K9 - brilliant report, loved reading every word of it.
Lovign all the reports, keep them coming
These reports are great making excellent reading
K9 - Brilliant report, loved reading it. Well done you. I have taken inspiration from the fact that you you-tubed swim technique since that is to be my strategy too. Seriously well done on a cracking result.
Iron Ripley - Again, massive well done to you too. In particular, I love the tips re pissing into a towel and eating whole dried bananas (not at the same time, obviously). I shall definitely remember those!
Fantastic guys, be proud of yourselves.
I’d had to look over my shoulder before Saturday’s swim practice when one of the organisers said “Athletes this way” surely they couldn’t mean me? I still think of myself as the fat bloke who returned to running 2 years ago when my doctor told me I was obese. Maybe I now need to find a slimmer pig for my avatar.
I had been feeling confident leading into the race as training had gone well apart from some knee trouble which had reduced but not stopped my running, I had learned to do front crawl only just over a year ago but have completed the swim distance many times in training. Road cycling I was even newer to, but I’d built up to do 3 century rides. The nerves only really hit me during the briefing, it was hot in that hall and the heat was what I was worried about.
Surprisingly I had a great night’s sleep, woken up by my alarm, rather than the night of clockwatching I had been expecting. Relieved to find my tyres hadn’t exploded in Saturday’s heat and still felt hard, so I left them as was, minimal faffing for me. Said good bye to my family, dropped off my glasses then staggered / felt my way round to the swim start. I wear prescription goggles but I still don’t see too well in them.
I started at back of pen 1 with the fast guys the idea being that they would be off leaving me clear water, I could use the left bank for sighting and would also get to draft off the people from pen 2. Others must have had the same idea though as there were a lot of slower swimmers in front of me. I was getting clobbered a lot and didn’t really find clear water until past the 750m mark. I was relieved to keep my breakfast down as the duck shit soup in the lake didn’t really agree with me . I picked up some good drafts after that and had an enjoyable and relaxed swim, conserving my energy for later. Swim time 1:18:42, fantastic!
Coming out of T2 I spotted my family perched up on the boatshed, above where my bike was racked, quick wave and I was off on the longest bike ride of my life. I had read some advice about treating the start of the bike ride as if you were cycling to the event so that is what I tried to do, again conserving energy for the rest of the day. Despite that, the roads were fast and I was going at a decent speed, much faster than I ever managed in training, food and drinks were going down well and I had a great time Aaaarghing back at all the supporters who cheered me on. Was glad to get to the finish but hadn’t really experienced any bad patches and arrived back in transition after a 6:43:36 cycle ride. Excellent for me!
Bolted down a rice pudding in transition and out for a run still feeling good. It was hot out there but I felt as long as I could keep eating and drinking then I could keep on running. I had always planned to walk the feed points and any hills and run the rest. I’ve faded towards the end of marathons before and wanted to see if the short walk breaks would delay the point where I started feeling bad and was forced to walk. This worked great, I passed loads of people on the run and felt strong all the way to the end. I was relieved to spot my family just before the finish as we had missed each other on my earlier laps, crossed the line with my daughter Emma and youngest son Jason in an overall time of 13:21:26.
(my pre race optimistic target had been 14 hours).
Got cleaned up and something to eat then it was back to the finish to watch others still coming in, great fun drinking chatting, dancing and cheering.
It was great seeing so many Pirates out there on the course. Thank you to everyone who gave up there time to support the race or cheered and Arrghed me on.
Thanks to my wife and family too for supporting and giving me the time to train, for what has been a secret ambition of mine for years. I didn’t think I would ever complete an Ironman distance tri. Maybe I’m an athlete now after all.
You are an athlete and an Outlaw
Great race reports. Still chuckling at Cake dancing around his handbag whilst waiting to start the bike leg and then having a fag.
Great reports guys.
Where do you get whole dried bananas?
K9!!!! Dos sorry I didn't get to meet you
that guy and his friend with the sponges were great weren't they first time I wiped my face with it, then spent too long worrying where it had already been
didnt even think of where it had been - think i want to puke now thank you
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Great reports guys. Where do you get whole dried bananas?
Googled "Whole dried bananas"
as the cheapest including postage. Might have to try some.....
Just read the review; might try some more expensive ones:
I am undecided about these.They are not too bad.The smell is off putting,but it is the taste that counts and it is okay - a bit funky.I would imagine these are very hit and miss amongst consumers and I am not too sure if I would order these again.Also,I am not too keen on them coming from Vietnam, as far as quality standards are concerned. Try them, they are pretty cheap but I personally was a bit disappointed by them.
K9, you taught yourself to swim from YouTube videos and did a 1hr 5! Amazing, am very impressed.
These race reports are fantastic! Congratulations to you all.
Hi Major, long time no hear, hope you are keeping well.
Taught myself crawl Darkness - I could swim breast stroke before!
Taught myself tumble turns from you-tube - it's an amzing resource!!
Those bananas look dodgy.
Like the towel-pee idea
Excellent report everyone, nice one Honk, good to meet you
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