Iron Man switzerland
treefrog Posts: 1,242
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Hello , I'm new to 220, triathlon & this forum so tolerate my ignorance. Anyway I've entered IronMan Switzerland and would appreciate any kit advice especially about the cycle - gearing, aerobars or not, aero helmet or not ... and if so what helmet?
i have downloaded the course and there are a couple of decent hills and one called "heartbreak hill" so gearing ratios my need to be changed. the run looks to be pretty flat as it runs along the banks of the lake.
i am lead to beleive that there are alot of firemen from up and down the country doing this event, some of which are ironman veterans and so i suppose we could plea to them if any of them are out there!?!?!?!!?[:D]
was i right in summising that the run is flat too?
crawling will definitely be a fixture for me.
this will sound like a completely amatuerish question (which i am so it is ok) but the aid stations where you collect a bag of goodies? is this bag provided by the race or is it one you bring and place at the station that you think you are going to need it?
what do you put in it? sandwiches, energy drinks, tea, coffe, doughnuts etc
13-14 hours!! as long as i am over the line by 16:59:59 i will be a happy little boy.
treefrog - that sounds like a good set up for your bike. i have a full carbon dolan palloatta with full integra and vuelta wheels. the flight deck is TT noting daft as ran out of cash to put carbon on there. although, i am hoping to upgrade the wheels before the race.
in realtion to training - the guy i am training with likes to break the larger distances down as it gives more acheivable immediate goals. do the course you have but do one lap and do it well then build it up to two laps then three etc. just plodding for 40km is going to bore you into submisson and make you hate what you have tried so hard to acheive.
Has anyone got any advice for the swim - I have never swam in open water and its my weakest discipline; when should I start open water swimming? What are the key things for a smooth trnansfer from pool swimming to the open water?
ps Happy new year to everyone and keep up the training
i am not a very good swimmer either but as long as you can relax in the environment and you know you have swam that distance in the pool then you can transfer it to the open water.
All the best to you all for the coming year!!
JonE - i am a little confused, how can you clear your stuff between each discipline?
Ive just had a look at the website and it does say that they test the water an hour before. Thats out of order IMHO!
Its a bit weird though as it does say that the promotor can overrule this and allow wetsuits if they see fit?
Im doing the Lanzarote and their website say the water will be 22.C and thus wetsuits are allowed.
Ill be honest, its my first triathlon and theres no way id risk going round the first Bouy 'mad crush turn' without a wetsuit. get kicked in the head, KO,ed and end up on the bottom. No way!
Personally today was not a good training day - I did a 5.5 off road mountain race today and was over 6minutes down on my last years performance, and to add insult to injury the alltime course record was broken today; I put it down to the 30 kmer ,5 extra kgs and a certain amount of over celebration,back to the monks life for me!
training over xmas has been a disaster for me. the only highlihgt was that i got a turbo as a pressie. i had a lsight accident before xmas and so damaged my neck which halted the training so playing catch up now.
treefrog - i have booked my hotel through nirvana europe and have opted for the one just outside the town but has the benefit of other things to keep the missus interested!!
i hope and pray that it is a wetsuit race as i need that extra buoyancy!!
Over the Christmas period I got a layer of natural bouancy - which accounts for the slow race times and the inspiration to run and swim long distances. One of the main reasons I wnt it to be a wetsuit race is that I bought a new wetsuit for the race and I want to use it!!
motorhead??? more of a rage against the machine man myself. still it is all ROCK i suppose.
treefrog - i get the impression your a former cyclist turned triathlete, with this in mind can you kindly advise on technique? i have one leg that works like a piston (this is good i am lead to beleive) but the other just kind of does its own thing?
Anyway regarding your piston-like leg and the "redundant" one I concentrate on keeping both legs loose, and make circles with the legs as I pedal - it might help to give extra thought on the up stroke of the "redundant leg"? Also I tend to pedal with both feet pointing downwards, and tend to prefer low gears and a high cadence on anything except a flat piece of road. Hope this is of help!