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2013-08-28 10:22 AM
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Question for everyone, what kind of gearing set up is everyone using. I'm using a standard 53/39 on the front and 12/27 on the back wheel. Hope that's enough, I'm a middle of the pack kinda guy and don't plan on attacking the hills.


I have a compact crank 50/34 up front and an 11-28 on the back. That's what I've been training with. I have no pride whatsoever, I'll be using the 34/28 if I have to I don't care whatever will get me through the bike course and onto the run lol.


2013-08-28 10:36 AM
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Originally posted by daviddclough in your T1 bag you might also want sunglasses, gloves and in your T2 you might want a hat or visor. If the sun is out it will be on the horizon and in your eyes during the run and will be blinding when you are heading down State Street. Great idea about the endurolytes in the bags. in my 2nd IMoo I dropped my baggy somewhere and I started cramping really bad about mile 13. They don't have salt tabs on the course. I am going to be stashing them all over the place.

 

They do have pretzels, from what I remember - it's not much but it helps a little.

2013-08-28 12:26 PM
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Originally posted by 1stTimeTri

Originally posted by daviddclough in your T1 bag you might also want sunglasses, gloves and in your T2 you might want a hat or visor. If the sun is out it will be on the horizon and in your eyes during the run and will be blinding when you are heading down State Street. Great idea about the endurolytes in the bags. in my 2nd IMoo I dropped my baggy somewhere and I started cramping really bad about mile 13. They don't have salt tabs on the course. I am going to be stashing them all over the place.

 

They do have pretzels, from what I remember - it's not much but it helps a little.




Run Course Menu included:
Pretzels, cookies, Bonk Breakers, Gels (sorry, can't recall what type), banana chunks, orange wedges, grapes, chicken broth (starting around sunset), coke, Perform, water, cold sponges (throw cleanliness to the wind) and I believe cups of ice.

There may have been one other quick fuel option (like Bonk Breakers), but it's slipping my mind.

When you are entering a Chow station, you will have ice, Perform, Water, Coke, food, perform, ice, water, sponges in that rough order. It seemed the food was centered, with beverages on the outsides. First Time, how long would you say the stations are, a couple hundred yards? The volunteers will be shouting out what they have, so just listen. Trust me...I was hoarse by the end of the shift.

Good luck everyone, can't wait to be inspired by ya'll!
2013-08-28 4:24 PM
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Originally posted by Gitterdone
Originally posted by 1stTimeTri

Originally posted by daviddclough in your T1 bag you might also want sunglasses, gloves and in your T2 you might want a hat or visor. If the sun is out it will be on the horizon and in your eyes during the run and will be blinding when you are heading down State Street. Great idea about the endurolytes in the bags. in my 2nd IMoo I dropped my baggy somewhere and I started cramping really bad about mile 13. They don't have salt tabs on the course. I am going to be stashing them all over the place.

 

They do have pretzels, from what I remember - it's not much but it helps a little.

Run Course Menu included: Pretzels, cookies, Bonk Breakers, Gels (sorry, can't recall what type), banana chunks, orange wedges, grapes, chicken broth (starting around sunset), coke, Perform, water, cold sponges (throw cleanliness to the wind) and I believe cups of ice. There may have been one other quick fuel option (like Bonk Breakers), but it's slipping my mind. When you are entering a Chow station, you will have ice, Perform, Water, Coke, food, perform, ice, water, sponges in that rough order. It seemed the food was centered, with beverages on the outsides. First Time, how long would you say the stations are, a couple hundred yards? The volunteers will be shouting out what they have, so just listen. Trust me...I was hoarse by the end of the shift. Good luck everyone, can't wait to be inspired by ya'll!

I like to shout out what I want as I walk through the aid station--usually H20 and ice (a lot of it!).  Cups of H20, Perform and Coke are sometimes spread out or not in the same order as other aid stations.  

2013-08-29 11:44 AM
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What does everyone's training logs look like in terms of hours (or mileage) put towards training for IMWI. I'll start

I started training at the beginning of the year

Swim - 96,603 yds, 31:35:00
Bike - 2889.73 mi, 162:00:23
Run - 805.58 mi, 112:52:26

With only about a week left in training I'll probably add another 10,000yds swimming, close to 100 miles biking and probably another 15 miles running.
Overall I've been pretty light on the swim and I hope it doesn't come back to bite me. I've increased my volume lately though with probably over half my swim volume done in the last 3 months. I feel pretty strong on the bike but am a bit worried my last long ride was a little too far out (early august)

I'd be interested to see how training hours stack up with goal times and actual time. I'm shooting for under 12:30 but would we happy with anything under 13:00


