A place for people attempting their first IM.
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Started by Fredsf415. Last reply by Rod Couser Apr 1.
Started by Steven Rakel. Last reply by Nancy Stuparich Dec 11, 2012.
Started by Paul G Putnam. Last reply by andrew peabody Dec 5, 2012.
OMG! No question. You gotta have a wetsuit! It makes a HUGE difference that well overshadows the extra time in T1.
Wet suit for sure.
wet suit or no wet suit for the swim?
I run with profiles design's Sync Hydration System fuel belt. Definitely the best belt I have ever used. The bottles slide in and out super easy, but never pop out when you don't want them to. You can move them around on the belt with no problem. Switching from one to two bottles takes secs to do. It stays in place and is very comfortable.
Ross I did an actual IM and did not have any problem -- in fact the whole experience was excellent -- but I know of many people who dehydrated and even ended up not finishing IMKY when they ran out of water the year before last and the same thing happened at the IM 70.3 in Miami, so the brand is not sacred.
I ran with a fuel belt on my first IM and hated it. I thought I wanted my own stuff but it was hot and the extra weight just wasn't worth it. On my second I took a bottle of stuff to get me going and through it away as soon as I was done. I've never run into a situation where they ran out of anything so have learned to trust what they serve on the course. Its also why I pay extra to do Ironman branded races.
I use a fuel belt too. I like to have what I want, when I want, and although this was not my experience in IM I have been in races where stations have run out of water ... I'd rather wear the belt and be safe. As for the wetsuit, I'm tall and find I just have to pull the legs up high, so they end up mid-calf rather than at the ankle. I haven't had any problems with the body length, but I'm not extremely tall.
It's definitely a personal preference re: wearing a fuel belt for the run. I've worn one in my Half's and I love it. I blow right by the aid station crowds and I can stay on MY schedule for hydration. Sometimes I just don't feel like drinking when I hit the aid station but maybe .25 mi before/after or elsewhere. By carrying my own fluids, gels and supplements I can run MY race. However, I haven't figured out what I'm going to do for the 2nd half of the marathon. Any advice out there? Perhaps a 2nd Fuel Belt in my Special Needs?
Like Toni, I don't know much about speed suits.
Dear Iron people, I have two questions: 1 - is it allowed to run with the fuel belt during IM event and if yes, what was your experience and 2 - can anybody give the recommendation for the speed/swim suit that fits tall (really tall) people.
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