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2014-03-01 8:07 PM
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I'm in. I have IM Louisville 2012 in the books and if the bank account agrees with me, I'll be doing Louisville this year too....then IMAZ. Doing this race with my dad....his first. Very excited. Already started dreaming about the race.


2014-03-02 9:17 PM
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Base training now. Training by heart rate levels. This is the first time I've used heart rate. It's a great tool to use to keep from over training. I've had the IMAZ nightmares too. Forgot my wetsuit.....3 flat tires on the bike.....running the marathon in my bike kit, including shoes, because they forgot my transition bag. Dream ends the same way though. My oldest son and my grandson are my catchers. So it works out in the end.
2014-03-06 11:33 AM
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Hello my fellow IMAZ competitors! This will be my first IM ever and I couldn't be more excited! Although, I've heard horror stories about the swim portion and many people needing to be pulled out of the water because of hypothermia fears. Can any veterans out there speak to this? I'm a slower than average swimmer and would really hate for this to happen to me.

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2014-03-06 7:23 PM
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I haven't swum this particular race but I've done some open water in similar temps. I would recommend getting a wetsuit and practice swimming in it in open water as often as possible....especially when it begins to get closer to race day and open water temps start to fall. The wetsuit tends to make some people panic because they are so tight fitting.
2014-03-07 9:14 AM
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Originally posted by thrsfair

I haven't swum this particular race but I've done some open water in similar temps. I would recommend getting a wetsuit and practice swimming in it in open water as often as possible....especially when it begins to get closer to race day and open water temps start to fall. The wetsuit tends to make some people panic because they are so tight fitting.


Okay, great. Well, I live in Chicago and all my practice swims are in Lake Michigan which can get pretty cold early and late in the season. I do have a wetsuit and also invested in some booties and a neoprene cap. I've done many long swims in my wetsuit and am thoroughly accustomed to it, so panicking doesn't worry me. It's more the water temps and the possibility of hypothermia that does. Thanks for the advice!

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2014-03-17 6:27 PM
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I was at the swim exit as a volunteer in 2013 and did the race in 2010....didn't hear much about the water temps being so cold as to cause undue amount of "pull outs" as a result of hypothermia.

With training, I think we'll all be fine. Don't let the water temps worry you. The neoprene cap you mentioned will likely be a good investment if you're really intolerant to cold temps...but with that, you should be a-ok. Have confidence!



2014-03-24 9:08 AM
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Hello all. I am active duty military and currently deployed to Afghanistan. I will race Augusta 70.3 and IMAZ this year. I'm really excited to race this venue as my first full 140.6. I've started training but I'm limited due to location, so lots of spin bike and treadmill runs for me. Look forward to getting to know the group and sharing training experiences!

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2014-03-24 11:48 AM
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I've done it in a sleeveless wetsuit the last two years no problem. In all actuality you will see a lot more sleeveless suits then the forums will have you believe.

Sure at the end of the day a sleeved suit should be faster but I'm just talking from a comfort standpoint.

I do have a more body fat than most though, so perhaps a skinny person may need booties or neoprene cap but not for me.

It probably depends on where you come from too.

On my way down last year in Northern Arizona I got out to walk the dog, I had on a t-shirt and shorts and thought it was a nice day, then I looked around and everyone else in the area had on pants and hooded sweatshirts with the hoods up and looked cold. It just depends on what you are used to.

I've also heard the water comes out of the foucet about 60 degrees so take a shower with it on cold, or switch it to cold before you get out. That may or may not be true depending where you live, but it was about right for me living in Nebraska that time of year.

I also know of a few local lakes down there you can get in the week prior to the race as well.
2014-03-25 7:12 AM
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Thank you for your service. May your training be strong, and your environment safe.
2014-04-07 1:42 PM
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223 days to race day and counting.....
2014-04-08 4:29 PM
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Hello
Can someone tell me what would be a good place to rent a condo (2 bed 2 bath) near Tempe 5-15 min from Ironman village
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