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    Dec 26, 2012 9:55 PM GMT
    Training for my first ironman. Doing Texas in may. Would love to just meet some like minded soles. It would be great to talk to some guys who are Trianon or have completed an ironman or half iron.
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    Dec 26, 2012 10:33 PM GMT

    Good for you mate -- I hope you have a great winter training period; injury-free and peaking on schedule for your big race.

    One bit of advice if you don't know already: know your body's fueling, electrolyte and hydration needs by experimenting through this phase of the training and then adjust from it as a base as you go into the next phases leading to the race. Lots seem to neglect this and go into the big day without a clue as to what their body is demanding and the cost is too often cramps, bonking, or a disappointing time. Winter gives you lots of time to find out what works for you.
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    Dec 26, 2012 10:44 PM GMT
    Definitely something I will have to keep in mind! Thanks for the suggestions. Have you done ironmans?
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    Dec 26, 2012 10:51 PM GMT

    Not the race, just the training for them -- many of my friends prefer that distance so I've hung in with them for the training. I prefer OD sprints. I'm waiting till I slow down before I transition over to long course. icon_wink.gif

    Have you got (do you want) a coach and a plan? I'd advise it if you want the payoff on raceday.
  • Profire

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    Dec 27, 2012 12:25 AM GMT
    Good luck with your training and nutrition.

    There is no magic formua.
    Just lots of time in the saddle.

    If you want to connect to other triathletes, try www.slowtwitch.com

    If you have any specific question you I can probably answer.
    I did IMAZ and training for Zurich.

  • calibro

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    Dec 27, 2012 12:59 AM GMT
    sorry, tony stark is a dickhead... team captain america all the way!
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    Dec 27, 2012 1:13 AM GMT
    I'm training for my first half-ironman that I've got this summer. Hoping to actually be competitive rather than just finish, so I'm sure I'll be looking to figure out the same things as you (though maybe on a smaller scale. XD I'd love to talk with you if you'd like to, though!
  • Labrat2011

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    Dec 27, 2012 1:52 AM GMT
    I agree...know what your body likes and doesn't like for its needs during the long rides and runs. Use winter to get in those base rides and runs. I did IM Lake Placid, you need the base and know your foods you want or will need. And try to stay injury free, add the distances in the saddle and on the road carefully...my physio, chiro, and massage therapist helped me in the mega miles training....without them my body would not have survived.

    Good luck with training and the ironman...it is so worth the training!


    iracetris said
    Good for you mate -- I hope you have a great winter training period; injury-free and peaking on schedule for your big race.

    One bit of advice if you don't know already: know your body's fueling, electrolyte and hydration needs by experimenting through this phase of the training and then adjust from it as a base as you go into the next phases leading to the race. Lots seem to neglect this and go into the big day without a clue as to what their body is demanding and the cost is too often cramps, bonking, or a disappointing time. Winter gives you lots of time to find out what works for you.
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    Dec 27, 2012 2:49 AM GMT
    iracetris said
    Not the race, just the training for them -- many of my friends prefer that distance so I've hung in with them for the training. I prefer OD sprints. I'm waiting till I slow down before I transition over to long course. icon_wink.gif

    Have you got (do you want) a coach and a plan? I'd advise it if you want the payoff on raceday.


    Haha, makes sense. For some reason I have a stronger desire to finish a full than to be fast. I'm guessing after I accomplish this, I may have to tackle a new goal and then began focusing on speed in the shorter distances.
  • Ironman4U

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    Dec 27, 2012 3:10 AM GMT
    Hey, I've done Ironman races (hence my profile name) and will be training for another in 2013. I'm also a USAT certified triathlon coach. Congrats on tackling the Ironman. It's an awesome experience. If you have any specific questions, I'd be happy to provide my 2 cents worth.

    Cheers!

  • UStriathlete

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    Dec 28, 2012 9:46 PM GMT
    singlegradiu saidTraining for my first ironman. Doing Texas in may. Would love to just meet some like minded soles. It would be great to talk to some guys who are Trianon or have completed an ironman or half iron.


    Good goal for 2013.
    If you can afford a coach on www.teamtbb.com I would. I've done 24 ironmans and Kona 9 times.
    There is a lot of bogus information out there.

    Let me know if need help.
    Cheers
    Joey
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    Apr 21, 2014 5:33 AM GMT
    Thought I'd bump this thread because my event is drawing near.

