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Old 11-07-2011, 10:03 AM
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Was wondering if anybody had done IM Arizona before, and how was the bike course. I think I'm going to do that one in 2012.

I'm probably barking up the wrong tree on the boating forum, but figured I'd give it a try.
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:07 AM
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I do a 3-4 mini tri's each year and once watched and Iron Man Marathon on cartoon network.

Does that count?


By no way am I a pro, more something to do, ButI use a Giant TCR and really like the ride. Fast light and smooth bike. Im 6'3" and it works for me
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:10 AM
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I do Im as frequently as possible...

I start out with Jack Daniels

Then go to Wildturkey

Finish with a Tequila (That is the real gut check)
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I have 5 friends that have done Iron Man Hawaii ........

Not my thing - but they are in great shape....

I am more like cracker - but I do hit the gym daily....
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Coworker just did the one in Miami this past weekend. Second full tri he competed in, first time completing it. Just picked him up at the airport, had to get wheeled off the plane to baggage claim. Bottoms of his feet are one big puss filled blister. Quite an accomplishment, but not for me.
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Old 11-07-2011, 01:28 PM
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Friends of my wife did it last year. They said the course seemed reasonably flat but it was raining, windy and in the 40-50's. Quite a few bikers got hypothermia. Best way to get a slot is to volunteer this year because registration opens for volunteers the day after the event, and you get the lay of the land. My wife wants to do Arizona next year too, but is not able to get away to volunteer this year. Wife has done 3 Full Ironmans, the last one last year she was 51 yrs. Care to tell her you're skeered?
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I was in Hawaii and got to see it first hand. It was amazing to see the people finishing like 12 hours after the winner, totally whupped but happy to have finished.
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Old 11-07-2011, 02:40 PM
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Friends of my wife did it last year. They said the course seemed reasonably flat but it was raining, windy and in the 40-50's. Quite a few bikers got hypothermia. Best way to get a slot is to volunteer this year because registration opens for volunteers the day after the event, and you get the lay of the land. My wife wants to do Arizona next year too, but is not able to get away to volunteer this year. Wife has done 3 Full Ironmans, the last one last year she was 51 yrs. Care to tell her you're skeered?

I am skeered---skeered of hills. It's very flat where I live. VERY flat. I did a 1/2 Ironman yesterday in Conroe,TX and the hills ate me alive, and we're talking only 400' of elevation change.
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Originally Posted by MakoMyDay View Post
I am skeered---skeered of hills. It's very flat where I live. VERY flat. I did a 1/2 Ironman yesterday in Conroe,TX and the hills ate me alive, and we're talking only 400' of elevation change.
My wife was there volunteering yesterday and yep there are some killer hills. She did that event last year and complained about them hills. I've been told that the Arizona course is flatter.;?
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Originally Posted by HTV View Post
My wife was there volunteering yesterday and yep there are some killer hills. She did that event last year and complained about them hills. I've been told that the Arizona course is flatter.;?

Where was she? Maybe I saw her?

Has she done IM Florida? if so, how does the bike in FLA and AZ compare?
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Not sure where she was at yesterday.
She did the Florida Ironman in Panama City last November and said it was a good ride other than the brisk North wind, a couuple of steep bridges and several long, not so much steep grades. Again her buddies said AZ was not overly hilly.

My wife gets some sort of "readout" on these tri courses that indexes the degree of difficulty at these events. Don't know if it's free or if she has to pay for them. I'll try and find out.
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Yeah, most races have the bike profile listed, but there's none for IM FLA that
I know of. Was just looking for 1st hand experience/comparison.
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I've done Florida twice. My understanding is that AZ is a little hillier but nothing like some of the others. Florida was flat and fast. I did it "off the couch" untrained both times and finished in 12 1/2 hours. I hadn't been in the pool the entire year before either and only rode two centuries outside of IM. I was always a decent runner though. The Goofy Challenge is my idea of a good time.

AZ should be similar to FL but is much more weather (wind) dependent. Good luck and have fun. Don't let it consume you, but respect the distance. I didn't hurt myself doing IM but did the next weekend trying to do a back to back weekend century. I haven't ridden since. I think I am going to stick to running, but we will see.
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You're a lot faster than me, and I was assuming I would need 4 centuries to build up. FLA sold out in 16 minutes this year.
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Originally Posted by MakoMyDay View Post
You're a lot faster than me, and I was assuming I would need 4 centuries to build up. FLA sold out in 16 minutes this year.
That's why you you volunteer, plus you get a nifty t-shirt.
Maybe this will help.

http://www.trimaven.com/Ironman/iron...da/Bike-Course

http://www.trimaven.com/Ironman/iron...na/Bike-Course

Wife's friend call the Arizona bike course a "guts and balls" course.
It takes guts to maintain speed up a ten mile incline then turn around it takes balls to go faster than you dare to. You do this three times.
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My wife did AZ 2 years ago and ID 4 years ago. Was supposed to do KY 3 years ago but had an accident right before the race and didn't get to compete. If there is anything specific you need, let me know. Attached is a pic of the start. The water is darn cold.
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Do it, you only live once!
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Old 11-08-2011, 10:25 AM
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I'm doing it, the only question is which one. I've been leaning towards AZ, but I got freaked out by the hills this weekend. My legs were shot and it was only a 1/2 Ironman. By the looks of the profiles, there's not a whole lot of difference in the two courses, but sounds like the wind in AZ can be bad?
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Old 11-08-2011, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by abeal2 View Post
My wife did AZ 2 years ago and ID 4 years ago. Was supposed to do KY 3 years ago but had an accident right before the race and didn't get to compete. If there is anything specific you need, let me know. Attached is a pic of the start. The water is darn cold.

You did IM CDA? that race is hills to the face!
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Originally Posted by MakoMyDay View Post
You did IM CDA? that race is hills to the face!
Not me...my wife. I get tired just watching them. CDA was her first one.
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