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Ironman Wales 2015 ....who's in ??

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 12:29

We know what we mean...! 

Ironman Wales 2015 ....who's in ??

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 21:25

Thanks, Slotwin, and I remember having a nice, calming chat at the peg bags - it was good to meet you!

IM Wales 2016 --- Who's in?

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 08:15

Hi Thommo, I think we talked about this last year after we both DNFd in the swim, and I'm so sorry it happened to you again. If you look at the times, this year's swim was almost as bad as last year, and by the end for us slower peeps, the swell was huge - we just didn't have the massive breakers added in this time. 

I know how it feels to be driven on by a DNF, and tried to do whatever I could to prepare this year, though the sea was far too calm whenever I got there! I realised I would never train on my own in rough conditions, so entered the LCW swim and a couple of the salty sea dog Long swims near Bournemouth. Despite always having calm conditions, they did help my confidence and allowed me to practice relaxing into the swell etc. Cost me a fortune and lots of travel time, though. I did also get some technique coaching but frankly don't feel it's worth it when a rough sea in a wetsuit is a world apart from a laned pool (though I did more of that too). Also masses of self-talk into blocking the negative thoughts that seemed central to last year's trouble.

You may be right leaving it for a year, but whenever you do go for it, over-prepare mentally and physically, and you'll be thrilled you did!

Broken bits & metalwork

Posted: 24/09/2015 at 07:59

When metalwork is removed, the screw holes leave the bone relatively weak and vulnerable to fracture for some months afterwards. In addition, all removal of metalwork risks complications, ranging from minor ones like making the scar worse or tender, through infection etc, and up to major disasters like clobbering the major vessels or nerve plexus that are just behind the clavicle. They are unlikely to occur, but you need to think how you and your nearest & dearest would feel if they did. I always advise leaving metalwork in unless there is a very good reason for taking it out

Ironman Wales 2015 ....who's in ??

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 18:30

And of course well done to everyone who even made it to the start line 

Ironman Wales 2015 ....who's in ??

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 18:29

Just a late check-in from me.

Big thanks to Seren and Barley for their vociferous and energising support, despite the fact that I wasn't in Pirate kit. Special mention also to Blisters who gave me a boost when I met him on the Saturday - I was feeling a bit wretched at the time, having been up half the night with an upset stomach, and was struggling on a very gentle run. I don't know what you said, Blisters, but I started feeling better after that!

I got what I had hoped for out of the race - conquered my swim demons and made it through this time! The rest went ok too, though gut rot returned for the run - sounds like I wasn't alone. 

It was a bit irritating to find out I was only 5 seconds behind my AG winner, but this was always going to be my last IM, as long as I finished, so maybe it's as well I wasn't 6 seconds quicker!

Sorry to those I missed, and especially to Slim who I was hoping to see a bit more of, though you were suffering by the time we spotted each other.

now what?!

Ironman Wales 2015 ....who's in ??

Posted: 09/09/2015 at 11:00

I would just like to document here, purely for my own benefit, that I loathe this stage before an IM. The stress just isn't worth it, just to be replaced by pain on the day and then hopefully relief that it's over. I need to get through this one after last year's DNF, but then no more full IMs for me.

I enjoy the training, and have really enjoyed this year's half distance races, with much less stress and hassle, so plan to have more fun with that distance in the future!

Ironman Wales 2015 ....who's in ??

Posted: 08/09/2015 at 09:07

If the weather is terrible, you are not going to get DQ'd for accepting an extra layer to prevent hypothermia. They don't want frozen, conked-out bodies around the course and cluttering up the finish zone! However, as rain is highly likely at some stage, it would be madness not to take appropriate kit both on the bike, and on the run bearing in mind the possibility of going pretty slowly by the end.

I'm trying not to look at the forecast yet as it's too inaccurate, but confess to being drawn to the sea conditions which, having been "smooth" or "slight" for ages (and also on each opportunity I have managed to get a sea swim practice) have moved to "moderate" for Saturday. For many people this in no big deal and even makes it more fun, but for me the nightmares have started.

Ironman Wales 2015 ....who's in ??

Posted: 03/09/2015 at 08:00

Morning all.

Phil, well done on the swimming progress - that's a big chunk off over 3.8k!

Re wetsuit removal, I have found lube on elbows and forearms of both me and the outside of the wettie seems to help, though getting my legs out is still a bit of a wrestle.

DaylightR, I think your plan looks about right. If it was me, though, I would really want more confidence going into the run, so would probably try to build from a tiny amount as soon as I could run again. For example, if I could do 1 minute today without making it worse (either at the time or later), I would try 2 mins tomorrow, 4 on Saturday and 10 on Sunday. If it was still improving after that, 20 mins on Tuesday and 30 on Thursday would make me pretty happy about the big day. Obviously the deal is that you back off if it seems to be stirring things up. That sort of approach worked for me when my patella tendinitis was beginning to settle down. I don't think it's too risky as long as you are prepared to stop, and you carefully evaluate how your knee responds. 

Ironman Wales 2015 ....who's in ??

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 14:23

Slotwin, I agree with others re comments on water, you've got plenty of other things to worry about, and your mouth will settle down quickly. Thanks for comments earlier - Zell am See was fantastic, and the race has got me in great spirits for Wales!

I'm #335 and wouldn't dare touch the list....

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