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 keep pushing people to do the "silver man" in vegas. Its a couple hundred bucks cheaper, it doesnt sell out, you can usually get a cheap flight and room in vegas, and hey...its vegas : )
All that being said I just volunteered for IMLP 2011 so that I can get in for 2012. I love Lake Placid, and want my 1st IM to be somewhere close to my heart.
Peter - Most of the options were covered here, but here's my two cents:
1. My first Iron-distance event was a non-WTC event. Here's the link: http://www.greatfloridian.com/
Near Orlando, this was a great event and Orlando is easy to get to.
2. My second IM was IM Louisville 2010. It's still open. It was hot, but I finished.
3. My third IM will be IM Lake Placid 2011. I volunteered in 2010 and waited in line to register for 2011.
Online is your next best option but you have to be sitting at your computer the minute registration opens type fast. Some friends of mine got in to IMLP 2011 this way without having to go there like I did. Volunteering was great, however, and worth the experience as well as a good chance to help out and see the venue in advance.
Good luck with your first one. Above all else, enjoy the ride! Tim
IM St George in May is still accepting general entry...
I'm a newbie here but was in the same situation determining my very first 70.3 race/venue. After much research, I ended up picking the Rev3 Cedar Point race. They are getting off-the-chart reviews on family friendly, organization .... That being said, I am enjoying reading this as my 2012 goal will be for a full IM branded event. Living in Michigan with the winter, some of the earlier races pose a very real challenge to get ready for. The beauty of IMSG is very appealing to me but i just don't know how i could prepare for the bike portion sitting smack dap in the midlle of winter for 6 months prior to the race. Just from joining this site it seems that IMFL and IMAZ seem to be very popular among us first timers. Let us know what you decide on.