I am not a proper athlete....yet - I did Outlaw 2013 in a Morphsuit to raise money for Birmingham Children's Hospital!
Brutal! Utterly brutal war of attrition is the only way to describe Outlaw 2013.
for the day. After last years bad stomach on the bike I was going with a post swim Coca Cola (it worked when I was a kid!) and jam sandwich and water. I would then have another jam sandwich on the bike as I got settled and then eat 4 wholemeal marmalade cobs and bananas on the way round the bike course.
mentioned Birmingham Children's Hospital to explain the outfit and people don't think its for some weird kinky pleasure. They filmed me getting into the water - I tried to look cool but when I put my feet down against a wall that wasn't there I kind of flopped in and must have looked a million miles from cool.
Morphsuit, my Garmin, gloves, glasses, bandana, helmet and cycle jacket on only to realise I'd forgotten my skin. Whipped it all off again, got skin on, everything back on and ready to go. 20 mins transition so overall I think I was getting on the bike at exactly the same time as last year.
bottle with water and they kindly obliged. I know its 'outside asistance' but......
to HPP I had still not touched the gel/water I just couldn't risk it. I had not been to the loo once but had drunk at least 8/9 litres of water. My kidneys ached and this worried me. True to form there was Mrs Brightside and the Rugs and my brother and his family giving it loads on the wall. Last year I was rooted to the bike unable to move. This year I coasted in no handed giving a bicep curl salute.The last 40 miles had seen me lose control of my emotions on and off - nothing as bad as last year. Most of the time I had control. One thing I cant do is control them when I speak to Mrs Brightside. She asked if I was OK. I think I said yes but may have looked like I wasn't. Either way i couldn't say anymore and I walked into T2. I sat down and broke down. Its weird why it happens and I cant really explain it but the emotions just pour out and I have no control. I gathered myself just as Stu and Michael came into the tent to gee me on. They had just run their first loop. This picked me up and I got my trainers on - grabbed a pack of jelly babies - changed bandanas and headed out on the run. I did consider trying to have a slash but changed my mind after opening the door of the 3 loos at the bottom of the lake. Mrs Brightside had moved round to the side of the lake and i got a welcome hug and kiss. You could see the belief in her face - I wasn't so sure but she was convinced I had this! I saw the kids up the side of the lake and my bro. Lots of Hi fives and cheers and I ran up to get my first wristband.
was on her last lap and she was so i wished her good luck. A she went past I saw a huge deep blood oozing graze on her left shoulder. I asked her about it and she laughed it off by explaining she fancied a lie down while out on the bike! Phenominal determination.
and was on for sub 12 hrs. He looked strong and it was great to see him on the course, to wish him well and see that his training was going to pay off massively! @OutlawWidow gave me a hug as I tried to walk well. Steve soon caught me up and I resolved to walk with him at least on this out and back. I walked with him and bored him to death with Morph stories and charity stories only pausing to thank every person that said something to me whether a supporter or runner. One runner knelt down ad did a 'we're not worthy' for me. Most just said 'fair play' or 'hats off for the effort'. The attention was welcome and necessary. Steve was doing the maths as my Garmin battery finally gave up. We were still on for sub 16.30 even if we walked it all! We went out and back and saw one Pirate with an ice cream! The bottle plan was working better. Little and often but my throat felt sore and I was finding it harder to breathe fully. I chatted to quite a few others and definitely saw Keith and Julian and Mark and and loads more (please see earlier apology). I also got to see Lena with a much needed hug and she was looking strong. Billy had already or just about finished!
hour to do it ( I was guessing). I knew I wasn't walking that fast so i ditched the bottle of water and started to run. It was incredibly difficult because the extra effort made everywhere hurt more and it particularly screwed up my breathing. As it fell dark a Pirate came running up the path, I was plodding and very ready to walk again. "Right Sid I am going to run you in. Stay on my shoulder don't push it too hard but don't slow down either and when we get to the boathouse you can walk 100 metres. I'll get you back on time. We dont leave a pirate on the course! I'm Matt by the way, MattandKerryLaffan" (FB name). He is also @Flatfooted591 who I follow on Twitter and who last year in the build up to Outlaw '12 calmed my lack of brick training nerves by pointing out that Ironman is just 3 different disciplines that happen to follow each other and training them separately was fine. i think he had also gone straight to Ironman distance as I had! He allowed me my walk as promised and then we started running again. In the distance I could see the lights of HPP and the finish and you could hear the shouts of 'you are an Outlaw' as the final few runners were finishing.
a couple of years to make up for.
Soz & Thanks!
Brilliant report Sid. It was a pleasure to chat with you a bit on the course. I think you're absolutely amazing!
And an excellent race report too Razor. Brings all of the emotions back!
Some great reports here. I'm still trying to figure out some "what went wrongs"
OK so I didn't have the best of training but I did the best I could and compared to where I came from I did awesome.
