Advice on which iron man course for first event
I'm looking for advice on which iron man triathlon to do next season (2017) as my first long distance event.
Over the last four years I've gone from a 19 1/2 stone slob to having the fitness to complete all of the tri distances up to half iron last year in a breathtaking 7 hours 20 - well it certainly took my breath away!
My main aims would be a freshwater swim and a reasonably flat run - I did my half iron at the Monster Middle in Ely last year which is a very hilly run and I ended up walking a lot more than I wanted.
I've also over the last few years completed a few long distance swims like the Hampton Court Swim on the Thames (3.6km in 1h 26) and bike rides like Lands End to John O'Groats (980 miles in a leisurely 14 days averaging about 70 miles per day) so my swim/bike stamina is not my main concern, my running is my weak spot hence wanting to avoid challenging hills as far as possible on the run.
This year I consolidated and did an Olympic and a few sprints to build up my overall speeds.
Obviously I am looking to complete not compete - based on my previous times I'm confident I can finish in well under 16 hours so my target will be to get as near to 15:30 as I can. I was incredibly proud to finish each of my tri's so far and have raised a lot of money for cancer research (this all started with my own diagnosis 3 1/2 years ago - all fine now thankfully!)
Any advice on events will be very gratefully accepted.