That's class, Dustboy. It probably evidences me as more of a freak than you that I find that kind of organisation and planning utterly nuts!
Did you think it was that bad, Dave? I found it pretty OK, and I'm useless. I was moving a lot slower than you though!
I remember that you had 3 bags, because you could also leave one with them for your after-race gear, which I stuffed full of.... stuff. Served me well. Also I remember being pleased to take a very warm puffa jacket on the day. At 05:00, hanging around with the rest of the zombies before the race, it's pretty chilly. And I remember a really nice jolly lady slathering me in suncream as I came out of T2, which was really welcome.
And the answer to the most important question you asked VT'd.... what do you need to do on the morning of the race? Make sure you get to the toilets before they're ruined... and definitely before the race starts!
I was bored on the train....
The idiots guide to the outlaw*
Pre race - Registration You turn up on the Saturday and go and register. You get given a set of race numbers, and 3 bags, timing chip. You get a id band that does not come off until much later. Do not have this attached to the same arm as your watch! T1 bag. Holds your swim to bike kit. Ie bike shoes, socks, (helmet) (bike shorts), ( bike top), arm warmers, gloves ifs using, gels that will be going in bike top pockets, pot of bum butter, sun tan lotion.....sun glasses, oh race number on a number belt T2 Bag. holds bike to run kit Run shoes, run socks, run gells/ salt tabs in small plastic zip lock bag to keep them together, cap/ hat - ie pirate buff!) etc, small tub of Vaseline, sun tan lotion if its bad weather add clothing/ bike jacket/ run top and delete sun tan lotion Post race bag- hand this in on the morning holding kit you arrive in, that you get back post race for you to change back into. Includes pirate tshirt or hoodie A towel is good.....
Packing the above bags really does take 6 hrs by the time you pack/ unpack 6 times. The bags are large, but not so large that you can take spare trainers..... The kitchen sink does not fit
Saturday - race brief. Go to it. The first one is exciting, they get less exciting over time The will read out this entire post and also some useful information
Saturday - racking Make sure your bike is sorted including bike / helmet number- then take it and t1 and t2 bags to the transition. You rack your bike in the numbered spot. Ideally let your tyres down a bit...Your helmet may be with the bike, maybe in t1 bag. You will have access to your bike on the Sunday morning so you can add your bike bottles / gels / gloves/ arm warmers then. You won't forget where your bike is, but to make sure imprint the row number/ location in your brain. Maybe walk tent to bike a few times..... You hook your T1/t2 bags on a numbered spot in the busy change tent.
drink a small beer to settle the nerves, (its a muscle relaxant..??)
Sunday morning Wake uppanicEat. I do porridge with banana, raisins and brown sugar, cup of coffee Put kit on - + any dry kit for afterwards on top to keep warm Gather nutrition( carrier bag) plus another bike bottle of dilute sports drink for the next hour Take a spare inner tube alonggo to the loo 3 times Get to race Panicgo to the loo Go to bike and Put your bike bottles on, gels/ food in containers / bento box, hr monitor or garment on bike Maybe attach arm warmers/ gloves/helmet, Repair puncture, or just inflate tyres using pumps provided P20 - apply morning dose wet suit on, lube neck with body glide hat , goggles, timing chip.... Hand dry clothes in and you are good to goQueue for the loo
Runeat what ever you can not throw up. I dont do solid food at this point, but others doI do 2-3 gels an hour, washed down with water / sports drink. I carry 2-3 gels to start with and generally then grab gels as I go, always having at least 1 in reserveI swap to coke for the second half.Go to the loo.....x timesIf you have got the nutrition wrong, or gone too hard, then your stomach goes balistic.....If you have paced it well, hopefully all is good and you dont stop very often.FinishEat stuff in the finnish tentPick up post race bag, walk slowly up the stairs and shower / get changed.head for chips and burger and beer!!!! and support those still coming in
A personalised pirate t-shirt / hoodie is mandatory for you / supporters otherwise no one knows who you are and you might get ignored. Theres a link on the pirate web site somewhere
* all details are totally personal and there are hundreds of ways to skin a cat.....(not sure the cat is happy tho)
Cheers OC. Now absolutely shitting myself. Thanks.
O.rangeCannon... wrote (see)
all details are totally personal and there are hundreds of ways to skin a cat.....(not sure the cat is happy tho)
V. unhappy now.
have faith in the training....... you will get fitter. Its only March and the bigger rides runs soon start and the fitness will build up....Consistent 4-5 hr bike rides will make you a lot fitter / stronger
I quite like my visor.....
(bloody hell OC where were you going on the train, Paris?)
Nice job OC.
I normally also bodyglide the end of my arms and legs as it makes it marginally easier to remove the wetsuit.
I also routinely put Imodium and ibuprofen into the transition bags.
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