Fatman to Ironman

Another Ironman journey

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ChallengeGoGoGas    pirate
07/10/2013 at 06:52
Tough day guys... Really tough conditions


I got it it done and in true pirate fashion I was the last official finisher! Got caught in the storm, cycled through a flash flood and a land slide, had a 2 hr swim and feet were so shredded I had to walk the marathon

I think my time was just under 16 hrs, lots of DNFs

And unfortunately one of my friends tragically lost his life on the swim... I don't quite know how to feel this morning to be honest

iron fraggle    pirate
07/10/2013 at 07:25

Oh, that's sounds awful GasTank, I didn't know that conditions were so awful for you yesterday. 

Congrats for finishing, and my heart goes out to your friends family 

Nurse Ratched    pirate
07/10/2013 at 07:42

Oh Gas, very mixed emotions. Huge congratulations to you, sounds like an incredibly tough race. Condolences on your loss and thoughts are with your friends family. 

Cortina5    pirate
07/10/2013 at 09:06

Well done for the finish, and thoughts for you and yours too.

07/10/2013 at 09:12

Gas, that's just awful, I'm so sorry.   

Cake    pirate
07/10/2013 at 12:33

 Gas tank that's horrible about your friend. Very well done for fineshing under those conditions and best wish's for the family of your friend.

Ironholgs    pirate
09/10/2013 at 15:55

Congratulations and condolences Gas.

09/10/2013 at 18:57

well dne gastank, but it was really sad to hear of the death of one of your friends

ChallengeGoGoGas    pirate
10/10/2013 at 00:43

thanks guys...

Tuesday was never again

Wednesday was maybe but no fekkin sea swims

Thursday was ok but only if I a) lose weight b) learn how to run properly c) get some help for the OW panic which prevents me performing in race conditions (and also very very risky in light of recent events)

I'm overjoyed to have realised a dream and saddened by the loss of a friend, but its unforunately a risky sport and it doesn't care if you can swim really well or not... fact, it's dangerous and it can happen to any of us

I guess i'll be run training and CX racing over the winter with the odd 4000m swim thrown in for good measure!


Nurse Ratched    pirate
10/10/2013 at 20:54

Welcome back IronGasser.  So, what's your next race? 

ChallengeGoGoGas    pirate
10/10/2013 at 23:52

I seem to have a cyclocross race on the 26th?!? i'm conisdering a winter mara/ultra so that i do some fekkin' training at least...Mighty Deerstalker is a deffo in March this year (unless i get sent somewhere by werk) 


11/10/2013 at 05:41

Well done IronGasser. Sorry to hear about your friend

Nurse Ratched    pirate
11/10/2013 at 11:36

Gas, I have the perfect mascot for you - I'll bring him to Deerstalker.  Check out his ink



A new bath toy (for the kids, of course).  


ChallengeGoGoGas    pirate
11/10/2013 at 15:02



ChallengeGoGoGas    pirate
11/10/2013 at 15:04

yes put a duck on it...

My mascot is a duck, he survived the storm, floods and some pretty terrible cycling

Rafiki    pirate
11/10/2013 at 16:41

What's this IronGasser stuff? You didn't do an Ironman, you did a Challenge event...so shouldn't you be ChallengeGasser, or maybe *Challenged* Gasser

M...eldy    pirate
11/10/2013 at 17:16

Oh .. he's come back now has he .. now he has finished being sponsored and prodded and poken  

Surely if one is Gassily Challenged then one has wind ..

ChallengeGoGoGas    pirate
11/10/2013 at 17:46

not finished being sponsored actually, Mouldy.... for our next feat we're looking to see if we can break the Hoyt record of 13h43... just finished a local paper interview and still 220 to update

However, I think i need to be a little quicker next time out the stocks and no i'm not fekkin' doing wales before anyone suggests it...

Sweden sounds nice


ChallengeGoGoGas    pirate
11/10/2013 at 17:47

ah yes and still being prodded for another 5 weeks

absolutely correct on the gas though! WTF is going on with my body, it's all that nutrition stuff isn't it? Slowly killing me from within

iron fraggle    pirate
11/10/2013 at 18:15

^^ love the new name Gassy

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