Ironman Arizona Bike Setup

Ironman Arizona is still nearly 5 months away but I am getting mentally focused for this day.  Having the experience of having just raced Ironman Texas I want to put my lessons to good use and train over the next 20+ weeks with the focus on making AZ a fast race.

With that in mind I have been emailing with Jeff about getting the bike setup so I am not carrying around extra weight, especially since the Arizona course is flat. Having the ability to pound away and not lug unnecessary items is going to be a tremendous benefit.  Between emails to Jeff and last night I went searching for a single cage for the rear of my saddle and found an X-Lab one.  I sent out a tweet to Kevin, Matt,Jon,and Jeff and they found the Tri Rig for me which is what I’ll be going with. Joe from RockStarTrialso provided his thoughts and all I can say is thank you. Twitter and Facebook and this blog are awesome for connecting with people who are in the know.

Up front I have the clips from Profile Design that will hold a water bottle.  I will swap out the Speedfil for a regular cage for another water bottle.  The rear saddle cage will hold water from the course.  I will have replacement bottles at special needs to swap out at the midway point and keep going.

So I am going from a bike setup like these photos show:

70.3 Ironman California. Didn't Have Torpedo Yet.

Speedfil blocked by bag but it is there.

2 Cages On Saddle, Speedfil and Torpedo Upfront.

To a bike setup like this photo shows:

Sleek Setup........


Yes, I do expect to get at least an hour faster on the bike now that Crowie and I will be sharing the same setup.  That is what is supposed to happen isn’t it?

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  1. One thing that I didn’t mention regarding Arizona: While I haven’t done IMAZ,. I have done El Tour a few time. One of the biggest surprises that people not from Arizona realize, sometimes painfully, is that since the ambient humidity is so low, sweat is rare. It evaporates off the skin before you realize you are sweating. If you start overheating, your body may start goosebumping trying to cool you off. If not taken care of, you start getting stupid.

    This happened to me my first race there. The cure was to chug a 32oz gatorade. Almost instantly I was less stupid and back in the game.

    I learned it is very important to hydrate on a schedule in the dessert. You might want to practice this too.
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  2. BDD says:

    Jeff and I have talked about this in the past and we see things differently, we are age groupers, 2 pounds to save 10 mins isnt worth it for 112 miles on a flat course isnt worth it to me, I get dropping the weight for a hilly olympic or hilly 70.3, law of physics, even a hilly IM. Arizona can still be hot at that time of the year, I lived their for 17 years, the winds in the desert can be brutual too. What is your goal time in Arizona on the bike? I have no doubt that you will get sub 6 in Arizona
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    • CTER says:

      I will still have tons of hydration but I will be using the course more than IMTX. I would like to shave 15-20 minutes from Texas.

  3. Jeff Irvin says:

    ahhhh … so nice to see a clean setup!

    At AZ you might be able to put the EFS Liquid Shots on the single saddle bottle and put water in the torpedo. Of course, this would depend on the temps on race day but if you need more hydration it could work just as well.

    FYI – on my outdoor rides because of the heat, I changed the Garmin to beep at me every 12mins instead of 15mins and it has been working well as I have not fallen off the bike due to dehydration (-:

    On the trainer, which is in the A/C, I keep it at 15mins.
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  4. Jill says:

    Oh dear. More things to worry about with the bike.
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  5. katie says:

    it’s startling, how much you resemble crowie. startling.
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  6. Natasha says:

    All I had on mine last time was the one that goes between the aerobars and then I’d grab water & gatorade as I rode by and pour half of each into on each of the 3 loops… You are thinking this set up through very well!
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  7. Marlene says:

    So, you’re going to have the aero bottle up front, a regular bottle on the tube and a bottle at the rear? That’s the set-up I am working towards…
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    • CTER says:

      That is exactly the setup but back will be just a single bottle instead of the double bottle. Just a matter of tying my tube and equipment to the back of the saddle as well.

  8. Dude
    Wrong Crowie photo. That was from his “slow” days. But I will still take his slow speed

  9. Melanie Reed says:

    You look crowie maan! I can hardly tell the difference.
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  10. Victoria says:

    I am sure you’ll be down in the 4:30s for your bike split, just like Crowie, even if you don’t train. It’s all about the bike, right?
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