Best first Ironman?

I'm not that fast: whats the best first Ironman for me?

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27/12/2018 at 22:32


I'm planning to do my first ironman this year. 

I have done a few marathons, several shorter triathlons and some cycling, and am generally good at endurance but not that fast. So the cut-off time might be a problem.

I'm thinking of entering Barcelona - which seems ideal in terms of training over the summer - but am worried about the 15 hour cut off time.

Is the course faster than others (so that the 15 hour cut off is equivalent to a 17 hour cut off elsewhere)? Or do you just need to be baster in Barcelona..!

Are there any other races I should consider instead?

Thanks, Nicola  

28/12/2018 at 10:30
Ironman Italy is in late September, has a 16 hour cut off and the bike has 370m climb over 180km which I'd consider flat. The bike route (goes inland) looks more interesting than Barcelona (out and back along coast). A friend did it this year and had a great time.
29/12/2018 at 10:06

Thanks Harry - I'll check it out.

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