Enduroman UK 2013

when one iron isnt quite enough

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Bouncing Barlist    pirate
20/07/2012 at 10:00

KK, you start by saying youre clearly going to be in trouble for this?  why? and if so why did you post?

Ive got no problem with your opinion's on this, what I do find frustrating is your need to constantly go on about long isnt the be all, etc etc, Tri is to expensive bla bla bla.

I think your feelings for long distance tri are well know by now, similarly your feelings about the cost of tri.  In light of which, was it really necessary to post 6 times knocking this proposition?    Its not only this but you were regularly posting on this years Enduroman thread saying exactly the same things.

Why not contribute something positive, or if you really feel the need to remind us AGAIN how you feel start a thread about it.

kittenkat wrote (see)

I think I'm on a one woman campaign to stop the culture of longer is more worthy of praise from your 'online friends'.

I thought you were saviour of the forum?




20/07/2012 at 10:20

The place would be pretty dull without differing opinions, wouldn't it? I find a lot of your posts really thought provoking, KK, but you do have a tendency to flog dead horses. Personally, I'm not at all turned on by the longer events, but "hats off" to those that are. Go longer slower.... or go shorter faster.... it's all hugely more impressive than watching telly or propping up a bar.

Strikes me that you have it in you to be pretty tidy at this lark, DK (for an old 40-something). I get a lot of positive energy from the way you train and put it out there.... whatever the event. More power to you, my friend.

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
20/07/2012 at 10:29

Ive no issues with thought provoking, people having different options or controversy but there is a time, place and approach to challenging people.  It was all said on last years Enduroman thread, as it has on numerous other threads, I just dont think it needs saying again.

Slowerthanilook, sorry I completely forgot to mention you in my Outlaw report, youresupport was brilliant, you were brilliant, thank you

20/07/2012 at 10:49

You're welcome, mate. You were a joy to support.

20/07/2012 at 11:41

DK, I had a great weekend at the Enduroman this year. It was a fantastic atmosphere all weekend from arriving on the Saturday with all the decas, quins and doublers out on the bike course to the triples and 100 mile runners on the run. Obviously later on all the athletes were on the run.

It was my first longer distance tri so cannot compare to Outlaw, IMUK etc but I think it is a totally different set up. I can only imagine what the bike is like on one of the bigger events but I would assume there is some kind of drafting/bunch riding going on with that many people on the road. At the Enduro I was on my own for the whole distance, 116 miles. It is tough but potentially a true reflection of where I was up to. The run course is hard mentally. 24 loops of a 1.1 mile circuit that obnly has about 200 yards of tarmac, the rest trail and paths. Purpletrilady described the run like this to me prior to the event. Imagine a football with a disc around the centre. Push one side of the disc to the floor and then imagine running around the disc. That is what the run is like at Avon Tyrell. It's not a bad description but add in the off road, tree roots, muddy parts when the rain came down, steep inclines through the woods etc. You have to be mentally strong to beat it.

One point I would like to make is the Enduroman team will be your greatest supporters on the day as well as everyone else on other support teams and your own team. Steve, Eddie and Dan (and others) will help you in any way they can to get you to the finish. On the run having the race directors shouting your name out encouraging you personally is something I don't think you would get in many races.

This is a well organised event but it many not have all the finer trimings of other events. The feed station comprises of gels and High 5. You don't get Jaffa cakes, bananas and whatever else IMUK or Outlaw give out but you also don't have a £225-£375 price tag on the event ( single ). It was £135 to enter. Bargain price in my book. Yes the double/triple/quin/deca are more but thats what you would expect.

I met a few pirates there and their support and chat was great. There were others there that I didn't get to meet but were shouting from the sides with Schmunks, Barley, Supercaz. It is a lift in the bad times of the race. There was good camararderie between suppport teams and fellow competitors alike.

It is different but for anyone I'd say give it a go. Train well, eat well and be strong mentally and if it is a goal that you want to achieve, get there and enjoy the success.

