Outlaw 2012 race reports

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Cornish Digger    pirate
04/07/2012 at 23:32

And where is the Naked Lady planning for 2014 RBM..

and yes Lea, the lake did smell a bit!!

Cornish Digger    pirate
04/07/2012 at 23:39

I would just add to my race report that somehow I managed a negative split on the run, albeit the run was 1 hour slower than my slowest standalone marathon, but a positive is a positive, if that sounds right!!

05/07/2012 at 06:28
Cornish i was trying to wind naked flower iron power lady or whatever shes called up deffo no IM or anything silly next year I want to do some cycle touring but 2024 is time to start ticking off my IM bucket list
Deffintely never to doubles and channel swims
Dubai Dave    pirate
05/07/2012 at 07:07
0600 1st July found me stood up to my neck in diluted Duck poo with 1000 Outlaws waiting for the hooter sound, 1000 pairs of feet had done a wonderful job of stirring up the sediment on the bottom of the ditch that is Holme Pierrepont National water sports centre and the resulting smell was so pungent as to make the temperature of the water a mere inconvenience. 1 , 2 , 3 and were off in the usual frenzy of arms, legs, gouging, kicks and punches that is a mass start in Triathlon.

Looking at the ditch the day before it had looked an awfully long way to the Orange marker at the turn point and so it proved to be and the smell of Duck poo was ever present, it was almost impossible to see the feet of the swimmer ahead through the green soup AKA water. Eventually I reached the turn and the long slog back to the other end of the ditch began, I wasn't swimming well and knew I was slow finally exiting the water in 1-30, the day could only get better. T1 took nearly 8 minutes as I attempted to weather proof this Dubai acclimatised body to the 12C air temperature, folks were sprinting out of transition with just a tri suit on, I had 3 layers, arm warmers, buff and beanie and was cold all day.

The cycle was pretty uneventful, the Northern loop which we rode first had a fair bit of traffic and the only hill of note which was in all honesty more of a pimple than a hill. I was passing folks all the time and the sheer number of Pirates both racing and supporting was truly inspiring and a welcome reminder that no one looks good in Yellow and Black lycra. By the time we reached the Southern loop the wind had picked up and some of the sections were hard but in general I was feeling pretty good. The Pirate feed station was a total Aaaaaaaaaargh fest and a real boost. On the second lap as I passed yet another Pirate this one said I'm Grant better known to you lot as MrZ. We had a quick chat before I pushed on, it was about now that the horizontal rain started, lovely. A final 5K over a speed hump infested drive and back into T2 in 6 hours 5 minutes. I was happy enough with that given the wind and that I was frozen for 6 hours. Three minutes later I was wearing trainers and apparently a runner though I'm not sure my legs agreed.

So just a marathon to run then, simples I've done over 40 of them before so what can go wrong? Straight out and around the lake / ditch, after 3 or 4 K mrZ came trotting by never to be caught again! I learnt at IM Austria last year that going out too hard was a recipe for disaster so I stayed in my ultra shuffle of around 6 min/K and shuffled on. The course was 4 laps of the ditch and 3 out and back legs to City hall along the Trent. The out and back legs were a great way top meet Pirates, though my supply of Go Pirates or Aaaargh was starting to run out. Unlike Austria I never stopped shuffling though it did get slower and eventually I entered the finish shoot in 4 - 38 my slowest ever marathon! Total time 12 hours 25 minutes and 31 seconds, 381st , almost identical to my IM Austria time.

Another IM done and for me the last one, there are other challenges to face and as long as I do the training don't have any mechanical issues on the bike or get injured I know that I can pretty well trot them out at will. It also confirmed what I already knew I'm better at the shorter distances. It was a fun day made better by all the Pirates around the course, can't say I'm as impressed by the UK road surfaces or the UK summer!
Dubai Dave    pirate
05/07/2012 at 07:11
Above was written for the 3-39 thread can't be bothered to change it. Am considering doing the Henley half next year just to get my quota of Aaaaaaarghs for 2013
kittenkat    pirate
05/07/2012 at 07:12
seren nos wrote (see)

Maybe Ironman isn't for everyone and some will try and fail and find they don't get the urge to try again..............but for many the failure is just a learning step to success the next time.............

