I was wondering what the Outlaw swim is like? I've had a look at a video on youtube, and by the looks of it people aren't having to swim over each other and it actually looks quite nice (if that's the right word!). The footage was taken from one side though, so is that deceptive and the swimmers out in the middle are in the midst of a rugby style scrum? Or does everyone have space to swim?
Fierce to start with as everyone converges but then it was actually quite civilisied, I'm slow though, about 1.22. At the sharp end you'd probably still get battered.
+1 with holgs
it's a bit manic to start with as everyone is aiming for the same spot about 250m in - but that's pretty similar to any IM swim. by 750m you'll have space around you so it becomes much less of a battle.
in 2010 when we did it they suggested faster swimmers went to the left side, slower to the right. that gave the faster swimmers a straight run at the 250m buoy, so the slower ones could stream in behind. Ok - that was the theory but it still turned into a bunfight!!
and last year they cut the under water grass which would have helped as well.
ah yes - we had the drag factor of the grass to contend with as well in 2010
How much underwater debris is there?! Getting tangled doesn't sound good...
1:22 slow, ha ha ha!!
people that did it last year said they didn't notice any drag/underwater grass, when we did it in 2010 it was almsot like you were lifted out of the water on the bloody stuff.
SyM.es - there's never a lot of bikes in T1 when I get there
1.22 slow? Pah.
On behalf of all the piss drinkers at the back (1.45)
There's a lot more entries this year though, and I don't think they're going to widen the lake just for us.
with the extra water displacement we could probably all just walk it.
You calling me fat ?
Hopefully I'll be at OW training at HP tomorrow, assuming it isn't cancelled again. So I should be able to give you a report on the underwater lawn situation!
as if I could call anyone Fat !! Apart from Mr Buddah, but that's his first name.
Maybe we should start a thread
"How to maintain a massacre in the Outlaw underwater garden"
Yes please Little Sister
How many more are swimming it this year then?
Not that I'm doing Outlaw this year, but I just thought I'd ask. My only OW swim was for a half IM and it was hellish
The OW sessions at HP were really good a couple of years ago, that's the last time I was there! They're run by Absolute Triathlon and I found it really helpful. They were able to accomodate both experienced and novice OW swimmers. Plus there is plenty of room!!
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