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?
Hi, I had the same dilemma last year.
I signed up for Louisville. Now understand that Louisville is a bit of a risk because it could be as cool as 75 degrees race day or 95 degrees. My race day was 95 degrees. But I have to say Louisville was not too bad of a course, even in teh heat. The swim is mostly downstream in the Ohio River. The bike was the most challenging with many rolling hills, but enjoyable horse country. The run was almost all flat with the exception ofo the bridge to Indiana and a few underpasses. So my advice is go for Louisville, It was an awesome experienec as the town really welcomes you and the finish is the best at Fourth Street Live.
Otherwise, the day after race day any race has online registration through active.com. You have to be the first one on but your chances are good that you will get a slot to most races the day after the race. Also, you can volunteer and get a slot the next day. Finally, you could get a foundation slot , part of which is tax deductible so you can write it off.
Hope that helped.
ANY race is a risk. Weather, injury, training issues, travel to the race, family issues....... the list is endless in things that can make your race more challenging or bump you out of the race entirely. I think the race course and your race preparation are the only things you can really control. If it is a hilly course train for it, if its a hot course, be ready and anything cooler is a bonus. The rest of the list is life. If you can get into a race like St. George or Louisville maybe don't expect a PR but you can expect a challenge and a gut check. I don't understand racers that complain about a tough course, all IMs are tough. Enjoy the race and get what you can out of a good race and your results in relation to the conditions.
You're a triathlete, suck it up...
I am not planning to travel outside of the US as well as not going to travel too far from home to race either. The economy hasn't been my friend so trying to stay close to home.
IM Cozumel is still open.
Community slots are very expensive entry slots masquerading as "community" contributions.
I'd strongly recommend finding an iron distance race that is not part of the WTC structure. There are plenty of them, they tend to be cheaper, and tend not to sell out.