You are not alone—most single discipline athletes such as runners, swimmers and cyclists are intrigued with the aspects of an IRONMAN training season, not to mention the allure of completing a 140.6-mile long event. Dec 16, 2020 #21 YBN_Zay said: Dangit you saw it before I corrected it Click to expand... lol . You’re absolutely right. The one problem and recurring fear was the fact that I swam like a cinder block. Go. Athletes who want to improve their race times benefit the most from his personalized training programs. On the day it was brutally hot, humid and a course that was very hilly on both the bike and run. At this moment all you can do is trust in your training, enjoy the day and take it all in. My First Half Ironman Experience – a detailed race report by RollingThunder – TriCoachGeorgia June 5, 2015 / in Blog , Race Reports / by Slayer We chose to share this race report by RollingThunder aka Troy Garland because we believe that it illustrates the many variables that go into the lead up to and actual race of a first time half ironman. A. Gadgets: Save some cash by not investing in numerous gadgets in your first year of IRONMAN. After years of marathons, short course triathlons and countless century rides, I began talking about the Ironman quest with the enthusiasm of a 7-year-old child on Christmas Eve. Posted on May 20, 2019 May 20, 2019 by Ashley Edwards. I must have done something right because I smiled through the entire bike portion of the race. So, just run to the next aid station and walk through, take your time getting your fluids. Again, trust in your training. And eventually, it began to come around. It was a very slow and gradual progression for me. Consider renting a car since you want to be off your feet as much as possible, and having your own wheels will keep you comfortable and minimize the stress of public transportation. Always make sure you are breathing and relaxed. The more nervous I got, the harder I would train. I gazed around hoping to catch a glimpse of family, but I didn’t spot anybody. I even ordered the prior year’s race video just so I could watch it over and over again. best. Training gear, bike, nutrition, accessories, training races, wet suit and shoes are all things to budget for. I say we, because it was a joint family and coach decision. However, I wasn´t a big fan of the uphills. Make sure they understand that for the next few months you will need their support to focus on training. Once you arrive at the race, your bike and gear will be waiting for you and at the end of the event they will pick up your bike and gear and ship it back home. Triathlon is not a cheap sport so plan accordingly. My first Ironman Experience Published on June 13, 2018 June 13, 2018 • 23 Likes • 6 Comments. I tried my best not to get attached to it and avoid making any ‘official’ predictions – both … Posted by 7 months ago. Sign In Register Settings Sign out My account Subscribe Search Subscribe News. So, here’s a little advice: Think of the bigger picture, upcoming life events; vacations, kids, school, weather, work commitments, etc. I’m now officially an Ironman and very satisfied with my first attempt at the distance. Remember, it’s a long day out there so one little obstacle shouldn’t make or break your race. What I never considered was the running and swimming I had to do as well. If either of us needed to speed up or drop back, so be it. level 1 . My First Ironman. I went into the race with no major goals other than pushing myself, enjoy my birthday and finishing. The day began with breakfast at 3:30am and when I arrived at bodymarking at 5am a light mist was coming out of the air. 8/29/2006. The support was exceptional. My First Ironman. Then it was our turn to make that right hand turn and head into downtown Clermont. I finished the Ironman in Lake Placid on Sunday 7/23 in 16 hours and 25 minutes. At some point that broken toe from my swim started to really bother me, but that didn’t matter either. Discussion. It will be an emotional and physical roller coaster with its own peaks and valleys. I finally got a chance to put faces to many of the names that I conversed with through the race’s on-line discussion forum. I couldn’t believe that I had come this far. I … I guess the true beginning of my quest would have to be the very first Hawaii Ironman Triathlon that I watched on TV. Sort by. Some more common than others, but everyone has a reason. You will be tempted to leave transition at a higher pace than you should. It’s been on my bucket list to do a 70.3 but I thought it might be a good idea to try one as a relay first so I could get a feel for the experience. I even began to get emotional at certain points because I knew that my dream was that much closer to becoming a reality. I should have followed the swim strategy of the Iron Man triathlon author and expert Ray Fauteux and stayed totally to the left of everybody! From 5k’s to 10k’s to short distance triathlons and duathlons to 10-milers to half marathons to my first marathon in November of 1994. Original Poster 2 years ago. In 2018, I did my first half-Ironman at 70.3 Muskoka in July. The 10 things I wish I knew before my first Ironman . I had exactly eight months to prepare for the … Leave a reply. What mattered was that we were home. Close. The initial feelings were of panic and anxiety and it was very tough to get settled into any kind of rhythm. This is "Iron Man - My First Fly Board" by Alaeddine on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them. The dedication, focus and mindset of the athletes, and what they achieved has inspired me ever since. My First Ironman: The Experience Published by wmmcdonald73@gmail.com on October 26 , 2012 October 26, 2012. by Judy Weisseg (newsletter 10/31/12) The Beginning It is hard to believe that just about a year ago, WE decided I would do the Full ironman at