    Racing at Coeur d'Alene on June 29th. Anyone else going to be there?

    Every week I seem to be worried about a different thing icon_biggrin.gif Up until this past week I was freaking out because my swims were getting worse. Now I'm cautiously optimistic that I've turned the corner on that, but I'm worried that I haven't spent enough time on the bike. I've only done two rides over 100 miles, and they were a while ago, and I wasn't making any special effort to be fast...

    And as someone who has trained for and raced marathons very well, I can't help but notice that my marathon training isn't where I'd like it to be by this point...
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    Apr 22, 2014 6:59 PM GMT
    singlegradiu saidTraining for my first ironman. Doing Texas in may. Would love to just meet some like minded soles. It would be great to talk to some guys who are Trianon or have completed an ironman or half iron.
    They have triathlons in Texasicon_question.gif If true than I guess the giant tea party state is showing some signs of diverse athletic interests. Wonders never cease.
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    singlegradiu saidTraining for my first ironman. Doing Texas in may. Would love to just meet some like minded soles. It would be great to talk to some guys who are Trianon or have completed an ironman or half iron.
    They have triathlons in Texasicon_question.gif If true than I guess the giant tea party state is showing some signs of diverse athletic interests. Wonders never cease.


    Wow. Nice to see a complete burst of utter ignorance from time to time....ever been to Austin genius? Not exactly the conservative capital of the world.....
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    CFL_Oakland saidThought I'd bump this thread because my event is drawing near.

    Racing at Coeur d'Alene on June 29th. Anyone else going to be there?

    Every week I seem to be worried about a different thing icon_biggrin.gif Up until this past week I was freaking out because my swims were getting worse. Now I'm cautiously optimistic that I've turned the corner on that, but I'm worried that I haven't spent enough time on the bike. I've only done two rides over 100 miles, and they were a while ago, and I wasn't making any special effort to be fast...

    And as someone who has trained for and raced marathons very well, I can't help but notice that my marathon training isn't where I'd like it to be by this point...


    My friend take a deep breath! You'll do fine. This race is all about pacing! Slow and steady in the water...you'll have a wetsuit of course. Yes do get time in the saddle. 80+ mile rides and 100 if you can. You're in oakland (?) so hit the hills. This will be a marathon like you've never done. Trust me. It's a bit of apples and oranges. If you have a running background that will help of course. Importantly(!) get your hydration and nutrition plan wired NOW. It's as important as the swim, bike or run. Start thinking about pacing. It's a looooong day. Slow and steady. Hit me up privately if you want to chat more. Did IM Texas last year (91 deg at the start of the marathon) and will do IM Arizona in November.....
  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 26, 2014 3:16 PM GMT
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    singlegradiu saidTraining for my first ironman. Doing Texas in may. Would love to just meet some like minded soles. It would be great to talk to some guys who are Trianon or have completed an ironman or half iron.
    They have triathlons in Texasicon_question.gif If true than I guess the giant tea party state is showing some signs of diverse athletic interests. Wonders never cease.


    Wow. Nice to see a complete burst of utter ignorance from time to time....ever been to Austin genius? Not exactly the conservative capital of the world.....
    FYI, I used to live in Austin for nine years and the overwhelming majority of triathletes in that shitty, miserable town were mostly mediocre wannabes. Triathlons and Texas just don't mix and that is the absolute truth. Football, baseball, drag racing, beer guzzling contests, and cattle rustling are the popular sports in the Giant Tea Party State of Texas. So put that under the rear tires of your pickup and smoke them at the stop sign bunky.
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    Apr 26, 2014 6:21 PM GMT
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    singlegradiu saidTraining for my first ironman. Doing Texas in may. Would love to just meet some like minded soles. It would be great to talk to some guys who are Trianon or have completed an ironman or half iron.
    They have triathlons in Texasicon_question.gif If true than I guess the giant tea party state is showing some signs of diverse athletic interests. Wonders never cease.


    Wow. Nice to see a complete burst of utter ignorance from time to time....ever been to Austin genius? Not exactly the conservative capital of the world.....
    FYI, I used to live in Austin for nine years and the overwhelming majority of triathletes in that shitty, miserable town were mostly mediocre wannabes. Triathlons and Texas just don't mix and that is the absolute truth. Football, baseball, drag racing, beer guzzling contests, and cattle rustling are the popular sports in the Giant Tea Party State of Texas. So put that under the rear tires of your pickup and smoke them at the stop sign bunky.


