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2014 race to aim for?
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Hi All,

I know it's barely 2013 but I am hoping that in 2014 if i save wisely and consider entry times and cut-offs, i can afford to do one overseas event (given that i live in Australia and travel is $$$) .. either a half or full IM.
So that said, I was hoping to get some opinions on which races you, the selected audience, might recommend for a one-off experience (yes yes, of course Kona would be great but unless there's some miracle of qualification, let's be realistic for the moment) and somewhere that would be a good spot for a week or so holiday as well. I'm well travelled generally but haven't been to the US other than airport transfers, or South America at all so i'm leaning that way but i'd love some feedback on events you might have done and would recommend, or not, and why. (Somewhere safe for a SWF to travel would be a high priority, not too pricy if that's at all possible :P)

Cheers :)
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Re: 2014 race to aim for? [noodlecat77] [ In reply to ]
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IM Pucon 70.3 in Chile. Travel with Glah's Endurance Sports if you like since they handle everything.
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Re: 2014 race to aim for? [noodlecat77] [ In reply to ]
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I haven't done it, but I think IM Cozumel would be an awesome spot for a race and a week of vacation.
Let us know what you decide.
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Re: 2014 race to aim for? [noodlecat77] [ In reply to ]
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I would think IM Cozumel or the new Cabo. I hear great things about IM Brazil too.

If you want to go shorter, then I've been eyeing the 70.3 Ireland. That looks like fun.

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Re: 2014 race to aim for? [noodlecat77] [ In reply to ]
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Are you looking for an Ironman branded race?


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Re: 2014 race to aim for? [travelmama] [ In reply to ]
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No necessarily but i haven't done a non-IM long distance race before ... have only done 3 IMs in total. I am more looking for the well organised, safe race, with good atmosphere in the lead up and a safe spot for a holiday. The branding doesn't matter so much really :)
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Re: 2014 race to aim for? [noodlecat77] [ In reply to ]
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noodlecat77 wrote:
No necessarily but i haven't done a non-IM long distance race before ... have only done 3 IMs in total. I am more looking for the well organised, safe race, with good atmosphere in the lead up and a safe spot for a holiday. The branding doesn't matter so much really :)
Why not give Vineman here in California in the summertime. The course is pretty and worth riding and the entry fee is very low.


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Re: 2014 race to aim for? [noodlecat77] [ In reply to ]
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IM Brazil is supposed to be awesome as is the pre & post race environment. Hope to do that race someday.
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Re: 2014 race to aim for? [noodlecat77] [ In reply to ]
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I went to IM Brasil twice and loved it so much. I'd like to go back. Also, closer to you is IM NZ which I've been to 4 times and really want to get back there too.

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Re: 2014 race to aim for? [trackie clm] [ In reply to ]
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So far it's a coin toss between Brazil and Mexico. NZ is too similar to home only with higher chances of poor weather! (sorry to all the Kiwi's :P).
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Re: 2014 race to aim for? [noodlecat77] [ In reply to ]
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Been to both Cozumel and Brazil....Coz is amazing!

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Re: 2014 race to aim for? [noodlecat77] [ In reply to ]
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Hawaii 70.3 is a wonderful race. Great location, very well put on and challenging course. not to mention perfect excuse for a vacation on the big island
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Re: 2014 race to aim for? [noodlecat77] [ In reply to ]
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By 2014, I'd like to be doing Olympic length and MAYBE work up to a half Ironman.


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Re: 2014 race to aim for? [Agilecipher] [ In reply to ]
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It took me almost a year to decide, and based on my holiday leave allowance and finances, I've just signed up for IM New Zealand...so any hints and tips for that race will be most appreciated :))
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Re: 2014 race to aim for? [noodlecat77] [ In reply to ]
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noodlecat77 wrote:
It took me almost a year to decide, and based on my holiday leave allowance and finances, I've just signed up for IM New Zealand...so any hints and tips for that race will be most appreciated :))

Best race ever!!

Be ready for any kind of weather, hot, cold, rain, sun, wind, maybe all on the same day.

