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(News.com.au)   Prince Frederik of Denmark wraps up Copenhagen Iron Man in 10:45:32, will kick Putin's ass   (news.com.au ) divider line
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2013-08-20 12:25:01 PM  
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bdub77: There's nothing really magical about doing an Ironman, other than putting in the effort to train for it. Keep your weight down, successfully avoid injury, rest often, and know the training plan.


Execution is a big part of it. I made one mistake in following my hydration plan in hour 5 of the bike (I laid off one cycle of sports drink because my stomach was bothering me, and I didn't catch back up to it), and it came back to bite me in the ass at about mile 4 of the marathon. I bonked out for about 6 miles until I could get my hydration back under control. Cost me about an extra :30, which pushed me over my sub-11:00 goal.

Suffice it to say that at times like this guy is doing (10:45 is probably top 10%), there's not really room to make too many mistakes. And there are a lot of things to keep track of in an IM: feed and water schedules, heart rates/perceived exertion, splits, mechanical issues (oops, front derailleur is stuck. Looks like you lose half your gears for the next 60 miles...), where you are relative to other riders (for placing, for penalties, and for some dumbass taking you out because he overcooked a turn on the bike, etc.), race strategy, and so on. I tip my hat to him: 10:45 is badass for a non-pro, no matter how much time you had to devote to training.
2013-08-20 09:22:26 AM  
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It's a great accomplishment, one I would never want to personally do, but let's be perfectly honest, when you are rich like this guy and can afford to take the time to really train and pretty much train as a full time job (and he probably had trainers and other help) you can do an Ironman in good time.

There's nothing really magical about doing an Ironman, other than putting in the effort to train for it. Keep your weight down, successfully avoid injury, rest often, and know the training plan. My brother in law who is now close to 40 has does them in around 10 hours, and he works 50hrs a week.
 
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