11 days 21 hours , who's going to Wimbleball ?

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citizen 146    pirate
04/06/2013 at 09:35

Eleven days to go and flitting between excitement and that familiar feeling that I've done way to little Two years ago this was my first half distance and it nearly killed me ( 7 45 ) but the race and atmostphere were fantastic. Training  was poor over the winter with bad weather and whooping cough. Am still just in it to complete but now almost feel obliged to go quicker than last time given similar weather.This is probably a mistake as every race is going to be different, this one particularly because I will have the benefit of the inevitable pirate support. So am going with my new phrase seen on another triathlon thread, '' training is cheating''

04/06/2013 at 10:33

Hopefully getting down there to cheer and support

citizen 146    pirate
04/06/2013 at 12:12

looking forward to meeting one and all

04/06/2013 at 14:44

Hi there...I'm doing it !  I did it as my first Tri last year...I vowed it would be my first and triathlon, but got hooked !  You're right about the support - its fantastic (and much needed !) on the run.

citizen 146    pirate
04/06/2013 at 17:29

See you there , pirate flag on display in jeep!

05/06/2013 at 12:21

Hi all, I'll be there.  First time of doing this one, but people I've spoken to have said it's great.  Tough course, weather is anyones guess, but the atmosphere is great.

See you there!!

citizen 146    pirate
08/06/2013 at 19:29

see you there, last time I looked it was looking like rain, won't make any difference to the atmostphere though

08/06/2013 at 21:41

I'm on the bike feed station, I'll give you all a  and a mars bar

citizen 146    pirate
08/06/2013 at 22:46

it's a deal, can you chop it up into small bits and then somehow reattatch them all to make it easier to eat?

09/06/2013 at 14:56

Yeah, what about skewers ? just watch your eyes

citizen 146    pirate
10/06/2013 at 17:09

I will be wearing glasses to provide protection in all eventualities, including hiding the tears on the tough bits.

citizen 146    pirate
10/06/2013 at 17:10

Where did the Summer go, was hoping for the feel of racing abroad

Doner Kebab    pirate
10/06/2013 at 17:20

you really didnt think through the title of this thread did you 

 

citizen 146    pirate
10/06/2013 at 19:51

no , no indeed not, it's not like I have a history of such things..........

16/06/2013 at 20:27

Just got back from marshaling, I had a great day, started off in the lead car watching the elites then marshaled on the bike course on the really steep downhill, we had a few casualties due to the rain and blind corner, I saw a Pirate and shouted at him, who was it ? we had a couple that could not continue due to severe cold one broken wrist and a broken collar bone, aside from the casualties it was a great day, I finished off my stint in the finishers tent helping return the transition bags.

That bike course looked a real killer, a small handful missed the cut off time and I really felt for them, well done to all those that competed   

16/06/2013 at 20:35

That sounds tough, one of the people who goes lake swimming with me was doing Wimbleball and on a loan bike having had her bike stolen a couple of weeks ago. Hope she made it.

 

Pretty tough marshalling too.

16/06/2013 at 20:37

JP....thanks to you and all the other marshals and helpers...it was a tough day, but you guys make a MASSIVE difference with your support and encouragement.

17/06/2013 at 08:58

It was my first time marshaling, I really enjoyed it and will definitely do it again, it is a tough day, one of the guys said he would rather do an IM than marshal it, its easier

But the friendship and camaraderie with the marshals and competitors was amazing and sharing the emotions through the course and at the finish line was amazing, every one doing the race was amazing, it was really tough conditions and I saw a lot of people really hurting, but everyone had time to smile, thank us either during the race or after.

Anyone doing this course next year, take some warm kit for the bike and good gloves, a lot of people were complaining they couldn't feel there hands to break, which was a huge problem on some of those downhills, and the amount of people shivering down those slopes teeth chattering etc made us really feel for them, I gave my hoody to a girl that couldn't go on due to cold and she found me in the finishers tent to return it  

17/06/2013 at 11:48

i have to say yesterday was a great day for all. I cheered on my brother in law and it must have been really tough on the people who competed. Tough conditions on a tough course.

Well done to everyone who started.

MTri    pirate
17/06/2013 at 11:54

Did the race yesterday, second time at WImbleball, last time was 2010.  A grim day, cold swim, wet and windy bike, muddy and wet run.  20 minute PB though.

 

Bike was hard, as you couldn't really make any benefit from the dwonhills, as the roads were treacherous in places.  Run, expecialy the uphills on the grass was difficult, expecialy with road shoes.

 

All in all another good IM event, well organised, excellent supports, and marshalls and volunteers are excellent.  Good confidence boost ahead of Challenge Vitoria next month.

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