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iestyn999




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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doonhamer wrote:
iest999 wrote:
I've entered, as my first Ironman. Also first post on here. I'm grateful of any tips or advice for making it as painless as possible.....if possible!


Hi Iestyn, why would you want to enter an IM? My advice would be practice smiling for the camera.



Did you find that penny?? By the time I'm done the photographers will need some pretty powerful flash guns to catch me smiling.....
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iestyn999




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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SGreg wrote:
Ride up ALOT of hills


Thanks for the tip. I'm stuck in the garage on the turbo at the moment though.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You need to get a pile of books under that front wheel so you practice hills on your turbo. Ride hills, hills and more hills (as has previously been said). Then follow TC's advice of walking the hills on the run (I will be when I go back in 2018). My first IM and definitely an incredible experience.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get down to Tenby and ride a few laps of the course, a recce will be invaluable.
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iest999




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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JD-ScarabTri wrote:
You need to get a pile of books under that front wheel so you practice hills on your turbo. Ride hills, hills and more hills (as has previously been said). Then follow TC's advice of walking the hills on the run (I will be when I go back in 2018). My first IM and definitely an incredible experience.


Thanks for the advice. I'm wondering how slow I need to do the bike to enable me to run, if possible. But I'll probably go with your advice and experience and settle with walking the hills.
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iest999




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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WhittleFit wrote:
Get down to Tenby and ride a few laps of the course, a recce will be invaluable.


I'll get down there when the weather improves. What would you recommend doing? The whole bike? Some of the bike and some of the run? I've no trained for full distance before but done a few middle distance races. I live near the sea so getting some "choppy" swims in won't be a problem for me.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

iest999 wrote:
WhittleFit wrote:
Get down to Tenby and ride a few laps of the course, a recce will be invaluable.


I'll get down there when the weather improves. What would you recommend doing? The whole bike? Some of the bike and some of the run? I've no trained for full distance before but done a few middle distance races. I live near the sea so getting some "choppy" swims in won't be a problem for me.


Enter the Wales Swim and Wales Sportive parts of the LCW
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

blindcider wrote:
iest999 wrote:
WhittleFit wrote:
Get down to Tenby and ride a few laps of the course, a recce will be invaluable.


I'll get down there when the weather improves. What would you recommend doing? The whole bike? Some of the bike and some of the run? I've no trained for full distance before but done a few middle distance races. I live near the sea so getting some "choppy" swims in won't be a problem for me.


Enter the Wales Swim and Wales Sportive parts of the LCW


Thanks. I'll do that.
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Bokkeuk




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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Iestyn

Try work out and practice a nutrition strategy - especially the bike leg.
I find that when the body is under stress I find it harder to eat and tend to just drink - mistake - you need to fuel consistently on the bike leg to enure you don't bonk on it and also to underpin your run.

Just my 2 pence worth... Smile
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WhittleFit




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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

iest999 wrote:
WhittleFit wrote:
Get down to Tenby and ride a few laps of the course, a recce will be invaluable.


I'll get down there when the weather improves. What would you recommend doing? The whole bike? Some of the bike and some of the run? I've no trained for full distance before but done a few middle distance races. I live near the sea so getting some "choppy" swims in won't be a problem for me.


Doing the LCW bike and swim would be beneficial, but if you get to do a recce on the course outside of the LCW I wouldn't do the whole bike route, I'd do the 70 mile bike loop or 2 loops of the smaller (harder) 40 mile loop.
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Jan




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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At least do 1 of the 40 mile loops as you will get to experience the 2 major climbs.
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WhittleFit




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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jan wrote:
At least do 1 of the 40 mile loops as you will get to experience the 2 major climbs.

People always talk about the climbs at Wisemans Bridge and Saundersfoot (Heartbreak Hill), but it's all the other ones that can really catch you out if you're not prepared for them, like the drag out of Pembroke, Freshwater West, Carew, Templeton, Narberth, etc, etc. It's a tough day in the saddle, that's for sure (oh, yeah, then the hilly run!).
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

None of the climbs are particularly bad, it is just the accumulation of them that wears you down.
The only really steep one was Wiseman's as far as I remember.

I never had a chance to get there and do a reccy and while I would advise that you do, if you can it isn't the end of the world. Just ride routes with lots of short, sharp hills - even doubling back on yourself to repeat them from each side if you have to.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ah stuff it. Mrs FP persuaded me to enter, so I'm in, gawd help me. Shocked

Staying at the Atlantic.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see today that Paul Kaye isn't announcing this year. Does it really matter?

As for training, I'm slowly getting back into things. I even ran 4km yesterday and swam 1k after work. rest day today Wink
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