New Forest Middle Distance Tri

Sunday 23rd September

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19/09/2012 at 20:00

Just me ?

19/09/2012 at 20:12

Me too Anyone commuting from Bournemouth. I'm planning to go Saturday morning, register, rack the bike, go back home, then leave Bth again at about 4.30 on Sunday morning. A friend has offered me a ride but if there is anyone going I would rather not make him get up that early and share a car with a fellow triathlete instead.

19/09/2012 at 22:23

4:30 sounds about right, but I'll be approaching the start from the East not the West, sorry.

sweetfeet...    pirate
21/09/2012 at 13:25

I'm in. Just reviewed your time from last yeat TR. Very tidy. Reckon you can improve on that sunday?

It's my only longish tri of the year this year and I'm not expecting greatness due to not really structuring my training but looking forward to 'racing' anyway. Hope to be

sweetfeet...    pirate
21/09/2012 at 13:33

Did that cut me off?


sweetfeet...    pirate
21/09/2012 at 13:34

WTF is going on with this thead...

21/09/2012 at 16:13

It looks like it's going to be a rainy day all the way through. What kind of clothes ru going to wear for the bike and run legs? It's my first tri ever so I'm curious.

21/09/2012 at 16:14

Sweetfeet - thought I saw your name, I'll be seeing you sometime on the run if it goes like the Swashbuckler usually does. Havnt done any Tris this year at all so far after copping a virus in June/July so I'm a bit unsure how fit I am.
I seem to remember finding this a bit harder than it usually does last year and had been hoping for a bit quicker, so I'd like to knock a few minutes off. BUT..........its going to be pretty windy and wet and most of those roads are pretty exposed to the wind, so it depends upon how long the bike takes.........and if the swim buoys are in the same place as last year.
Should be great fun anyway, look out for ponies, donkeys, pigs and cows in the road. Someone ended up in hospital for ploughing straight into a cow 2 years ago. 

PT - might need a cycle jacket for the bike and some gloves, if my hands get too wet/cold then I cant open gels etc.

Edited: 21/09/2012 at 16:15
21/09/2012 at 16:23

Ru going to wear your trisuit/shorts&top under to wet suit or get changed after the swim?

sweetfeet...    pirate
21/09/2012 at 16:42

TR - you may well get me before the end of the bike on this one! See you at some point hopefully not on the floor next to a cow!

I looped the course last Sunday in normal bike top and it was lovely by 8am but this week is looking a bit different. I have arm warmers ordered if Wiggle deliver on time.

PT - I'm planning on wearing tri top/shorts under wetsuit as normal.

21/09/2012 at 17:40

Sweetfeet - I'll keep an eye out for you at registration and at the Lake, you should be in my wave as coffin dodgers and fillies go 2nd wave, although if its cold we'll all go at once.

PT - I will wear tri top under wettie, but will put a cycling top over it to ride. I hate getting cold on the bike.

sweetfeet...    pirate
23/09/2012 at 14:59
Well I didn't enjoy that morning in the New Forest. How I didn't jack that in on the bike I still don't know...

TR you looked in great shape as you sailed past me on the run.
23/09/2012 at 21:04

Sweetfeet - what a weather beating ! 20mins slower than last yr, but Richard said the swim was long and the bike went on forever in that weather. Managed to bag 13th overall and 1st V45 though.
I was so cold at the end of the bike that I struggled to change shoes and had to get someone to undo my helmet strap. They stopped folks going out on the run course in the end as folks were being dragged off with hypothermia already !

Tough day out, and yet the Forestman is double that !

24/09/2012 at 17:41

Well done! It was tough indeed - true baptism with rain and wind for me. I had a nasty adventure around mile 7 on the bike (hit something hard lying on the road, which knocked the handlbar out of my hands for a scary second or two, and my tube burst after a hundred or so yeards on top of that) which cooled me down for the rest of the bike ride. It's only 100th place for me but I'm still happy. It was my debut in tri after all. 

24/09/2012 at 18:48

well done Pawel, that was a tough race for a first Tri esp given the puncture too.

Has it put you off doing another ?

24/09/2012 at 18:59

Definitely not Am thinking of the Forestman in June, which I think is doable. And I would like to do a half-ironman race with the run leg on the road. Any recommendations here?


24/09/2012 at 20:06

The Swashbuckler at Bucklers Hard would be local ish for you. But its only a few weeks before the Forestman, so you might not want to do both. The Forestman run is off road, mostly on the middle part of y'days route. Sweetfeet has done the Forestman before, its supposed to be tough !

sweetfeet...    pirate
24/09/2012 at 23:05

Pawel if you got through that you can get through Forestman. Well done for coping with a puncture too I may well have passed you and left an "unlucky mate" in your ear there were a few mechanicals on top of all the bailouts. At least we all got round and TR in podium-topping style too!!

Yes FM run route is that middle up and down trail repeated four times I think with the run to and from SB where we finished yesterday. It was a scorcher when I did it in 2010 and I would much prefer that to the wind/rain of yesterday. You just need to expand your bike/run training to cope with the longer distances. Good luck if you do it.

TR wants to join you he just hasnt mentioned that yet...

25/09/2012 at 18:09

I do wonder about doing it sometimes, but double the swim would have me panicking and double the bike would have my back panicking ! That run from the ridge to the road after about 24M would be pretty tough too !

sweetfeet...    pirate
25/09/2012 at 21:20
"If you build it high enough, you will never get over it"
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