Beach 2 Battleship. Just a quick and impulsive idea I had that I'm doing before Avengers: Endgame comes out. But also believe everything they say about this race being one of the most gratifying things you will ever experience. Is that so much to ask? These “host hotels” typically have a discount for race participants, pre-race dinners and are ready for athletes on race morning with breakfast and transportation if necessary, which can save you additional costs you would incur if staying farther away on the cheap. My First Ironman Experience. Discussion. Notify me of new comments via email. You’re absolutely right. A 1.9 km swim in open water, a 90 km ride on a racing bike and 21 km of running. Conserve your energy, eat, hydrate and don’t overextend yourself. I cannot wait to bring that fish line experience back to life again. By Steve | Published: August 21, 2007. My First Ironman Experience – Part 1 20 Apr. hide. Close. Still, I had no one but myself (and some bat-eating bastard in Wuhan) to blame for the predicament I now faced. Just be warned it will change your life forever! After that, settle into a comfortable pace but be ready for your body to start to feel uncomfortable. I cannot wait to bring that fish line experience back to life again. SkyLea MOE Member Joined Sep 9, 2018 Messages 66 Reactions 129. Nobody will be surprised to know that Daniel loves challenges. They didn’t look too far away. I began to realize that barring any freak accident, injury or act of God, I was going to be at the start of my first ironman. Not the race. Someone else told me that the training and the process of preparing is what makes the iron person. I thought that this was something that I needed to do once and get out of my system. Just remember to make sure the car is big enough to fit your bike and gear. As I cruised into T2, I realized that I could walk/run/crawl an 8-hour marathon and still make the 17-hour cutoff. Discussion. I knew my swim would be slow, but that didn’t matter. I really feel in my element with endurance triathlons now and am excited to continue with what I feel is the start of my Ironman journey. 7.3 Things I Learned From My First 70.3 by Malia Crouse-Mullen. “MonkeyBoy”) in the tent. Everyone has his or her reasons for being there. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. In one of those rides, when I felt unstoppable on my bike, I made the decision to sign up for my first Ironman 70.3. The first 10 minutes was a full washing machine. Deciding on an Ironman as my first venture into triathlon was greeted with incredulity and astonishment combined with a hint of, "well, you're full of yourself aren't you?" I would stand among the masses of other iron people, sharing a common thread and even a common existence. The energy and emotions will flood your body like nothing you’ve ever felt in your life. I draw parallel lines between the challenges we face in sport and those we face in life and try to use my involvement in the multisport world as a tool to encourage people to break through barriers and understand that all things are possible. I trained and I trained. But I persevered. The best way to avoid those crazy decisions made during a post-race high is to make them ahead of time. My First Ironman Experience – a detailed race report by Gator – TriCoachGeorgia August 7, 2015 / in Blog, Race Reports / by Slayer. Prior to training, I had never run more than two miles at any given time. save. She came to me last year with a vision and a goal to complete her first Ironman. I started getting confirmation back from family members and friends that they were planning on making the pilgrimage from Philadelphia to Florida with us. In 2018, I did my first half-Ironman at 70.3 Muskoka in July. More than likely, it was probably around 1982 or so. This is just a matter of experience. But eventually I did. In October 2006 I decided to try my first triathlon. The hills were tough, but manageable. The finish line of an IRONMAN event is indescribable. What a feeling. Or, at least have an idea of what might be next for you. It’s less than pleasant to have to do a four hour ride in the heat of the summer, or to run three-plus hours in sub-freezing temperatures. Ang hirap pala nito! My first ironman experience. The tension mounted. Adjust and adapt to the situation. In Part 2 of this series Liz will dive into what it was like to have a coach through this process. I really feel in my element with endurance triathlons now and am excited to continue with what I feel is the start of my Ironman journey. I must admit that the beginning of the swim was a bit rough. Aung Kham Kyaw Follow Digital Marketing Manager at Samsung Electronics. Nov 20, 2019 - There's a lot of experience in training and race execution to be taken away from my first Ironman triathlon. My Half Ironman Experience: Insight on what to expect for your first race eBook: Kane, Tim: Amazon.in: Kindle Store Time meant nothing. He did it abroad with his family in town in the United Kingdom at Bolton near Manchester. Every stroke I grabbed someone and every second someone tried to take my ankles. With each passing loop of the lake we would come back to our waiting families and friends as they continued to fuel our motivation. I train for my first IRONMAN full distance – 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run, and my fourth triathlon ever. To say I was nervous was understatement! As we gathered around and waded through the shallow waters of the lake, the tension mounted. Enjoy this moment, this is what you have been preparing yourself for all of these months. It was a dark and stormy morning too. Thread starter Miss_Andrew; Start date Dec 16, 2020 Prev. Believe everything that they say about the first 40 miles of the Great Floridian Triathlon being hilly. metalcupcake5 Active Member. To cut a long story short my total inexperience showed and I completely messed up my nutrition plan which ultimately caused me to collapse 5km into the run and put me in hospital! 