Ironman Lanzarote 2013 (3rd weekend in May?)

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27/05/2013 at 16:27

I can't decide which is the best report, Funkin or Meldy. I think it's a tie. Fanastic reports both of you. Both reminding me of what an amazing time I had. It was a real pleasure racing with you. Thank you. 

seren nos    pirate
27/05/2013 at 16:28
debbo wrote (see)

Fab report Melds. you're a star 


no I'm a star..........she's something else 

M...eldy    pirate
27/05/2013 at 16:59

It really really was an awesome race ... I dont think i did myself justice but I think I let myself off lightly with goal 'to finish'
that sits ok at the moment as I shall set myself a tougher one at Nice .. that should keep Mr Rose quiet for a while !

Holly_Golightly    pirate
27/05/2013 at 17:01

I'm immensely proud of Melds being the last pirate standing. I think it was 1:30am.

Not quite its good as my 4am finish the following night or the 3am the next...but she's getting better. 

M...eldy    pirate
27/05/2013 at 17:03

Obviously I have learnt from the master  

Its amazing what sleep can do 

me and Mouse sat up chatting til 3am I think, slept til 6am when she had peatnut butter on toast, slept again til about 9am, had a huuuuge fatboy breakfast and then I slept again until about 1.30pm and really had to struggle to get out of bed, at that point I think i could have slept forever and missed the party!!

Edited: 27/05/2013 at 17:04
27/05/2013 at 17:14

Don't do yourself down with the 'to finish' goal, Melds. I always have three goals and I knew within 2 hrs of that bike course that the first two goals were way out. I went to the 'to finish goal' too. That bike course really was something else. I am immensely proud of us all. Proud of Funkin's sub 11, proud of Raf for doing that for his first but I'm most proud of Pingu, you and I*. Women don't do Lanza. Funkin said there were only 131 female finishes. 131!!!! How amazing is that? Sod the time goal, we did well to make it round at all. 

*and Min, who did it in a previous year. 

27/05/2013 at 17:17

I still have a lot to learn on the partying front though. 

M...eldy    pirate
27/05/2013 at 17:19

I know exactly what you mean Mousey .. but I do think I let myself off the hook a bit too early on the run, that said I feel like I can pick it up this week and get back in to some easy sessions so thats not bad either
Will get a bit more scientific this year I think and go for a time at Nice

Lee the Pea    pirate
27/05/2013 at 17:22

Top report Melds i can't believe only 131 women have completed Lanza!!!! Wow. You're part of a very select group now ladies, how fab!!

M...eldy    pirate
27/05/2013 at 17:25

nah .. Lee. 131 *this* year, I suspect a few more overall but yes, a select few nonetheless!

27/05/2013 at 17:33

Oh gosh, Lee, not ever. Oops. This year. I'm not sure how many male finishers there were, 1500/1600?

M...eldy    pirate
27/05/2013 at 17:42

Chunk of the bike bit chopped off mid flow thanks to RW .. it cant have been that good 

Lee the Pea    pirate
27/05/2013 at 17:54

Aaaaaaaah! D'oh  Still awesome though, obviously not a lot of women do the race in general

M...eldy    pirate
27/05/2013 at 19:00

Kept remembering bits that RW chopped off on the way home, namely the road to hell that was Nazaret ... like riding a pnematic drill on drawing pins, that was really really nasty!  Oh yes and enjoying the ride from the top of the mirrador del rio and then finding second wind to give it some wellie all the way home for the last 40k, must have got my nutrition sorted for once !!

Hope    pirate
27/05/2013 at 19:10

I'm just reading back and catching up on the race reports. 

Fantastic job Pirates! Well done. 

Symes    pirate
27/05/2013 at 23:18

So here we go, another quick report for you…


Pre- race

When I first entered Lanza I was carrying a decent bit of fitness and was living in hope of building on that, however, after getting a job it quickly became apparent that training time would be limited to weekends only.


While triathlon remains a hobby, which it will unless I can cut about 4 hours off my normal IM time, the battle for time will always quite rightly be won by work/life.


Fast forward to just before the race and after average 48 hour weeks at work for the year to date we were looking at collecting a medal before midnight as the goal for the trip rather than a time.


