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Ironman 2011

Hi, I'm signed up for both the 1/2 and the full 2011 zurich ironman's (ironmen??)..anyway...is there anyone out there who also is? I'm a beginner to this type of event and it's giving me nightmares already - just the thought of 13 hours or so of intensive exercise! So it would be great to find someone to train with or to get some tips from. Anyone interested?
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Re: Ironman 2011

Have often did you a 180 km Race (and a Marathon) ?
I watched last Year the Pros here in Zurich and I have to say that they are spending a lot of money for the bikes( almost 90% got aerowheels like zipp etc.), they all where well trained ..........
It is the question how often you can train your body........
For the beginning of your triathlon career i would recommend the olympic distance(1,5 km swim, 40km cycling and 10 km running).
I cycle just for fun (mostly around the zurich lake, if the weather is fine and i got the time).
Last year I did the cycling part for my team at the company triathlon here in zurich(one day before the ironman).
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Re: Ironman 2011

Langridge, consistent training and recovery over the next 6 months is the critical part of getting to the ironman startline then a good plan an execution is critical for the day itself. I would suggest getting a decent plan to follow (something like Fink's book or Endurance Nation) that can specify what work you need to do when over the next 6 months.

The training, as you probably know is a big commitment and will require a lot of early mornings. (though not as bad as this (which you might have seen).



There are a few triathlon clubs in Zurich - Free Radicals being one. I don't think there are any mainly English speaking though.
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Re: Ironman 2011

my husband is a member of Trigether club in Zurich, he did IMCH 2010 (we both did IMUK 2009). They are mostly locals but he managed without much german.

Endurance events are out for both of us for a while with a new baby to look after but some training could be on the cards. You definitely need to find company for the long bike rides.

I wouldn't have recommended signing up for an ironman as your introduction to triathlon, but hey it has been done before and now you're in at least you have plenty of time to train! Good luck...
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Re: Ironman 2011

Hi,
I did the 1/2 IM in 2010 (my first) and really enjoyed it, nice course and great weather helped. Not doing either of the races you have entered for 2011 though. I would offer the following advice from my experience:
Swim - make sure you swim in the lake a couple of weeks before the 1/2 IM, so you can get used to swimming in a wetsuit, water temp could still be cold, last year on the day it was 17 degrees
Bike - ride the course before hand, the hills (ridden twice) were quite nasty, great speed on the way down though and it always helps to know where you are going on the day
Run - enjoy it, mostly flat, except for the suprise in Rapperwsil
Good luck for both events.
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I love Ironman weekend! The only time no cars wake me up in the morning. Now, if they could only incorporate the train tracks behind my flat, stop them effer's too, I could have a truely peaceful weekend!
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Oh yes Ironman tomorrow. The only day of the year i get up early!! (well actually not now I have a 5mth old baby). Anyway I will be down at the start at 7am tomorrow cheering on two of my friends competing this year. Really recommend it - the air is 'electric' as 2,500 take to the water for a day of exercise. I will also be at the finish line tomorrow night cheering on those still finishing at 9 or 11pm - they are amazing!!
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Re: Ironman 2011

I did this yesterday - really struggled but came through for a 12.44. My swim was reasonable, then had a good first 85k of the bike before hitting a barrier by the start point and doing a flyer. The second lap then was a lot slower unfortunately. The run was simply hard work. I tried to pace it by going off steady, but kept slowing down and really had to dig deep to keep it going.
Happy to have finished and to be recovering for now (and off on holiday to recover properly!!)
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I did this yesterday - really struggled but came through for a 12.44.
Well done Alchemy! Tough day yesterday with such varied conditions: heat, wind, rain.
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Re: Ironman 2011

I have that masochist gathering on front of my house every year.

First year was amusing, then it is just boring to see those guys walking ( not running ) in front of my home up to late evening, they setup the feed station on one of my corners, and the toilets on the next.

get out of my yard you masochists !
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My favourite description of extreme endurance events - ultras and ironman

"They are eating and drinking competitions with nice scenery and some exercise thown in".
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Hi, I'm signed up for both the 1/2 and the full 2011 zurich ironman's (ironmen??)..anyway...is there anyone out there who also is? I'm a beginner to this type of event and it's giving me nightmares already - just the thought of 13 hours or so of intensive exercise! So it would be great to find someone to train with or to get some tips from. Anyone interested?
I'm a bit concerned that you're a beginner to triathlons and your first event is an Ironman! That's insane!!!

You've never done sprint or olympic distances?
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I'm a bit concerned that you're a beginner to triathlons and your first event is an Ironman! That's insane!!!

You've never done sprint or olympic distances?
Too late to comment on the wisdom of it as the event is over, but I wonder if the OP made it round?! If s/he had any sense they would have done some shorter events in training...
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