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2014-08-22 1:36 PM
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So right about it breaking up the ride! Gives me something to look forward to! One thing I cannot stand is sticky hands during a long ride. Ick!!


2014-08-22 2:42 PM
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Originally posted by midwesttrimom So right about it breaking up the ride! Gives me something to look forward to! One thing I cannot stand is sticky hands during a long ride. Ick!!

One of the great things about the Ironman is an aide station every 10 miles with water bottle hand ups.  Sticky?  Thirsty?  need more of something?  Just grab it from the volunteer holding it out for you.    Oooh, here's a little trick that people who train in hot climates know.  Near the end of the ride, when it starting to get hot, dump some of that water on your body to cool off.  Tricky to remember because it's usually so cool coming out of T1.

2014-08-23 4:13 PM
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Originally posted by midwesttrimom So right about it breaking up the ride! Gives me something to look forward to! One thing I cannot stand is sticky hands during a long ride. Ick!!

A veteran tip if you will permit me : A wet washcloth in a zip lock bag in your T2 bag or some of those pre-package wipes.   You will feel SO MUCH BETTER with a clean face and hands.  I have brought those little disposable toothbrushes too just to get the sweet sugar sweater coats off your teeth after 112 miles of sugar. 

2014-08-24 1:21 PM
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Originally posted by Socks

Originally posted by midwesttrimom So right about it breaking up the ride! Gives me something to look forward to! One thing I cannot stand is sticky hands during a long ride. Ick!!

A veteran tip if you will permit me : A wet washcloth in a zip lock bag in your T2 bag or some of those pre-package wipes.   You will feel SO MUCH BETTER with a clean face and hands.  I have brought those little disposable toothbrushes too just to get the sweet sugar sweater coats off your teeth after 112 miles of sugar. 




Yes! I love having my Burt's Bees pink grapefruit wipes, makes a huge difference. I also have minty gum for the run but the toothbrush idea sounds fantastic ....thanks for the tip ;-)

I sure hope the temp is cooler in 2 months! It's 99 here today :-(
2014-08-24 5:44 PM
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I'll be there for all of you at Water Station #4!! (Run Course) Volunteering for 9 hours.

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2014-08-24 7:51 PM
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Originally posted by stephsprint I'll be there for all of you at Water Station #4!! (Run Course) Volunteering for 9 hours.

Thanks Steph!  Cannot do this thing without you awesome Volunteers!



2014-08-25 1:12 PM
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Change of subject... Wheels!!

For the veterans/experience cyclists here... 808s? Yay or nay on this race?
2014-08-25 7:52 PM
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Originally posted by stephsprint

I'll be there for all of you at Water Station #4!! (Run Course) Volunteering for 9 hours.


Looking forward to see you !!!
2014-08-25 7:56 PM
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Change of subject... Wheels!!

For the veterans/experience cyclists here... 808s? Yay or nay on this race?


Depends on what you are replacing them with !
But sure, they're a great wheelset. A rear disk would also be a worthy option.

Depends on your budget and time considerations ... I figured a disk would save me 4 minutes approx over 112 miles, not enough in my case to justify 1000+$ for something i will use only 2-3 times a year. YMMV !


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Hope everyone is in good shape !

I completed my last prep race, Rev3 HIM in Old Orchard Beach, Maine this weekend. The course and organization was amazing. The weather also superb. A+

I am an OK swimmer but have no saltwater swimming experience so i figured a race with an ocean swim would be great. I am also recovering from a hamstring injury that has improved a lot lately, but i am still scared of hurting it again so i take great care and respect during run training.

I was taken by surprise by the ocean current which drifted me off course significantly after race start. I was a little slow to react because i had trouble actually believing i was drifting so much. I managed to get back in my groove and adapt to the situation by mid-course. I still managed to finish with a decent 31 minutes swim time. Rest of the race blew me away and i crossed the line in 05h06, a PR by a huge margin. My confidence and motivation for IMFL is sky high now.

The plan for me, for the next 10 weeks is simple.
- Stick to the workout plan, it works !
- Race weight diet time : Lose 5-8 lbs, this will improve my chances of making my goal time !
- Maintain a sharp focus until taper comes; 8 weeks of consistent and dedicated efforts.

