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?
Many IM races give volunteers first priority the morning after the race. I have a friend volunteering in WI 2011 in order to race in 2012. This is also one way to enter AZ.
You can check out the 226 series of races. They are ironman distance, just not on the ironman circuit..
If you go with Ken Glah at Endurance Sports Travel there is a really good chance that he has race slots for any Iman race that you wish to enter, even if registration is closed. You'd better check out his site soon though because registrations tend to pick up after the new year.