12/09/2008 at 22:06
GHarv, whatever it takes is actually a crappy romcom, apologies!!! I meant this:
have a shop around though, tends to be a bit pricey as not wide release. Think ebay have one for £15
12/09/2008 at 18:46
If anyone has a laptop/ dvd player than movies always work for me- have a subscription to lovefilm so that works!! Also, get hold of "whatever it takes" dvd- inpsirtational! Basically follows a set of pros around for a year as they train for Ironman.
Spinervals also great as is the CTS (Chris Carmeichal (spelling??) trainign DVDs
10/09/2008 at 06:13
I know you shouldnt enter a race simply because of the goody bag, but I must admit I often get all excited when it comes to pick up the goody bag to see what delights you get in there. As a bit of light hearted relief, whats the best stuff people have got?
My best catch was probably Zurich 70.3 where got awesome medal, great tshirt, brilliant bag (with 101 pockets), finishers certificate with times and as many yellow IM drinks bottles as you could get home...
10/09/2008 at 06:13
One piece of advice I would give- look at this first: http://www.trifuel.com/triathlon/ironman-workouts/
This is the training schedule I did for IM over 8 months. I cannot understate how much of your life it takes over and its possible to get really sucked in. IM is a fantastic event and achievement but how much you have to give for it shouldnt be underestimated, especially as a first timer.
10/09/2008 at 05:56
dannymack comments all spot on- especially the one about the long sleeve top- one of the best freebies I have got from an event- although as noted it is a bit pricey...
09/09/2008 at 15:46
I was diagnosed as having flat feet when I was 10 years old and have been wearing special insoles ever since. I went to a sports shop in 2005 and got the whole video gait analysis done and as a result I ended up buying a pair of shoes that make me feel like i'm running in lead lined clogs- they were so huge. At the end of the day the insoles were meant to work for me and for the last 21 years I've just been sticking them in normal shoes, so I've gone back to normal trainers. I would go and get checked out etc... but get ready to feel like you are running on the moon if you have bad flat feet like me.
06/09/2008 at 03:20
go for it. I wore cycling kit for the bike and running kit for the run, so was one of many getting naked. They have seperate mens and womens tents anyways
05/09/2008 at 05:40
David, Dorney is a great place to do your first tri. Its not the best for scenary but it is pancake flat and good to pick up a decent bike speed- although sometimes it can have a cross wind which can slow you down a bit. One tip- you are probably going to be doing multiple laps on the bike and it will be down to you to count them up so it may be worth to think of a way to make sure you dont lose count. Some people use stickers or rubber bands on the bike and take one off after each lap to help them remember. having said that, it may be 2 or 3 laps you are doing which probably isnt that hard to remember!!
05/09/2008 at 05:40
I did the spring ballbuster this year as a tester after 2 months of full and proper training. The course is ok, in reality you go either downhill or flat for about 6.5 miles and then you have a steep (probably between 4 and 6%) climb up to the hill for about 1.5 miles. I hadnt done any hill training on the bike and found them ok. If you are very good you can spin up the hills (high cadence), I think I ended up doing about 70 rpms instead of preferred 85 to 90. If you want to try and replicate the hill on the turbo trainer or gym bike (if you dont have any hills near you to use!) then I would say you want to have the resistance on so that you are at about 70 rpms and working at about 80 to 85% of your max heart rate (as a disclaimer that would be right for me as on a flat i go at about 85 rpms and would be about 70% heart rate max).
The run is ok, on the same route although you finish up the hill, so the secind lap is tough.
Sorry if i got a bit techhie there, but shout if it fdidnt make sense
05/09/2008 at 05:23
I did this one in 2007, one of the best and well organised races I have ever done. The swim is, well, the swim. It was in a lake so not too bad. The bike course is 2 laps. Have a look at the profile on the website for the race. From memory it was flat for a bit, then you get a short sharp hill (it is tough but its only for about 5 mins), then there is a bit of a drag up hill and then there is a fast downhill bit. I did the race with virtually no swim or bike training in the previous 9 months and found the bike course ok - I was slow but the hills were tough but not impossible and the end bit of the bike is fast. Depending on where you live try and find some short steep hills and slight uphill sections to pracice on- you ushould be fine then. Run is ok, pretty much flat apart from some steps (stairway to heaven I think they called it). They were more of a gimmick really, pretty much similar to having to run up a long set of steps for about 60 secs,
Overall the experience is amazing and you get the first taste of what ironman events are all about. You get the welcome banquet,great nutrition, amazing crowds, awesome medal, brilliant goodie bag and beautiful location. Dont think you could ask for much more....
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