I still rate the feeling of achieving it one of the best i have had and would still encourage everyone who wants to have a go  to just dive in................if you never try you will never know............our bodies are capable of a lot more than we think..............and if you dream about it then go for it even if it takes several attempts......

I think taht most who fail and then do not try again....didn't really have the dream and the desire.........maybe they were doing it for the wrong reasons..........not because deep down they really wanted it...............

dnf is absolutely horrible.........but with the right attitude it does make you stronger 

and where are all the rest of the reports

Yes I agree with this.


Reading some other comments, I hope i'm not com ing across as saying don't try, I don't mean that at all. What I'm trying to say is the pathway to the end result can't be the same for everyone, so one formula doesn't fit all.

Again, I was having the conversation about coaching methods befitting the person being coached on the weekend, can't remember who with though!

Great reports. DD, sorry we didn't get to catch up, I did cheer you out of T1.

seren nos    pirate
05/07/2012 at 07:54

some amazinh reports.....and the times are brilliant....................

i didn't notice anty duxk poo or smell when i was in the water saturday.........i thought it was clear...........maybe the noseclip helped mask the smell for me.......

M.r Zuvai    pirate
05/07/2012 at 08:00
Maybe a 2000 feet stirring up the bottom before the start turned it into duck-poo soup!
05/07/2012 at 08:25

If I never see that lake again it will be too soon, Sunday was the only time I have felt physically sick when swimming and nothing to do with physical exertion!

I've been loving reading reports, well done everyone, competitors, marshalls/feed stationers and supporters

05/07/2012 at 10:04

bizarrely I didn't notice any duck poo when I did the 3K swim on Saturday - some weed in the start area but no poo.   but maybe with less involved it wasn't so bad or perhaps we stirred it up for you guys....  



05/07/2012 at 10:27
KK i get where you are coming from its deffo hourses for courses, i think Seren really hit the nail on the head with people doing it for the right reasons i.e not to fulfill somebodys elses expectations
DD i was looking for a pirate dressed as an eskimo on the bike but failed to spot you
05/07/2012 at 10:37

I wont clog this up with my day its on www.shortfatbaldsid.blogspot.com if you have trouble sleeping take a look. Outlaw was my 1st Tri. I was blown away by all of you. Humbled to the core. Thank you to the staff who were fantastic and thank you to the competitors. Warriors each and every one of you. Respect. 16hrs 45mins of joy. Loved it!

05/07/2012 at 10:54
Azattack wrote (see)
Just the second to last guy... I think that was his first ever tri!!! Not a pirate but deserves a mention.

Cheers pal - sorry i kept everyone out there so late. You are all legends!

05/07/2012 at 10:59

"SID SID SID SID SID"  Absolutely incredible!  Great effort! 

Lee the Pea    pirate
05/07/2012 at 11:09
Aw Sid, what a fab report, had me crying! Very well done mate . It was awesome cheering you down that finishing straight, glad to have been there
Edited: 05/07/2012 at 11:10
05/07/2012 at 11:32

 *hands Sid a tissue so he can wipe away Cake's slobber*

Well done Sid, I missed your finish as I was in the one of the tents at the finish at the time!

Orca    pirate
05/07/2012 at 12:12

Wonderful reports everyone. Keep them coming. If no one objects I'll add my Austria report here when I eventually get around to writing it. In summary, it was extremely hot with temperatures on the bike peaking at over 40 degrees. Not good when you've done almost all your long bikes in winter gear because the Irish summer has been so crap! Very disappointed with the swim, even allowing for the fact it was non wetsuit, I was a good 10 minutes slower than expected, Loved first lap of the bike, hated the second, felt like there was a hairdryer in my face for most of it, the run was about survival in that heat. Glad to make it through the finish and although on another day I might have been a little disappointed with 12.58, given the day that was in it, I was quite happy with that. All in all, doing an IM without the pirates really isn't a good idea. It wasn't half as enjoyable!

Cheerful Dave    pirate
05/07/2012 at 12:38

Outlaw race report

I lined up in the water between bays 2 & 3, at the front but mucking about with my watch as the gun went meant I got swamped by lots of people.  Normally I zigzag all over the place in OW, but this time I was straighter - sighting was easy, you couldn't see much ahead into the rising sun, so just head for that.  I managed to swim into a lot of the lane markers and it took me a while to realise what they were and that I hadn't just been kicked in the head.

