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24/04/2013 at 16:43

Ouch Saffers that is hard core, hope it mends quickly for you. I need to get open water swimming sorted then I'll be able to say I'm ready.

24/04/2013 at 20:31
I was hoping to start open water swimming next week but have a open sore from the fall on my leg and not sure I should be getting into duck poo water until it has healed up. That will be a right pain as there isn't long til the big day and I wanted to get a few goes at Thorpe lakes again this year.
27/04/2013 at 18:19

Has anyone got the route I can put onto hubby's garmin edge as I'm planning on doing  a recce soon.  Ta 

27/04/2013 at 22:22

I am hoping to get to Thorpe lake next weekend, but doubt wether I will swim very far on the first visit.

28/04/2013 at 08:30

Steady CJ - are they open.. Lake in Sheperton won't open til water is 12 degrees and it's only 9 at the moment. They're talking mid to end May and I'm getting worried

30/04/2013 at 18:34

race numbers and start times are up on the website, oh god, can I do this???

30/04/2013 at 19:06

 

mathschick wrote (see)

race numbers and start times are up on the website, oh god, can I do this???

 

 

In a word....... nah

30/04/2013 at 19:17

Seriously? There's loads of time yet!!

01/05/2013 at 10:31

Yep maths and all the women are in the last wave so we get the least time before the cut off. They've obviously heard all about our wondrous speed swimming

Also you can only rack your bike between 5am-6.20am Sunday morning which seems brave to me. Racking 1300 bikes in 80 mins? They must be organised, I guess we drop of transition bags at the same time too.

I know they've got to do this though as they've got the national sprint tri going on, on Saturday.

Fun, fun fun. I'd better get in the lake and get swimming., oh an buy some tinted goggles.

01/05/2013 at 11:02

It's a big transition area and numbered so at least there's space. It'll be the helmet/bike sticker checks that will hold people up. 

It'll be a lot easier for us teams than for those with a lof of transition kit.

One tip for those camping.  At the 2011 Outlaw I got up and did all the transitiony bits immediately then came back to the tent for breakfast, chill out and get ready.  This could be a good strategy here.

01/05/2013 at 11:51

Ali - yeah, while I wouldn't want to start first and have all the speedy guys swimming over the top of me, I am slow at everything so have less time to reach all the cutoffs. oh well!

01/05/2013 at 12:27

Thanks for the tip Timmy - I'll be camping along with a friend + OH. I'm pretty sure I haven't trained enough as it has taken much longer to recover from my frist marathon a few weeks ago. I think the best I can do is maintain marathon fitness and hope for the best.

It all feels a bit abstract at the moment.. fingers crossed.

01/05/2013 at 14:40

Mathschick - as someone with experience of going close to the cutoff, I would have thought the cutoff should be from when you start not from when the first wave starts?

01/05/2013 at 14:59

erm, the cutoffs are all in respect of the start of the final wave, so you have to be out of T1 1 hour 8 mins after the start of the final wave - still gives the people in the first wave more time. Anyway, moot point, just need to make sure I beat the cutoffs!!

01/05/2013 at 15:08

The race info says "All competitors must have started their cycle by 1 hour and I minutes after the start of the final wave. After this transition exit will  be closed and any athlete still within the swim or transition will be stopped. "

So setting off at 6:52 instead of 6:30 gives you 20 minutes less time to finish the swim and be out on the bike.

It is what it is and I know it would be hard to marshall a rolling cut off time.

 

01/05/2013 at 15:46

I camped at Outlaw last year, I will probably have porridge, then rack, then have a second small breakfast, as I burn up so much nervous energy.

ACoops, it will be good to meet up with you again.

01/05/2013 at 16:14

Sorry that should say "1 hour and 8 minutes"

01/05/2013 at 16:27
AliBear30 wrote (see)

The race info says "All competitors must have started their cycle by 1 hour and I minutes after the start of the final wave. After this transition exit will  be closed and any athlete still within the swim or transition will be stopped. "

So setting off at 6:52 instead of 6:30 gives you 20 minutes less time to finish the swim and be out on the bike.

It is what it is and I know it would be hard to marshall a rolling cut off time.

 

But the cutoff was always 1h 08min, so you've got no less time - i.e. the cut off hasn't reduced at all.   

You'll be fine...Holme Pierrepoint is just like a big swimming pool and you've got to swim half a length turn round and half a length back.  You can swim two half lengths in a pool can't you?

01/05/2013 at 17:20

Timmy_G I like your style of thinking! Yep I 'm not saying we have less time to reach the cut off than was advertised. But those in the first group do get 20 mins extra and I admit to being a bit jealous.

But I would rather that than risk getting swum over by the fast boys.

01/05/2013 at 17:48

Alibear I think the women will be competitive as well.

Timmy great thinking 2 lengths of a large OW Pool.

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