Outlaw 2013

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14/07/2013 at 18:39

Ilooked at that one last year but did wild boar instead.

Is it good?

Running Postie    pirate
14/07/2013 at 20:46

Nice river swim, small and friendly. I have a free pass due to the other half not been able to use his winning from last year 

Britrisky    pirate
14/07/2013 at 21:25

Rubicon's a middle distance - with a down river swim (bit of walk to the start, as a consequence). The river was very cold, but the bike route is very similar to Ripon oly, and the run is four laps around Newby Hall - very pretty and v. spectator friendly. I'd recommend it - small and friendly, free camping

RP - mm, tempting, but clashes with our running club's barbecue ...   

Razor51    pirate
14/07/2013 at 22:25

Here we go

THE OUTLAW Race report.


By Dave (Razor) Wilkinson


This journey started 20 months ago in December 2012 when I was presented with my  2012 Outlaw entry in my Christmas card from my Daughter Sharon and Son-in Law Des (Horse).

So training began in earnest following the 30 week Don Fink just get round plan. We trained together as much as we could and pushed and encouraged each other. As the winter weeks passed into spring things were progessing nicely until disaster struck, I came off my bike and fractured my Tibia and dislocated my ankle, this ended my 2012

Outlaw dream.


Re entered Outlaw for 2013 and carried on much the same training routine with Des but this time with more quality sessions and made it unscathed to the taper weeks which started with  a 52 mile cycle around  the roads of Manchester, this was my last ride until Outlaw.

Friday evening at 6.45 I said my goodbyes to my wife Sandra who wished me luck and headed off to pick Des, Josh (grandson) up en route to Nottingham. Got allthe kit ,bikes and camping gear on board and off we go.

Arrived at HPP camp site at 9pm said a few hello’s to some fellow Pirates and erected the tent and gazebo and settled down with a brew.

Saturday  we went to register and a walk around the expo then did a recce of the lake picking distance markers out for the swim. 11am came and it was time for the briefing which was well attended and met more Pirate mates. Then it was back to the campsite to check out the bikes and sort our kit into transition bags. Had a quick brew and then back to transition to rack bikes and leave bags in T1.Back at the tent we could finally relax  as everything was done.

We ate at the local pub (The Bridge) and then headed back to camp, it was now 7.30 ish so chatted about what Sunday would bring.

Then went to bed at 9.30.


Race day.

Alarm went off at 4.15 got up washed and had breakfast consisting of 2 weetabix with milk and honey then headed down to transition to put nutrition on the bikes an d check tyre pressures and back to cmap to don my wetsuit. This done we went to the swim start, over the timing mat and entered the water for a quick swim to loosen up. I was looking to be out of the swim in 1.30 ish which was bay 3. but we were told if you start at the back of bay 1 you will have clear water once the fast swimmers have gone so opted for back of bay 1. We were called back to the bays for the start but there were that many swimmers with the same idea that it was crowded, as I tried to make my way  back as the klaxton went for the start.


The Swim

I was cought up in the mele of fast swimmers coming towards me, I tried to turn but was too late , I was swum over, elbowed in the face knocking my goggles sidewaysand then kicked under the chin but I survived and found clear water eventually. Got into a steady stroke and looked out for markers I had picked out the previous morning before I knew it I was at the turn bouy across the lake and turn for home, the home stretch seemed to go on for ages but that was proberbly me tiring a bit, got dragged out by 2 marshalls and unzipped. Swim done 1:39:32 A little disappointed.


T1 Ran with wobbly legs to the change tent where I was stripped of my wetsuit by the lovely lady marshals and into the tent,grabbed my bag and got my wet gear off. Tried to towel myself down but it dtiss a job to get

15/07/2013 at 00:09

type faster........

15/07/2013 at 06:01

What happened next????

citizen 146    pirate
15/07/2013 at 08:11

looking forward to the bike and run....

15/07/2013 at 08:37

Are you alright Razor?  Talk about a cliff hanger!!

Edited: 15/07/2013 at 08:42
The Silent Assassin    pirate
15/07/2013 at 09:27

did he just do the swim?


Cake    pirate
15/07/2013 at 10:02

 Nope he fineshed know he did I was well chuffed.