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
20/07/2012 at 11:50

Brilliant post Chilliboy, it is different but different in a good way (not that most of the 'big event' IM/IM distance races arent good also).  I loved the atmosphere at Avon Tyrell, the cammaradorie between all the participants, supporters, race crew etc, its was a real family atmosphere.

I think its a now a much better location than the Litchfield set-up, I also like that its a tough event.  One day ill be back to crach the Double/Triple im sure.

20/07/2012 at 12:06

Barley it was tough for you this year but from what you said it was right not to do the double when there were other priority events and getting your back sorted. Your support was great. I'm sure you'll be back but not standing in the turning circle shouting next time!! 

Edited: 20/07/2012 at 12:07
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
20/07/2012 at 12:10

Cheers, backs a lot better now thanks, still taking things steady for a while as dont want to relapse. 

I think what I learnt is that you need to be a lot more ready, i.e. start training a lot earler and not rely on 3-4 months peak training in Feb-Mar, next time I give it a shot I want to be lighter and spend a good few months before Christmas developing a solid base.

20/07/2012 at 12:14

Live and learn Barley, its what life is all about!!

Have you started now for next year then


Doner Kebab    pirate
20/07/2012 at 18:34

tnx chilli - its that hardness that actually appeals to me, just done my first ultra and was expecting a nice jolly in the grimsthorp eastate ( stately home - not council ) but what i got was a bit of tarmac and loads of long grass, mud and an almost insurmountable  mud hill - i fecking loved it, not so much at the time but now i look back to last friday and wish i was back there. 

and tnx also for the comment STIL, got my training back on track now and quite focused, longer or shorter this year - no real certainity there, but quicker - definitely

seren nos    pirate
20/07/2012 at 21:03

DK.amongst the tri talkers who have gone longer this year...........a number of them have been PB'ing at shorter distances in tri and running..........my year of ultra running helped me Pb at marathon and all the shorter distances last year...........one can help the other...you are determined and will get good results as long as you listen to your body and don't get injured...........

the beacons ultra in npovember  is a good one ....only 46 miles but fun.......

The Silent Assassin    pirate
20/07/2012 at 21:22

Well I'm happy to nail my colours to the mast

Next year I'm going double long, yes I'm slow, yes I'll be near or at the back, but I don't care, its all about a personal challenge.

I will be entering as soon as IM Wales has had its bottom smacked by me.

I look forward to competeing along side people who have to go back to prove something and the people who have decided to do it, but haven't come out and said that yet, oh yes and DK as well.


Doner Kebab    pirate
20/07/2012 at 22:22
Oh great stuff Q, if you are doing it I'm definitely doing it. Feck me if we can't have a laugh doing this there's no hope for anyone. Just told my missus and she didn't hit me so its a goer. Bring it on.
purpletrilady    pirate
21/07/2012 at 11:16

I'll be there 

I am going to be a double iRONMAN in 2013!

21/07/2012 at 11:35


Go purple.

*commences early pom pom shaking*

Doner Kebab    pirate
21/07/2012 at 13:44
Nice one purple, how much did the double cost and what wad the length of the bike and run
Lee the Pea    pirate
21/07/2012 at 15:52
Yay Q! Glad to hear you're doing it

Purple, you will definitely smash it this time.

This is going to be awesome, looking forward to supporting
seren nos    pirate
21/07/2012 at 16:22

i think it was about £230 this year and the bike is a little long at 232 miles.............but the run course is now accurate so 52.4 ish miles...........

they will have 2 or 3 swim waves next year as its the world championship race i believe so will have loads doing the double...........but at least the fast swimmers will be going off after the slower ones have started........


purpletrilady    pirate
21/07/2012 at 16:33

Seren - do you know how many they are going to have doing it? 

purpletrilady    pirate
21/07/2012 at 16:34
M..o.use wrote (see)


Go purple.

*commences early pom pom shaking*

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