BBPloder - Fantastic race report. Strange how you spotted all the same things on the bike course as me! I also had a near encounter with 2 lambs that had spotted a hole in a gate, but as I went flying* past decided that their field was the nicer option. Oh, and it looked like a copy of the Sun
* Flying = artist licence
Love these reports and love the camaraderie building up. This childish excitement really floats my boat.
Nice one Cake, loved your report and nice to see you again.
Awesome racing, reports and general pirating.
Reading back has made up some of the disappontment on missing out. Did a similar day myself today, although the run was cut short as a bloomin puncture took me over half an hour to sort.
See you at Outlaw
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Well, Im not going to write a race report, others can say it much more eloquently, funnily and comprehensively but one thing I will say is that I learned a lot of stuff this last weekend.
People have said about mr/mrs SA's hospitality, which was second to none, all i can say is, if its possible, get your arse down there next year and you WILL be made extremely welcome, you WILL have a laugh and i know you will look back at that weekend in years to come with the best of memories.
Others have commented on Marshallinis ability to make a cheetah look like a sloth, and truely, he does have some speed but the thing that impressed me from this weekend though is the determination of some people. I really hope he wont be too embarassed but Slagiatt was the star of Sunday. By his own admission he aint the fastest atheletes but he is so commited to finishing no matter what i think that deserves some kudos.
I didnt go up to Macclesfield to demostrate my atheletic prowess, which is a good job because next to the Marshallini I would look pedestrian, I went with the intent of a good training venture and put a few names to faces. However i did have one personal victory, in the pool, and clocked a time of 38:26 for the 76 laps which is a damn sight quicker than i anticipated. The first bike lap i did was with Colourin, nice and gentle so i got the jist of the course and then I did a couple of quick laps and found out how tiring constant undulations are, i normally train on the Vitruvian/ Dambuster route so have 3 major up hills and loads of flat to recover. So my bike split was just over 3 hours. On the run I shirked a bit, ran with Nobby and had a bio break on lap 1, stopped and had a chat with mrs sa on lap 2, went round with Colourin on lap 3 and round with the big man on lap 4, every lap felt different but as equally leg dulling. My run time is a bit (a lot ) skewed, If i didnt stop and chat and wait for people to run round with i would have clocked 1:45 but my offical time was 2:10, I finished with Mr SA in around 6:20 I think i heard him say but who cares about time when your having fun, and it was fun, every minute.
and yes, it was 12 laps to get your 55 miles, if you only did 11 you have to go back next week and do the extra one
So, would I do it again, of course i would, next year I'll bring the sausages
and Melds - the hair will return for the Outlaw
Great race reports peeps Mine will be up later. Went out on the bike this morning. The boobs are still there!!
"The Macclesfield Boobs" are fast becoming a famous local landmark.
If it's any consolation Bobby Nobby, I visited the shops on the run too. I had no excuse, it was on lap 3!!!! I'd gone the right route twice already, but for some reason I decided to have a "moment" and head off the wrong way. It slowly dawned on me that I didn't remember these shops from the previousl laps, so I did a U turn and ran back to the turning. Not a long way, but I was cursing myself for running any further than I absolutely had too.
I have no idea how many laps I did on the bike, lost count after about 3, but my garmin measured the course at 55.89 miles, so that's good enough for me
Great race reports guys
Not a race report as such, just my ramblings about the weekend
So way back in December last year when I ideally posted up on the forum about our DIY Half IM I fully expected it to be lost very quickly and maybe just maybe 1 or 2 would venture over for it, well the response was amazing and very quickly we needed a list of who was interested, but then slowly one by one they all started to drop out so we seemed to be left with 4 on the Saturday and just me on the Sunday, but then about 2 weeks before hand more people joined up.
Got the Friday off work, and proceeded to drive round the bike and run courses putting up signs, Friday night weathers was heavy rain with high winds and then had to drive around again Saturday morning making sure the signs where still up and putting them the right way round.