2013-08-29 12:38 PM
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Originally posted by eazyc10 What does everyone's training logs look like in terms of hours (or mileage) put towards training for IMWI. I'll start I started training at the beginning of the year Swim - 96,603 yds, 31:35:00 Bike - 2889.73 mi, 162:00:23 Run - 805.58 mi, 112:52:26 With only about a week left in training I'll probably add another 10,000yds swimming, close to 100 miles biking and probably another 15 miles running. Overall I've been pretty light on the swim and I hope it doesn't come back to bite me. I've increased my volume lately though with probably over half my swim volume done in the last 3 months. I feel pretty strong on the bike but am a bit worried my last long ride was a little too far out (early august) I'd be interested to see how training hours stack up with goal times and actual time. I'm shooting for under 12:30 but would we happy with anything under 13:00

 

I haven't logged a lot of workouts, so don't have the numbers to post.



2013-08-29 12:45 PM
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Originally posted by SSMinnow
Originally posted by Gitterdone
Originally posted by 1stTimeTri

Originally posted by daviddclough in your T1 bag you might also want sunglasses, gloves and in your T2 you might want a hat or visor. If the sun is out it will be on the horizon and in your eyes during the run and will be blinding when you are heading down State Street. Great idea about the endurolytes in the bags. in my 2nd IMoo I dropped my baggy somewhere and I started cramping really bad about mile 13. They don't have salt tabs on the course. I am going to be stashing them all over the place.

 

They do have pretzels, from what I remember - it's not much but it helps a little.

Run Course Menu included: Pretzels, cookies, Bonk Breakers, Gels (sorry, can't recall what type), banana chunks, orange wedges, grapes, chicken broth (starting around sunset), coke, Perform, water, cold sponges (throw cleanliness to the wind) and I believe cups of ice. There may have been one other quick fuel option (like Bonk Breakers), but it's slipping my mind. When you are entering a Chow station, you will have ice, Perform, Water, Coke, food, perform, ice, water, sponges in that rough order. It seemed the food was centered, with beverages on the outsides. First Time, how long would you say the stations are, a couple hundred yards? The volunteers will be shouting out what they have, so just listen. Trust me...I was hoarse by the end of the shift. Good luck everyone, can't wait to be inspired by ya'll!

I like to shout out what I want as I walk through the aid station--usually H20 and ice (a lot of it!).  Cups of H20, Perform and Coke are sometimes spread out or not in the same order as other aid stations.  

 

Gitterdone:  As per IM WI FAQ #21:
http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman/wisconsin/athletes/faqs.aspx#faq21

 

2013-08-29 12:48 PM
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Don't forget to check the FAQ's page:
http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman/wisconsin/athletes/faqs.aspx#axzz2dNgvNbUD

The spectator guide:
http://www.ironman.com/~/media/fb0cca1f62774e6780bbfc99e5eea12d/9%208%20im%20wisconsin%20spectator%20guide.pdf

The athlete guide:
http://www.ironman.com/~/media/50adbaaee4ec45e08041246b6614b2ae/im%20wisconsin%20ag%208%2028.pdf

 

Good luck, my fellow participants!!  Get there healthy!

2013-08-29 1:47 PM
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I started my training on Dec 3rd last year so my totals include this year plus Dec.2012. I am at day 268 of my training up to this point for IMWI. The totals are as follows:

Swim - 68h 24m 57s 150,156 meters
Bike - 241h 15m 06s 4243.49 miles
Run - 150h 03m 10s 832.95 miles

All I can say is I hope I've done enough to finish. That's all I really want to accomplish here for my first one.
2013-08-29 1:53 PM
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Originally posted by 1stTimeTri

Don't forget to check the FAQ's page:
http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman/wisconsin/athletes/faqs.aspx#axzz2dNgvNbUD

The spectator guide:
http://www.ironman.com/~/media/fb0cca1f62774e6780bbfc99e5eea12d/9%208%20im%20wisconsin%20spectator%20guide.pdf

The athlete guide:
http://www.ironman.com/~/media/50adbaaee4ec45e08041246b6614b2ae/im%20wisconsin%20ag%208%2028.pdf

 

Good luck, my fellow participants!!  Get there healthy!




x2, the final 10 days are upon us. Everyone stay safe and healthy and the best of luck to everyone.
2013-08-29 4:51 PM
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From January 1st, kinda focusing on running this year. I still got a few more days to get my swimming together.

