Ironman - Switzerland - RW Virtual Supporters Club

17th July 2005

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20/07/2005 at 20:15
wow - dick can ride with no hands without falling off.

fat buddha for president!!!
Monique    pirate
20/07/2005 at 20:26
I know that impressed me no end.
Garr    pirate
20/07/2005 at 22:05
MilesToGo the pictures were mainly taken at the top of Heartbreak Hill, hence off the aero-bars.

I've finally read through the whole of this thread and I'd just like to say a huge thank you to all supporters! You've been fantastic. I've never had a weekend like that in my life.
20/07/2005 at 22:10
I don't think any of us have, Garr.
:o)
And I just loved that hostel. How laid back can you get? Fling bikes and bags everywhere? no problem. Fall asleep on the table (ahem)? no problem. Provide breakfast at 4am? no problem...

brilliant stuff.
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
20/07/2005 at 22:18
They dont even mind if you fall asleep in the lift :o/
20/07/2005 at 22:21

Was it when y'all tried to burn the hostel down, they objected slightly?
20/07/2005 at 22:25
((((Carl))))

You gave us all a fright.
I mean - I'd just lost two bouts of arm-wrestling; I wasn't going to be able to pick you up, was I?
oxymoron    pirate
21/07/2005 at 04:04
Just read through the whole thread, thanks a lot to everyone,(except anyone that said I look like Jan Ulrich!!) its fantastic knowing youve got such great support back home.

Whos coming next year then....?



:-)
21/07/2005 at 08:50
isn't jan ulrich well known for being a fat biffer?
oxymoron    pirate
21/07/2005 at 09:02
lol-hmmm, he drives like a tw@t, eats too many pies and has history of recreational drug abuse. Maybe theres something in this!!
21/07/2005 at 10:25
Who is Jan Ulrich?
oxymoron    pirate
21/07/2005 at 11:10
a numpty tour de france cyclist

:-)
21/07/2005 at 11:30
Ahhhh.....
oxymoron    pirate
21/07/2005 at 15:31
so are all you loyal supporters going to continue your good work by coming to get drunk tomorrow?
21/07/2005 at 15:33
Yes!
21/07/2005 at 15:49
Is it OK if I show solidarity by getting drunk here instead?
oxymoron    pirate
21/07/2005 at 16:05
good work shambler.

ss- No!
21/07/2005 at 16:57
I can't come tomorrow - sorry chaps.

:o(
21/07/2005 at 17:47
Can I do an online “virtual” race report of the day….?

Pirate Virtual Support was consisted mainly of Waaaaaaaabit, Iron Rose, Foggyone, Miles To Go, Imp, Ergophobic, Ferrous Ferret, Debbo, Meldy and Sezz interspersed with visits from the whole of the regulars including myself, Jon, M and a whole bunch of others. The main thing about this was to keep the thread on the top of the general page and on top of the ‘last posts’ page so that everyone knew how our crew were doing. All the people supporting had absolutely no idea where the team were in the race and what they were physically looking like, how they were doing. This had to be the biggest gathering of RW forum-vibes I’ve ever seen (it got Jon to a PC on a Sunday so it had to be good!)

So the morning started with the manic Waaaabit psyching everyone up to keep the support crew going. As the race kicked off some of us settled in for 15+ hours of hitting F5 to ensure that the whole of the forum were updated with where our kids were and what was happening. We had no idea where in the course they were, what they were looking like, what they felt like. We speculated on the heat, the pain, the torment and the agony… and still we sat and waited and watched the numbers coming out of the data stream from IM live and the other site that we used. http://services.datasport.com/2005/tri/ironman/RANG093.HTM All the time hitting the buttons and completely updating each time (learning to type fast as you go is a must).
21/07/2005 at 17:47
Initially there were hiccups with PC’s receiving data (mine crashed twice) and times getting buggered up. There were highs and lows as we realised that there was stuff going on that we were way behind with. One by one we watched the times coming in for the swim… we were aching and willing them in onto the shore one by one and each time a time came in – someone pressed F5 and cut and posted. We waited and panicked and worried and sent thoughts and encouragement as DD’s time was last to come in.

At 08:21:50 we realised the first finisher was in… absolutely awesome at the same time as we hear via text that Cougie has set off on his run. We speculated and worried that the winner had cheated (joking of course). No worries, where are our guys…? All the time, the phones are ringing, texts flying backwards and forwards between England, Switzerland, oop North, down south etc etc. Everyone is wanting to make sure we stay on track. Everyone is watching the figures… the swim times are in and the guys are on the bike. Then Debbo posts that TC has finished his bike section and there is awe as people realise the boy is on for a bliddy good go at this. Gradually bike times start to come in and we realise there’s a bu99er up going on with either the data feed or the chips. Waiting through the times for finishing each lap is agony.
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