Saturday morning, Razor and Horse turn up followed by Slagiatt and Slag’s mate Tony (they were doing it on Sunday but set off from Essex at 4/5 o’clock Saturday morning to get here early to help out on the Saturday, top blokes), next BBurn Plodder, then Moving Along and then a text from Cake that he had gone straight to the leisure centre plus with Mrs SA that made 5
Showed them on Google Street view a couple of nasty left hand bends and then set off for the leisure centre.
Slagiatt and SMT kept watch over the bikes, while Jordy Razor and I went off to one of the left hand turns that really could do with a marshal on. Got a call from Slagiatt to confirm that the first 3 are on the bike. Waited at the marshal point for all 5 to come through and then went to the bike feed station. Really enjoyed the banter at the feed station (as well as the chips that my mum bought out to us) and gave everyone a big shout every time they went past, when Horse had done 9 laps, me and Jordy went home to get T2 ready and then counted everyone back in. I did try and DQ Mrs SA for riding over the dismount line can’t quite remember her comments back.
Back to the feed station so Slagiatt and SMT could go to T2, everyone looked far too happy on the run, think I’ll have to make the bike harder!
When everyone had had finished the run, Mrs SA did sausage butties for all, very nice, I really enjoyed supporting everyone and told Mrs SA that I would support tomorrow instead and she would have to do it again instead, can’t quite remember her comments back.
And so to Sunday
Doner Kebab turned up first, followed by Slagiatt and SMT after an eventful night in the hotel (told you, you have stopped at ours), then Bobby Nobby, Colourin and Colourin’s BF, and last to arrive Marshallini.
Pre race briefing as Saturday, then whizzed Mrs SA and Jordy up to the pool, then back home to ride back to the pool with everyone else.
Got into the pool with DK, Slagiatt and Marshallini in the same lane, Marshallini I have to say is a genetic freak, I’m sure he has gills and fins as he seemed to be passing me every length.
I must have miss counted because DK and me are the same speed and neither of us passed each other but I got out 2 lengths before him, through the changing rooms, Marshallini having a full change and then out onto the bike, I could see Marshallini and Colourin’s BF in the distance and DK just behind me.
DK soon caught and passed me, I to noticed the Sun paper and the Macclesfield boobies.
I had completed 4 laps when Marshallini came flying past me, I did check his bike afterwards but couldn’t find the engine he must have had fitted to it.
Colourin caught me and we rode together for a lap or 2, then all of sudden I was on the last lap and heading for T2
Change of shoes and cap on and out on the run, strange but 4 of us set off on the run at the same, Colourin’s BF who ran very quickly, DK and Bobby Nobby, I was easily the slowest and settled into my plod. Managed a full 3 laps before I had to have a little walk break and did the last lap with DK for company, then through to the finish with a time of around 6 hours 20 mins which I am very happy with.
Big shout to Slagiatt who kept going for a finish, it would have been very easy to not do the last lap, well done fella.
Sausage Butties for everyone again.
So reflections on the weekend
I had one the most enjoyable weekends for a long long time.
Jordy had an absolute ball meeting so many new faces
How much did it cost me to put on?
I recon £10 should cover it (2 lots of sausage butties, 2 bottles of coke, tea, coffee etc) plus 2 days off work
I was asked by someone “why don’t you charge people for this”
Because that’s the whole idea about doing a DIY Half IM
Would I run it again?
What would I change?
The course stays as it is, but measure it; better signs especially on the run, more people to help out on the Sunday, Mrs SA, Jordy and my dad did it all.
Thanks to all who made it what it was.
I must say I really enjoyed myself and was really happy with my performance on the day, but reading everyone's race reports makes me feel even better, I sound like some kind of elite athlete, Thanks everyone
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What would I change? The course stays as it is, but measure it; better signs especially on the run, more people to help out on the Sunday, Mrs SA, Jordy and my dad did it all.
The course stays and that's fair enough, but when I do it again I'll be cycling 12 laps and running this modified loop (x4).
It shouldn't affect anyone else unless they are following me, but makes the distances closer to the standard and that's what I'd like for a Sub 5 time.
And whatever day I race I'll help on the other.
Thanks again Team SA
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