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Hi folks, seeking advice from those that have stayed in Busselton for the IM previously. I am debating pushing my Cairns 2020 IM entry to Busso 2020, but trying to plan the trip out before I commit. This would be my first IM WA attempt.

It looks like all the accommodation anywhere near the jetty is sold out. Is this normal for this time of year, or am I potentially looking at hotels that have gone offline after COVID?

If being booked out is normal, then what are some recommendations of where to stay?

Thanks all

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1 hour ago, Fresh said:

Hi folks, seeking advice from those that have stayed in Busselton for the IM previously. I am debating pushing my Cairns 2020 IM entry to Busso 2020, but trying to plan the trip out before I commit. This would be my first IM WA attempt.

It looks like all the accommodation anywhere near the jetty is sold out. Is this normal for this time of year, or am I potentially looking at hotels that have gone offline after COVID?

If being booked out is normal, then what are some recommendations of where to stay?

Thanks all

Nah you should easily be able to find accommodation I would imagine loads of places are "offline". I normally book October/November. Obviously if you want prime accommodation right on the run course you'd need to book sooner, but all my last minute bookings have been walking distance.

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8 minutes ago, BarryBevan said:

The problem is getting back. But if we run an event only for WA who will you all draft off

They can pay someone to sit at the front, with all the money they save by not bothering to put turnaround bouys in the swim or witches hats for the ride & run.

Just tell them to turn where they think they should.

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Ya reckon this race will go ahead this year.  I’m genuinely interested.  
 

may have to cut back the spear fishing to six days a week and start training one day a week.  That should be more than enough training if I do it consistently for the next 7 months.

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Us and Ratdog and Mrs Ratdog were only talking yesterday about whether you'd be coming down this year. I'm pleased to hear you're interested! :) 

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Last year there were about 800 Australian competitors and about 40 from NZ. 

Will Australian athletes want to travel to Busso given the likely increase in air fares and accommodation? I think that it will also depend on if the delayed Port or Cairns go ahead. If they do not go ahead then I think that there will be a lot of Australian athletes at Busso.

Also for WTC/IM what are the additional Covid costs? No reusable bidons? Handing out "open" bananas, biscuits, fruit, etc? How many elderly Busso residents will want to volunteer? How many competitors do WTC need to cover the additional costs, is 800 enough?

For you Kieran it comes down to your "why". Why do you want to do another IM? Why do you want to do the crazy training involved?

For me I did the Covid 70.3 on Saturday. I will maintain my fitness over winter, then start to crank up my training in September. If I am in Australia and the race goes ahead then I will be on the start line. Otherwise it will be an unofficial Covid full IM for me in December.

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29 minutes ago, Bored@work said:

I would be surprised if the event is in this year. 
 

Cairns / Port in September & then Busso in December is a lot of racing in a short period of time. 

But not everyone races all of them. And not everyone can travel.

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1 hour ago, Ironnerd said:

 Otherwise it will be an unofficial Covid full IM for me in December.

I have been thinking about targeting something similar in lieu of any racing that may not happen!

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1 hour ago, Ironnerd said:

Otherwise it will be an unofficial Covid full IM for me in December.

 

10 minutes ago, Toolish said:

I have been thinking about targeting something similar in lieu of any racing that may not happen!

I think that would be a great idea to be honest.  
 

by dec you’ll certainly be allowed groups of 10.  

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1 hour ago, Peter said:

I just can’t see groups larger than 100 happening this year.   
 

 

It seems that as they gradually lift restrictions, the last thing on the list is festivals, big races etc So yeah can't see it happening in 2020. Or could it run with limited numbers, setting people off 5 minute intervals or something whacky? The swim and bike aren't really an issue, it's more the run, the aid stations, the finish line etc. So perhaps reworking the run course so people aren't s close?

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3 hours ago, Ironnerd said:

 

For you Kieran it comes down to your "why". Why do you want to do another IM? Why do you want to do the crazy training involved?

To be honest I’ve never really understood the “what’s your why” thing.

i have no idea why I would keep doing them.  I wouldn’t say im passionate about it.  I like the thought of them, pushing yourself to something you thought may be beyond you.  I like doing things the hard way or the long way.  It’s just the way I am.  
I’m not passionate about fitness but realise it’s better being fit (ish) than dead.  Cudos to those who can just get up and have the drive to be fit etc.

also it’s a solo sport, historically I don’t like people or socialising but I’m getting better at it now that I’m somewhat happy with myself (kinda), so solo sport is probably what I would be best at.  Gone off track a bit.

but I have no idea “why”

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3 hours ago, Katz said:

Us and Ratdog and Mrs Ratdog were only talking yesterday about whether you'd be coming down this year. I'm pleased to hear you're interested! :) 

Nik loves the atmosphere! And the opportunity to hit the choc factory and Fishbone winery.  Mum and dad were coming over for the race etc but no longer this year so are coming up here next year to visit for a month or so.  But nik and I have made a pact to hit the sth west every year so we can have some time out and the kids see their adopted GP’s in Mandurah and busso provides the perfect opportunity to come see you and stiks and the rat dogs 

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2 hours ago, Katz said:

But not everyone races all of them. And not everyone can travel.

Yep I get that. I think a lot of east coast folk will do Port or Cairns. 

if the numbers are down will the event be run at a loss? 

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I've switched to WA and booked fully refundable accommodation, flights and car hire in the event it all gets canned. The fact WA has already eased restrictions and is allowing gatherings up to 10 people is a positive sign, but the real test will be avoidance of any second wave...you could almost guarantee everything gets cancelled if a 2nd wave comes around.

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I'd rate Busso a better chance of happening than Port or Cairns.

I'm doubtful that Port will be held in September. Organisers need more than the restrictions to be lifted by race week, they need certainty in July that restrictions will be lifted by race week. As well as a confidence that there won't be further outbreaks or a second wave.

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4 hours ago, Bored@work said:

If I had to put a bet on. It would be no Ironman races in Aus in 2020

Totally agree. 
 

mind you, WA might allow kiwis to fly into there direct but still be locked off from the rest of Australia.  Maybe South Aust too. 

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