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Help on picking the right Ironman

Posted: Yesterday at 10:35
M..o.use wrote (see)
Frankfurt is an outstanding race.

My only fear for you is that it may already be full.

This just came up on my news feed, so if you're still looking at Frankfurt you may be lucky if you're quick ...

We've just made more entries available! Hurry up if you want to be part of the IRONMAN European Championship on July 9th 2017!


Help on picking the right Ironman

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 20:28

What is good for one person may not necessarily be good for another, so it depends on what you are looking for :

River, lake or sea swim?
Hilly, rolling or flat bike course? 
Technical bike course? 
Number of laps on run, hilly run etc 
Support ?

Different races offer different combinations of the above so as I say it depends on what you are looking for in your first IM. 


Hair protection

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 08:03

I use Gillette Fusion Proglide, and never have any problems with mine.

First Ironman distance

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 08:14

Ah, you'll be wanting to book in for IM Wales then!  (possibly the only IM with over 100feet of climbing in T1 alone!!!)
But seriously though, Outlaw in Nottingham is generally regarded as one of the flattest around (although bear in mind flattest doesn't necessarily equate to easiest, as a flat bike means no respite from pedalling and is often more prone to the wind).

Ironman Copenhagen or Maastricht? Any feedback or preferences?

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 10:01

I did Maastricht this year but not having done Copenhagen I can't really compare, but my thoughts on Maastricht are: 

Swim: Straight forward up and down in the river with a quick Australian exit at the turn point. Upstream for first half, although flow not really noticeable against, but definitely does give a faster second half though on the downhill leg. Nice enough, somewhat murky round the Parliament building though.
Bike: Bit mixed really, Probably best described as gently rolling with a couple of 'hills' but nothing spectacular (although FOFF hill did nearly kill me on second lap). As mentioned before though let down a bit by a lot of tight turns and some poor road surfaces (concrete slabs, and cobbles ... oh those bloody cobbles!). 

Run: Best bit of the race. 4 laps through the city (with a nice detour through a park for a bit of 'reflection time'). The support on the run course is phenomenal, the people of Maastricht really turn out and every half mile or so there was another raucous street party going on to keep you going. (and the Dutch really got in to the 'piraat!!!' vibe  )

Overall setup: Organisation was top notch with Swim, T1 and T2 all in the same place, and only a short walk from the finish line. Finish itself was in the town square which again provide for excellent atmosphere.

If you can deal with the shortcomings of the bike course (and its only certain sections of it) then I would definitely recommend Maastricht.

Plantar Fasciitis

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 12:46

Jeez, that looks like something even Torquemada would blanch from using.

Could never wear something like that it would drive me mad not having my foot free. I suffered with PF a lot earlier this year and stuck with the tennis ball massage and stretching method.


Posted: 13/08/2016 at 21:55

I was quite impressed with the 'couple of people Tom Daley knows' winning gold in the swamp diving.
And tonights Brit special in the heptathlon of Jessica Ennis and the other one, who isn't Jessica Ennis, should be pretty good viewing.

PSOF Championships 2017?

Posted: 11/08/2016 at 21:50

Vichy is nice I hear ....



Posted: 11/08/2016 at 15:38
HA77 wrote (see)

Ballet is very, very difficult, takes a lot of skill and years of training, is a test of the dancers' athletic ability and involves team work but it's certainly not an Olympic sport. The same could be said for an awful lot of activities


Beth Roberts wrote (see)

So maybe the ballerinas should stop crying about it and lobby to have it added to the list of Olympic sports.........

 I think you may want to look up the Gymnastics and in particularly floor and rhythmic.


Posted: 11/08/2016 at 15:14

enters thread eagerly awaiting avatar picture !

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