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Hi everyone. Yet another of those 'Could I do an ironman?' threads.
I'm mostly a runner, but I had a go at a couple of sprint tris this year - one of them open water in a borrowed too-large wetsuit - and really liked them. Now pondering an ironman but not entirely sure if I can commit enough time to the training OR even actually afford it.
Firstly, how much time do you all spend training in an average week? I already swim 1-1.5m twice a week and run 3-5 times a week including two training evenings with my club and a LSR usually at the weekend. Not sure how much time I'd realistically be looking at for bike training and where to fit it in...
Secondly, the bicycle itself. I did my first sprint tri on a mountain bike then commandeered my dad's old tri bike for the next one. It's a hundred times better than my ratty old mountain bike and luckily seems to be pretty much the right size for me, but it's still 20+ years old and 12kg weight. Am I being daft to think I could use it for a full ironman? I don't care about potentially looking a bit odd but don't like the idea of being majorly disadvantaged. How much do half decent tri bikes usually weigh anyway?
Thirdly, are there any iron distance events where the swim is in fresh water and the run isn't just a whole bunch of loops? I've looked at a few different events here in the UK but they all seem to feature runs that are 3, 4, 5 loops. Obviously that's much easier to marshal/feed/water/clean up after but are there any with single loop run courses? I usually pick my events on maximum scenery potential and really don't fancy 5 loops of a 5 mile course.
Cheers for any/all info and advice!