Tom OGorman

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16/01/2015 at 12:30

Firstly, I'm a bloke so unfortunately you will have to look to other forumers for help on ladies underwear issues.

I did a half last year and I used bibbed bike shorts under my wetsuit, and stuck a teeshirt over it and then did the whole bike-run in that. I did this mainly because I really appreciated the extra padding that bike shorts give on the longer cycle. I don't think that the padding got in the way on the run, but i'm sure if would have been easier had I not had the padding.

I'm doing Staffordshire this year and I've invested in a tri suit. There are longcourse specific trisuits, and I would go solely for one of these. The main advantages are added pockets, and a bigger padding. 2XU do a good one, but then so do most of the companies offering trisuits.

I don't know what your aspirations are. Mine was just simply to finish. And part of that was being comfy, which is why I went for the bike shorts.

I think my absolute top tip would be this: Hold onto your money! I'd imagine you're going to be doing a couple of long brick sessions. Wear your current kit in those sessions and if they feel comfortable then just use that. If you feel like you might want to go down the tri-suit route then try that but leave enough time to get used to it before the event!


Good luck ... it's the best feeling ever crossing that finish line!

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08/01/2015 at 13:22

Hi guys & girls.

I have unusually wide feet. I bought some specialized road shoes over Christmas but couldn't even remotely squeeze my feet into them. I'm currently using some nackered Louis Garneau ones but want to treat myself to some higher spec road shoes.

Any idea of brands that makes shoes more applicable to the wider soled individual?

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26/02/2014 at 12:41

Don't be so bloomin' cynical! Yes it's true that he probably got given his place from the organisers but I think it's a fantastic opportunity to get the sports name out there. Like it or not Gordon Ramsay is more famous than a large majority of the podium winners at Ironman events. The entire sport of triathlon can benefit from an appearance from a celebrity like him.

And regardless of whether you don't like that he's making an appearance or not. When did it ever become acceptable to disrespect someone for completing an or competing in an Ironman?! You should never forget how hard an Ironman is and we should congratulate anyone who turns up and finishes. After all, he may be celebrity enough to get into the race for free, but it's not going to help him train. That he'll have to do himself.

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25/02/2014 at 12:57

Thanks for all the help and support on this issue. As I said, it's the only thing that has really limited my enjoyment of triathlons. I'm definitely going to try earplugs during upcoming open water training sessions. I get the same dizziness during practice swims in the pool as well so I'll probably try some in the pool.


Can anyone recommend good earplugs?

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18/02/2014 at 10:09

Hi all,

I'm having a real issue which I think is possibly fairly common. Everytime I exit the swim in a Triathlon I feel like I'm going to faint. I feel all dizzy and sick and it only goes after a few minutes. The worst thing is that I have to walk through transition ... hardly conducive of a decent transition time! Is this something I can train to get over? It's happened literally every Triathlon I've ever done (about 10) and I'm really worried that one day I will faint and not be allowed to keep going.


Does anyone have any ways of getting over this or similar war stories?

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05/02/2014 at 12:39

I'm having some issues at the moment myself!! I'm one of those (increasingly less rare) rugby player turned triathletes and so I've always been a big bloke. I'm certainly not made for running. I'm trying to lose weight to support my Ironman 70.3 training. Can you give me two or three examples of evening meals I could have? At the moment I just seem to have pasta and sauce! Also, is it dangerous to run on an empty stomach? I'm currently running an hour on a Thursday morning before breakfast and it doesn't feel too bad. Apparently if I can hold off about 30 mins after the run before eating I can start to see some real benefits. Is there any truth in that?

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04/02/2014 at 13:02


It's my Dads birthday coming up and I know he's wanted to get his swim stroke filmed for a long time. They live on the Wirral near Liverpool. I want to get him a private lesson in an endless pool or in a real pool (preferably) where they'll film his technique and provide him with coaching. Does anyone have any links to any websites or know any good coaches?

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04/02/2014 at 12:20

Hi Clivey. Unfortunately I can only echo Harry's sentiment. As a University Champion rower for four years I know first hand how little rowing training can translate into a good running ability. It serves to increase your overall fitness, which is always good no matter who you are. However, running is such a different sport and requires such a focused training to improve. I never saw any benefits in my running coming from rowing fitness. Rowing it much more likely to impact your bike split. Rowing will improve your core, which could help running, but not as much as a purely focused core effort. I'd stick to Harrys advice of using a cross trainer.

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28/01/2014 at 12:34

Hi guys.

I'm doing my first ironman 70.3 this summer at Ironman 70.3 UK. I'm trying to find an accurate measure of how many metres climbing there are on the Bike and the Run. Has anyone who has done it got a Strava upload, or do they know how many metres climbing there is?

Also, I'm looking to do the course in March as a training run. Does anyone know if it's signposted at any other time other than the event (i.e. little signs on lamposts)? I'm probably going to camp at Lake Wimbleball and just go from there.

Finally, if any of you have done 70.3 UK and want to give me any advice then feel free!

Thanks all!


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10/01/2014 at 12:51

Thanks Jamie. My parents live on the Wirral, so North Wales is actually pretty easy for me to get too for Slateman. Do you know of any Olympic distance races in March or April that are open water? I can't seem to find any. I'm pretty flexible on location to be honest.

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