2012 in review

How did we all do?

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IronCat5    pirate
31/12/2012 at 14:29

So shamelessly stolen from every other thread in the Forum...


I'll kick it off...


  • 87.5 mi swam
  • 3010 mi biked
  • 906.15mi run
  • 384:38 training time


  • Outlaw Ironman distance triathlon. (12h52)
  • Wokingham HM performance. (98min PB)
  • Vachery sprint tri: 3rd in AG.


  • Not cracking sub 20min for 5km.
  • Love Life, Love Running festival 10km XC;  not fully recovered from IM. I now know I cannot use a race as a training run. I should have sat and watched.
  • Spraining ankle 4 weeks before Cardiff half-mara. I didn't even bother going.


A cracking year, that would not have been possible without the help and belief of a load of new friends called the Pirates. Normality is now skewed so much that I believe anything is possible.


  • Qualify for GB AG team for sprint tri distance - either the Worlds 2013 or Europeans 2014.
  • Sub 90 for HM on the back of training for the above qualifiers.

seren nos    pirate
31/12/2012 at 14:35

was thinking about this last night



no idea.don't keep records.but not enough

Highlights...........finishing the double ironman and coming 2nd out of the 7 females a bonus.....

snowdon marathon in the sunshine
sleepwalker 20 mile race in the dark in the beacons in the most appalling weather.....and coming 1st female as the others got lost with the navigation


Knee injury during a 50 mile ultra in march mucking up my running all year


a year without racing much at all but5 took 4 months off nerarly to recover fully from the double,,,,,,,,,,,,the highlight of the year has to be the double ironman


now its time to get going again and will do a fast ironman time at Outlaw and then will go to IMW in September and smash that bike course

iron fraggle    pirate
31/12/2012 at 15:11

fairly simple for me

Highs :
Meeting lots of lovley pirates at Outlaw
Going to the Velodrome at the Olympics and seeing two British gold medal winning performances
Crossing the finish line at the Challenge Henley Half - and promptly crying like a girl as I couldn't believe I'd done it  

DNF at Wokingham Half when my hip seized up
Laryngitis 3-4 weeks before Henley, when I thought I wan't going to be able to get to the start let alone the finish.



The Full Challenge Henley is on the cards  - well if the council and organizers agree a bike route that is
PB at Brighton Mara - though I'm tri training rather than run training this year, but I'm sure it'll happen 


All in all, 2012 was fantastic, and I hope 2013 will be even better





Edited: 31/12/2012 at 15:12
31/12/2012 at 15:18
A year to forget
31/12/2012 at 15:51

150ish miles swimming

3500ish miles bike

1000ish miles running

Happy with my 11.37 at Outlaw.

Looking forward to Lanza.

31/12/2012 at 16:22

Totals of approx 107km swum, 560 miles cycled and 360 miles plodded, mainly as run/walk.

Highlight was meeting loads of pirates at The Outlaw where I did 2/3 as relay, borrowing a tent and camping for the first time in decades. I have found a great osteopath and physio team who are sorting my injury/muscle inbalances out.

Lowlight, lower back and hip seizing up at Outlaw resulting in marathon PW of 7:05, and a family bereavement.

Summary - could do better and be more consistent with training.

Looking forward to 2013, 3 races entered.

31/12/2012 at 16:37

Oh they're in some computer or other. Less than I ought to have done but more than I could have done.

- Lovely wife completing her first Iron distance at Outlaw. Filled me with pride .
- Completing IM Wales in a vaguely respectable fashion.
- Spending so much of my summer cycling round in the glorious countryside.

- Getting to the top of the hill at New Hedges in IM Wales and realising I had to do it another three times
- Missing the entry deadline for both Outlaw 2013 and IM UK 2013, leaving me without an event for next year

There are worse hobbies. I'm smiling.

31/12/2012 at 16:56
Highlights - three trips over Alpe D'Huez

Lowlights - broken collar bone & ankle operation which essentially wiping out the last six months

2013 - half distance

2014 - going loooong.
Britrisky    pirate
31/12/2012 at 17:13

Totals - errm ... quite a lot, for me


  • first mara (Brighton), then second (Mablethorpe)
  • storming PB at GNR without really trying
  • getting inspired to do Tri by Holg's and Chrissie's books, then by meeting pirates at Outlaw
  • first tri (Oly at Ripon) then HIM at Newby Hall
Lowlights - none, actually, its been a great year! Summary - Learning I like longer and I like training plans 2013 - Blackpool Mara, Outlaw, then maybe 300 club (army fitness assessment). If I'm really lucky, OH gets into running, too 
31/12/2012 at 17:34

SlowerTIL, dont fancy IM Wales then? I missed IMUK and didn't fancy Outlaw again so plumped for  Wales

31/12/2012 at 17:37

I'd more than happily do IMW again, FF, despite saying in the aftermath of this year's race that I'd never do it again . But it doesn't fit with other diary commitments for 2013 so I need to do an earlier race. Thinking about Alpe D'Huez, IM Switzerland and a couple of others. Any views on them?