I managed to draft a bit on the outward leg, and on the return I was starting to pass some people, getting held up a few times as I caught little groups but it was a fairly uneventful return, eventually getting out in 1:18:20, 433rd of 781 solo finishers.  Very happy with that, 7 minutes quicker than last year and right in the middle of the pack.

Jogged through getting the wetsuit off no problems (a first!), armwarmers, gloves & helmet on, onto the bike without too much fuss.  4:14, making up 86 places.

I scoffed an energy bar & drink early on, making steady progress.  A bit of banter with fellow pirates as we passed, including Carl who I caught at the top of the hill only to find that his pasty-powered bike was too quick for me down the other side.  After Oxton Bank (not the same without the pirate feed station at the top!) the field started to thin a bit.  The wind wasn't great but I was maintaining a decent enough pace without pushing too hard.

On to the southern loop, looking forward to the pirate feed station.  I attempted to chuck a bottle into the trolley only to catch my tribars with it which steered me straight at seren - not the only close call she had there.  The best feed station, loads of support and so good I decided to do a second lap to do it again. 

At the far end of the southern loop we turned back westwards, and this was where the wind started to hit back - a real struggle into it for miles & miles, with the thought that we had to do it twice nagging at me.  I'd passed Joddly before the feed station and she came back past me here, going very well.  My average speed was dropping there, and despite the lift of the feed station again I never got it back properly, not even when melli caught me.  The last 20 miles were all pretty much into that wind, and I didn't want to push too hard into it which would kill off my run before starting.  I was surprised how many were doing the opposite though, really caning it back up to transition.  5:42:21 in the end, a bit disappointing but the best I could do in the conditions.  Up another 225 places, 122nd as I gratefully left my bike in the good hands of FB.

In & out, with a slight delay when I remembered I had Zero tab at the bottom of my bag.  The few seconds to get it proved worthwhile a short while later.  2:38, up another 12 places.

The start of the run was one place where the wind came in handy, blowing us down to the other end of the lake and making it easier to get into a good running pace.  The downside was turning at the end and coming back into the wind, that was a lot harder!  It rained for most of that first lap too.  I had the familiar feelings of impending cramp at the end of that first lap of the lake so I dropped my zero tab into a cup of water which sorted it, no problems from then on.  I used gels I took with me, and took water at alternate feed stations to get through the run.  On a hotter day that wouldn't have been enough, but it was fine this time.

Edited: 05/07/2012 at 12:40
Cheerful Dave    pirate
05/07/2012 at 12:40


A few pirates were already on the course when I started, melli was going well and GB & funkin were coming the other way as I approached the feed station at the mid point of the run out along the river.  By the time the second lap started though, there were pirates everywhere.  I think I said hello to everyone, apologies if anyone was left out!

The second lap is always the worst, the finish seems a very long way off, but it was made so much easier by the pirates on the course competing and supporting.  GB was walking by now unfortunately, funkin was still ahead but getting closer.  The lady with the metronome made me laugh, glad I wasn't behind her.  As I got back to the lake melli's name came over the tannoy on the other side, I couldn't work out why as I knew she was out at the football ground, I didn't realise she had just taken the lead.  Out along the river for the last time, past the 20 mile marker, only 10k to go.  This time I got all the way to the far end of the river section before seeing funkin and I passed him shortly after.  From there to the end of the lake was a nice tailwind, but the only thought left was that the last 2k to the finish would be hard work. 

And so it proved, but the sun being out, loads of support and the finish in sight all helped.  High 5s to the pirates lined along the chute, across the line in 10:26:05 after a 3:18:29 run, making up all the lost time on the bike for a 30 second improvement on last year.  No complaints with that.

Shower & change, some of that excellent food and it was on to supporting.  Some cracking performances going on all evening from pirates and others.  A great weekend, loved every minute.

OrangeCannon kona-6    pirate
05/07/2012 at 13:00

smashing time dave..... - a worthy second winner of the pirate novice 145.
I wanted to race you and funkin here, but that was not to be...... I'll just have to dream what times I would have got

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