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Subject: Any idea how fast ronman Canada 2014 will sell out?

Registration just opened yesterday (so far it hasn't sold out) any idea how long till it does?

 

Looks like last year it sold out around Nov 6th, but that was the first year in Whistler...

 

So any predictions if/when it will sell out?

 

And on a related note: Anyone doing it?



2013-08-27 9:23 PM
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Registration for this year's Whistler didn't open till late October if I remember correctly.  So while it did sell out on Nov 6th, it's not like it was open for months...maybe 2 weeks.

Ironman in North America has gone through a serious shake up in the last 3 years.  IMSG is no more.  IMNYC came and went.  IMTX, IMMT, IMC, IMLT, and IM Chattanooga are all new races or relatively new.  It may be a few years before all the dust settles and people decide which races are the most popular.  It seems as though IMAZ, IMFL, IMLP, and IMWI have a strong foothold on opening day sellouts, but that may change.  Or at least a race like IMFL may stay open for more than a couple hours. 

2013-08-28 1:36 AM
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Oh if last year sold out in approx 2 weeks I would expect this year to sell out in the same or less...

 

I was hoping to wait until after I had completed my first official triathlon before I signed up for Ironman, but maybe I shouldn't wait... (my tri is in 6 days)

...yes I realize how ridiculous that sounds.

2013-08-28 1:53 PM
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Ironman isn't exactly going anywhere.  Last I heard there weren't any new predictions of the world ending in 2014, or that the Mayan calandar was running out of pages again. 
2013-08-28 1:59 PM
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Haha true but since you need to book a year in advance if I don't book now I have to wait 2 years to do Ironman. That's a long time to wait. 

 

Also Ironman Whistler 2014 happens within 6 days of my 40th birthday. Doing it for my 41st or 42nd just doesn't have the same feel to it. 

2013-08-28 2:58 PM
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Subject: RE: Any idea how fast ronman Canada 2014 will sell out?
Something like Challenge Penticton would not be an option?


2013-08-28 3:21 PM
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sign up now, if you don't, you will regret it. why are you waiting?
2013-08-28 3:28 PM
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Originally posted by brigby1 Something like Challenge Penticton would not be an option?

Hmmm, that's an idea I never thought of...  So I just looked into it and 3 things make it less desirable:

-Farther from home (not a huge deal, but being more than twice as far from Vancouver isn't ideal).

-Farther from my birthday. I kind of wanted to do this as a 40th birthday thing so being a month away from my birthday kind of takes away from that.

-It is not "Ironman" lol I know it's just branding, but since they are essentially the same price I might as well go for Ironman.

Thanks for the idea though.

2013-08-28 3:31 PM
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Originally posted by tarmac52 sign up now, if you don't, you will regret it. why are you waiting?

Because I wanted to wait until I had at least finished 1 official tri before I signed up for Ironman... but I know I am not going to want to do it Less after my tri on monday, so I guess I don't have any good reason for waiting (and you are right I will regret it if I miss it).

2013-08-28 5:02 PM
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Originally posted by Chillin

Haha true but since you need to book a year in advance if I don't book now I have to wait 2 years to do Ironman. That's a long time to wait. 

 

Also Ironman Whistler 2014 happens within 6 days of my 40th birthday. Doing it for my 41st or 42nd just doesn't have the same feel to it. 




What are your goals in triathlon? Long term participation or bucket list and done?

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2013-08-28 5:08 PM
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Subject: RE: Any idea how fast ronman Canada 2014 will sell out?
Originally posted by Chillin

Registration just opened yesterday (so far it hasn't sold out) any idea how long till it does?

 

Looks like last year it sold out around Nov 6th, but that was the first year in Whistler...

 

So any predictions if/when it will sell out?

 

And on a related note: Anyone doing it?

 

*I* bet it will be awhile....

  1. Travel distance for many in the US is a long way.
  2. Challenging course (Read harder to PR)
  3. Whistler is a relatively expensive resort.

I could be wrong.



2013-08-28 5:33 PM
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Subject: RE: Any idea how fast ronman Canada 2014 will sell out?
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Originally posted by Chillin

Haha true but since you need to book a year in advance if I don't book now I have to wait 2 years to do Ironman. That's a long time to wait. 

 

Also Ironman Whistler 2014 happens within 6 days of my 40th birthday. Doing it for my 41st or 42nd just doesn't have the same feel to it. 

