Have you done an Ironman?

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    Jan 05, 2007 5:26 PM GMT
    Just getting back in shape after a foot injury. I'm doing a couple of Olympic triathlons this spring and the half Vineman again this summer, but after that want to try my first full Ironman in the next year or so. Anyone have any recommendations on a good one to do? Also, any major things I should be aware of jumping from a half to a full? I live in CA, but always love a good excuse to pack up my bike and travel...
  • UStriathlete

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    Jan 06, 2007 4:26 AM GMT
    hey jeff:

    Canada IM is super nice and so is Vineman in Santa Rosa. Plus the weather is nice in both places. that's what you have to be careful of. If you really want to travel, Australia has real home feel, big but not to big. hope that helps.
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    Jan 07, 2007 12:40 AM GMT
    Thanks - I've done the Half Vineman, so I'll look into Canada. Would love to go to Australia, but alas, not possible right now. I appreciate the help!
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    Feb 09, 2007 5:56 AM GMT
    Ironman Canada has a great bike course, you travel through several towns and over two mountain passes. None of those boring repeated loops like so many other long course triathlons (don't get me started about Ironman Arizona - grim).
    I also like racing in Australia however,as has been already said here, the weather can be volatile in the tropics. We started with a swim during an electrical storm, moved into a very windy bike and then got fried by hot sun in the marathon. Tough day.
    If you want to try an intermediate step, perhaps consider the new 101 format. It is a bit shorter than a full Ironman - 3km swim, 130 km bike and a 30km run. There is a 101 event in CA this June. Check out there web site: http://www.trioneoone.com/
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    Apr 27, 2007 1:51 AM GMT
    I can tell you more after I do IM Louisville in August........my 1st........I have heard the IM Fl is the 'easiest'.......Very flat.

    Thinking about IM Wis for next summer

    More Info when I have it!

    Best,

    Drew
  • swimbikerun

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    Aug 15, 2007 1:55 AM GMT
    Yes! Just did Ironman Vineman!
    One big thing is to train for the ride as close as possible to the actual terrain you will be encountering.
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    Oct 07, 2007 12:35 AM GMT
    I did Ironman Florida in Nov. 2004. It is great for a first go at it. Training again, with some colleagues and friends, for a 70.3 in summer of 2008. I love seeinging poeple get pumped with the IRONMAN spirit!!!
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    Feb 03, 2008 7:28 PM GMT
    at least from lessons I have learned in Ironman training is centuries, centuries, centuries ...and run a little after every bike..even if its 20 minutes...I pack up each weekend and head to WI. Big, empty hilly spaces to train. Of course, depends on the IM course you choose, but I figure even if its a flat course, Im going to do as many centuries on hill courses as I can in season. Good Luck man!! Im off to IMLOU this year....anyone do it last year?
  • Atriathlete

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    Feb 18, 2008 3:01 AM GMT
    IM Lou, you're a brave man. Sounds very hot, but the people I know who did it seemed to have fun.

    I'm doing Beach to Battleship in NC this year. Full distance without the iron brand. Any other tri geeks in the DC area?
  • UStriathlete

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    Feb 18, 2008 3:25 AM GMT
    Can't wait for IM OZ in 7 weeks!

    if you need a reason to pack your bike, it's totally worth it!