This will be my 2nd Ironman race and it’ll definitely be prudent of me to read the race guide; I found some interesting stuff in there (some i might have missed out in my previous race in Zurich). So people who are heading to IMWA in less than a month’s time, please share any info you have here as well ok. We like to keep everyone’s nerve as calm as possible and not get any nasty surprises on race day!
1) Banned Tri suits
There are 3 wetsuits which are banned from the swim at IMWA, the Speedo suit is sold at chainreactioncycles so just in case you guys were wetsuit shopping there (like me), please take note.
“The Speedo Tri Elite full sleeve wetsuit, the Rocket Science carbon wetsuit with carbon drive and the De Soto Water Rover wetsuit are banned.”
2) Minimum of 2 bottles on the bikes
“You are required to start the event with a minimum of 2 bidons”
Aid Stations are spaced at 15-20km intervals on the bike course so for those who want to be carrying minimal hydration from the start, please take note of this restriction.
3) Helmet straps
This one I knew about from a long time ago, While watching Chris McCormack struggling to clip his straps at one of the Kona World Championships, I came to know that you must have your helmet securely fastened before grabbing your bike.
4) Cycling shoes and helmet in the Blue bag (transition bag)
Most Ironman events have switched to transition bags instead of having your stuff all laid out (local triathlon style) at where you rack your bike. The race guide says cycling shoes have to be (compulsory) in the blue bag, which is a little odd because I thought a lot of guys have their shoes pre-clipped on their bikes. I wear my shoes and waddle like a duck through transition so if anyone out there planning to do a flying mount, please clarify at the race briefing if in doubt.
Helmets in the transition bag was a requirement at Zurich as well, but not everyone practiced it.
5) Drafting on the bike