What are your goals in triathlon? Long term participation or bucket list and done? Shane

 

Long term. For my first IM my goal would "only" be to finish but I will still be doing more tri's both before and after that. Not sure about other IMs but more tris definitely. 

2013-08-28 5:45 PM
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Subject: RE: Any idea how fast ronman Canada 2014 will sell out?
Originally posted by Chillin

Originally posted by gsmacleod
Originally posted by Chillin

Haha true but since you need to book a year in advance if I don't book now I have to wait 2 years to do Ironman. That's a long time to wait. 

 

Also Ironman Whistler 2014 happens within 6 days of my 40th birthday. Doing it for my 41st or 42nd just doesn't have the same feel to it. 

What are your goals in triathlon? Long term participation or bucket list and done? Shane

 

Long term. For my first IM my goal would "only" be to finish but I will still be doing more tri's both before and after that. Not sure about other IMs but more tris definitely. 




In that case my advice would be to wait until at least your third season of tri until you step up to ironman. When it comes to endurance sport and especially with the jump to ultradistance events, the long game is far superior to racing to get an ironman done as quickly as possible.

As Jason said, ironman is always going to be there so you can take a more gradual approach,

Shane
2013-08-28 8:32 PM
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Originally posted by Chillin
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Originally posted by Chillin

Haha true but since you need to book a year in advance if I don't book now I have to wait 2 years to do Ironman. That's a long time to wait. 

 

Also Ironman Whistler 2014 happens within 6 days of my 40th birthday. Doing it for my 41st or 42nd just doesn't have the same feel to it. 

What are your goals in triathlon? Long term participation or bucket list and done? Shane

 

Long term. For my first IM my goal would "only" be to finish but I will still be doing more tri's both before and after that. Not sure about other IMs but more tris definitely. 

In that case my advice would be to wait until at least your third season of tri until you step up to ironman. When it comes to endurance sport and especially with the jump to ultradistance events, the long game is far superior to racing to get an ironman done as quickly as possible. As Jason said, ironman is always going to be there so you can take a more gradual approach, Shane

 

"the long game is far superior". Superior in what way? 

Do you mean to get a better result? To avoid unnecessary strain on my body? Neither of those are concerns to me.

But anyways I guess my answer to your last question should have been: Neither/Both.  I am going to continue to do triathlons And completing Ironman on my 40th birthday is a "bucket list" type item.

2013-08-28 9:18 PM
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Originally posted by gsmacleod
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Originally posted by gsmacleod
Originally posted by Chillin

Haha true but since you need to book a year in advance if I don't book now I have to wait 2 years to do Ironman. That's a long time to wait. 

 

Also Ironman Whistler 2014 happens within 6 days of my 40th birthday. Doing it for my 41st or 42nd just doesn't have the same feel to it. 

What are your goals in triathlon? Long term participation or bucket list and done? Shane

 

Long term. For my first IM my goal would "only" be to finish but I will still be doing more tri's both before and after that. Not sure about other IMs but more tris definitely. 

In that case my advice would be to wait until at least your third season of tri until you step up to ironman. When it comes to endurance sport and especially with the jump to ultradistance events, the long game is far superior to racing to get an ironman done as quickly as possible. As Jason said, ironman is always going to be there so you can take a more gradual approach, Shane

 

"the long game is far superior". Superior in what way? 

Do you mean to get a better result? To avoid unnecessary strain on my body? Neither of those are concerns to me.

But anyways I guess my answer to your last question should have been: Neither/Both.  I am going to continue to do triathlons And completing Ironman on my 40th birthday is a "bucket list" type item.

So what are you waiting for then?  Sign up!!!

2013-08-28 9:19 PM
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I found a great condo (5 nights /$110, 650', 1 bedroom), close to the expo/athlete village at the Olympic Plaza. Lots of Americans appeared to have driven from Washington and Oregon and lots of rentals with Washington tags on them as well.


2013-08-29 2:04 AM
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Subject: RE: Any idea how fast ronman Canada 2014 will sell out?
Originally posted by Jason N
Originally posted by Chillin
Originally posted by gsmacleod
Originally posted by Chillin
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Originally posted by Chillin

Haha true but since you need to book a year in advance if I don't book now I have to wait 2 years to do Ironman. That's a long time to wait. 

