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    I'm looking to see if we have any members who compete in triathlons, specifially Ironman events. I am training for my first one later this fall. I have an idea that is still in its infancy, but I would like to put together a national "team" of firefighters who race ironman events. Most of these events can be done for charity. The idea is still in its infancy, but if there is some interest I will continue to develop it.
    Fire Service Interview questions - The blog that has REAL interview questions for firefighters, Engineers, Lieutenants, and Captains !

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    I did a sprint tri a few years back and would like to finish an IM in a few years but wont be ready this year. I've got 2 centuries planned this year so that will have to do. My "A event" is the Death Before Dismount double metric in September. (www.highlandercycletour.com) I did the "shorter" version, a mere 105 miles and 13k feet of climbing, in 2009 and it was brutal!

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    • #3
      I do half IM's and I mostly stick to tough mudders and warrior dashes. It would be a good idea for a team but would it be local or regional? I see so few at the comps that I don't really know how cohesive it would be, but I'd still sign up for one if given the chance.
      ‎"I was always taught..." Four words impacting fire service education in the most negative of ways. -Bill Carey

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      • #4
        Check at ridebackwards.com and go into the forum section. Pretty good site for firefighter athletic gear. I know they have quite a few triathletes there though

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        • #5
          Ride Backwards has some awesome stuff.

          I like your idea JT, I have been contemplating training for an Ironman again. My last IM two IM were DNFs, last one I completed was IM CdA in 2006.
          "The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten." - (John) Calvin Coolidge
          "Speed is not a good alternative to lack of knowledge." -armymedic571

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          • #6
            I've done ironman and continue to race in half-irons. Love the idea!

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            • #7
              Ya I've had the idea for a while, and its still in development. It would be open to any firefighter anywhere to join. I was thinking it would be a great networking opportunity, get training tips, etc. We would develop a website, team/club name, and eventually some jerseys/tri gear. Eventually it could develop into us racing across the country under one club name. I will keep you guys updated as the idea progresses.
              Fire Service Interview questions - The blog that has REAL interview questions for firefighters, Engineers, Lieutenants, and Captains !

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              • #8
                Ironman CDA

                I have done Ironman CDA in '04 and '05 and am training again for it this year. I ran into a Michigan FF at www.beginnertriathlete.com so the tri boards would be another place to check. Seattle has a few guys that do Ironman and distance events, I am trying to get a bike jersey designed right now for all the triathletes and cyclists we have.

                I want to say I saw a firefighter team at CDA one year, but it also may have been on a bike ride. I would be interested in some sort of club, heck, maybe designate a few races as Police/Fire competitions (a specific class rather than racing in your age group). I think this has been done before. Its always good to get advice and input from others who have the same schedule.

                -Mike

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                • #9
                  Great idea, I've posted the idea on bike forums and some tri forums also, so far there has been a good response. I've got a guy building a nice website for it. I'll make an announcement as it comes close to being finished.
                  Fire Service Interview questions - The blog that has REAL interview questions for firefighters, Engineers, Lieutenants, and Captains !

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