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First Ironman and You Didn’t Finish

So you tried the Ironman and didn't reach that finish line.

First of all, I don't believe there is any such thing as failing in the Ironman.

You most likely went through a lot just to reach the start line and that in itself is quite an accomplishment. Not just anyone is willing to stand on that beach and wait for the starting gun.

It takes a special person to face the doubts and fears that come with the ironman challenge.

You probably worked yourself into the best shap ...more

The Ironman Swim – Time for a Wave Start?

One of the most time-honored traditions of the Ironman is the mass swim start.

It truly is a sight to behold if as spectator you are witnessing your first ironman start. You may wonder how everyone manages to survive out there with the incredible free for all that usually follows within seconds of the start gun.

Some feel its an accident waiting to happen and filled with danger for the beginner ironman. It should be mentioned that normally over 50% of any Ironman race consists of ...more

Ironman Bike Training–How About That Wind-Trainer?

I remember the first time I brought a wind-trainer home. It was meant as a bike training alternative when the weather was bad.

For 95% of my rides I would load my bike on the back of my car and drive out to the countryside where there was a wide shoulder and less traffic. Besides, there was no way on earth I would ever attempt to ride in the city. Far too dangerous and not very productive anyway. what's the point when you have to stop every few blocks for a traffic light.

As the ...more

Ironman Langkawi-Malaysia – About the Race

Ironman Langkawi-Malaysia is soon to take place in the idealic setting of Kuah town. The race is to go ahead as scheduled on February 26, 2006 and there are still openings for those of you looking for a race in the very near future.

The langkawi-Malaysia Ironman first took place in the year 2000 and has since become the favorite of many athletes from around the world.

The swim is a 3.8 km swim in the tranquil waters of the Kuah town Jetty.

The bike is a 2 and one half loop c ...more

The Ironman-Such Humble Beginnings

The Hawaii Ironman grew from very humble beginnings. Really not much more than a few friends discussing who was the better athlete---a runner, a biker or a swimmer.

A suggestion was made that a race be invented that included all three elements. That day, an event was born that would change the landscape of sporting history.

What started as a 2.4 Waikiki rough water swim, a bike race around the island, followed by the Honolulu marathon gave birth to mult-event races that had never ...more

First Ironman and the Fear Factor

What scares you the most about your upcoming ironman race? What's your fear-factor?

As fit as a person is going into their first career Ironman, the fear-factor is always in the equation as the big day creeps ever closer.

As cool and confident as many participants may appear, there is almost always something that fills them with a certain amount of misgiving and anxiety.

For many, the fear-factor will be overwhelming self-doubt as they wonder what on earth they have gotten t ...more

The Ironman – And Then What?

Tackling your first Ironman is a great springboard to a new and better way of life.

Use the opportunity the Ironman provides to adopt a lifestyle of health and fitness.

Perhaps when you first decided that you really wanted to cross the Ironman finish line, it became your all consuming goal and you've never really thought much about what your objectives will be once you've realized your Ironman dream.

Its such a perfect time to sieze the opportunity and make a committment to ...more

The Hawaii-Ironman-Will You be There?

Its been a long time since I raced in Kona, but I don't believe the Ironman-Hawaii course has changed all that much.

The swim course I'm sure, is much the same as it was back in the early 80's. Its truly unforgettable. Water so warm, that wetsuits are unnecessary. Tropical fish to marvel at for pretty well the length of the entire course. Water so clear, the bottom is clearly visible. The better to see the scuba divers sitting on the ocean floor, waving at you. Then making the turn at ...more

First Ironman? Don’t Look For Bike Magic

In preparing to take on the challenge of a first Ironman, I believe far too many athletes put too much emphasis on the bike they choose to purchase for the event.

Somewhere along the Ironman trail, many athletes have come to believe that the lighter, and more state of the art the bike, the faster they will finish the bike leg of the Ironman.

Nothing could be further from the truth. For example: You could put one athlete on a $10,000 bike and have him train without the aid of a pr ...more

First Ironman? The Ten Most Common Mistakes

There's lots of trial and error involved when you're attempting your first Ironman. These days there's lots of advice floating around out there and it can get confusing at times. After over 20 years on the Ironman scene, I've seen some of the same mistakes made over and over again by first time Ironman triathletes.

Here are the top ten mistakes that I feel you should really try and avoid. Just possibly it will give you a better shot at achieving your Ironman goal.

(1) OVERTRAINING ...more

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