Swim: 15h 59m 39s - 56018 Yd

Bike: 170h 55m - 3112.4 Mi

Run: 178h 35m 45s - 1198.77 Mi


2013-08-29 5:37 PM
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Originally posted by daviddclough From January 1st, kinda focusing on running this year. I still got a few more days to get my swimming together. Swim: 15h 59m 39s - 56018 Yd Bike: 170h 55m - 3112.4 Mi Run: 178h 35m 45s - 1198.77 Mi

Dave--You don't need to get your swimming together, it is ALWAYS together.   You could probably stay out of the pool/OWS altogether and just "show-up" for most races.Tongue out

2013-08-30 8:41 AM
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Hey, everyone:

Hard to believe this time next week we'll be in Madison!

For those who have done IMWI before, how long does it take for the swimming pack to string out? I plan to start toward the back but still expect a lot of kicking. I'm wondering how long it will take to settle into a smooth, comfortable pace.

Can someone explain how the special needs bag retrieval during the bike and run legs works? Does one have to get off her bike and look for it in the designated area or is it handed up? Not sure how this works.

What does your taper week next week look like? I'm looking forward to finally getting some much needed rest!

2013-08-30 11:55 AM
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It is too early to start freaking out about the weather?

Weather Underground says


2013-08-30 12:32 PM
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It is too early to start freaking out about the weather?

Weather Underground says





Too soon.

Last I had on weather.com was 75 and part to mostly sunny with 9mph winds. Keep your fingers crossed.

2013-08-30 2:10 PM
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Yeah I think it's a little too soon to know about the weather...that said I've checked it twice now today on the 10 day forecast and it's saying 10% chance of rain and mostly sunny. High of 77-78ish....hehe.

Really looking forward to race day. I am starting to get nervous about it now. Whenever I start to think about it I get somewhat nervous. So I try not to think about it much unless I am doing a training session. Just got done with a good swim session. 3300 yards. Was doing 7x400 at race pace in the pool and was holding close to a 1:20 per 100 average even with slowing myself down due to a cramp in my calf I could feel coming on. So I babied the last 3-4 400's a bit to offset myself from getting cramped up. It probably didn't help that I did a bike run brick this morning as soon as I got off work. The run was a sweaty, sweaty beast but I was cruising! I was having issues with my HR monitor though on the bike and it's possible it carried over into my run but I was averaging 7:29 min mile the whole time while staying in zone 2 in this humidity. Oh well. Here's to hydrating up the rest of the day and to a good sleep tonight.

It's almost here!


2013-08-30 3:46 PM
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If you don't like the weather in Wisconsin, wait 5 minutes and it'll change.
2013-08-30 3:59 PM
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Originally posted by sthoresen Hey, everyone: Hard to believe this time next week we'll be in Madison! For those who have done IMWI before, how long does it take for the swimming pack to string out? I plan to start toward the back but still expect a lot of kicking. I'm wondering how long it will take to settle into a smooth, comfortable pace. Can someone explain how the special needs bag retrieval during the bike and run legs works? Does one have to get off her bike and look for it in the designated area or is it handed up? Not sure how this works. What does your taper week next week look like? I'm looking forward to finally getting some much needed rest!

 

The swimming pack will be congested pretty much the whole time unless you are way in the front or way in the back (with me).

If you don't panic (some people do), then it will depend on how anxious/excited you are.  You will need to relax as best as possible and don't let the mad rush get to you.

Special needs bike:  When you complete the 1st loop and come back onto Bruce Street/Paoli, the special needs bags will be all along that straight stretch of the road before the overpass.  The bags are in numerical order with highest number closer towards the overpass.  Usually, volunteers will yell your number out down the line as you approach (you can start by yelling out your number first to assist them so they know that you want your special needs bag), and then volunteers will help get the bag and assist you with whatever you need in the bag.

Special needs run: After the first loop of the run and just past the turn-around near the finish line, the bags are similarly setup as the special needs bike bag setup (lowest number closer to the finish line).  Volunteers will help.  A volunteer may ask if you want your special needs bag, or you should call your number out, and a volunteer will grab the special needs bag and assist you.

 

My taper, specifically, is doing one or two short (1000 to 2500 yards) swims, a couple of short runs (nothing greater than 6 miles for sure), and a short bike ride (< 20 miles) or two.  I will NOT do any activity on Sat. other than enjoying the time with my family.

Good luck.

2013-08-30 4:38 PM
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Originally posted by 1stTimeTri

Originally posted by sthoresen Hey, everyone: Hard to believe this time next week we'll be in Madison! For those who have done IMWI before, how long does it take for the swimming pack to string out? I plan to start toward the back but still expect a lot of kicking. I'm wondering how long it will take to settle into a smooth, comfortable pace. Can someone explain how the special needs bag retrieval during the bike and run legs works? Does one have to get off her bike and look for it in the designated area or is it handed up? Not sure how this works. What does your taper week next week look like? I'm looking forward to finally getting some much needed rest!

