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01/05/2013 at 18:05

Does that mean we have to float around for 20mins in cold water befor we can start or do we not get in til we're ready to go

01/05/2013 at 18:36

I should think it will be not getting in until we're ready to go, with the number of participants. I remember standing in the cold dark water thinking it looked like a horrible green soup because all the feet had disturbed algae and weed.
I did a big swim at Dorney last year and you had to wait around until your wave was called to get in.

02/05/2013 at 08:06

Thanks.Can't see the water being Mediterranean like in 4 weeks

02/05/2013 at 10:33

You definitely won't have to wait in the water for 20mins.  In the real Outlaw you start just in the water, so your wave will probably move in a few mins before start time.

The water at HPP is fine, can be a bit weedy but the relays should have cleared that out the day before   

Just be careful of the slipway down into the water - it can be quite green and slippery.  One of the years I did the Outlaw, I saw a guy slip quite heavily onto his back - not a great way to start a long day.

02/05/2013 at 10:47

The info pack says
All swimmers will be required to pass over a check matt before starting the swim. All swimmer need to pass the check matt 10 mins prior to the start of their wave. The swim will start in the water using half the width of the lake, so it will be approx. 50 meters wide. There are 2 separate bays bay 1for simmers under 40mins bay 2 for swimmers over 40 mins.

So we all waves don't need to be at the start at the same time.

It also says starts will be deep water starts and athletes will be given warnings at 5 mins, 3mins and 2 mins and final warning at 1 minute.

So I think it will be easy to get right. I hope so anyway as I'm well known for being rather distracted and uncoordinated on race day.


You can download the full pack from the website


Edited: 02/05/2013 at 10:47
03/05/2013 at 18:50

Big training session today, swim, bike, run which showed me I need to fuel better to run.  All good until that bit and I just had no energy for a little 45 min run.!!!

13/05/2013 at 18:18

Has anyone recce'd the route yet?

13/05/2013 at 18:31

I only know the roads that were on the Outlaw full route in 2010/11 - I got to see a lot of those

Won't get to do a recce before the half - will just have to find out on the day!!

13/05/2013 at 18:44

I did the full last year but always like a  recce.......lessens my panic come race day. 

Edited: 13/05/2013 at 18:45
13/05/2013 at 20:09

A recce is a bit like "Never use anything new on Race Day..." It's sensible do do one, but who wants to be sensible...

13/05/2013 at 20:27

But I am Sensible Saffers 

14/05/2013 at 20:49

I haven't but a few of the guys at my club have been around. I hear there are a couple of nice climbs and a lot of straight flat road to speed around. Lovely.

14/05/2013 at 21:13

Hubby has sorted the GPS thingie for me.  Now debating whether to whack on the tribars for the recce or not as I know they will come in useful on the flatter bits and I'm a bit of whizz cornering on them. 

15/05/2013 at 16:26

I'd say Tri-Bars it is then Saffers. My route recce will have to take place in a car on the Friday or Saturday before the race. I'm hoping the release a Garmin map of the route so I can put it on my edge and then I shouldn't get lost on race day! Might be wishful thinking though.

15/05/2013 at 16:50

I was thinking there will be enough signs up not to get lost on race day....doesn't that normally happen??

15/05/2013 at 18:15

If it's like the Outlaw full, there will be signs, marshals and cones around the whole course so you won't get lost. 

And I haven't checked, but if you go to the interactive map on the Outlaw half site, you should be able to download a Gpx for the Garmin.

15/05/2013 at 20:53

Found the Gpx so hubby sorting that for me 

Running Postie    pirate
15/05/2013 at 21:01


Loads of marshals, no chance of getting lost 

16/05/2013 at 07:58

phew, not going to have time to recce the full route (despite living pretty close).

Is anyone going to think badly of me if I can't get up the blooming hill at oxton? I have had 2 attempts so far and failed.

16/05/2013 at 09:33

A good tip for Oxton is to count your pedal revs which takes your mind of the pain of getting up the climb.

From memory, it took 150 revs to get from the signpost at the bottom to where it levels off at the top.  For some reason, knowing the pain is finite really helps me get up there.

And in 2011 we had to do it three times.

But if all else fails, no-one will think badly of you.  You could always pretend you had a mechanical and walk the last bit...not that I've done that before you understand...

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