1; 2; 3; Next. If things don’t go as planned, don’t panic. Amping up the distance simply means that you can do harder things. I've been grinding otherworldly beings from ranged level 27 to 45 now. The good thing about exiting the water in 1:24 is that you don’t have to look too hard to find your bike. I guess the true beginning of my quest would have to be the very first Hawaii Ironman Triathlon that I watched on TV. Last Sunday, the big day finally came around. I grabbed what I needed and was on my way. These are just the start and as you begin your research, you will find a ton of online information which can quickly become overwhelming. I just want to make cosmic runes. My favorite advice to first-time triathletes is: you can do hard things. On possibly one of the best autumnal days Melbourne could offer, I embarked on the biggest challenge of my fifteen years as a professional triathlete – Ironman Melbourne (3.8km swim, 180km bike, 42.2km run). I’ll take one broken toe. You will find yourself hungry for more and you might have to fight back the temptation to immediately sign up for another event. This is just a matter of experience. I do vlogs,gaming and trailersCreator Code: 28SWZ6https://teespring.com/stores/matte-a?page=1 This translated in my head to “Let the party begin”. In and out of the saddle, I made my way up and down the scenic roads. Refocus on the task at hand, stay hydrated, don’t lose motivation and lean on your fellow athletes and supporters to energize you to the finish. Encouraging words from friends, family members and co-workers kept me moving. That being said, a power meter or a heart rate monitor can help your coach identify your training needs more efficiently, and might help you pace better during the race, so if it is within your budget, consider investing in one or the other. This is your moment, take it all in: YOU ARE AN IRONMAN! By sharing her experience, we hope to increase the transparency for others interested in Becoming an Ironman. I like to keep perspective on what is actually happening in an IRONMAN 70.3 distance race. It took me almost 30 minutes to stand up and I told myself "AYOKO NA!" I strongly recommend this service. Some races have partnered up with companies who take care of bike and gear transport and it is definitely worth spending the money on this service. Archived. and, "a bit ambitious?" Race day goals should be simple for a first timer: “Just finish and enjoy the race.” That’s it. IRONMAN - THE COMPETITION. I knew I absolutely needed more. By Steve | Published: August 21, 2007. I found my wife and friends and we all shared in the victory. Race entry fees are about $600, and if you add in flights, hotel, transportation and gear shipping you’re easily hitting $2,000. As they get tired take this opportunity to ensure you are going straight and find the next swimmer to draft behind. Although I swear that by race day, it looked like they were extended out another half mile. Liz has agreed to offer insight via this interview. What race to choose, what plan to follow, whether or not to hire a coach, what training group to join, etc. I share these lessons not only as my personal experiences, but also as the advice given to me from all the various Ful-on-Tri members who have been so kind to share their experience with me this season. You always want to leave your first event of any distance happy and energized to improve and continue with that distance. My First Experience with Strippers – Timberman 70.3 Ironman. 1) Ask as many questions as you can. Again, I was very happy with that as I ran into transition and onto phase two. No girl. … share. I just needed to get through it. First ironman experience [Story] 6 comments. You’ll likely have to pay a premium, but it is worth it on race day. So even if you are feeling amazing on the bike, take a step back and realize that you have a marathon coming up soon. Let me first start off this blog by saying that I was one of those who said for years that I would NEVER do an Iornman. of we went. My personal posse was up to 10 people including my wife and two little iron girls. 186k members in the paradoxplaza community. I hear you all – shouldn’t you first finish a half Ironman? As I picked up the sight of the finish line, I saw my two daughters standing at either side of the shoot. of we went. California 1/2 Ironman: The run was my biggest fear. This thread is archived. Bikes: Consider getting a used bike, but make sure you have an expert inspect it to ensure it is safe to ride and it is the right fit for you. My first full distance IRONMAN is in the books and what an experience it has been. I’m not exactly sure which year, but I feel like it was 100 years ago. IRONMAN is a totally different animal and even if you are a seasoned runner, set yourself up for success by limiting the expectations that you put on yourself. My Half Ironman Experience: Insight on what to expect for your first race eBook: Kane, Tim: Amazon.com.au: Kindle Store R5: I have a bit over 100 hours of gameplay, so I decided to finally go for an ironman game. You are simply going farther than you did in a sprint distance race. I guess the true beginning of my quest would have to be the very first Hawaii Ironman Triathlon that I watched on TV. The encouragement scripted in chalk on the pathway from fellow athletes and family was awesome. BRATs is full of Ironman finishers at all levels, and BRATs works with first timers to those wanting to get on the podium or to Kona every day. Here is my story of how an Accountant became a huge supporter of Ironman triathlons. Chances are you will doubt yourself along the way. My First Ironman: 2018 Emilia-Romagna. 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