Razor51    pirate
15/07/2013 at 11:40

 Sorry guys though it had all copied

T1 Ran with wobbly legs to the change tent where I was stripped of my wetsuit by the lovely lady marshals and into the tent,grabbed my bag and got my wet gear off. Tried to towel myself down but it dtiss a job to get my bib shorts and cycle top on when I finally managed it I realised I had forgotten to put my HR monitor on, so tried to thread it through my bib short braces under my top to no avail so had to take arms back out of top and start again, finally sorted socks, shoes gloves , sunglasses and helmet on and out to my bike. T1 time 17:16 (I know I could have read war and peace whilst I was in there)


The Bike

Set off around the lake and out onto the roads, got my head down and just pedalled nice and steady,at about 6 miles I heard something rubbing on the bike so I stopped to have a look, was passed by 2 other ricerd and then the mighty Sid Poppyfields in his morphsuit, he asked if I was ok, said I was so off he went .Couldnt find anything wrong with the bike so set off again, got onto the big ring , down on the aerobars and powered my way back to catch Sid and the other 2. reached the first feed station which was manned by the Pirate posse and got a great big cheer as I went through, I didn’t take anything on board as it was only 16 miles in and I still had plenty on the bike. I would be taking 1 gel every 45 minutes amd 750ml of High 5 per hour, this would increase as the temperature rose.

The first Southern loop passed without any problems so along the long stretch towards the Northern loop where I could see the leaders coming back towards me to do their second Southern loop and they were flying past.

Got to the the Northern loop and the temperature on my bike computer was reading 34C, how accurate this was I don’t know but it was certainly hot, making sure not to dehydrate I drank more often and took an Isogel at the bottom of Oxon Bank I passed a fellow pirate, Cake at the side of the road ,asked if he was ok, said he was just taking a breather before Oxon Bank so off I went up the hill. I treated myself to a mini pork pie after  the hill. The rest of the Northern loop passed by and was now making my wayback to the Southern loop again, this part of the ride was the most challenging as I was on my own and I started to go into dark places thinking ,I’m riding too slow , am I going to make the cut off , things like that so I gave myself a good talking to and told myself “It’s not a Knitting club” now get on with it. I stopped at the next feedstation took on 3 x 750ml bottles  of High 5,had a toilet break, the first one in nearly 6 hrs got back on the bike with renewed energy and motivation, grabbed a banana on the way out and thanked everyone for their efforts. Now I was pulling myself together and pushing really hard and managed to catch 3 riders which boosted my confidence. Then it was off on the final 12 miles back to HPP,the milkes seem to go by really fast and then I was back and off the bike.

Bike done7:29:31 I drank 9 x 750 ml of High 5 and consumed 11 gels. And into T2


T2 got in to the change tent and to my surprise Des was still in there, I thought he would be long gone as he is a stronger bikes than me but it appears my bike time 4:19min faster than his ,said  he needed to take a few breaks out of the sun because he was feeling the heat which accounted for his slower bike than mine but was I glad to see him and he likewise was glad to see me so we could run the marathon together. Quick change of kit and off we went. T2 10:10

Razor51    pirate
15/07/2013 at 11:43


The Run

We set off at a steady pace suprisinglymy legs felt good the first mile passed in 10:45 which was ok as we had walked through the feed station, second mile almost the same pace then and picked up band 1. Des had a problem with his quads cramping so we walked for 5 minutes and then set off running again. Then it was my turn to cramp up so we walked for a few minutes this was to be the pattern for the rest of the run, the heat was so energy sapping so it was fluids at every feedstation. Collected band 2 Its true what they say you do get band envy looking to  see how many band the other runners have got, and off we went around the lake past the Pirate support in the stands and off around the out and back loop along the embankment, got to the suspension bridge and the kids were jumping off into the river, how good it would have been to take a dip at that moment. Anyway run/ walk back to the lake and met up with the family on the bank , had a quick chat a photo and a kiss from my lovely wife and off we went, collected band 3.Round the lake ,past the Pirates again and out onto the embankment, the second loop we actually ran more of it than the first loop and back to the lake ,collected band 4 (YES) and the final loop, ran to the end of the lake and walked to the feedstation then ran down the home strait to be met 300mts from the finish by my 2 grandkids Isabele and Josh carrying a big flag with the Pirate skull an crossbones on they then ran to the finish chute with us to a roaring crowd as we entered the finish chute the noise was overwhelming and off up to  the finish where we were met with a wall of noise from the Pirate massive on the finish line this something that I will remember forever. Crossed the line to finish in 15:48:15


This took me 20 months of dedication and sometimes bloody mindedness to get to the end but I did it. Its amazing what you can put you body and mind through with the right approach, if a 62 yr old codger like me can do so can you. It was tough mentally and physicaly but I enjoyed the whole experience and I want to do it again.

