Fink for outlaw 2013

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08/07/2013 at 08:37

EP it was really tough out there - many people did it really hard and that was just out on the bike let alone on the run.  I second Mellifera's 'don't give yourself a hard time'.  


08/07/2013 at 15:39

(((Hugs))) EP

I was in same position as you, got pulled just before Southern Loop and Alibear was pulled in front of me.

Anyone know who was the pirate girl / lady I swam with right and back and just made cut off, said thanks to me as we got out? 

08/07/2013 at 17:52

Commiserations to all those that didn't crack it take some time out do not beat yourself up not many peeps could do a 2.3 mile swim and back that up with 60 miles of cycling be honest with where you went wrong address that in your training and you will cane it next year

08/07/2013 at 21:33

I was just too slow. Fink was 317hrs training and I did 294 so really don't think I can knock myself there. I turned up knowing I had done everything I could do but on the day i just fell  short by 10 lousy minutes. But can't blame them in that heat they couldn't take risks.

simple thing is I need to be faster I was pleased with my swim and fine on the bike just not quite quick enough.

I did chanel the Captain I've never met as I had my own personal kayak guide on the first half of the swim yelling left! Left! Made me smile. Pleased with the swim inside the cut and the bike felt good just on the day my speed was too slow.

Bit sad I haven't earnt my pirate colours yet but I'll be back but think perhaps shorter and faster needs doing first for me. I knew going in that not everyone finishers and couch to ironman in a year is a challenge that I just couldn't meet. So I think next is plan b couch to ironman in 3 years.

I will be back and I will earn my colours.






08/07/2013 at 21:54

OK now I'm miffed including the fact that I sat up and peddled back easy I averaged 13.5 mph for 78.5 miles. So close yet so far! 

Anyone up for a long term mentoree (sp?) Current possible plains the half again next year and the full in 2015 either outlaw or wherever ship sails then.

also is it weird that I really don't want to loose the fitness I have now but no idea how to keep it

Seriously well done to all finishers I'm glad I went back and cheered in the final ones home. Seeing Cake and Sid and all the others come home was fantastic. Also  a big thank you to the pirate relay lady who commiserated with me in the finishers hall and the rest if the crew on the feed station really sorry I didn't get to you a second time. 

 Ps Sorry I'm winging now I shall go away and HTFU

Edited: 08/07/2013 at 22:13
08/07/2013 at 22:32

well done AliBear for what it's worth I thought you looked strong on the bike, pedalling easy and relaxed.

Great attitude, how are the family with plans?

oh and really sorry but did you feel as much as a fraud as I did riding back those last few miles with people cheering

08/07/2013 at 22:36

Oh yes TJ that's was excruciating didn't want to tell the other competitors and spoil their joy at being nearly finished nor spoil the spectators fun and everyone was having such a wonderful time. Stil oddly enjoyed the BMX track that's the last mile though glad I got to do that bit. 

But yep total fraud! 

08/07/2013 at 23:03

feel for you but glad it wasnt just me feeling like that.

that last stretch has given me my motivation to be in that position for real next year.

went and got showered after and stood by grandstand seeing all the fantastic support, just made me well up. so met up with family in the end and went to the pub for some food.

left them after as they could see i needed some space and went back and had another watch, welled up again so went back to tent and listened to announcer then fell asleep.

as EP said a fantastic bitter sweet day and one that I will definately be back for.

wife not too bothered about failure, but knows I am doing it again, but got a fantastic text from my sister having dragged her and others to Nottingham to support me, telling me how proud she is of her big brother and that she will be there next year to see me finish

Doner Kebab    pirate
09/07/2013 at 01:28

at least you can all put the Fink books down, you can burn them now, if you havent learned how to formulate and adapt a training plan after 30 weeks of following one theres not a lot of hope  

congrats to all that got their first long distance finish and commiseration to those that didnt. For those that got timed out you should now see how important it is that chasing cut offs and training to just beat the cut offs is a dangerous game. anything can happen on race day and on sunday we had a scorcher, this however would not have made a massive difference to your swim or bike split - just IMO, i found the bike hot but the lack of wind compared to last year made it an easier ride, i believe it was the run that killed many off so if you didnt make the bike split you would have found it even harder to run in those conditions -  theres always next year or another race. recover well and despite the soaring temps its still better than pissing it down

Cake    pirate
09/07/2013 at 01:46

As above know it was going to be a problem this weekend and got very very lucky for those that won't ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) Sunday was the hottest race I've ever done (checked) it was not easy and wouldn't have been even under perfect weather. 

If any use and hope this works?

Cake    pirate
09/07/2013 at 01:49
The Evil Pixie wrote (see)

I'm in aww of those that finished whilst still being a little tiny bit peeved at being pulled.

It was one of the worse and best days of my life.

Loved being there to support right to the end whilst spending a lot of the day wanting to cry

Same time next year folks?

Count on it to close to the shire not to turn up but probably as a feed station bod next year I've ran round that f****** lake to many times. Thank you so much for putting up with my swearing sunday and thankyou for the water bottle on the first lap of the run it did save my race. Frankly I was dieing on my arse at that point.

Edited: 09/07/2013 at 01:50
09/07/2013 at 05:15

For the love of God, can somebody tell my body clock to have a word with itself. Fink is dead and I do not need to be awake for my Tuesday morning run!

09/07/2013 at 05:34

Morning Stanners. I have run out of clean kit so am currently in a tent in a field feeling very bored. 

09/07/2013 at 05:42

I'm awake too Stanners.

Not slept properly since last Thursday night!

Mr StOat    pirate
09/07/2013 at 06:01

I'm also awake. 

Mr StOat    pirate
09/07/2013 at 06:05

I have been on and off since 1:30. Paranoid that someone was trying to steal my bike. 

Im sure someone was skulking about the campsite so I kept getting up and checking. 

Back to normality later. It's going to be odd. It's been a great weekend. All I have to look forward to now is interview prep

09/07/2013 at 06:05

I am always awake

09/07/2013 at 06:26

Pix - don't take four weeks off and lose the fitness and momentum you have gained, focus on Full Boar and start training - a good race there will set you up for Outlaw training next year.

K9 - you kicked it! Well done.

Ali - I'm rather black and white and quite straight talking so not everyone's cup of tea but if that approach will suit you I'll happily be on the end of an email for you - pm me if you want to chat about it further.

Good luck with the interview Matt.

09/07/2013 at 08:41

LMH - yeah, kicked it's ass

EP - yup, as above, focus on wild boar. I'll hopefully be doing it again too.

The Silent Assassin    pirate
09/07/2013 at 09:06
AliBear30 wrote (see

Anyone up for a long term mentoree (sp?)


After the success of mentoring Blue Peter who then beat me at Outlaw, more than happy to offer some help, message me if interested!


Edited: 09/07/2013 at 09:07
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