Talkback: Q+A: Ironman UK

Have a plan for 'personal management' written down. Most performance failures are due to poor personal mangement which can be avoided throug...

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meface    pirate
29/07/2011 at 13:14

Have a plan for 'personal management' written down. Most performance failures are due to poor personal mangement which can be avoided through nutrition and personal care (sun-cream, chaffing etc).

Writing it down assists the brain in remebering the information allowing you to act on it come race day.

Oh and wear k-Swiss shoes!


Golden Boots    pirate
29/07/2011 at 13:40

'Look' as fast as you can... actual speed doesnt matter, if you look fast then everyone around will just crumble and go slower

29/07/2011 at 15:23
remember to take toilet roll....portaloos never have enough in them
29/07/2011 at 15:43
Keep a motivational song or saying in your head so when the going gets tough, sing the song or say the saying over and over in your head. It'll take your mind off the pain. @TroyMaloy 
29/07/2011 at 16:12

Check, double check and triple check all of the stuff you have to take with you, make yourself a list if you do not have one already.

Nutrition will be sooooooooo important. Make sure you use the gels (or other bars) that you have been testing while training. DO NOT try anything new on the day, Ironman is hard enough, with an upset stomach it will make it more complicated!

Enjoy passing that finish line and don't forget to smile!

Best of luck to all. 

29/07/2011 at 17:00

My best tip: In the beginning go as fast as you can, and then gradually increase your speed. 

Ultra AJH    pirate
29/07/2011 at 17:07

On the bike, thank the people at the aid stations.........come lap 3 you are going to need them

29/07/2011 at 17:16
If possible when warming up before the race run the wrong way from the finish and then back again... that way you'll know what the finish looks like. I like to be familiar with where I am going, the terrain etc... (Only works if Tri begins and ends in same place!)
30/07/2011 at 06:47
Put sunscreen in T1 and T2 bags and most important remember to take some plastic/rubber gloves. In the unlikely event (UK), likely (elsewhere) of having to put on sunscreen you'll avoid having it on everything else you touch afterwards, eg sunglasses, brake levers etc.
30/07/2011 at 06:59
30/07/2011 at 08:12

try something new on race day

always makes things a little more interesting!

30/07/2011 at 11:14
fell off my bike today,badly bruised and cut,morale of the story is that lifes a bitch.......
31/07/2011 at 10:10
Mentally prepare yourself by imagining the race from warm up and swim through transitions to crossing the line.  Having already "raced" mentally you can relax knowing exactly what to do!
02/08/2011 at 10:18

Well done to Troy Squires - you've won the pair of K-Ona S shoes! Could you send your full address to

Thanks to everyone else for submitting your excellent tips and good luck with all your future races.

 Dominique TW

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