Outlaw 2013

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Mr StOat    pirate
28/02/2013 at 18:17
That's not a bad idea
BluePeter    pirate
02/03/2013 at 18:23
Good ride today in the sunshine. Riding back from the in laws realised I didn't have my iPhone. Rode back...nowhere to be seen. I had it in an arm case strapped to the bike. Rode back the way I came... Nothing visible. To top it off I rucked it at a set off traffic lights getting my left foot out of the clip, ankle now in pain. Drove back twice to check for phone...nothing. Tried find my iPhone but showing as offline so no signal wherever it is. That's the second iPhones have lost first was on a golf course. Crap day, Nice weather though
Britrisky    pirate
02/03/2013 at 19:04

That's so annoying, BP - I feel your pain 

seren nos    pirate
03/03/2013 at 10:14

i have booked my electric hookup spot.........got to rememeber that i am not going to my caravan this whitsun so will have to bring back the electric coolbox this easter ready for the camping


 really annoying BP........

BluePeter    pirate
03/03/2013 at 11:44
Drove back over the route twice this morning...no sign. Logged wih police as lost and will be claiming on insurance. Annoyed and also embarrassed as that's the first time I have fallen off my bike at a set of lights!!
06/03/2013 at 20:20

electric pitch booked too for the caravan.  Got the inlaws on the pitch next to me. not sure if that's good or bad!

06/03/2013 at 20:49

how much is the camping with ehu 

bacon sannies sound yummy ......... Pizza well be my meal IF I complete the Outlaw 

seren nos    pirate
06/03/2013 at 20:57

£18 a anight with hook up......not bad

Rafiki    pirate
06/03/2013 at 21:02

Is there are a 'do' planned for the Monday after this year?? (you can tell I'm concerned about the important stuff )

06/03/2013 at 21:06

I will be packing up my tent Monday afternoon ant trying to drive home 

I think that will be harder than the Outlaw lol


seren nos    pirate
06/03/2013 at 21:10

Rafi.....of course.i'm booked until the Tuesday.why on earth do all that hard work and not stay to celebrate


last june I did the double and so was up for 2 nights.got to bed around 2:30 on the second night and then got 4 hours sleep before breakfast..........then had to pack a soaking wet large tent and all the mess from the previous few days as my teenage son hadn't had time to tidy and crew all weekend for me.........we stayed for an awards ceremony and then I had to drive back a hundred odd miles......

when i had got to bed I couldn't actually sit up or sit down without help as my quads had seized...but they did get better through the day.

PSC    pirate
08/03/2013 at 05:31
Blue Peter... We have all done it (ie not unclipped and come a cropper)!

I'm in my downsized mini-mini-bago so will be hooked up for the weekend. All booked and sorted. I'm rather glad it's an easy bike course as I still haven't done any bike training! CBA in this weather to get out there! Yep, I know, poor attitude.
08/03/2013 at 07:17
PSC its a relativly easy fast bike course if the winds not blowing as in 2010, but Last year there was a bit of wind and it was much tougher that course could be a pig with a decent windy day
08/03/2013 at 10:36
Just did my first full swim of 2.4miles. Managed 1hr 27min before they kicked me out. Any thoughts on how this relates to times in open water with a wetsuit. Ballbagged now!
08/03/2013 at 13:43
Its well within the cut off so thats the main thing
In my experience it should be a lot quicker on the day cos
A wetsuit sorts out all them body position problems
You dont waste time turning every 25m
You will be rested and fired up come race day
You can draft people
All the above come with the big disclaimer that you do OW swims before race day or as some peeps have found it ends in a hyperventalating panic induced DNF
08/03/2013 at 16:32
I've got a few OW swims before July so shouldn't be a drama. I was taking it easy which is a bonus. The water should be warm enough I hope come race day. Cannot be doing with a DNF to my race history!
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
09/03/2013 at 22:25

Its a nice swim at Outaw, my advice would be start in the lest pen (whatever your ability) and swim up the left side using the bank as a sighting point, you wont need to sight ahead just keep far left 20 foot from the bank.  Youll know youre to close when your knuckles graze on the gravel bottom

09/03/2013 at 22:42
What is the difference between the different starts and does it get taken into account that you are starting later, not that I'm plannin to take 17 hours of course. It's my first IM so will probably start later to be in the safe side as I'm not fussed about time, just finishing
09/03/2013 at 23:33

Everyone starts at the same time, you just start in different pens based on your ability.

Taken from last year race info;

The Swim 2.4 Miles
The swim will take place in the manmade lake at the National Water Sports Centre. All swimmers will be required to pass over a check mat before starting the swim. The check mat will be positioned on the left hand side as you look at the lake. All swimmers will need to pass the check mat by 5.50am, this point will be open from 5.30am.

The swim will start in the water using the whole width of the boat house end.
This means that the swim start will be approximately 90 metres wide. There are 4 separate bays in which you can start. We are recommending the following for the 4 bays. Bay 1 – swimmers under 60 minutes / Bay 2 – swimmers between 60 – 80 minutes / Bay 3 – swimmers between 80 – 100 minutes /Bay 4 – swimmers over 100 minutes.

I was a 60-80 min swimmer, but I started at the back of bay 1 (sub 60) and had a pretty uneventful swim. this is what I think Bouncing Barlist is saying.


The difference between my Outlaw swim and my 3.8k pool time trials;
Outlaw - 68:09
Pool - average 70:09
My ow practice I was doing about 71-72 mins, but I think  that was down to it being too cold for me. On the day at HP the water was nice.

Edited: 09/03/2013 at 23:48
Dustboy    pirate
09/03/2013 at 23:52

Ozzy, I was last swimmer out last year (ha ha) and I started in the slowest part of the slowest bay. It's such a long swim, I don't think it makes that much difference having an extra ten yards or whatever to go. Think I came in about 1.40, which was fine by me.

And as Barlos says, use the left bank for sighting as well as the big yellow thing in the sky at the end of the lake.

Mind you, it did get a bit choppy on the way back.

My overwhelming memory of the swim was the taste of duck shit which seemed to have all been blown down to the start and mixed with a thousand peoples piss and farts. It was a little ripe.

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