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2018-01-19 10:11 AM
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I'm thinking doing this for 2018. Can anyone tell me a little about this race? It'll be my first IM. Should I be spending a lot of time training for hills? I have a lot to do since I'm only up to running 2.5 miles a run so far!


2018-01-19 1:38 PM
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I suggest you read the race reports, if you haven't already. The search bar will get you easily to those.  You will see that, weather-wise, 2016 and 2017 were VERY different. I did 2017 and jmkizer did 2016.

As for the hills, it really depends on what you are used to. For me (I live in a hilly area) the bike wasn't bad at all and the run hills were challenging but do-able (if I'd felt better on the run).

The IMChoo FB group is a great resource if you are on FB.

2018-01-19 3:16 PM
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Originally posted by rrrunner

I suggest you read the race reports, if you haven't already. The search bar will get you easily to those.  You will see that, weather-wise, 2016 and 2017 were VERY different. I did 2017 and jmkizer did 2016.

As for the hills, it really depends on what you are used to. For me (I live in a hilly area) the bike wasn't bad at all and the run hills were challenging but do-able (if I'd felt better on the run).

The IMChoo FB group is a great resource if you are on FB.

x2- I'll be doing the race in 2018 and will be training for hills on both bike and run, but more so on the run. Heard it's brutal for about half of the course. 

2018-01-19 3:35 PM
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Originally posted by lisac957

Originally posted by rrrunner

I suggest you read the race reports, if you haven't already. The search bar will get you easily to those.  You will see that, weather-wise, 2016 and 2017 were VERY different. I did 2017 and jmkizer did 2016.

As for the hills, it really depends on what you are used to. For me (I live in a hilly area) the bike wasn't bad at all and the run hills were challenging but do-able (if I'd felt better on the run).

The IMChoo FB group is a great resource if you are on FB.

x2- I'll be doing the race in 2018 and will be training for hills on both bike and run, but more so on the run. Heard it's brutal for about half of the course. 

I would argue that it is less than half the course. The hills are on the far  side of the river. What goes up must come down so probably closer to 1/4 (or less) for serious uphill. 

2018-01-22 8:07 AM
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Originally posted by rrrunner

Originally posted by lisac957

Originally posted by rrrunner

I suggest you read the race reports, if you haven't already. The search bar will get you easily to those.  You will see that, weather-wise, 2016 and 2017 were VERY different. I did 2017 and jmkizer did 2016.

As for the hills, it really depends on what you are used to. For me (I live in a hilly area) the bike wasn't bad at all and the run hills were challenging but do-able (if I'd felt better on the run).

The IMChoo FB group is a great resource if you are on FB.

x2- I'll be doing the race in 2018 and will be training for hills on both bike and run, but more so on the run. Heard it's brutal for about half of the course. 

I would argue that it is less than half the course. The hills are on the far  side of the river. What goes up must come down so probably closer to 1/4 (or less) for serious uphill. 

That's good to hear!

2018-01-22 8:07 AM
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Originally posted by rrrunner

Originally posted by lisac957

Originally posted by rrrunner

I suggest you read the race reports, if you haven't already. The search bar will get you easily to those.  You will see that, weather-wise, 2016 and 2017 were VERY different. I did 2017 and jmkizer did 2016.

As for the hills, it really depends on what you are used to. For me (I live in a hilly area) the bike wasn't bad at all and the run hills were challenging but do-able (if I'd felt better on the run).

The IMChoo FB group is a great resource if you are on FB.

x2- I'll be doing the race in 2018 and will be training for hills on both bike and run, but more so on the run. Heard it's brutal for about half of the course. 

I would argue that it is less than half the course. The hills are on the far  side of the river. What goes up must come down so probably closer to 1/4 (or less) for serious uphill. 

That's good to hear!



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