IMCH 2009

12th July 2009

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JD.    pirate
27/07/2009 at 09:55

well raced kanga.  i'll have to post that running footage from the swashbuckler one of these days.

still working my way through the funkin's reports.

Aitch!    pirate
27/07/2009 at 09:57
Great report Kanga and yes, Mrs K is very lovely!
27/07/2009 at 13:13

Just got back from a 2 week holiday with no internet access, working my way back through the race reports and I think the cleaners must have not done my desk while I was away as it's very dusty in here or something........

It's been said bfore but I'll say it again you are ALL ORSUM!

Bedders..    pirate
27/07/2009 at 14:17
Kanga - three amigos! love it.......great report that captures the moment.
Aitch!    pirate
27/07/2009 at 15:29
I've put some picture up on facebook. They're not a patch on Mrs Funkin's but they're there if you want a look. I've tagged everyone I am friends with
27/07/2009 at 16:09

Great race report Kanga - I don't think I will ever forget the effort of trying to eat without throwing up on that scary Sunday morning.  I am very glad Jen had met me before or she might think I was slightly weird!!

 i guess i should publish my race report soon?

Aitch!    pirate
27/07/2009 at 16:14
Yes you should Shiraz *drums fingers*
27/07/2009 at 17:07
JD. wrote (see)

still working my way through the funkin's reports.

LOL!  They could have been longer
27/07/2009 at 21:26
Kanga-Great report mate, what an improvement, I have already done almost as much swimming after IMCH as i did before, and running a bit as well, need to sort bike before i can do anything on that, but out on MTB wednesday, "hills are my friend" wonder how long it takes before i am p%%sed off with saying that.
27/07/2009 at 21:29
TB, hills are your friend mate, and hill reps should make you almost orgasmic with delight.
27/07/2009 at 21:52

Bassy-have decided to go for some cheap wheels to get this bike on the road for now, and get a new bike for next year in the sales, as un able to get an Ultegra hub for an 8sp cassette Then i can get one with desent gearing and lots of gears.

Last wednesday was told of 273 staff at the company i work for that 159 will be laid off by October 21st, then this morning was told that the company is closing, but have no date yet. Plenty off time to train

Am going to Ditchling this Wednesday eve and attempt to get up it, this will be my aim before the year is out

27/07/2009 at 21:53
That is providing i do not blow my knee out this week
GOM.    pirate
27/07/2009 at 21:54

Just read Kanga's race report!

If I had known that he was as close to me on the bike as he was I would have had a pee instead of getting rid of the flem

27/07/2009 at 21:55

Ive got some winter training wheels you can borrow that will take an 8 speed.  Campy Moskva rims laced 36 spoke to 105 hubs. I just want them back before winter.

Note Ive currently only got the rear as HH has borrowed the front!

27/07/2009 at 22:10

Here it is finally, it has taken me a long time to get my head around the fact that it is over and I am infact an Iron Lady!!


Missed the start thanks to my lovely idiot other half - was still on the beach when everyone else started swimming
My first experience of an ironman mass start, but I was on my own...
Had a bit of a punchup and got the odd facekick
Overtook 1750 people
Wow - I'm doing an Ironman


Waved to Hollywood when he eventually arrived - he really should learn to swim


Got overtaken by 1500 of the 1750
Second lap was definitely longer than the first - there were all sorts of places and views I definitely never got taken through first time around
But I did see the sheep with cowbells on twice
Stopped for a pee - picked a spot between two cars - road camber meant I created my own ford across the road
Enjoyed first time up HeartBreak Hill immensely - put in a couple of comedy wobbles which scared the crowd
Second time up was very very grateful to see Munch at the top - Zurich may have gone home, but there were still pirate supporters out there


Very grateful to arrive having had no p-words and no mechanicals.


Had a plan to run the whole way, but fully expected I might have to walk.
Whenever I saw Holly-GL she was smiling - so no idea what everyone else is talking about.
Felt really bad overtaking all the pirate boys - it probably didn't make them feel any better either. Thanks to whoever said I think the machine is broken on the 3rd lap it made sure I ran the rest of the way.


Huge thanks to everyone who was out their supporting - having done the Sherpa thing a few times I know what a tough worrying emotional day it can be.  Special thanks to:

  • Hollywood for not supporting me on my last lap of the run - he knew it would just make me cry; crying and breathing at the same time has always been an issue for me.
  • Atom for fixing my neck in transition on Saturday
  • Mrs Funkin for the support over the last year

Other stuff

I always knew I would do one - but when you live with Hollywood you can't mention this until your ready to enter or you won't hear the end of it.
Yes, it was my first ironman!
I win the most bags of fluid award - two drips and a nice 3 hour lie down in the medical tent afterwards - no bill for 140 chuffs received yet - and when it does arrive I can honest reply saying I don't remember receiving the drips

Never let me get into a 'I will do it if you will' conversation with Funkin again!!!

Enjoy Roth - I will be thinking of you all and no doubt wishing I was out their too

27/07/2009 at 22:39
Awww Shiraz, you did so well hon
27/07/2009 at 23:44

Bassy I think HH might have had his wheel fixed - will deliver it to you when we manage to arrange something re potions and powders - maybe a mid week swim soon?

Nice report Shiraz, and storming race! Still places at Roth, apparently....tis not too late........

Edited: 27/07/2009 at 23:45
27/07/2009 at 23:46
great report Shiraz
M...eldy    pirate
28/07/2009 at 00:39
Nicel report Machine lady 
M...eldy    pirate
28/07/2009 at 05:33
A little quote stolen from Tritalk ....

wow.. was soooooo much fun seeing many tritalkers... but have to say that we (*tritalkers*) need to work harder to get the comradship that the priates had.

We appear to be setting some standards 
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