Ironman - Switzerland - RW Virtual Supporters Club

17th July 2005

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21/07/2005 at 17:47
The bike times are bu99ered but as the run lap times start coming in we realise that various pirates are on the marathon run and we’re looking at the home straight. Waaaaaaabit is still doing the psyching everyone up thing and I have to say, think I would have collapsed with the tension if it weren’t for that bunny hopping around the screen. At 4.10pm (UK time) someone realises that TC is on the home lap and his lap splits are looking pretty even… it quickly becomes apparent that he’s going to be first home. At 16.30 a couple of data feeds fail – Waaaaaaaabit’s is one of them so we’re down to a couple of updaters and huge encouragement. There’s confusion about times and then someone starts updating positioning as well as times and we realise that all the pirates are not too far apart and the tension is unbelievable.

Then at 16:44 TC’s time is 10:44 with 200m to go and we’re frantically hitting F5 and waiting for the boy to come home. Amazing stuff. Absolute euphoria hits the forum when his time hit’s home… then we start looking to see who’s next home and so it continues for the next 5 hours. It’s immensely tense and traumatic. Sitting in front of the screen unable to do more than update and post encouragement as each Pirate comes home. Horrendous scrolling through the data feed positioning things to find out where everyone is. There are highs and lows and mishaps as we realise Cougie’s not about to finish and the data stream has him at the 200m stage for more than 2.5 hours!!!! Positioning gives us a good idea who is with who and where… we see FB and Mmm come in more or less together… Cougie and Garr running more or less together. We see ghosts laid to rest. PB’s set and all of it with actual taking part, physical support and screaming and shouting and virtual hugs and support back home. It was a huge day to be there…. But it was a huge day to watch on the sidelines too.

Well done chaps.

21/07/2005 at 17:54
Sorry guys, by the time Ms Slug gets home from work tomorrow it will be too late to travel up to London - especially as we are both 'racing' the next day. I promise that we will raise a glass or 2 in your honour though.
debbo    pirate
21/07/2005 at 19:24
I can't come either - too far from Edinburgh, and anyway I'll be too busy training for IM germany 2006.
21/07/2005 at 19:34

70 mile bike ride, Debbo???? :o)

debbo    pirate
21/07/2005 at 19:58
Nah, just a few miles running. I am going for a bike ride now though for an hour. ;)

I hope you're going tomorrow Wabbit, so you will be convinced about moving from the maybes to the definites.
21/07/2005 at 20:00

I can't make tomorrow. I would love to go but I have a friend's wedding!


21/07/2005 at 21:35
...and to compliment CADs report, a big up to Cath who was also one of the data distribution team.
22/07/2005 at 10:37
That was a great report Cath xxxx
cougie    pirate
22/07/2005 at 10:40
Tee hee hee - good report Cath !
Daniel Benson.    pirate
22/07/2005 at 15:50
Hey guys,

Just uploaded the final set of photos here.

There are a few others so if you want them for your own photo albums, email me and I'll send them over.

All the best and thanks for a great weekend.

Daniel RW
22/07/2005 at 16:25
That pic of Dick... With his top undone...

I'm rendered speechless.
22/07/2005 at 16:29
Oooh Jon - read that post wrong then

22/07/2005 at 16:40
and thankyou... thankyou

<takes a bow>

I ended up with cramp in my right thumb for most of monday!

22/07/2005 at 16:51
next year the pirates are going to germany!

woo hoo

see the thread on tri.
22/07/2005 at 16:54
I'm not coming. No.

Honestly, I'm not.
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
23/07/2005 at 13:01
CAD you know you want to :o)
23/07/2005 at 13:09
Great virtual report there....accurately sums up what I read when I got back....Well done guys!
jellybabe (M.)    pirate
23/07/2005 at 14:57
wow have just caught up with all this thread, what a completly nerve racking day you guys must have had waiting for us all to come in
do you have any finger nails left?!
my race report is still in my head, but I will try and do it today, but it was a truly awesome day, the support on the course from other pirates and spectating pirates was just amazing and I dont think I would have got round with out it.

mike looking through your photos they look good

iron rose, in answer to your questions a few pages back
me and dave have just had our tattoos done!
yes we will do another IM

thanks again for everyones support
06/11/2005 at 09:52
Couldn't think of which thread to boing with this vitally important question, probably best answered by Carl, Smiffy or Cougie:

What flavour were those HORRID Pringles they sold at the Jugendherberge?

FFFers need to know.
06/11/2005 at 15:14
Eye of newt?
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