I would like to thank my best mate and training partner Des for getting me into this and for being a great Son-in Law and to all the marshals on the course for making it a brilliant day and to the Pirates who cheered and encouraged not just Pirates but everyone taking part. And last but not least thanks to my long suffering wife Sandra for putting up with me and my training all these months, I love you,






Cake    pirate
15/07/2013 at 12:05

Lee the Pea    pirate
15/07/2013 at 12:25

Fantastic report Razor   Especially after the nightmare of breaking your leg last year!!! 

15/07/2013 at 12:40

razor, brilliant report well done

Britrisky    pirate
15/07/2013 at 12:50

i'm filling up ...  well done!!! See you next year, then?!!

15/07/2013 at 12:54

great report Razor. was great to race with you!

15/07/2013 at 13:06

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.

The weekend started reasonably well with only a minor panic brought on by the need to make some emergency adjustments to my Morphsuit the night before. This came about following registration on the Saturday. I registered as normal. Bumped into Ian Dickens and received a few words of encouragement. He looked in the mood to clock some serious speed on Sunday having recently smashed Lanzarote! I left Ian so I could make the final briefing of the day. I was a bit apprehensive as I had already had the heads up on social media that at the two earlier briefings of the day the organisers were asking for The Morphman. I was just hoping they didn't want to go back on the agreement for me to race in the Morphsuit. At the briefing Ian Hamilton, the race organiser, asked if The Morphman was there. I gingerly put my hand up and gave him a shout and he said he would need a word with me at the end of the briefing. What shocked me was a spontaneous round of applause that broke out in the room - let the humbling begin! At the end of the briefing I got to say hello to Chris & Zoe McBeth. It was great to see them. Chris had smashed Outlaw last year and Zoe was about to smash her first Ironman. I have followed her training and knew she would do well. I then sat down with Ian. He looked at me with an expression that suggested he thought I was mad and he was not going to get any sense out of me but also with a look that sort of suggested he wanted to help as much as he could. His concerns (entirely valid ones) were for my safety and other competitors safety. The swim Morphsuit was fine and Ian had no problem with me running in my suit intended for the bike and run but he didn't want me riding in it. Vision being the primary concern but also fueling and breathing - oh and the minor issue of heat. He suggested I ride in the swim Morhsuit and then change into the run suit. I understood his concerns but the ride and run suit was the main suit with all the Outlaw & Pirate symbols and charity information. I didn't want to wear it just for the run and the other issue is that the Morphsuit holds water so I didn't really want to go out on the bike any more weighed down than I needed to be. We agreed I would either wear the swim Morphsuit for the ride as well as the swim or I would adapt the ride/run suit to have eye and mouth holes. I respected Ian's decision, after all this is not a fancy dress event and I understood that which is why I had approached them 8 months ago to seek permission before embarking on this Ironmorph attempt. After racking my bike I raced home with my kit considering my options. I decided to adapt the ride/run suit, go back to wearing glasses (so I could have my prescription shades over the eye holes) and it would mean a shorter T2 which may be necessary considering how close I cut it the year before! I raced round to the Prestwoods to grab my gels and then to the Buckleys to grab a top bar storage box. This was now necessary as with a mouth hole I could eat while riding instead of having to stop to eat as I had trained for. I got home and Ellie helped mark out my eyes and mouth and after some faffing about the run/ride suit was ready. I wasn't able to test it in the ride position but I was relatively confident we had done a good job. I packed all my stuff away into the three bags and I was ready. I was in bed by 9pm (3 hrs later than planned) for a 3.24am alarm call. I didn't really sleep so just tried to stay as relaxed and restful as possible. I drifted on and off but it was uncomfortably hot. My alarm went off and I was feeling quite relaxed. Had some porridge, a banana and some toast and prepared my nutrition
15/07/2013 at 13:08

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.


  I read my good luck card Mrs Brightside left out for me, packed the car and then blasted up the M42 to Nottingham. U2 - The Joshua Tree being the weapon of choice for the journey - emotions beginning to build as I tried to maintain control and focus. The last song on was Exit - seemed to set me up perfectly.

