When we asked SportStylist team member, Abi Williams, to tell us what kit she was taking to her very first attempt at Ironman Wales, we had no idea how well she would do. Not only did Abi complete it successfully, she came second in her age group on her first go at such a massive feat of endurance. She now shares her thoughts after the event and her winning kit-list formula for all those considering entering this impressive challenge.
Disbelief is a word that I’ve used the most post Ironman. It all still seems like a bit of a dream but the medal assures me that it did in fact happen. The biggest surprise of the day was a result I never in my wildest dreams have imagined. Not only had I successfully completed the course well before the 17 hour deadline – I’d somehow managed to win 2nd place in my age group. A pretty amazing weekend indeed.
Preparation played a huge part in being ready to tackle an event like this and so I share my kit formula for the big day.
Your Ironman Triathlon Kit Bag List
For the swim, I kept it relatively simple with a tri suit under wetsuit. The swim was followed by a 1km run to the first transition so I took the wetsuit off and ran with in my hand. The run meant we were also allowed a second pair of trainers took my Adidas Revenge Boost for this.
I knew the cycle was the discipline where I would be spending the longest amount of time. I wore my regular cycling gear that I had trained with; Adidas Jersey, Altura shorts, Specialized shoes and helmet. I also packed a bit of wet-weather gear in case it started to rain. Comfort is key.
The last outfit change and it is all about the comfort once again. I chose my Nike tank and Nike Tempo shorts as they provide light kit that I find suits me well for longer runs. My trusty ASIC GT-1000 are my choice of trainer for the marathon. And to finish it off – a visor in the event of rain and sunglasses if the
sun decided to shine!
A Motivational Thought
After nearly a year or worry and training, the time came on Sunday 13th September for me to race 140.6 miles by swimming, cycling then running. My biggest worry throughout the year had been making the bike cut offs. The crowds must have seen the sheer relief on my face as I knew I was not only going to make the cut off, but make it with a good amount of time to spare. The worry melted away as I knew I could complete this course, I just had to make it through the run. The Ironman motto is “Anything is possible”. Anything really is possible. I said I’d only ever do the one Ironman. The day after I was already looking at races for 2016.