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2015-11-13 2:15 PM
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There's a new hotel right at the finish (on the run course) that should be opening around Feb from what I heard. Wyndam I believe. Not sure if they are taking reservations yet but that would be a good alternate.



2015-11-23 7:33 AM
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Originally posted by hathecr Optional every year but one so far. Legal once (2014 I believe).
Thanks. Wanted to know if I should train more with or without the wetsuit. I like the confidence the suit gives me. I have noticed a significant increase in speed with it.

 

I would not typically wear a wetsuit at IMTX.  If it's a typical IMTX (upper 80s/low 90s) you will sweat in the neoprene.   It's going to be a long, hot day.  There is zero need to start sweating your a$$ off in the water.

2015-11-23 4:02 PM
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Subject: RE: Ironman Texas 2016 - North American Championship : Official Thread
Originally posted by uhcoog

Originally posted by jareed58
Originally posted by hathecr Optional every year but one so far. Legal once (2014 I believe).
Thanks. Wanted to know if I should train more with or without the wetsuit. I like the confidence the suit gives me. I have noticed a significant increase in speed with it.

 

I would not typically wear a wetsuit at IMTX.  If it's a typical IMTX (upper 80s/low 90s) you will sweat in the neoprene.   It's going to be a long, hot day.  There is zero need to start sweating your a$$ off in the water.




Everybody's different. I've done 4 of the 5 IM-TX races and worn the wet suit every time. The year I missed the race was the "cold water" year (2014). I can make the swim okay without the suit, but I'm much more relaxed and confident with the wet suit on. I probably do sweat a little more than I would without it, but I also swim faster with less effort, and my anxiety level is much lower. I'm a slow swimmer, so I don't swim hard enough to generate crazy amounts of heat. My swims have all been in the 1:20 - 1:35 range, and my goal is to always stay smooth and relaxed. My recommendation for slow swimmers (say 1:15 or slower) is to wear the suit. I look at this in the same way as I look at bike technology; I don't need to wear an aero helmet or ride a tri bike, but I'm faster if I do.

As far as training goes, train to swim without the suit. Don't count on it, or you may be in for a nasty surprise.
2015-11-24 10:56 AM
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Is the bike route changing for this year? I believe I read that it will be changing due to construction. Any insight?
2015-11-29 10:33 AM
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Got my HR zones set off my LT and ready to start my 24 week training program tomorrow!!
2016-01-01 6:30 PM
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Happy New Year, fellow IMTexas athletes. We only have four and a half months to go to the big day! Yikes.

So today to get going I completed a 15.25 mile run, a short 16 miles on the KK, and a measly mile swim. Felt go good to get the old bod moving. Tomorrow I'll go for three hours on the KK. Biking is my weakest leg.


2016-01-13 1:29 PM
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Any info on the bike course? If you have been on it. How is it? Whats the key to this ride for us?
2016-01-14 9:34 AM
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Generally it's a slight tailwind going out, headwind coming back (sometimes it can be strong like last year); mostly flat but there ARE a fair amount of rollers (it's deceptive) and coming back the rollers are a bit more challenging and can wear you out; chip seal roads mostly on the second half - this will drive you crazy if you're not used to it; oh and then there's the heat and humidity!!
The key is proper pacing and being diligent on your nutrition. Don't go out too fast or you will pay the price coming back.
2016-01-19 9:43 AM
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Great thanks for the info. I think the heat will be my biggest hurdle. Not something I can train for in the Seattle area, lol. Just have to stick to the plan like you say.

How about the distance from T1 to the swim start. Do most people walk over or get a ride?
2016-01-19 4:40 PM
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Most walk over to the swim start from T1. I think it may take 15 - 20 min but there will be a big crowd making its way over so you can just follow along and relax.
2016-02-02 9:08 PM
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How's everyone's training coming along?

I'm feeling REALLY behind. Anyone else with me?