31/12/2012 at 18:02

Adh is on my bucket list, long bike short run.

Single Enduroman? cheap as well

seren nos    pirate
31/12/2012 at 18:35

single enduroman..........brilliant but be careful that after doing it you aren't dragged down a dark and dangerous path

Ironholgs    pirate
31/12/2012 at 18:47

All the best everyone for 2013.


31/12/2012 at 18:59

Forestman ? Watch the video's on YouTube.

VTd    pirate
31/12/2012 at 19:27

Go to Switzerland STIL, although there are only 100 places left.

I have no idea of totals as I only kept them long enough to record on our own competition board.

PB half marathon time and feeling there was massively more in my tank.
Finishing outlaw in only my second ever triathlon, the first being 3 weeks earlier.
The pirate experience before, during and post Outlaw simply blew me away. 

Picking up injury after injury from just before outlaw until my latest torn calf muscle
Limping round Dublin marathon (torn calf) on a day when most of my running buddies smashed their PBs

Goals for 2013:
Two half IMs
Two marathons
My first sprint tri, which scares me more than the rest.

Edited: 31/12/2012 at 19:28
purpletrilady    pirate
31/12/2012 at 20:18


  • No idea I don't keep a training log


  • Double Ironman - despite not finishing it was a great experience and one I would never regret doing. Cannot thank the pirates and my support crew enough - the support, encouragement and enthusiam is really something special
  • Cycling to Barcelona - an amazing experience. It totally changed my view about the mental aspect of endurance. I saw people who were far less fit than me acheive amazing things. I saw people who were fast and fit but still pushed themselves to the limit and, last but not least, I realised my body can do a lot more than I ever thought.


  • Suffering fatigue through overttraining. I spent a week in a complete state of exhaustion, feeling like I was just dragging myself around and wanting to sleep all the time. It was very debilitating and very scary .


  • I can't wait to do Enduroman again and I have no doubt that, this time, I will become a Double Ironman.
Doner Kebab    pirate
31/12/2012 at 22:19

righty - totals 
ran - 1736
biked - 3034.5
swam -  224.5
plus a bit of spinning and rowing to make a total of 5000.05 miles travelled in (627:29:57 h:m with weighs and other bits)


  • keeping most of the weight i lost the previous year off
  • meeting even more piratey types - not just pirates but the whole community 


  • doing my first ultra 10 days after the outlaw - 70 miles of wind,rain and thinking time - and got a 6th place!
  • and of course the Outlaw, even with a slightly disappointing result it gave me the insight to believe that anything is possible
  • getting PB after PB - truly amazed to get so many
  • no injuries 
  • inspired a couple of people at the gym to try a bit harder


  • over training and melting down before the outlaw
  • gaining a bit of weight over christmas
  • still not being able to get nutrition sorted - both in race and life



  • trying to break the 40 minute 10k
  • enduroman double - we will do it Purple
  • first 100 mile run - South Downs Way 100 - would love to do it in 24 hours for the buckle
  • get my revenge at the Outlaw, want sub 12
  • Thunder Run solo 
31/12/2012 at 23:48


6000 miles cycled, 543 miles swum, 275 miles running


Despite starting the year injured and only able to swim, actually managing to compete in 2 x Olys and 1 HIM distance 

Learning to ski

Finishing the 214 Wainwrights

Fantastic cycling holiday in NZ


Just my ongoing chronic injuries....but they are part of my life now


Staying out of trouble

Races are a bonus...



01/01/2013 at 00:55


Brighton Marathon (2nd fastest marathon).

Inspired by Olympics to take up cycling and then triathlon.

Completing the OW swim of my first tri (oly) after only 11 swim sessions (I was bricking it before as had only managed 375m non stop beforehand)

The feel of `racing` on the bike leg of said tri.

Coming out of T2 on said tri and feeling like i was running really slow, only to find after half mile, Garmin said i was doing 7 min mile pace.

All the lovely new tri gear i`ve bought this year to get me going in this sport.



Not being able to stand up out of the water after said swim (kept falling left LOL).

All the lovely new tri gear i`ve bought this year to get me going in this sport (wife`s   perspective).

The two colds i`ve just had. Last three weeks, only 2 training sessions.



PB at Brighton Marathon (current PB was set 10 years ago).

First HIM at Outlaw.

Loads more Tri`s

New 10k PB (again, PB is over 10 years old).

Iron distance swim at Arun River Race.



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