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20/05/2012 at 20:05

Big thanks to Mr and Mrs SA, Jordy and not forgetting SA's parents. The whole team excelled themselves.

Awesome event, brilliant hospitality and good company.

Well raced everyone.

Razor51    pirate
20/05/2012 at 20:20

Glad you had a great day.......where's the group pics?

20/05/2012 at 20:26

Have had the most brilliant weekend     I am so proud to be a Pirate.  I have caught up with old friends and met new ones.   It all went so well.  Thanks to my fab hubby for organising this.   Well Done everyone.  You guys rock

M...eldy    pirate
20/05/2012 at 20:27

Sounds like you have had a fab weekend guys

Roll on Outaw  

The Silent Assassin    pirate
20/05/2012 at 20:36

Todays Motley Crew

http://s4.runnersworld.co.uk/members/images/281972/gallery/imag0142.jpg?width=350

 Once again Left to right

Doner kebab, Colourin, Colourin's BF, Marshallini, Jordy, Mrs SA, SA, Bobby Nobby, Slagiatt

The picture was taken was Slag's mate Tony (who is a top bloke)

 

Edited: 20/05/2012 at 20:36
M...eldy    pirate
20/05/2012 at 20:37

Didnt recognise Doner without his hair dye !!!

20/05/2012 at 20:40

I don't look happy in that pic but believe me I was very happy - Awesome day out.

The Silent Assassin    pirate
20/05/2012 at 20:45

Marshallini, you can't look happy you are a TRI machine

 

20/05/2012 at 20:46

Macc 70.3 (or by my measurements Macc. 70.24 close enough for me)

I drove over from Chester way and took in a lap of the run and bike course in the car before turning up on SA's doorstep.

After a race brief and a sort cycle to the leisure center we were good to go.

The Swim -1950m - I lost count after about 8 lengths, I had a couple of nose clip issues which caused me to stop twice so my timing targets were thrown out, so after that it was all guess work.
A few periodic checks against the speedo clock had me swimming roughly on pace  (target 1:40 per 100m) so I decided that at 32 minutes I'd do another 50m and then get out and hope it was enough.
I stopped my watch at 33:17.34 and made my way to the changing rooms, I'd stopped my watch instead of taking a split, so had to restart it whilst changing, so add a minute or two to the 7:12.35 T1.

Everyone else was going straight on to the bike wet but I didn't fancy that. As I made it outside to T1 changed and dry, everyone was already there sorting themselves out, which was a little disconcerting.

The Bike - 56.39 miles - I set off on the bike, a little too hard, way too hard to be honest. This was not a sprint race.  I calmed down a bit after the first climb and settled in to an easier (hard) tempo. The course is undulating but not too hilly and as the laps were ticked off they seemed to get sorter, but harder.  The plan was for 11 laps but at the end of them I was only on 50.8 miles according to my cycle computer so I went around for a 12th time.
A little confusion returning to T2, but not quite getting lost.
56.39 miles @ 18.6 mph average - 3:01 but that doesn't include a pee break, so 3:03:00?

(splits for each lap  - not too accurate - 14:05.74 - 14:03.38 - 14:18.26 - 14:35.25 - 14:03.59 - 14:21.63 - 15:24.98 - 14:52.05 - 44:41.44(x3) - then a lap + return to T2 18:57.25)

An unrushed but not accurately timed T2, I forget to take a split when I stopped on the bike and did it half way thru getting my run shoes on (5 mins?)

The Run - 12:64 miles - no problem getting going on the run even the first hill didn't present any real problem.  It's a nice easy run downhill  to the Catholic College and this helped get into my running nicely.
Ticked off the first lap comfortably and then ran in to the back of the other runners starting their first lap and this made me up my effort a bit, second lap was easy enough and I was feeling good, but took a gel on just in case.
Lap three I took another gel as it was getting a little harder now, like on the bike the laps got shorter but the hills got bigger.
Lap four was uneventful, but I could've done with someone to chase up A537 as this is a bit of a drag and my concentration was slipping.
But once passed the drinks station, it was the last push mainly downhill to the finish.  It's nice that there was no need for a sprint finish as it's quite a testing little slope up to the finish.
Lap 1 - 21.47.88
Lap 2 - 20.53.68
Lap 3 - 21.58.87
Lap 4 - 22:02.40
total - 1:26.42.83  (ave min/mile - 6:51.6)

pretty consistent splits there - well happy with them

 

Total elapsed time 5:05:00 (that's an approximate time and includes the odd missed bits)

Edited: 20/05/2012 at 21:04
The Silent Assassin    pirate
20/05/2012 at 21:09

Great report Marshalliini, you are quite right about the laps seeming shorter but the harder

 

20/05/2012 at 21:13

Thats not running that's showing off....

The Silent Assassin    pirate
20/05/2012 at 21:15

Marshallini, you can't look happy you are a TRI machine

 

The Silent Assassin    pirate
20/05/2012 at 21:19
Flat Foo.ted wrote (see)

Thats not running that's showing off....

 

Believe me mate, I recon he could give Rosey a race


 

20/05/2012 at 21:22
I agree Marshallini was ridiculously quick today from start to finish.
MovingAlong    pirate
20/05/2012 at 22:34

Completely cracking weekend. Many thanks to Mr and Mrs SA for everything, and also the people who manned the feed stations on the Saturday. Loved every minute of it.

Full race report will come tomorrow at some point.

Rather embarrassingly though I've just emptied my kit bag to find I've picked up someone elses helmet, gloves and glasses? Give us a message on here and I'll get them to you ASAP...

21/05/2012 at 09:06

Thank you so much for this weekend, was a great training day, and fab to meet some piratey peeps! Mr SA senior was a star on the feed station, and Jo, that was the most welcome cup of tea in history! not to mention the suasage butties!

21/05/2012 at 09:15

No problem.  It was a fab weekend wasn't it     Great to see you again and to meet your BF.   See you at OW swimming Thursday.

Lee the Pea    pirate
21/05/2012 at 09:16
Flat Foo.ted wrote (see)

Thats not running that's showing off....

Hahahaha!  Sounds like a great weekend.  Well done to Mr & Mrs SA & Jordy for putting on a great event, and to all those who took part.  Hopefully i'll be in a position to join in the next time (helping and taking part!).  Need to get my tri stuff in gear next year

bburn plO.dder    pirate
21/05/2012 at 10:05

Well done to everybody who took part on Sunday, it sounds like you had just as much fun as we did on Saturday, and Marshallini wow, I couldn't sprint 100m at that pace, let alone run 13miles in a HIM.

Moving Along - so that's where my helmet, gloves and glasses went . I assumed that I'd left them in SA's garage. Don't worry about it, just bring them to Outlaw.

I will at some point today get around to doing a race report, but I am supposed to be at work, so....

Razor51    pirate
21/05/2012 at 10:16

Well done everyone hope you had as much fun as we did on saturday, Great time Marshallini and once again thanks to all who made it possible and I am sure it will give all who took part a good insight into what to expect on the day.

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