Race day – Swim

As ever I know I’ll suffer from ‘other swimmer syndrome’ and so set off towards the back, all went well, no real biff and got into a decent rhythm quite quickly, it was then I had a minor problem, either it came apart of its own doing or it got pulled down, either way my zip was now undone and as there is a ‘special’ breakaway on the zip for ease in transition, there was no doing it back up in the water. I was tempted to ask for help after lap one but didn’t want to fall foul of the external help rule and get a DQ and so did approximately 3.7k with a bit of a rear water collection device, not ideal! All in all it made it a bit more hard work on my arms and there was a bunch of chaffing after about a lap and a half, the overall problem was that it was getting a bit chilly.


Swim time 1h 45m

Edited: 27/05/2013 at 23:18
Symes    pirate
27/05/2013 at 23:19

T1 was a tad slow but I was shivering which made getting the suit off and the new kit on. Having read in another report that people were pulled with possible hypothermia I was clearly a very brave chap!



As I strolled through transition it was obvious that this was a strong field as there weren’t many bikes at all. Once on the bike it was a good few km before I caught anyone, it was a chap called Oscar who seemed most upset that I’d overtaken him so he decoded to go on the attack up the first upslope, sadly for Oscar it wasn’t the greatest attack in the world and he was dispatched about 500m later never to be seen again. From then on it was the usual fare for a crap swimmer like me of picking people off on a fairly regular basis.


It was a stunning course in terms of views, terrain and windy-ness and everything I’d hoped for, I’d mentioned to people the day before that I’d hoped it would be a typical Lanza day as far as the weather went but it was a case of being careful what you wish for as we headed downhill to La Santa at a ridiculously slow 14mph and this wasn’t freewheeling either.


A few ‘challenging’ climbs to Teguise, Fire Mountain and Haria were great fun especially being told I was drafting up the final section to Haria at 4mph, dropping back would have involved a track stand and luckily the ref didn’t hear my comments back to them or I may have had a penalty for too. The icing on the cake was the Mirador climb and the view certainly didn’t disappoint, fortunately I was going slowly enough to be able to take it in, the photographer could have used a box brownie and still not blurred me to be fair.


Nothing much else to report really apart from the utter joy that was the road to Nazaret, if there’s a worse road on any IM course I’d be surprised. Have to say I wasn’t overly impressed seeing the course follow a road towards Montagne Blanco with a few miles to go, my Spanish isn’t great but that seemed like a step too far from the organisers, luckily for them we soon turned away from there and instead back to PdC where I managed to get sight of Mr Funkin flying along on the run course, not long ‘til I’d join him, though the closest I’d get to flying was watching a number of Ryanair planes on their way to the airport at the far end of the run course.


Bike time – 7h 12m – less than an hour slower than at Outlaw so not too shabby overall I guess

Symes    pirate
27/05/2013 at 23:20

Run – or not

The part of training which suffered the most was my run training, nothing more that 13 miles and a total of less than 50 miles meant that I was about to launch into a world of issues and pain.


Definitely a walk/jog afternoon and evening, really appreciated the arrival of cups of soup put on by the San Antonio Hotel as opposed to the Red Bull or water or weak Powerbar drink at the aid stations. Considering the heat we were racing in and obvious loss of salts by so many athletes judging by the white streaks on kit I was surprised not to see anything salty available but I’m sure the organisers know best.


Good to see some familiar faces out there and the usual fantastic support from the Pirate supporters by Route 66, imagine that, a Pirate supporters group making camp outside a bar…


Eventually after my longest run leg ever it was down the carpet and “you are an Ironman” no matter how many times you cross the finish line it is still a very special feeling.


Run time – 5h 42m


Total time 15h 5m – a PW by 3 minutes


Now it’s over

Glad I didn’t pull out of the event or defer, great place to race or at least complete, I’m happy that I’ve got the medal but definitely feel there’s unfinished business on the island, but that’s for a few years time I reckon and for when I’m working for a different company.


Congratulations to the finishers and commiserations to Slaggiat and Foggy, sorry it wasn’t to be this time around.


As ever a huge thank you to the Pirate people both those racing and supporting, it makes a massive difference being part of such a great team. I saw a comment about Colt being better support, sorry but with so few people competing and even less partners/friends out there they did a bloody good job, so thank you again to Mrs F, Holly, Mini Pingu, Pop-up Schmunks (top effort), Happy Chap and Toucs, oh and as ever for putting up with a moody triathlete, Mrs Cupcake, wouldn’t be the same without your help.


Next time apparently my time has to have an 11 in it, we shall see… 

funkin-baby    pirate
28/05/2013 at 06:40

Great reports Cupcake and Meldy.  It's always good to read how other people approached and 'enjoyed' the day.

Lee the Pea    pirate
28/05/2013 at 07:26

Excellent reporting Cupcake!

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