 

Also Ironman Whistler 2014 happens within 6 days of my 40th birthday. Doing it for my 41st or 42nd just doesn't have the same feel to it. 

What are your goals in triathlon? Long term participation or bucket list and done? Shane

 

Long term. For my first IM my goal would "only" be to finish but I will still be doing more tri's both before and after that. Not sure about other IMs but more tris definitely. 

In that case my advice would be to wait until at least your third season of tri until you step up to ironman. When it comes to endurance sport and especially with the jump to ultradistance events, the long game is far superior to racing to get an ironman done as quickly as possible. As Jason said, ironman is always going to be there so you can take a more gradual approach, Shane

 

"the long game is far superior". Superior in what way? 

Do you mean to get a better result? To avoid unnecessary strain on my body? Neither of those are concerns to me.

But anyways I guess my answer to your last question should have been: Neither/Both.  I am going to continue to do triathlons And completing Ironman on my 40th birthday is a "bucket list" type item.

So what are you waiting for then?  Sign up!!!

LOL, just had to get the wife on board with the level of training I'll need to be doing for the next year.  She agreed.  I'm now registered!

 

 

Dear Chillin,
Thank you! You are now registered for the 2014 Subaru IRONMAN Canada - General Entry. Please check theevent's website for updates.

 

Woo hoo! Excited, nervous, pumped, scared, mostly excited though

2013-08-29 7:16 AM
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Subject: RE: Any idea how fast ronman Canada 2014 will sell out?
Originally posted by Chillin

Originally posted by Jason N
Originally posted by Chillin
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Originally posted by Chillin

Haha true but since you need to book a year in advance if I don't book now I have to wait 2 years to do Ironman. That's a long time to wait. 

 

Also Ironman Whistler 2014 happens within 6 days of my 40th birthday. Doing it for my 41st or 42nd just doesn't have the same feel to it. 

What are your goals in triathlon? Long term participation or bucket list and done? Shane

 

Long term. For my first IM my goal would "only" be to finish but I will still be doing more tri's both before and after that. Not sure about other IMs but more tris definitely. 

In that case my advice would be to wait until at least your third season of tri until you step up to ironman. When it comes to endurance sport and especially with the jump to ultradistance events, the long game is far superior to racing to get an ironman done as quickly as possible. As Jason said, ironman is always going to be there so you can take a more gradual approach, Shane

 

"the long game is far superior". Superior in what way? 

Do you mean to get a better result? To avoid unnecessary strain on my body? Neither of those are concerns to me.

But anyways I guess my answer to your last question should have been: Neither/Both.  I am going to continue to do triathlons And completing Ironman on my 40th birthday is a "bucket list" type item.

So what are you waiting for then?  Sign up!!!

LOL, just had to get the wife on board with the level of training I'll need to be doing for the next year.  She agreed.  I'm now registered!

 

 

Dear Chillin,
Thank you! You are now registered for the 2014 Subaru IRONMAN Canada - General Entry. Please check theevent's website for updates.

 

Woo hoo! Excited, nervous, pumped, scared, mostly excited though






DID YOU TELL THE TRUTH? LOL good luck with training, btw I completed my first at 41 and I believe it feels just as good at 41 than 40
2013-08-29 7:18 AM
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Subject: RE: Any idea how fast ronman Canada 2014 will sell out?
Originally posted by Chillin

"the long game is far superior". Superior in what way? 

Do you mean to get a better result? To avoid unnecessary strain on my body? Neither of those are concerns to me.



In pretty much everyway; building endurance is a long term process and taking the time (years) to build a solid endurance base is generally a very important component to be able to do the training required for IM. While there are athletes who are unable to finish on the day due to their training, it is much more common for athletes to be unable to start due to the training and the number one reason athletes are unable to start an IM is that they do too much too soon and end up injured.

Not only is it a better approach physiologically, it tends to be better pyschologically as well. After an athlete has done a few seasons of regular training, they are better prepared for the grind that IM training will be, especially in the race specific build weeks with long runs and rides. These take a toll; both on the athlete and their family and it is often very taxing on a relationship if suddenly someone is trying to find an extra 10 hours a week or more for training with most of that being on the weekends. This is further complicated by the additional rest that goes with this and the general fatigue you will be dealing with due to the training.

Dear Chillin,
Thank you! You are now registered for the 2014 Subaru IRONMAN Canada - General Entry. Please check theevent's website for updates.
 
