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2008-05-15 6:23 PM

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Subject: Which IM for Your First
If I survive my first HIM this summer, I want to do a full in 2009. I live in Indiana and am considering IMWI since I could drive to that one. I don't want to do IMKY. I am also looking at IMLP and IMCDA, as well as IMAZ since it is later in the year now.

For the last 3, I would have to fly, so they are on equal terms as far as logistics.

I guess IMFL would also be a possibility. Any suggestions, advice, experiences would be welcome.

The only one I can see going to in person to register the day registration opens would be IMWI. The rest, I would have to take my chances online.

Thanks.

Due to my winter climate, I don't want one that is too early in the season since I don't get outside to ride until at least March, if not April.

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2008-05-16 8:47 AM
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There are plenty of late season 140.6 Indie races you should consider as well, unless you're dead set on doing an IM brand race.

If for some reason you miss out on registering in person on Sept. 8th in Madison you should explore the idea of doing an Indie race.  Redman in Oklahoma City is in late September.  You can register for this race as late as a month or so before the event.  No need to wait online or drive to register.

2008-05-16 9:37 AM
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Gregkl - 2008-05-15 6:23 PM

If I survive my first HIM this summer, I want to do a full in 2009. I live in Indiana and am considering IMWI since I could drive to that one. I don't want to do IMKY. I am also looking at IMLP and IMCDA, as well as IMAZ since it is later in the year now.

For the last 3, I would have to fly, so they are on equal terms as far as logistics.

I guess IMFL would also be a possibility. Any suggestions, advice, experiences would be welcome.

The only one I can see going to in person to register the day registration opens would be IMWI. The rest, I would have to take my chances online.

Thanks.

Due to my winter climate, I don't want one that is too early in the season since I don't get outside to ride until at least March, if not April.


As far as time of year, if you dont want early season, IMFL, KY, WI or AZ would be best. CDA, you would only get a couple of months riding in outside maybe, same for IMLP. LP is borderline, so that would depend more on what type of course you would like. If travel is a factor, sounds like WI would be the best bet, for signing up in person, and travel to the race itself. Signing up in person is about the only way to guarantee a spot. But there typically are some online spots. Again, its a gamble, so in person is best if you KNOW you want a spot at a particular race.
2008-05-16 12:41 PM
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2008-05-16 8:30 PM
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You know, I never thought about non Ironman brand races. That might be a good idea. Are they well organized and put together? Can I still get an Ironman tattoo and call myself an ironman?

If anyone knows of Indie 140.6 races that are good and maybe even close, I would like to hear about them! Thanks so far for the feedback!
2008-05-16 11:26 PM
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I don't want one that is too early in the season since I don't get outside to ride until at least March, if not April.

My very first IM race and branded race was Brazil. I registered 29 days before the race because it was still OPEN unlike IM races in North America.  I didn't have to plan a year to a year in a half out for this.

I was doing some winter base training here in MN with friends that had already singed up.  I pretty much was doing everything they were doing so I felt I was I would be in shape if I continued training with them.  I was already planning on going down with them to take pictures of them racing but ended up racing with them as well.

If you add up the cost of getting to the race a year ahead of schedule just so you can register and then add the travel cost to get there and race that combined would be just shy of what we paid to get to Brazil in total.  We did a package deal with EST and it was great, they took care of everything down to the little details.  All you had to do was get your game face and race...

The race is usually around Memorial weekend, end of May.  We didn't get outside until the end of March and we still had plenty of time for our 100 mile rides here in the frigid tundra we call MN.

It was an awesome course and an awesome experience that we are planning on going back in 2009 or 2010.  We originally went in 2006.

Doing races like WI, AZ, FL, LP and Canada is a hassle when it comes to registering unless you are willing to pay extra to get a race entry after it fills up.  We did Switzerland last year and FL.  We had no problem regsitering for Swizterland from the comfort of our own homes.  The only reason most of us got into FL last year was becasue we had friends racing or volunteering the year before and at that time they could get a registration for a friend which save most of us the hassle.  We took care of the with with a free meal once the got home and thanked them for the help.

