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

Posted: Yesterday 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....

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

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 13:44

SS Phil, I use Vredestein Fortezza Tricomp, and have done for several years with few problems (they are 23s). I managed to melt my (carbon) front wheel rim last week by overheating it with poor braking technique down a steep descent in Austria. The wheel's a write-off, but the tyre seems fine!

On race day I take 2 or three inner tubes and 3 x CO2, but no longer bother with chain stuff as I just can't see myself breaking the chain or being able to deal with it in the heat of the moment. I'm small, though, so it could be more of a risk for the more powerful of you.

I'm now back in taper mode after the 70.3 championships yesterday - beautiful course, very hot, and a tough day, but a great experience all round. I think 2 weeks should be enough time to be fully recovered. Just enjoying a beer at the airport...

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

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 18:47

Oh, and re tomorrow's ride - at this stage I think it's a question of head down, get it done, and tick the training off. Good luck!

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

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 18:44

Interesting thoughts on bike nutrition, Slim. I've found that sticking to the 1g carbohydrate/kg body weight per hour works reasonably well in getting me to the run feeling reasonable. For me that's a powerbar plus a bottle of energy drink every 80 mins or so. Then I just have what I can stomach on the run, which seems to be mainly coke!

Running is better now, thanks.

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

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 08:43

That's a very solid week so far, Phil, just don't injure yourself going for it tomorrow!

Crooky, it must be very tough trying to get big training in yet again after two races, so your approach, which looks like steady maintenance, sounds spot on.

I do generally enjoy the training more than racing, but at this stage I'm getting sick of it and picking up injuries. One more long bike/run off today for me, then last long run tomorrow, TT on Sunday, then a fairly abrupt taper. Next week will just be sharpening up for the weekend's 70.3, and by the time I've fully recovered from that it'll be time to head for Tenby!

Happy Training!

2 weeks between IM's - just too close

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 22:16

I think it would be hard to go super-easy for the second half of the run in Tenby. The atmosphere is so amazing, can you trust yourself?!

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

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 12:16

Hi Slim, will you be incorporating training into your short breaks, or will you be on family duty? I struggle a bit with guilt even if I'm out and back before anyone else is up! 

Looking forward to tapering too, though with recent setbacks there won't be much to taper from. Mine starts with a week's holiday in Zell am See, including a quality session on the Sunday at 1/2 IM intensity!

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

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 09:54

Morning all .

Daylight, so sorry to hear your news. Knees are so weird. I've just been off for a couple of weeks with patellar tendinitis, and am just building up again. Managed 45 mins yesterday, and as long as it isn't actually getting worse will continue to increase. It's a massive improvement on a week ago when I couldn't run 5 paces, though. Running downhill is stil impossible, but we've still got nearly 6 weeks.....

I should say here that I really enjoyed spectating last year, and thoroughly recommend it, though I may have still been in shock at having DNF'd in the swim! It was eye-opening and great fun to see the race from the sidelines. It also made it more enjoyable for my husband, who incidentally had shown his true colours by practically begging me to go back into the raging surf for swim lap 2 - and I thought he worried about my safety!!

I hope the final training miles are going well for most. Starting to look forward to it now, though trying to fight the tendency to seeing completing the swim as the end point!

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

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 10:10

Hey, Slim, it'll be great to see you again! 

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

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 09:02

The jellyfish were ok mostly, but plentiful enough in places to disrupt your stroke - they are remarkably firm if you inadvertently grab one!

Well done on the bike ride. I reckon it's the long bikes that give the biggest bang for your bucks, even when they seem painfully slow. And as you say, lessons learned from them are key.


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