    Omg you're in a Buffalo? No wonder you're so bitter. State taxes and $4 gasoline. May 17...The Woodlands, Tx...Ironman....come on out. I'll host you and introduce you to hundreds of my "mediocre wannabe" triathlete friends as they cross the elite Ironman finishing line. I'm sure you know what that's like right???
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    Apr 26, 2014 7:06 PM GMT
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    singlegradiu saidTraining for my first ironman. Doing Texas in may. Would love to just meet some like minded soles. It would be great to talk to some guys who are Trianon or have completed an ironman or half iron.
    They have triathlons in Texasicon_question.gif If true than I guess the giant tea party state is showing some signs of diverse athletic interests. Wonders never cease.


    Wow. Nice to see a complete burst of utter ignorance from time to time....ever been to Austin genius? Not exactly the conservative capital of the world.....
    FYI, I used to live in Austin for nine years and the overwhelming majority of triathletes in that shitty, miserable town were mostly mediocre wannabes. Triathlons and Texas just don't mix and that is the absolute truth. Football, baseball, drag racing, beer guzzling contests, and cattle rustling are the popular sports in the Giant Tea Party State of Texas. So put that under the rear tires of your pickup and smoke them at the stop sign bunky.


    Omg you're in a Buffalo? No wonder you're so bitter. State taxes and $4 gasoline. May 17...The Woodlands, Tx...Ironman....come on out. I'll host you and introduce you to hundreds of my "mediocre wannabe" triathlete friends as they cross the elite Ironman finishing line. I'm sure you know what that's like right???
    Where in God's name is The Woodlandsicon_question.gif Is it near a major rail line and an interstate highwayicon_question.gif Is there electric service in this unknown placeicon_question.gif Never heard of it. I imagine most pro triathletes never heard of it either. Most participating triathletes must be from out of state anyways.
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    singlegradiu saidTraining for my first ironman. Doing Texas in may. Would love to just meet some like minded soles. It would be great to talk to some guys who are Trianon or have completed an ironman or half iron.
    They have triathlons in Texasicon_question.gif If true than I guess the giant tea party state is showing some signs of diverse athletic interests. Wonders never cease.


    Wow. Nice to see a complete burst of utter ignorance from time to time....ever been to Austin genius? Not exactly the conservative capital of the world.....
    FYI, I used to live in Austin for nine years and the overwhelming majority of triathletes in that shitty, miserable town were mostly mediocre wannabes. Triathlons and Texas just don't mix and that is the absolute truth. Football, baseball, drag racing, beer guzzling contests, and cattle rustling are the popular sports in the Giant Tea Party State of Texas. So put that under the rear tires of your pickup and smoke them at the stop sign bunky.


    Omg you're in a Buffalo? No wonder you're so bitter. State taxes and $4 gasoline. May 17...The Woodlands, Tx...Ironman....come on out. I'll host you and introduce you to hundreds of my "mediocre wannabe" triathlete friends as they cross the elite Ironman finishing line. I'm sure you know what that's like right???
    Where in God's name is The Woodlandsicon_question.gif Is it near a major rail line and an interstate highwayicon_question.gif Is there electric service in this unknown placeicon_question.gif Never heard of it. I imagine most pro triathletes never heard of it either. Most participating triathletes must be from out of state anyways.


    Uummm. It's in this city called Houston. 4th largest in the US last time I checked. I think I know why Texas asked you to leave.
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    Apr 27, 2014 2:52 AM GMT
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    My friend take a deep breath! You'll do fine. This race is all about pacing! Slow and steady in the water...you'll have a wetsuit of course. Yes do get time in the saddle. 80+ mile rides and 100 if you can. You're in oakland (?) so hit the hills. This will be a marathon like you've never done. Trust me. It's a bit of apples and oranges. If you have a running background that will help of course. Importantly(!) get your hydration and nutrition plan wired NOW. It's as important as the swim, bike or run. Start thinking about pacing. It's a looooong day. Slow and steady. Hit me up privately if you want to chat more. Did IM Texas last year (91 deg at the start of the marathon) and will do IM Arizona in November.....


    Berkeley, which is Oakland for all intents and purposes, so yes, hills are inevitable. Actually I don't get much of an opportunity to train on flats, and the Coeur d'Alene bike course is pancake flat even compared to the gentlest routes around here. My "easy" 66-mile loop has more elevation gain than the entire bike course will.