Woo hoo! Excited, nervous, pumped, scared, mostly excited though


Good luck; I hope you enjoy the journey and it is everything you hope for.

I would highly recommend you find a very good training plan or good coach for the next year; the key for success is going to be largely related getting to the starting line injury free.

Shane

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2013-08-29 1:25 PM
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I did the race on Sunday and loved it but it's a buttkicker of a bike and run course.  My guess is the race might remain open for awhile for the following reasons (which have more or less already been mentioned):

  • It's not in the USA.  That does preclude many for whatever reason.
  • It's "far away" for most folks that aren't on the west coast.
  • Whistler is not a cheap place.  It's a resort and costs reflect that.  It's not a gouge-fest like Lake Placid where you pay $300/night for a $60 room.  The hotels in Whistler are very nice but pricey.
  • It's a really hard bike course.  I had 6,200' of climbing per both my Garmin 910 and 500.  My NP for the race was 207 watts and that resulted in a 30 minute slower bike ride than both IMAZ and IMTX on 196 watts.  207 watts for me at IMFL or IMAZ probably has me around 5:05-5:08 and my bike at IMC was 5:44.  So close to 40 minutes slower than a flat course for me.
  • It's a challenging run course.  I had over 1,500' of climbing for the run course.

It was far and away the best of the four IM races I have done but it's a very challenging course... which is apparently what frightens people more than anything when it comes to registering.

2013-08-29 2:02 PM
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Originally posted by gsmacleod
Originally posted by Chillin "the long game is far superior". Superior in what way? 

Do you mean to get a better result? To avoid unnecessary strain on my body? Neither of those are concerns to me.

In pretty much everyway; building endurance is a long term process and taking the time (years) to build a solid endurance base is generally a very important component to be able to do the training required for IM. While there are athletes who are unable to finish on the day due to their training, it is much more common for athletes to be unable to start due to the training and the number one reason athletes are unable to start an IM is that they do too much too soon and end up injured. Not only is it a better approach physiologically, it tends to be better pyschologically as well. After an athlete has done a few seasons of regular training, they are better prepared for the grind that IM training will be, especially in the race specific build weeks with long runs and rides. These take a toll; both on the athlete and their family and it is often very taxing on a relationship if suddenly someone is trying to find an extra 10 hours a week or more for training with most of that being on the weekends. This is further complicated by the additional rest that goes with this and the general fatigue you will be dealing with due to the training.
Dear Chillin, Thank you! You are now registered for the 2014 Subaru IRONMAN Canada - General Entry. Please check theevent's website for updates.   Woo hoo! Excited, nervous, pumped, scared, mostly excited though
Good luck; I hope you enjoy the journey and it is everything you hope for. I would highly recommend you find a very good training plan or good coach for the next year; the key for success is going to be largely related getting to the starting line injury free. Shane

Good advice Shane.  As someone 6.5 weeks out from my first IM, and in my 4th year of tris, I really do feel like I'm relying a lot on my cumulative training over the past 4 years.  It's going to be a grind no matter what, but I feel like I can handle the volume much better with the base I've built up and avoid injury.  I also know a little bit of what it's like to train long hours and the time commitment it takes, and my GF also knew what to expect.

IM and IM training is never going to be easy...but it does help to have experience on your side.  If not, a coach with experience can help you guide yourself through the journey much better.



2013-08-30 11:35 PM
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Originally posted by Chillin

Originally posted by tarmac52 sign up now, if you don't, you will regret it. why are you waiting?

Because I wanted to wait until I had at least finished 1 official tri before I signed up for Ironman... but I know I am not going to want to do it Less after my tri on monday, so I guess I don't have any good reason for waiting (and you are right I will regret it if I miss it).




I hear there's not a big difference between an OLY and an IM anyway
2013-08-31 1:35 AM
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Originally posted by Chillin

Originally posted by tarmac52 sign up now, if you don't, you will regret it. why are you waiting?

Because I wanted to wait until I had at least finished 1 official tri before I signed up for Ironman... but I know I am not going to want to do it Less after my tri on monday, so I guess I don't have any good reason for waiting (and you are right I will regret it if I miss it).

I hear there's not a big difference between an OLY and an IM anyway

 

Nice. I guess I don't need to worry about training at all then. Thanks for letting me know. 

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