Outlaw 2014

Never too early to nail your pirate colours to the mast!

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31/07/2014 at 19:29
Training?
seren nos    pirate
31/07/2014 at 19:42

I know.I made myself go swimming a few times a week..and for the first time ever I swam the distance in training.....infact swam the distance at least 6 times.......

M...eldy    pirate
31/07/2014 at 19:47

Graeme I do remember someone passing and saying that! I was bemused but now I know!!

31/07/2014 at 21:21
Magna Carter wrote (see)
Ultra Kanga Kazzaaaaah wrote (see)
did anyone else get bitten to death lakeside on Sunday? Bloody things are still driving me bananas!

Yep... covered in bites.

Glad it's not just me!  Little bugger must have got in my shoe as it got my toes as well as my ankles

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
01/08/2014 at 02:30
It's shame those who kept to MJs defence to order kit when he wanted and his 'right' to do what he wants (including that he doesn't need to engage on the forum if he doesn't want to) when the shit kicked off on FB a few months ago, weren't there to hold his bike and aren't the ones dealing with all the similar angst when trying to get certain characters to pay for their kit.

There was a lively debate at the time, I don't want to open the can of worms again but there is a side people don't see. It shouldn't be expected that we run around after people when they click their fingers. There are people who are difficult and downright rude.

There still isn't a consensus that kit should be ordered for the majority , for those who are involved and make an effort. Instead we should apparently bend over backwards doing add hoc orders, pretty much a free for all when from the feedback I've read and heard is that it's all worked pretty well up until now.

I'm just throwing this in now as I think it highlights why I think those putting in the effort to sort out kit deserve support to do it how they want if it satisfies the silent majority.
Scuba Trooper    pirate
01/08/2014 at 07:29

Blue Peter - It was me and Toucs you were chatting to.

Should say something about my race now I'm here.

Its very strange wait for a marathon to start at an unknown time but this was made easier by chatting to Digger and Ultra Kaz. I had nagged Raf a lot concerned that he wasn't going to put the effort in but as promised he made it round the bike in under 6hrs a nice addition to Nursey 1:24 swim. I suffered from greater ambition than training for this run, I only joined the team in May so I didn’t have a lot of run specific training but I hoped my general fitness would give me a chance at 3:30.

There’s a great atmosphere at the begin of the loop out on to the lake with lots of support but nothing compared to near the finishing chute with the pirate massive. Its a nice flat course but the uneven and cambered surfaces can make parts of it uncomfortable as well as being narrow and hard to overtake along the tow path. The first lap of the lake and out and back felt fine and 8:00 min miles were ok but by the end of the second out and back it was becoming obvious that the pace was unsustainable I walk a long way through a feed station at about 19miles and struggled to pick up the pace from that point forward. Each walk through a feed station got longer and  the pace between them lagged. By the last lap of the lake i had to walk some of the bits between the feed stations as well. Finally got to the finish chute and was grabbed by Raf and Nursey who dragged me at a pace unsuitable for a person in my condition over the line. I’m just glad Nursey forgot her spare Kilt. . A quick massage, a bit to eat and a shower and it was down to the finish chute for beer and shouting.

As so many have already said the support from other Pirate racing and in the crowd (and even those shunned and forced to sit by the lake) is amazing and it makes the day. I’m looking forward to Austria.

Pudge    pirate
01/08/2014 at 07:42
Nice report Scuba. It was good to meet you and I enjoyed our chat on Sunday before we left for home.
See you again mate.
01/08/2014 at 07:52
Good report Scuba. As my nervous pacing in the pen proved I'd have been a real basket case without yours and Digger's company!!
Scuba Trooper    pirate
01/08/2014 at 08:26

And you Pudge, I'm sure we will bump into each other some time.

Kaz - you seemed very calm.

Seren - Thanks for the breakfast Monday morning.

Great to meet so many old/new pirates as well as those I've meet before.

flyaway    pirate
01/08/2014 at 08:45

Thanks for letting me use all your gas, Scuba. I'm not sure the loan of an electric pump quite made up for that!

01/08/2014 at 09:20
Ultra Kanga Kazzaaaaah wrote (see)
Magna Carter wrote (see)
Ultra Kanga Kazzaaaaah wrote (see)
did anyone else get bitten to death lakeside on Sunday? Bloody things are still driving me bananas!

