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I will be doing Ironman Texas on May 19th and I getting nervous. It's my first ever Ironman and I'm worried about the heat among other things. I've come a long way, having lost over 80 pounds in the last 2 years and gone from completely inactive to training for this race. That included learning how to swim, and getting my first bike as a grown up. Any advice on the first IM? I was alittle confused on the bike portion. I know you get special needs bags that you can pick up at the half way point. Is this where you put your drink and nutrution for the second half of the bike? I guess that would make sense since it will be impossible to carry everything on board for the whole ride. What else should I have in the special needs bag? Also, I here about a changing tent at transition, but I've never had to change clothes for my shorter races. Should I be changing clothes from the swim to bike, or the bike to run? Or can I just do the whole race in the same kit like my half IM and shorter races? See, lots of questions.
Also, any scouting report on the IM Texas course? I'm assuming it'll be hot... what about the bike course? windy? hilly?
Thanks in advance for any and all advice and insight.
84 pounds lost and counting.
Congrats on losing the weight and training for an IM! That is quite an accomplishment right there; you should be proud. I understand the nervousness as well. I can't help with the TX IM as I don't know the course. Here's some tips that can get you through the race;
Good luck and have fun.
Congrats on the weight loss and setting your sights on a full IM! I did my first last November in Phoenix. The best advice I got was to not worry about time and just enjoy the experience because you'll only do your first one once. I had lots of family and friends out on the course to cheer me on which was the best motivation ever. I didn't worry about my watch and had no idea how long it had taken me or even what time it was when I finished - I truly just enjoyed the experience.
Like you I was very nervous about all of the gear bags and special need bags and changing tents since I had never experienced that. Here's a great article that I read multiple times before the big day. http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/cms/article-detail.asp?articleid=420
I had packed my gear bags for all kinds of weather and even though I didn't need most of the stuff I packed it felt good to know it was there if needed. I didn't change cloths (even though I could have as I had lots of options in my bags!). The volunteers are AMAZING and will help you with everything during your transitions.
Search online for TXIM race recaps and I'm sure you'll find plenty of insights. I have heard that the TX races are hot and humid which can cause issues. You might want to start experimenting with some Enduralytes (electrolyte pills) during your training. I live in Phoenix and use the Enduralytes alot while training in the summer.
Happy training and good luck with your race!!
A great forum website that I have found very useful is iamtri.com. There are different forums for different races and I'm sure there will be one on there for IM Texas. IM St. George will be my first and that is where I have found all the information I've needed to prepare for race day. There are tons of newbies seeking advice and also a lot of veterans giving advice. It's honestly a great place to visit for quick answers a to your questions. Also, most of your questions will probably already have been asked and answered by others, so you would just need to read the responses! Good luck on your race!
I agree with the last post. I actually joined iamtri.com right before my first IM race to ask a few last minute questions. The users were very helpful and I got answers back that same day.
How did it go?
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