Ironman Lanzarote 2013 (3rd weekend in May?)



  • My annual leave for this has now been bought and booked and so I am thinking about my supporting/Sherpaing role

    Do any other supporters/sherpas have any epxerience of supporting at this one ie is it poss to pop up on bike route, is the bike route closed to vehicles, good places for the run etc etc.

    If the bike route is not closd, does anyone want to form a support group and rent a car so that we can get around to various places on the day?

  • Scrap the sherpa bit; he can fend for himeself image.

  • Schumks, I have managed to get my parents arses down to Lanzarote for this and currently messing them up to get a car so they can drive and set some cheering spots. I will keep you posted!

    I know they only come to see their grandaughter but I will explain that there are "conditions". image

  • Ooooh, excellent Hokori.  Thank you! image

  • I understand my sherpa has plans which include watching me out of the water, going back to the hotel/villa, having brekky then a snooze by the pool for 6 hours then off down to the bars on the strip to watch the run leg, kinda jealous really, anyone want a race place? image

  • The symes approach is the best

    Apart from that teguiseis a reasonablw place to head for

    The majority of the bike courseis on open roads butits one big loop

    Re jthe run - find a bar....sit ad watch
  • Hmmmmm, i took a look at the bike course after I had posted and short of following the bike route there is not one place to go, set up camp, and see everyone a couple of times.

    I might go a la Mrs Symes image


  • I think that at the arrival at Timanfaya and Teguise are great points to see the guys but it will be a hard day at the office for supporters too. I want Sofia fresh for the marathon "espectacle" so I would like her to nap at the house.

    However it would be nice to have her at least at Fire Mountain. I am lobbying hard for this but my main Sherpa may be a no show and then my parents are an unreliable lot image

  • Schmunks, we are going to Lanza 2 weeks before (I think), so I will try and suss it out whilst D is out riding as I am tasked with driving to him with supplies.

    Failing that...I'm with J image

  • Speak to Wifey, when we went out to support a few years ago we got round a fair bit of the southern part of the course

  • Mrs F - he's having you on - there are garages, shops and cafes in many towns on Lanza.

    Let him fend for himself while you enjoy yourself image

  • Yea, I started training yesterday, bring it on image

    Anyone who's not seen the other thread, we're trying to arrange one or two Lanza training rides, would be great if a good bunch of us could meet up, build some anticipation etc

  • I know OC, I think he just has visions of me moto-pacing him and having a sticky bottle *ahem*


  • 5 big climbs and about 20 pirates....have you got 100 sticky bottles?


  • 15 weeks! image

  • la la la la la la la la la la


  • *pulls duvet over head*
  • "farts under duvet"

  • its going to be sunny in south it must be sunny all lot should be out on that bike by nowimage

  • I'm at work!!    as much as I would love to be out on the bike

  • then you are excusedimage

  • seren nos wrote (see)

    its going to be sunny in south it must be sunny all lot should be out on that bike by nowimage

    Just pumping the tyre up now - going  to cycle over to watch Cat5 do his du!!

  • give him a shout from meimage.don't cycle too far raf.I'm not going far today image

  • WEEEEE!!!!

    As it was dry, (and my road bike ate its rims in the week), and windy I took the TT bike out today for its first spin since June.  I also put the deep secction wheels on for the first time ever to see how they behaved in the gusty winds.

    I was plesently surprised - a bit gusty, feels a little like steering in treacle, but overall not nearly as bad as I thought.


    • weeeee - its fast
    • whirrrr whirrr whirrr - makes a nice sound

    Downsides -

    • its impossible to go slow - (8 prs on strava on the way out before I learned to control myself)
    • everyone thinks you are a bike tart.
    • forearms were killing me for the first hour until I relaxed.  There are some muscles around the elbow that need some time to adjust.  

    Put them there tri bars on sooner rather than later to get used to them again


  • What are your plans for long bike? Ive been doing 50s and 60s when weather allows and will get up to 75 towards end of Feb and then up to 90 by end of march and then up to 100 ish through April. I cant think how else to build for an Ironman in may.

  • OC, my best wheels will be tucked away till all salt and s**t is gone from roads.


  • Well i did wash the bike tonigh - a first for me!

    I did a 4.20 ish is ride for about 120k. The plan was for 4 this week, and 4.5 next but i felt good.

    I have a camp 2nd week of march in lanza so i am trying to get a 6 hr ride done before then. the last day of the camp is the IM bile course..... Hmmm
  • OC - I was looking at getting hydration 'systems' on the bike sorted out for Lanza. Can you remember roughly how frequent the feed stations were, and how many bottles diod you carry at a time?

  • O.rangeCannon - 7 hr marathons are cool..... wrote (see)
    Well i did wash the bike tonigh - a first for me!

    Yay, not just me then!

  • image OC's been washing you as well Pingu??? image

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