    I've been thinking about the food issue. I don't tend to eat much when I run or bike. No food for my 40-mile ride, one clif bar for 66, two for 88, and a bit more for the 100-mile days. No food for runs up to 22 miles. Actually in one of my better marathons, I couldn't handle the sports drink they offered and threw it all up at the finish line, so I digested 0 calories over the marathon. It works for me because my stride is very efficient. But I'm sure it won't work as well for a longer effort.

    For now I'm just experimenting to see what sorts of things that my stomach can handle while biking or running. I've learned that I handle Clif bars well (Cool Mint Chocolate has caffeine, which is also a nice boost), and also really like the Naked Berry Veggie juice, though I'd probably dilute it by half. I also like a little bit of flavor (and nutrients) for my water, so I've been dissolving a packet of Emergen-C for my bike rides with great success.

    100.5 miles today, including a couple of huge hills. I got a flat tire at the top of a really steep, winding descent, but pulled through all right. Gonna relax a bit and go out for a run.
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    Apr 27, 2014 5:20 PM GMT
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    singlegradiu saidTraining for my first ironman. Doing Texas in may. Would love to just meet some like minded soles. It would be great to talk to some guys who are Trianon or have completed an ironman or half iron.
    They have triathlons in Texasicon_question.gif If true than I guess the giant tea party state is showing some signs of diverse athletic interests. Wonders never cease.


    Wow. Nice to see a complete burst of utter ignorance from time to time....ever been to Austin genius? Not exactly the conservative capital of the world.....
    FYI, I used to live in Austin for nine years and the overwhelming majority of triathletes in that shitty, miserable town were mostly mediocre wannabes. Triathlons and Texas just don't mix and that is the absolute truth. Football, baseball, drag racing, beer guzzling contests, and cattle rustling are the popular sports in the Giant Tea Party State of Texas. So put that under the rear tires of your pickup and smoke them at the stop sign bunky.


    Omg you're in a Buffalo? No wonder you're so bitter. State taxes and $4 gasoline. May 17...The Woodlands, Tx...Ironman....come on out. I'll host you and introduce you to hundreds of my "mediocre wannabe" triathlete friends as they cross the elite Ironman finishing line. I'm sure you know what that's like right???
    Where in God's name is The Woodlandsicon_question.gif Is it near a major rail line and an interstate highwayicon_question.gif Is there electric service in this unknown placeicon_question.gif Never heard of it. I imagine most pro triathletes never heard of it either. Most participating triathletes must be from out of state anyways.


    Uummm. It's in this city called Houston. 4th largest in the US last time I checked. I think I know why Texas asked you to leave.
    No Texas did not "ask me to leave", I left on my own free will because I could no longer stand living in such a hot, humid, un-American shithole that is loaded with illiterates and retards.
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    Apr 29, 2014 4:56 PM GMT
    CFL_Oakland saidThought I'd bump this thread because my event is drawing near.

    Racing at Coeur d'Alene on June 29th. Anyone else going to be there?

    Every week I seem to be worried about a different thing icon_biggrin.gif Up until this past week I was freaking out because my swims were getting worse. Now I'm cautiously optimistic that I've turned the corner on that, but I'm worried that I haven't spent enough time on the bike. I've only done two rides over 100 miles, and they were a while ago, and I wasn't making any special effort to be fast...

    And as someone who has trained for and raced marathons very well, I can't help but notice that my marathon training isn't where I'd like it to be by this point...
    The very best of luck to you in the triathlon in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. I heard that northern Idaho is very beautiful, scenic country. You should try to get the OP to do this race instead of going to god forsakened Texas.
  • JohnDoe9688

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    Apr 29, 2014 5:27 PM GMT
    Good luck dude! Ironmans are wickedly fun! You got this!
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    May 04, 2014 4:20 AM GMT
    Thanks for the encouragement, guys!

    I had a question for those of you who have done Ironman events in the past. How soon before race day should I plan to arrive in Coeur d'Alene? I'm going to need to take unpaid time off for this race (vacation doesn't kick in until the end of July), so I'd prefer not to have to take a ton of time off. But I also don't want to be stressed and rushed in the days before the race, and leave plenty of time for last-minute fixes and viewing the course.
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    Sep 15, 2014 6:02 PM GMT
    Glad to see so many other Ironmen! I have done Ironman Louisville twice. I've taken this year to focus on running. Going well! Making my return to tri next year with Ironman Louisville and Ironman Cozumel. Maybe another.