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Marlow Half Ironman

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 14:34

Ah, Kritter - fancy meeting you here! Shall we start a thread on how to run faster off the bike....? Might help with the sub-12:00.

I think the swim may have been changed because of the other swim events later on, but that's just a theory.

RTN, I've done IM Wales a couple of times before, including when you were there. I love the local support for this event, and you really don't need any superhuman qualities, just the ability to hang on in there!

Well done on having the presence of mind to grab a bottle to take home!

Marlow Half Ironman

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 11:08

Hi, yes I'd forgotten about the running out of water bit.

And what did you think about the huge amount of alcohol in the recovery tent? I wish my race fee had been put towards adequate fluids out on the course, and it's dangerously irresponsible to encourage people to refuel with alcohol after that type of event. I thought at first it must be alcohol-free, but no!

Anyway, taken as a training session it was OK, and I just used my own supplies (2 bottles on the bike plus an energy bar and gel, then a 500ml bottle Luc sport taken on the run). Like you, I learned plenty, despite this being my eighth middle distance event, I think.

Sorry to hear about your shoulder, and I hope it settles soon. I've still got IM Wales in September, and then this winter I should really learn to swim! Next year will be IM-free, so maybe I'll join you at the Cotswolds Classic, if that's a half.

Marlow Half Ironman

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 07:29

Hi RTN, and sorry I didn't see you.

The organisation was even worse than expected, and F3 have a dreadful reputation! The bike course modification through a long stretch if roadworks was a pain if you were stuck in a convoy, and the "feed station" was a joke. The average bike time couldn't have been 1:30, though - I'd guess more than 3 hours, so don't worry about your time!

my biggest fume was about the last-minute swim course change which they tried to pass off as planned ("now, as you all know, it's a two-lap swim......") and didn't explain adequately. Fortunately as a woeful swimmer I could just watch where everyone else went!.

I struggled a bit on the towpath stretch of the run, and heard complaints about the feed stations (wrong place, too close together), and while I agree, it didn't affect me.

overall, I had an ok race which reflects where I am training-wise this year, ie very average. However, if I had been racing seriously think I would have been pretty upset by the shambolic organisation!

any more racing planned this year, RTN?

Just relax

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 17:19

Hi RTN, I'll be there too, and as ever full of nerves and wishing I hadn't come. Remind yourself how those feelings vanish as soon as the start gun goes!

I'll say hello if you're in Pirate kit, and maybe even if not! (I may be in pseudo-pirate kit, which is rather frowned upon....) .

Ironman UK 2014

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 07:17

Good luck to all, and have a fantastic time!


Posted: 17/07/2014 at 09:07

Morning, all.

it seems all the other threads are full of taper talk - we'll feel like we're the only ones still going pretty soon!

I haven't posted here for a while as I was pondering pulling out when it seemed to be taking forever to get in top of injuries and demotivation. But I finally feel like training again,  enjoying it, and am starting to get into racing shape, so it's game on. And anyway the withdrawal deadline has passed!

Well done all those who did all or bits of the Long Course Weekend. It has to be great preparation for IMW and some good performances reported! I was going to go, but it fell victim to my "train when I feel like it" strategy, especially after seeing Saturday's weather forecast.

Happy training 

The 2014 Ironman Training thread

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 06:56

Alternatively, embrace your mojolessness!

If you felt like this about stamp collecting or pottery, you'd just take a break, catch up on other stuff, and come back when you felt like it.

It's things like fear of losing fitness (but getting it back is a whole new, interesting challenge), entering a race too many (how disastrous would it really be to pull out?), and poor training times (fatigue) that make us feel anxious and guilty when we don't feel like training.

Don't feel bad! We do triathlon for fun. Catch up on stuff and do new things .

....anyway, in your case, it's probably none of the above - it's post-IM blues?


Posted: 11/07/2014 at 16:22

I guess it depends on how well- behaved your guts are. If I put that lot away on the bike, then my "run" would be a painful stagger between loos!

Long course weekend

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 09:07

How accurate do you think the forecast is? I'm just staring out at the rain having hung out my washing a couple of hours ago.....

Long course weekend

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 08:47

Hmm, having a major dilemma here.

I was signed up for the bike and 1/2mara, but looking at the weather forecast for tomorrow it's looking potentially quite wet. I wanted to have a go at the bike course on my TT bike but I'm not sure I fancy a miserable, nervy day in the rain especially as it will mean leaving home at 3am!

I could have a lie-in, do a retrace of a local hilly sportive in the dry tomorrow, and not waste 8 hours driving plus goodness know how long faffing and hanging around. Actually, putting it like that, even with no rain it seems no contest!

This year for me is about enjoying training, getting to the start line in one piece, and leaving the pointy end of the race  to other folks (well OK, my AG race isn't really at the pointy end of anything!). So, unless the forecast changes radically later today, there will be a (single) room going spare in one of the Esplanade hotels tomorrow night, if anyone's interested.

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