My Personal Journey.
As I am creating this website I decided it was a good idea to go on the journey you will be going on along with you. So thought I would blog about my current Ironman training cycle. It’s worth saying this is not my First but it could very easily be my toughest.
So what sort of challenge have I set myself? Well possibly the worlds hardest Ironman Triathlon. Ironman Wales!
Is it really the worlds hardest?
Well I don’t know TBH as it will be my first go at this course. But rumour has it its right up there. It has two rivals, Kona and Lanzarote. I have never been able to race in Kona as the Qualifying criteria for my age group as so difficult. You practically have to be a pro. But I can keep Dreaming. Anyway I see nothing in that course that rivals Wales or Tenby. Its just got the Reputation. Surely the best Ironman but hardest No chance.
Well this one I am qualified to answer. Lanzarote is tough. And yes I know personally having completed the course in 2012. The swim, apart from the hectic start is quite benign. Beautiful Tropical ocean and lovely warm blue water. Heaven if it was not for the other 2000 people sharing my limited swimming space.
The bike were Lanzarote Ironman bites you. and it bites hard! Volcanos, Wind, Heat and more wind. It just grinds you down. but its so utterly beautiful its all worth it.
The run finishes it off nicely with 26.2 miles of baking hot running fun. Packed streets and incredible support make the event what it is. And a personal thank you from the race organizer before your free Ice Cream and Beer!
So which is harder. Well I have never really been able to tell you. As, well I’ve not done Ironman Wales. So I thought its about time I remedied that. So I have signed up for Ironman Wales 2017 on September 10th September.
So I will Blog along with my personal journey while sharing my advice and tips for all would be Ironman athletes.
Location: Tenby South Wales UK
Date: Sep 10, 2017
Swim: 3,8km Sea Swim
Bike: 112 mile punchy hill ride – Elevation 2095m / 6870 feet
Run: 26.2 mile hilly run
Transition: Single, central, note 1km run from swim to transition 1
Ironman Wales is based in the Picturesque Pembrokeshire town of Tenby. The Swim takes place in Carmarthen bay, which tends to be rather cool and subject to large Atlantic swells, along with strong tidal currents.
The Bike is Hilly. Its not like other hilly Courses as there are not big hills in the Area. Instead its relentless Punchy hills. Constant Steep inclines followed by steep technical descents which limit the time recovered descending. No long fast swooping descents like other races. Total ascent is approx. 2095m / 6870 feet
The run really shakes things up. Every Ironman I have done to date while the bike may be very hilly the run is always nice and flat. An Ironman Marathon is hard enough without hills. Tenby is different. Look at the route and profile below. The main out leg of the course is all up hill! How this will affect the run I am not too sure but I don’t expect it to be pretty.
The other “difficult” element of wales is the delightful welsh weather! While its perfectly possible September will provide pleasant, calm, warm, Excellent racing conditions. there also the very real chance it will howl a gale and tip it down all day. That’s the gamble. 2016 was by all accounts great weather. Its unlikely we will get a repeat in 2017.
The other point of note about wales is the local support. It is Mythical in its greatness. I can’t wait to experience the majesty of the welsh hospitality. Whatever happens I am thoroughly looking forward to my day out in Wales.