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tin pot




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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:22 pm    Post subject: October events: Rhodes, Czech, Portugal, USA Reply with quote

Hi all,

Mulling over a long distance event in October if training goes well for The Gauntlet.

So far as dates go, my options are;

IM Louisville, USA
Winterman Xtreme, Czech - the opposite of what I need right now, but intriguing
Spirit of 78, Porto, Portugal - lots of loops bike and run
Ocean Lava Rhodes - half term so could have family fly in separately
IM Florida


Ocean Lava Rhodes was my top choice but kids are busy Saturday so canít fly until Saturday nighttime. Iíd have to fly early, separately - total cost quite high but part of a holiday. Race cost low.

Czech/Portugal - total cost low but may not be great experiences

IM Louisville/Florida - race cost high, donít know much about them. Wife may kill me for going to the US without them.

Opinions?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Presuming you have specifically excluded IM Barcelona, which is the week before Louisville?

There's also the Mallorca LCW if you wanted to spread it out a bit.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

did IM Florida back in 2007 - my IM PB. lovely sea swim; flat fast boring bike course mainly through wooded country but can be a bit of a draft fest; very flat 2 lap run through houses and into a state park but well supported.

Panama City Beach is an odd place - beautiful 17 mile white beach spoilt by huge condos on the coast - a bit like a US version of Torremelinos.

used to sell out in minutes back in the day when there were fewer IM - don't know about these days.

worth doing for the PB but otherwise I can think of more inspiring places
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tin pot




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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Barcelona sold out ages ago Sad

Florida sounds okay then. If not amazing.

Cheers.
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