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!
I have a second hand Timex Ironman GPS watch and cannot change the time i.e. when the clocks went back. I have the instruction get started manual and have read full manual on the web but both say the watch updates with satelites. Well I have used it with sat mode, let the battery run down and gone through all the menus but the time just doesn't update.
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.