Posted: Today at 16:53
When I say easy, I mean I don't want to be doing the hardest race in the UK for my first one,
Thanks for the advice all, I'm thinking Tenby could be the one for me from what you've said. Few more questions.
I have a trek road bike - do I really need tri bars?
If I get injured do IM allow you to postpone your entry to the next year, or pass onto a friend?
Will the event sell out soon?
Thanks all, much appreciated!
Tenby is up there (with Lanza) as one of the toughest, and certain falls into the iconic and epic of races. Thats not to say its one you shouldnt target as a first but you should know what you are facing, i.e. sea swim, hilly/technical bike and hilly run. That said what makes it hard also makes it one of the best, and thats not to mention the amazing atmosphere and support. It trumps the likes of Outlaw or other smaller races by miles.
Youve done a lot of cycling and swimming so you should have a good base. Likewise youre a half decent marathon runner, with that in mind I see no reason not to have a go at Tenby.
One thing I would advise is to start your serious cycling prep as no1 priority (from now, or Jan at the latest), its no good being marathon run fit if youve blown your legs on the bike.
Tenby (IM Wales) wont sell out quickly (if at all), youve probably until spring to make a decision.
IM do allow transfers with certain conditions and timelimits, best to check the T&Cs on the IM Wales website.
Trek road bike will be ideal for Wales, for a beginner, the course is more suited to a road than a TT bike. No you dont really need tri bars but if you use then and have an effective aero position it could save you time on the bike, 10,-15 mins? if aero most of the ride (apart from climbing)