Yep... covered in bites.

Glad it's not just me!  Little bugger must have got in my shoe as it got my toes as well as my ankles


I think my general odour kept all the flies away, I did get chased by a dog on the towpath but even he gave up when he got too close

Rafiki    pirate
01/08/2014 at 09:41
Scuba Trooper wrote (see)

 I had nagged Raf a lot concerned that he wasn't going to put the effort in


Nagged a lot???? It was like being out with my mother!!!

seren nos    pirate
01/08/2014 at 09:52
Scuba Trooper wrote (see)

And you Pudge, I'm sure we will bump into each other some time.

Kaz - you seemed very calm.

Seren - Thanks for the breakfast Monday morning.

Great to meet so many old/new pirates as well as those I've meet before.

 

You saw some old pirates..........i thought that by wearing the kit we would remain forever youthful.....teenagers almost.......

01/08/2014 at 09:58

Yes, it's magic kit. Didn't you know?

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
01/08/2014 at 10:12
I thought it was only swimming in the Taff which made you forever youthful?
seren nos    pirate
01/08/2014 at 10:29

I swim in the River Usk as well now Barley..A much posher type of rats piss.

01/08/2014 at 10:58
so the kit turns you into Peter Pan as well as making you look like svelte affletes!
01/08/2014 at 11:13
seren nos wrote (see)

I swim in the River Usk as well now Barley..A much posher type of rats piss.

Thanks Seren, that made me smile on an otherwise bad day

GH0ST    pirate
01/08/2014 at 16:03

My first ever race and report follows - apologies for its length (not really, i feckin loved it )

Prologue

Bronchitis and hip bursitis may have forced me to take absolute rest in the two week run up to Outlaw but my GP said he’d get me to the start line. Little did he know there was another “itis” waiting in the background to floor me the day before the event – squitty shitis.

Fortunately the Pirates travel with their own medical squad and some sound advice from Mrs Digger saw me straight  (6 imodium later).

Sherpa Dave woke me at 3.00am to say my alarm hadn’t gone off. That’s because my alarm was set for 3:30am.

I got up and in true pirate fashion had a pre race breakfast that I’ve never had before, rice pudding. The plan was to have porridge and syrup, but I’d forgotten the syrup and plain porridge is blurgh.

I left Sherpa Dave at 4.30am burning toast for Magna Carter and his charming son and tootled off to pump up my tyres and start my extraordinary day (I hate being late).

I’ve half got my wetsuit on and am milling around the start area when I see Flyway. She asks if I need a hug, I must look like a toddler who has been abandoned at nursery, I so needed a hug.

I turn around and see Meldy, she’s so laid back as she slips gracefully into her wettie (I’ve just spent half an hour pulling, stretching and grunting into mine). I need the toilet.

I emerge as they’re calling us to the starting pens. I’m obviously going to pen 4 and have every intention of starting from the back.

GH0ST    pirate
01/08/2014 at 16:04

Swim

I get into the water 5 mins before kick off (literally). It’s not cold at all so all I have to worry about now is the biff fest, the weeds and the duck/goose pooh. I stand way back and wait for the hooter.

Then suddenly I find myself in front of the first red bouy that we have to keep left of and gasping for breath. I just stop dead. Thoughts going through my mind are:

  • What the hell am I doing here?
  •  I’ve got to get out.
  • I can’t breathe.
  • I’ve got to get out.
  • How will the safety people see me in this throng?
  • I’ve got to get out.
  • How the hell have I got so many people behind me?
  • OMFG I’ve got to get out.
  • Fuck!
  • All my friends have my race number and will be tracking me. You can’t get out now.
  • Get your face in the water and JFDI!

Hesitantly I put my head down, miraculously my legs come up and it doesn’t seem so much of a fight with the water, 1,2,3 breathe and we’re off again.

I get down to the end and turn right at the bouy and then again for the home stretch. On my breath stroke I can see competitors on their bikes FFS. I’m bored now. I stop kicking and just pull myself along – why does it feel like I’m going faster?

Having swallowed more than my quota of lake water (it tasted no worse than the mere I’ve trained in) I pull up to the swim exit – and this is where I get bashed to bits. I get pulled out and the chap tells me 1:29 swim. I am CTF, I just wanted to make the cut off.

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