  After parking up I strolled down to the bikes feeling pretty relaxed. An awesome sunrise was in place at the lake again. It looked so calm. My bike was still there. Tyres were fine so I just checked the pressure and that's about as far as my technical ability goes. I hoped as always it would see me through 112 miles without a mechanical problem as I know I couldn't deal with one! I saw Leekey who had come from Kent and camped over to see the race. He was oozing confidence as always - you could see he was itching to join us having smashed this race last year. He wished me good luck along with Adrian O'brien. I had followed some of Adrian's training. The man is a machine and he looked in the mood for 140.6 miles. I also met Lena and Billy Conlin. I wished them luck having raced Outlaw with Lena last year and this being Billy's first. His training was pointing towards a fast finish. I think Lena and myself were looking closer to the get round in one piece target. Great to see them. Their day ended with a very cool renewal of their wedding vows at the finish line for their 25th anniversary (Mrs Brightside take note). I left for the change tent. As I went in I passed John Phillips who has helped me with my running since I started exercising in 2010. He had trained his nuts off for this his first Iron distance tri. Great to see him and wish him luck. It was now time to Morph up. Now I have to make an apology here for my unintentional ignorance for what is to follow. I will mention a load of people but I will almost certainly get names wrong or out of order and for that I apologise. I got my wetsuit out the bag and the Morphswimsuit. As I put it on I could feel the odd look and imagined the thoughts of 'what the bloody hell is he wearing?' from the other people getting changed. I got speaking to one chap who was putting his wetsuit on for the first time in a year and hoped it still fit. Morphswimsuit on over my tri shorts having greased up all appropriate chaffe zones. I then put my wetsuit on. Goggles before cap and then the Morphswimsuit hood was zipped on. I walked down towards the start with people wishing me good luck - many knowing who I was by recognising the Morphswimsuit but hard for me to know who they were. I know I got a good luck from Bigdaveackers, Neil Wilkinson and a quick chat with Michael Barnett amongst others. It was not lost on me that the music system was playing Streets and I felt weirdly calm. Out onto the jetty I was tapped on the shoulder by a woman with a camera crew and briefly interviewed. I hope I mention
15/07/2013 at 13:10

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.

So there I am in the water, acclimatising nicely as the countdown starts from 4 mins. I become acutely aware that I may have pulled the Morphsuit and wetsuit up a bit too tight. They need to be to avoid the mouth hole becoming a chin hole but it means my nuts have gone! I think they'd popped back up from whence they came and it was now too late to do anything about it. I hoped to see them later! I chose the jetty between bays 2 & 3 not because I can swim at that speed but because getting in the thick of it takes away any nerves instantly as we are all pitched into battle. The hooter sounded and we were off - approx 1090 of us. There wasn't too much argy bargy. I let faster swimmers by and then swam in their wake. I tried to stay in as straight a line as possible as 2.4 miles is far enough without adding extra. Sighting is difficult as it upsets my swimming rhythm but after maybe 250-500m I was going well. Breathing every 1 or 2 strokes depending how i felt and how well was breathing in. The Morphsuit is fine apart from it collects water and then pours it across your mouth as your head comes out of the water to breathe hence some breaths are good and clean leading to a 2 stroke system whereas some are shorter intakes leading to a 1 stroke system. I was fine with both. I did feel a bit sorry for anyone on my right as I operate a whale like blow out system to breathe and no one wants a mouthful of my spit! From about half way up the lake, so about 900m, i am comfortable and loving it. From that point on a guy alongside me sort of stuck with me but would drop back every now and then. I spoke to him later and he was having panic attacks. Tim i think it was it really wasn't his day! I had a juicy collision with Mr Chin Beard at the first turn but i only took a moment to gather myself and then kicked on again. There is something special about the second turn being the turn for home. Belief I'd not had earlier consumed me and I felt like I'd had a strength injection. Now is the time to trash the arms for home and nail the cut off. It's a huge comfort to look across and see people still coming up to marker one as it means I am going to make it. I powered down and I was actually overtaking a couple of people. Careful not to swim behind any 'standers' as they're usually having a wee! The Geese crowded near the left bank and in my way. About 20 of them. I kept on course and they finally moved over to let me through. With about 1200m to go my left hamstring cramped. Now, on a run or ride I know how to stretch it out, on a swim not so sure. I stretched my leg straight and curled my foot up and stopped kicking altogether. This seemed to work, the pain subsided and i was left with the post cramp ache. I carried on with just the odd beat from the feet and in no time at all the finish approached. I hate swimming but I utterly love the Outlaw swim. I swam with a big grin and just hoped I'd not swallowed quite as much duck dredge as I did last year. I was dragged out by the Marshals and this time I was prepared for the Bambi legs and, as last year, I drunkenly staggered past the waiting photographers and on to the strippers. The strippers whipped off my wetsuit to reveal the Morpswimhsuit. "he looks like a condom" - priceless comment and the first of a thousand or so great comments to keep me going throughout the day. I was into T1 around 1:38 ish. Happy with that. Dried off. Checked my nuts and thankfully they were beginning to reappear. I drank 375ml of Coca Cola, a bottle of water and a jam sandwich. i got the run/ride Morp
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