Advice for those doing their first Ironman 70.3 (v.01)

This is based on my experience. Do you own due diligence: 

Things to keep in mind (in no particular order):

  • Bricks(bike and run) are important
  • Spend lots of time on the bike 
  • Do allot of low intensity volume
  • Do as much volume as your diary permit, but grow the volume gradually
  • never increase volume more that 1.17 
  • Learn proper swim technique. I used total immersion swimming. Many of those who swim fast hate this approach. This worked for me. I was scared of the water and this technique worked well for me
  • Schedule an olympic distance ahead of the race so you can learn what works and what doesn't for you and to get over your fear of the open water
  • dont focus on time during your first ironman. Just get through it and get a base-line for future ones
  • join a club if you can
  • get a bike fit. makes a bike difference
  • lose weight if you can. being light matters in triathlon
  • find a Yoda someone to guide you
  • if you can do the each disciplines individually, you can do finish the ironman

Things not to worry about:

  • all the miscellaneous stuff that benefits the elite triathlete: Compression, obsession with gear, obsession with nutrition.  These are things that will come later
  • the swim. its probably what i spent the most time on and what was the easiest part of the race. the wet suit will keep you safe
  • other athletes during race day. race your race
  • power meters, turbo trainers, polar, garmin, aero bars, hoka, vibrams. that stuff comes later