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2008-05-17 10:18 AM
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Montreal in september is pretty inexpensive and a great irondistance for first timers and family since it is a short circuit .41 laps on the bike course and 9 on the run .I did that race last year 2 months after lake placid and I had a great time .
2008-05-17 8:16 PM
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Gregkl - 2008-05-16 9:30 PM You know, I never thought about non Ironman brand races. That might be a good idea. Are they well organized and put together? Can I still get an Ironman tattoo and call myself an ironman? If anyone knows of Indie 140.6 races that are good and maybe even close, I would like to hear about them! Thanks so far for the feedback!

I did Redman last Sept. and it was excellent. Very well run and organized and they did a great job caring for the athletes. One word of caution on it though it is small. 200 or so people in the full (they also have a half) so if you want all the bells and whistles better stick with IM brand.

2008-05-18 7:29 AM
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I'll check that out. I don't mind smaller races. I quit doing the running races that have 35,000 people in them. I prefer them to be much smaller. I notice your doing Steelhead this year. I am too. Do you know how big that one is?
2008-05-19 5:00 AM
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My first IM is the Norseman this August, not an IM branded race but where else can you get a finish view like this




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2008-05-19 10:22 AM
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IMOO!!!!

Madison puts on a great race!


2008-05-19 1:21 PM
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what was the OP reason for not wanted to do IMKY??? it seems to fit the time frame well and it's wasn't that fast to sell out (2wks+) so you could do everything on line
2008-05-19 3:27 PM
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I'm doing IMLP for my first as it is driveable for my family. I went up last weekend to train and will go again in June.

A couple of negatives for IMLP is the cost of staying there. There are not a lot of hotels and lots of folks rent houses for $2500-3500 for a week. There are less expensive options farther out of town.

We figured the cost of another IM would be about the same with flights and rental car and housing compared to just housing at Lake Placid.

Living in the Northern US later IM's allow you to train in better weather. My coach encouraged me to do Fl but logistically for my family it didn't work well.

Make a list of pros and cons of each; what your family/work life will be like in the 3-12 weeks prior to that IM to see if training and life blend well; things you like about the course or not and it will be clear which IMs are best for you.

2008-05-19 3:27 PM
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2008-05-19 4:05 PM
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I also heard good things about Redman. I'm likely going to do the half this year on Sept. 20 to see if it's everything people say it is. If so, I plan to do the full 140.6 in 2009. I wouldn't mind doing an m-dot brand race but to me an ironman is an ironman.
2008-05-19 4:49 PM
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Now THAT's a race!  Didn't they have one year when Bjorn Andersson was the ONLY finisher?  That's nuts.

Good luck!

Why would you do that?  Not "because I can", but rather, "because I could fail".  No better reason to give it a try, right?



2008-05-19 7:25 PM
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Bluepoolshark - 2008-05-19 6:00 AM My first IM is the Norseman this August, not an IM branded race but where else can you get a finish view like this

Kick azz!!  Supposedly the "hardest" iron distance on the planet!  That would rock!

(And isn't is fully self-supported on the run??  That's hardcore.)

To the OP, my idea for my first was one that suited my strengths and was within both my means and driving distance.  So I did IMFL.  This year I am in for IMLP because it is also within driving distance and the family and I can make a summer vacation out of it.  That was really the driving force behind my selections - proximity and timeline.

2008-05-20 2:09 AM
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Daremo - 2008-05-20 1:25 AM

Kick azz!!  Supposedly the "hardest" iron distance on the planet!  That would rock!

(And isn't is fully self-supported on the run??  That's hardcore

Its fully self supported for the bike and run, think they might have one aid station on the run before you head off up the mountain!! 8000m of climbing and I live in one of the flattest places in the UK!!
2008-05-20 10:43 AM
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The reason I am not interested in IMKY is that A) I kinda would like to go somewhere new since I travel there monthly on business. B.) The heat issue. and C) swimming in the Ohio River.

I could maybe be sold on doing it since logistically it would be easiest.
2008-05-20 10:58 AM
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Then maybe go for LP or WI.  Both are still in the summer and would be relatively easy for driving distance I would think.
2008-05-21 2:36 PM
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The one big benefit of doing a race that you are close to or would go to for registration is the chance to get familar with the course. I registered for Louisville since I couldn't get in anywhere else, and it had yet to be sold out. Then I worried for 4 months wondering if I should go there to get familar with the course. As fate would have it, a work conference took me there anyway, and I just skipped out on a morning to drive the course.

Now I'm no longer worried about not seeing the course. I'm just worried about all those damn hills. Maybe I'd be better off not having seen them


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