I hope i can rub some of my motivation off on some of you guys if you need it !
Lets kick some @ss !

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2014-08-26 9:26 AM
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I would be renting for sure... just wondering if it would be too big of a change.

I've ridden 808s before, and I am comfortable on them, just curious if discs are worth it.


2014-08-26 12:51 PM
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Awesome, congrats on the race. I PR'd the New Orleans 70.3 back in April and know how good it feels. But mine was so long ago, I'm trying to remember it!

I'm biking and swiming to plan, and have finally been able to start back running. ART on my plantars fasciitis has helped. But I need to build up run volume these next 7-8 weeks, I just have to do it gradually to minimize any risk of further injury. I'm happy with my cycling and my swimming is meh. But I am just constantly thinking about that IMFL run.

I've heard there can be a current at IMFL. It doesn't look like I'll get in an ocean swim until that week I arrive.

FWIW, I sprang for a FLO disc recently (hard to beat that price), and will be running a FLO 60/disc combo at IMFL. I'll be trying it out at the Redman full aqua-bike next month, where I'll put pacing and nutrition to the test.
2014-08-26 1:24 PM
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I ride SRAM 60s.  I like them.  I have some HED3s for sale if anyone is interested.  100% of the money will go to my charity.  Donet to my cahrity I send you the wheels tax deduction. 

RE: plantar fascitis.  Get a night splint and wear it religiously it helps a LOT also be cautious of the wear on the shoes you wear to work.  As a fellow sufferer I changed out my work shoes and BAM I got better. I hate shoes and hate buying shoes so I tend to not replace them and I am on my feet a lot at work. 

My hip is quieting down and I am able to run short distances at least

Yesterday I was swimming at my usual pool but not my usual time and thee was a woman in teh next lane, clearly disabled plugging along with ONE ARM.  I stopped and chatted with her and she suffered a spinal cord injury in the military and only has the use of her left arm now. She is training for a HALF IRONMAN.  No excuses 

2014-08-26 2:16 PM
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I've been sleeping in the night boot for 8+ months. I've literally done all the home remedies (sole inserts, massage, ice, PF socks, etc.), and was keeping the pain to a minimal level. Then BOOM, a severe flare-up that made it hard to walk, much less run. But I'm happy to be back running.
2014-08-26 2:24 PM
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Originally posted by mbwallis I've been sleeping in the night boot for 8+ months. I've literally done all the home remedies (sole inserts, massage, ice, PF socks, etc.), and was keeping the pain to a minimal level. Then BOOM, a severe flare-up that made it hard to walk, much less run. But I'm happy to be back running.
  Been there done that got the T-shirt. 

2014-08-27 9:23 AM
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Some great info in these posts for a first timer - Thanks everyone - especially fueling/hydrating on the ride. I went through about 165 oz (1-1/2 gallons!) on a 4:30 ride in Saturday and could have used another bottle the last :30. Hot, humid South Carolina afternoon. Anyway I found out weekend of Oct 10 - peak training weekend before taper - have to attend a wedding in Myrtle Beach. Good news is that I can get flat race-like conditions for bike/run and ocean swim. Bad news is scheduling 10 hrs or so of training around family festivities. Anyone here live in or close to Myrtle want to plan a training weekend together?


2014-08-28 2:43 PM
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I, too, am traveling that same weekend (October 10) in the Portland area. My hubby planned an anniversary trip for us, which was nice, but stressing me out. I've decided to get all my bike rides and swims in early that week and run long while there. No bike rental co close by and no place to swim. . Good luck!
2014-08-29 2:55 PM
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You guys are already looking at October?  I'm having trouble figuring out what I'm doing tomorrow! 

Actually, I pulled something in my left ITB vicinity, and on the next run pulled something on the inside of the thigh on the same leg.  ARG!  Don't have time to be injured.  Oh well, Biking and pool don't appear to bother it too much.  Walking is fine too. 
During my swim today I was picturing the water at PCB.  It's lovely there.  We saw all sorts of fish on one of our practice swims last year.  It was pretty awesome.  Saw two baby manta rays too.

I can hardly wait, but have some significant training to do between now and then.

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