2016-02-03 5:16 AM
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Going good here!  The gym's pool broke down this week so I'm missing three swim workouts!  Other than that the warm weather in North Central Texas has been nice but as Pooh says, "It's a blustery day."

2016-02-04 8:17 AM
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Training is going great for me. No setbacks and have hit my weekly goals perfectly so far. I am getting a little tired of all these hours of exercising though! So the race can't get here soon enough.
2016-02-12 8:38 PM
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Training is going well here. My new P3 came in today. Can't wait to get a fit done and get out on it!!
2016-02-14 5:41 PM
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3 months from today!!!
2016-02-17 8:12 AM
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hi everyone, im from colombia, south america, going for my 3rd IRONMAN, raced coeur d`alene last year and had a so so race. any tips for this race is greatly appreciated.

i hope all of you are on track with training, and looking forward to meeting you all.

so for CDA there was a group of guys that invited me to go check out the bike course, on car. does anyone here do that? im obviously going to ride some of the course, but not all of it.

take care!!!!


2016-02-20 9:49 AM
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Originally posted by seitz1124

How's everyone's training coming along?

I'm feeling REALLY behind. Anyone else with me?



I was on track, but then the pool is broken this week so no swimming despite my having gone over at 6:00 a.m. twice in accordance with their sign saying, "tomorrow, tomorrow we will be open" and then I had a terrible abscess in my jaw - thanks to two different dentists that missed the problem until it festered into two root canals and an extraction. yowie. Now law of physics -- being still begets being still -- has me really struggling to get back into following the training plan mode. thankfully it is supposed to be amazingly beautiful weather this weekend so at least the gods are on my side, even if the pool and dentists are not.
2016-03-12 5:02 PM
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9weeks from today!! I can't wait!!
2016-03-13 8:47 PM
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Right on!  I got the "countdown" email on March 7th.  Which made my nerves kind of increased as I switched to my calendar real fast!

2016-03-20 2:20 PM
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This will be my first 140.6 race and I have a couple of questions. Do most people stop at special needs on the bike? I was thinking about having my 2nd 3hr bottle of infinit there instead of having to carry it the whole way, and I expect that I'll need to go to the bathroom by then as well. I don't seem to be able to go while riding. LOL

What can be expected about sunscreen also? I'm fair complected and will have to reapply. Do they have plenty or do I need to have my own in the bag?

Thanks for any input, as I'm sure more questions will come.

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2016-03-20 4:53 PM
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Subject: RE: Ironman Texas 2016 - North American Championship : Official Thread
Hi! Enjoy every minute of your first full! I have stopped at special needs on both the bike and run during both of my fulls. It helps me to regroup mentally and restock my bike.

As far as sunscreen, I don't remember my experience at IMAZ, but at IMFL they have volunteers that are "sunscreens" in the transition areas. I can't remember if they are at SN or not. That said, I'm super fair so I keep some on my bike.


2016-03-21 6:35 AM
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they have sunscreen in transition, but if you need to reapply during the bike, throw some in your special needs bag
2016-03-30 8:46 AM
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Subject: RE: Ironman Texas 2016 - North American Championship : Official Thread

I was curious if anyone has been following the issue with getting a bike course approved or if there has been any information communicated by Ironman regarding the lack of a bike course. The preferred "option 3" (Grand Parkway) route was not approved last night.

Links for those interested.

Houston Chronicle Mar 29

The Courier Mar 29

Woodlands March 23 Meeting

TRS Updates

 



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2016-03-31 9:17 AM
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There has been no "official" update from WTC or anyone else. The most current speculation seems to be Option #2 which goes all over the place with about 100 intersections, turns, etc. There's a thread on Slowtwitch if you care to follow the amusement there. Also, no update as to whether it will be wetsuit legal ;-)
Train on!
2016-04-07 7:55 AM
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Subject: RE: Ironman Texas 2016 - North American Championship : Official Thread
I was looking at the bike course posted on the Ironman site. Is that the old one or a new one. It has been a while since i looked, but it does not look the same to me as it did a couple months ago. I could be wrong.
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