I was sitting here thinking that it's probably time I made the decision to attempt an Ironman. So I went to sign up and found out the entire 2011 season is sold out, as far as I can tell. So I am looking for advice from people who have accomplished the registration feat, apart from the actual race, to help me accomplish the first step of actually getting signed up for a race. I would prefer to get in to WI but since I am going to now have to wait till 2012 I may choose another race. Since I don't want to drive all the way to anywhere just to be there to hopefully be able to sign up for the next years race, because race athletes get prefference, how do I pull off a long distance registration? Bottom line...how do I do it, or what's the best way to get registered for 2012?
I plan to race other events but no I didn't consider IM distances outside of WTC. Thanks for bringing that up. What are community slots?
you can buy a slot for sold out races they cost more but some of the cash goes to charities
http://www.ironmanwisconsin.com/icf.php sadly wisconsin 2011 community slots are sold out
1. Volunteer for IMWI 2011, you have the opportunity to sign up for 2012 Monday morning after the race, ahead of those who try on line. (That is how I signed up for IMWI 2010)
2. If there are slots left after the volunteers, they go online Monday at noon CDT. (That is how I signed up for IMFL 2011). Keep in mind there is a chance of no slots being left.
3. IM St. George (Utah) ad IM Louisville are still open. I understand if Utah is too far, plus you should be in training mode already, but Louisville is not that far away and it is 2 weeks before WI.
4. Does it have to be a WTC event? There are other IM distance races out there. Look at the REV3 site. There is one in Sandusky, OH (outside of Cleveland)
5. If these options don't train hard this year, sign up for a few 70.3's to help get some experience. Racine, Steelhead and Muncie are all in driving distance from WI.
Then we can do it together! I live in the Chicago area.
You can find the open WTC IM on www.ironman.com, click events and go to the Louisville or St. George site. As far as REV3, I haven't gone to their site but googling shouldn't be much of a problem.