Posted: 06/02/2014 at 18:05
Mark it might be worth picking up a book or 2 about Ironman training which would answer a lot of these questions and more beside. But here are my answers.
1. Wetsuits do help keep you afloat and there will be canoe and/or boat cover during the swim.
2. A lot of people survive on gels and sports drinks but on the bike you can eat whatever you find easiest (practice on long training rides). Once your into the Marathon there will be a choice at the aid stations, you will have to find out what from the IM UK website but will probably include, bananas, orange segments , crisps or similar, flat coke and sports drinks. Who knows what you'll fancy or tolerate once you get to that point.
3. Bike run bricks are useful, I did a short bike run brick mid week (45-30min bike 15-30min run) and also added increasingly long runs on the end of my long weekend rides.
4. This is a very broad question and everyone will have a different answer. Have a look at a few plans and find one that fits your fitness, desire and time.
5. Warm up races can be useful and are an easy to get use to the feeling of doing all three elements back to back.
6. A hotel is a good idea unless you live very close to the start, takes the stress out of the morning.
7. Check out he IMUK website near to the time.
8. Loads of toilets all round the course.
9. Plenty choose or are forced to walk part or all of the marathon.
10. It hurts in a different way.