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Re: 2014 race to aim for? [noodlecat77] [ In reply to ]
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I just watched this race on Universal sports. It's now on my bucket list. Let us know how it goes.
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Re: 2014 race to aim for? [nad] [ In reply to ]
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Hi, this is the race report I did for my swimming club's newsletter for the IMNZ this year:
Nothing in New Zealand is flat. Nothing. Not even the esplanade around Lake Taupo. Zilch.
While the North Island is not as pointy as South Island, itís still hilly enough and thatís where I did Ironman New Zealand on the first of March.
The town of Taupo is lovely and small, bordering Lake Taupo which is the crystal clear freshwater lake remnants of a volcano that has sculpted most of the region. Mt Ruapehu can be seen across the lake and when the weather is nice, itís an idyllic little town. Fortunately for IMNZ the weather was nice, as in the past few years itís varied from gale force winds that caused the race to be cancelled in 2012 and a half IM run the next day, to sunny and lovely. This year brought a cool morning, mostly sunny with some clouds and a south-westerly around 20km/hr. This is great riding out of town heading north east-ish to the turn around... Not so great riding back into down into the headwind.
The swim: one word. MAYHEM. With this being the year of the biggest field yet, 1700 athletes lined up along an approximately 100m start line to go all at once at the cannonís fire. If you start too close to the inside of the course itís deep enough but everyone crowds in. if you start too far to the outside, youíre in knee deep water on a rocky lake bottom. I scored a spot front and centre. Front because, for a triathlete, Iím a good (ish) swimmer, centre, because I tried to be not too far inwards but still deep enough to swim off the start.
It was brutal Ė the roughest (lake was smooth as glass) swim I have ever been in. usually the first 400m or so is a fist fight washing machine until the crowd spreads out along the course, but this time, it was shoving, pushing, kicking and elbows for the entire 3.8km. At times it was panic-inducing as there was water when there was meant to be air, feet in the face (kick to the eye socket Ė thank goodness for well fitting goggles), and some bloke even grabbed my ankle to pull me back. Whoever that was, they received a sharp size 6 feminine heel to the chest for their troubles...!
After just over an hour (1:03), amazingly one of my best IM swim times in that carnage, the swim was done and then next challenge is a 400m run/walk UP the sharp hillside to the transition area. The volunteers at Taupo are some of the best (up there with Busselton) Iíve encountered at helping get you sorted for the next leg of the race. Before I knew it my wetty was off and my bike shoes were on as I trotted out to my bike to don my helmet and scoot out onto the bike course.
The bike course is, as previously mentioned, not flat. The first shock to the system was the hill climb straight out of town, the bike then takes 2 laps around 45km out of town to the edge of Reporoa and back. The whole way is undulating with some respectable but short climbs and of course, the headwind back into town which strengthened as the morning went on. The country side is not unlike country Victoria around the Australian Alps region like Bright- Myrtleford area, minus the eucalypts. The ride took me about 15 minutes longer than I would have liked and the last 10km seemed to take forever, but since I went into the race with a sore hip flexor, I decided to not break myself busting the ride open and leaving nothing for the run so I was happy in the end with a 5:40 bike split.
The next transition was smooth and the fabulous volunteers had me set to go and out onto the run in 2 minutes, including standing still for a full coating of sunscreen. While the day wasnít hot, NZ is known for itís lack of ozone layer and brutally sharp sun.
The run is a 3 lap course along the lake front and up into suburbia at the top end of the loop. Yes, up. Itís not flat. Have I mentioned that. I can say that the crowd support is brilliant, the volunteers on the aid stations were excellent but the course is not so scenic in the suburbs and winds in and around in a seemingly endless trek through small streets and housing for a good portion of the loop. Running uphill (especially carrying a sore hip) just wasnít my thing, so I made an effort to use gravityís advantage as much as possible and hit the descents as hard as I could. Naturally, this eccentric quads effort (controlling your body weight downhill) makes for extra sore muscles and micro-tears in the muscles so I knew it was going to hurt. It hurt.
42.2km later and hitting my goal time of a 4 hour marathon (ok, I did 4:02), I wearily finished IMNZ with a PB of 10hours, 54minutes and 44seconds. Pretty happy with that. 7th in my age group (Female 35-39), 33rd female overall, but no Kona qualifying slot unfortunately. Having a slower bike was a big difference in that but it did let me smash 20 minutes of my best IM run time so far so I really canít complain...my hip flexor however, is still complaining!
So yes...My legs complained though. A lot. I was sore for days. I felt unwell and had some seriously puffy legs for 3 days Ė hmm... perhaps that down-hill running at top speed might have been a bit silly, but now that Iím feeling well again... nah... Iíd do it all over again! And now Iím relaxing and enjoying some time off (read: copious amounts of ice cream) to recoup and heal. Iíll be back into the gentle swing of things in a few weeks and have time to mull over which race I want to enrol in next! If anyone wants to sponsor me to train full time as a half baked amateur triathlete Ė let me know!!! Being back at work this week is just as brutal as that swim leg!!!
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Re: 2014 race to aim for? [noodlecat77] [ In reply to ]
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You rocked it!!!! I'm seriously impressed. Great swim time, esp given the washing machine effect. And way to tough it out through the run.

Your report makes me want to do IMNZ, but unlike you, I think I'll start toward the back of the swim start.

Enjoy your well deserved recovery. Thanks for the great RR.
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Re: 2014 race to aim for? [noodlecat77] [ In reply to ]
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great report.. race well competed..
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Re: 2014 race to aim for? [jimruns] [ In reply to ]
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Thanks :))
And I just signed up for Busso...again... Such a sucker for that race!
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