Run - 2011 just 66m, 186 in 2012 and 146 in the 1st 6mths of 2013Bike - 165 ('11) 409 ('12) and 896 this yearSwim - 2011 just 4.5m, 32.2m in 2012 and 37.4 this year
Yes I come from a running background with marathons under my belt but I also pretty much stopped in June 2010 to train as a teacher, my bike miles in 2011 is higher as I did a summer job and biked there to save money.I respected the distance but still thought if I survived a HIM in Sept 12 with bollox all training that with some training I could still do Outlaw.
I got to the stage at one point where I was scared to train. Scared of going out for hours alone on the bike, scared that running too much would impact on recovery and that the stress fracture I had in 2005 would return or the plantar fasciitis I've had before would return. No logical reason for this I guess it was the unknown that scared me.
On the day I was so worried about having a panic attack in the water that I throw away the main secure event I had. I should have done 1:40 max but no I focused so much on breathing and being calm that I forgot I had to swim hard and almost missed the cut off.
In T1 I ended up in a panic grief ridden stressed out tearful mess. I had my wedding rings and late grandma's ring on my necklace so that A) I had them and B) they wouldn't get stuck on swollen fingers. Problem being that I pulled on my wetsuit neck a few times to let water in to cool down and broke my necklace. In T1 I thought I had lost them. The lady marshal found them by sticking her hand up my bra! Never have I been so glad to have a stranger stick their hand up my bra
On the bike I didn't want to screw up. I focused on staying calm and didn't want to go out hell for leather (for me!) and then crash and burn so I paced myself. I needed 14mh so that's what I aimed for 14-15mph.
I felt good, the only minor issue was in my stress at T1 I hadn't adjusted my shorts properly and can now say that the new skin has grown nicely but at the time there was some tenderness but I was determined to man up and HTFU and get on with it.
I was looking for feed 3 wanting a wee before I hit the bank - I was sure it was before the bank but I was wrong. So I had to find a bush just before the bank. This was my 3rd stop, twice my "kit bottle" had fallen out leaving me without any means of puncture repair so I had stopped to pick this up. One all my training runs this had never happened so I was really miffed it happened on the day. In hindsight I should have left it as I wouldn't have time to fix a puncture anyway.
I had played cat and mouse all morning with another competitor and had seen the back of her as I heading up Oxton Bank and that was when the bike appeared. I was told to turn round so did so crying the whole of the way back down.
At the corner I found I wasn't alone as the other lady was there. We were told we could bike back (and join in with the other Outlaws? Be cheered on for failing? No thanks) or wait for the bus that would be 10mins. We waited. The bike came back round telling of others he had stopped before they completed the Northern Loop. We had no water, it was hot and we waited 90mins. We then had to pick up someone else before getting back to HPP. I was stopped at 12 and got back to HPP at 2:30.
I showered and sulked. Called mum and hubby to stop them worrying that I had come to grief and decided to support rather than
I put on some running gear and headed off. I was gutted that I could still run I shouldn't be able to do that. If I had had to stop I should be broken.
I saw cake and gave him water, ran half way round the lake then stopped with some others fighting back tears.
I then started walking back, again thinking of leaving whilst collecting empty cups and gel wrappers. I stopped with giraffe and we made lots of noise. Singing, dancing, running up and down and hopefully encouraging others to dig deep and carry on.
I ran walked in with Lea and then Cake.
Then went to my tent at 11 to cry myself to sleep. This was not how it was supposed to have ended.
Up at 4, faffed and in Derby before 6. Shame the office wasn't open. I had a huge blister on my foot from supporting and was hardly achy or stiff.
I've spent all week (and even today) explaining to others what happened.
I will be back.
I will become an IM/Outlaw
I will finish what I started.
I had vowed that I would be back in 2014 and now I am not so sure. Maybe I will, maybe as a slow relay maybe I will continue licking my wounds and working on my now so obvious failings and weaknesses.
I need to lose some weight (thanks M&S for your almost 360 mirrors) and also learn to train hard and stop being comfortable in all my training. so HTFU.
If I can get faster I can do more in my limited time.
I need to become more organised, less guilty (my problem as much as the family) and work for my dreams.
It may not be 2014 but I will happen.
Thanks for all your support guys I've really appreciated it.
Good luck EP
EP - it is really tough for you so you need to give it a bit of time, do Wild Boar, where you will probably do much better than last year and you will see that you have made progress and feel better about yourself for it.
Then you need to take a good honest look at where you are and what will be achievable for next year - if not the whole thing then I am sure you can rustle up others to relay with you, or aim at really going for the middle distance nexy year to build up speed as well as distance before stepping up to IM again
Just done the Outlaw survey
Well - was it you?
EP youve had a tough time at the outlaw and I see in the other threads some tough love from others.Its good thats youre looking to recognise where things could be improved, and I hope you find it in you to have another go. Youll have learnt a lot from your experience this year and im sure will have the support from us all on here.I dont have time to commit to mentoring people as my work/life if pretty manic but if you want a sounding board to ask questions off-line please pm me any time.
Nurse Ratched wrote (see)
Just done the Outlaw survey Well - was it you?
No, I did not expect that as one of the questions...
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