 

The swimming pack will be congested pretty much the whole time unless you are way in the front or way in the back (with me).

If you don't panic (some people do), then it will depend on how anxious/excited you are.  You will need to relax as best as possible and don't let the mad rush get to you.

Special needs bike:  When you complete the 1st loop and come back onto Bruce Street/Paoli, the special needs bags will be all along that straight stretch of the road before the overpass.  The bags are in numerical order with highest number closer towards the overpass.  Usually, volunteers will yell your number out down the line as you approach (you can start by yelling out your number first to assist them so they know that you want your special needs bag), and then volunteers will help get the bag and assist you with whatever you need in the bag.

Special needs run: After the first loop of the run and just past the turn-around near the finish line, the bags are similarly setup as the special needs bike bag setup (lowest number closer to the finish line).  Volunteers will help.  A volunteer may ask if you want your special needs bag, or you should call your number out, and a volunteer will grab the special needs bag and assist you.

 

My taper, specifically, is doing one or two short (1000 to 2500 yards) swims, a couple of short runs (nothing greater than 6 miles for sure), and a short bike ride (< 20 miles) or two.  I will NOT do any activity on Sat. other than enjoying the time with my family.

Good luck.

Don't let Phil scare you, the swim isn't that bad. Once you get past the second buoy, things open up a bit. You'll never be alone, but the heavy contact is all on that first stretch. You can find more open water by swimming to the outside. Don't worry about going to far off course, a kayak will start to nudge you back in if you go to wide. Take the buoys wide too, even the last turn get bunched up by everyone trying to cut the corners. An extra 100 yards on a 2.4 mile swim isn't going to ruin your day. For the run special needs, you actually go past the bags, turn around, then come back and get to them. Tell the volunteer when you go past you want your bag, and a volunteer will be holding it out for you by the time you get back.. Pack yourself something special, you'll need a little pick-me-up after coming so ridiculously close to the finish line. Wish I could be there again this year. Greatest race ever. Good luck everyone.
2013-09-01 5:40 AM
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Well folks in 7 days and 1 hour n 23 minutes that cannon goes off and we begin our journey! Can't wait. Gotta work tomorrow and Tuesday then I'm off for an entire week. Thinking I might just drive up and pick up my packet/stuff on Thursday just because I'll be bored. Friday is when my reservations are at our hotel for the weekend.

So will I be jinxing myself if I buy some IM gear early but don't wear it until after I actually cross the finish line? I just don't want some of the cool stuff to get sold out before I get a chance to pick it up. Obviously the tattoo won't come until after it's all done...lol.

Going for an open water swim this morning down the river with a few friends/fellow IM'ers. Then an 90 minute bike ride at IM pace followed by a 30 minute run. Getting jittery now realizing it's one week away! My wife's even getting nervous and so is all my family.

Looks like 82 and sunny on race day! A bit warm but hell! I'll take it over rain/cold and or the heat wave we've been dealing with the last couple weeks!

Later!
2013-09-01 1:32 PM
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One more week to go! I pretty much finished off my training today. I did an OWS at the lake with a group of my friends and it was awesome. I think I had my fastest out and back ever today so I'm hoping that is a good omen for next weekend. I also followed it up with 90 minute bike ride. I'm off from work the next two weeks and I'll be heading out to Madison on Tuesday. I plan on being there sometime Wednesday afternoon or evening. I never thought this day would arrive but it's getting near. I'm really looking forward to doing my first IM in Wisconsin it's gonna be awesome.


2013-09-02 9:27 AM
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T minus 6. Stay healthy and well-rested to get to that start. It's all in the bag.
2013-09-02 11:13 AM
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81 and partly sunny. Any other predictions? Should we start a weather pool??
2013-09-02 1:09 PM
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It really doesn't look to bad. About 10 degree cooler would be better! I am starting to go nuts now! I can barely stand to be here at work! Somebody get me outta here! Anyone?!?

Yesterday I had an excellent day. 2100 yard open water swim down the rock river then a 85 minute bike followed by a 30 minute run. The swim went really well. New wetsuit is tighter than I like in the crotch area but, it is what it is. Was averaging 1:13 per 100 for the first 1000 according to my gps and it just all felt "right".

Love this taper thing. Didn't know what to do with myself half the weekend though! Looking forward to meeting some fellow BT'rs up there this weekend. Anyone starting a list of who all will be going the distance yet? I remember last year someone did and that was pretty neato.

Almost there...
2013-09-02 2:11 PM
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Originally posted by Bevie ... Was averaging 1:13 per 100 for the first 1000 according to my gps ...

HOLY SHAT, that's fast!

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