviously doing an IM is a big undertaking but, for me (and you lot, I guess), it's what doing this tri lark all points towards and the bragging rights are HUGE!

Thanks all, I look forward to more chats in the future; I have many questions. Now, where's my credit card..?




20/01/2013 at 06:44
Iron Pingu wrote (see)


What she said

purpletrilady    pirate
20/01/2013 at 12:49

I'm in 

20/01/2013 at 14:14

Oh well played Purple....

seren nos    pirate
20/01/2013 at 15:33

20/01/2013 at 17:44
I'm so pleased for you purple. See you there!
20/01/2013 at 18:02
What's the hotel on the corner called that Schmunks, Barley and Mr & Mrs TSA stayed in last year?
seren nos    pirate
20/01/2013 at 18:05

I haven't sorted out accomodation yet..........I really can't face kiln park camping again.....need something in the town


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