Ironman - Germany - Pirate Race Reports - 23rd July 2006

For when they've finished partying...

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24/07/2006 at 14:24


Right then, come on, get started telling us what went on...

24/07/2006 at 14:25
24/07/2006 at 14:31
taps fingers...
24/07/2006 at 14:33
[drags in large sofa, several bean bags, and a large fridge. Heads off to Tesco to stock up on supplies]

GOM.    pirate
24/07/2006 at 14:34
<<pulls up sofa, and waits intently>>

Pringles anyone?
24/07/2006 at 14:34
you might have to wait a while as they'll all be getting p!ssed in Germany

and rightly so
GOM.    pirate
24/07/2006 at 14:35
Ah good that means we have two sofa's in here already......

24/07/2006 at 14:37
(inflates inflatable armchair, opens beer)
24/07/2006 at 14:44
It's Monday afternoon! They can't still be on the p*ss, surely?
24/07/2006 at 14:46
Wilkie, they'll have only just started!
24/07/2006 at 15:07
Erm... Surely they'd have done this when they got the chance, anyway?
24/07/2006 at 15:47
What? Go on the p*ss?
24/07/2006 at 15:50
I think your final race time should include the time to compile and post your race report to RW, let's call it T4 :)
24/07/2006 at 20:41
well as you already know, 8 of us didn't make the cut to the 2nd bike lap. So we're gutted.
All of us were scuppered by the 'no wetsuit' decision for the swim, we all had poor swims (by our own standards) and then had to play catch-up on the bike. Just after coming out of the lake, we had a storm and the rain was hammering down, I had just set out on my bike and couldn't see a thing through my sunglasses! The rain was so heavy we had to be careful to avoid the collected water on the road as much as possible. Plus I really didn't like the thunder and lightning overhead!
24/07/2006 at 20:50
After a couple of kms I was amazed to be passed by Cougie who I had expected to be miles ahead but his swim went even worse than mine. Then his day went from bad to worse - I passed him again later on the course, fixing a puncture. He had another one later too.
I was quite enjoying the ride, until I got close to Heartbreak Hill - a police motorbike rider started to pace me which made me a bit nervous, and then when he asked if I was on the first lap I thought he was planning to pull me off. Sure enough he rode a little ahead or behind me all the way back to the Finish area and when I tried to go left onto the 2nd lap he stopped me and called over to the marshals that I was DQ'd.
Climbing off my bike and almost in tears I was ushered into the marshals' tent to surrender my time chip and be officially listed as DNF - and was amazed to see Bendy Jan, KK, Meldy, Plum and Donald there too. Later we found that Cougie and Barlist had also been pulled off.

So we went to the athletes garden, got showered, and then tucked into the goodies. well, we'd paid our entries, so why not?
24/07/2006 at 20:53
cougs decided he was going to run anyway, and did do the mara, that's why his result looks strange.

The worst thing is I know I'm going to have a real problem with my other half when I comes to entering any more IMs.
Ye Olde Dragon    pirate
24/07/2006 at 20:53
Tough call on you all IW - I feel for you. Are you going to kill it next year - or do Austria instead?
(((((hugs to all 8)))))
25/07/2006 at 06:45

You know you could have finished the race but were just a victim of circumstances on the day (no wetsuit, storm, stupid intermediate bike cut-off) so it musn't affect your doing future long distance events.

Really feel for you and the others and hope you all bounce back.
25/07/2006 at 07:15
So sorry for you Ironwolf. It must have been awful especially when you weren't in any bother, just pacing yourself and being careful.
Even the winner crashed on the bike because of the conditions.
Chin up - you can't keep a good girl down. I'm sure there'll be more.
Big hugs to you and the others who had such bad luck.
25/07/2006 at 07:24
Bloody hell IW
Quite apart from the gutting cut off
It sounds like a nightmare race
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