Pirate DIY Half IM, The second coming!

4th & 5th May 2013

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05/05/2013 at 23:14
Slagiatt wrote (see)

It was button mushrooms punctures , but three of us took turns to fix it . between us we got thorough 4 tubes , and three sets of tyre levers Lol.  Got there in the end  

I thought I was poor changing a puncture

05/05/2013 at 23:27
Mrs SA wrote (see)

Paul .....great to see you today.  And well done on a fantastic swim, bike, run . Ironman next? 


Fantastic swim?


Ironman - Definitely. With the cost at around £400 I want to make sure I am in top condition to do it justice. With a 4yr old son and a 1yr old daughter I would find it hard to fit in enough training for all three (especially swimming that needs work).

Probably a few years off yet but I will definitely do it. Need to get a few other Tri events under my belt first also.


Razor51    pirate
05/05/2013 at 23:48
Razor51 wrote (see)

DIY Half IM distance Macclesfield,

Arrived at SA's place at 8.45 to what looked like a pro event, there were bikes, trainers, water bottles and people stripping off, more evident was the sea of black and yella that covered his driveway and garden, " the Pirates had invaded Macclefield". 

After lots of introductions( too many too mention cos I can't remember all their names) we all mounted our bikes for the mile ride to the leisure centre, Marshallini's pulled a load of rackingout of the back of his car ( don't know where he got it from but it made look very professional  

Into the pool we went, 5 to a lane and we went, got bashed quite a few times when I was being overtaken  1.2mile swim don in 43 mins, happy with that, cam me out of the pool only to find it had been chucking it down with rain so it left the roads really wet so had too take care on the bike cornering, so off we went Horse and me( we decided to stick together) , we had 12 laps to complete which we were told it was undulating, to say the course was tough would be an understatement, there was a tough climb only short but steep and the rest was long drag after long drag,I felt really good so decided to stay in the big ring for the first 4 laps, big mistake ( More on that later) we churned out the laps and took all .

the abuse from Slagait and Button Mushroom on the feed station ( 12 times) bike done in 4 hrs including 10 min T1.

Into T2 and full change and off we went for 4 laps on the run, , slight alteration to last years course , turn right then left, oh shit a tough uphill and the legs were still trying to recover from the bike, I was running ( or should I say shuffling) like a penguin, so steadily got to running when the legs came back ave 10.40 ish min/ mile and on to lap 2, turned the corner and started up the hill, argh my quads started to seize up ( the result of staying in the big ring on the bike, dickhead) had to walk for a couple of mins then got going again, this was a patten that was to continue throughout the Remaining laps to the finish. We wre greeted by a wall of black and yella all cheering me and Horse home, a big thanks to Horse who ran with me to the end ( this seems to be coming a habit). Run finished 2.36

With transitions finished in 7.30 well knackered but loved it, my nutrition was spot on a with no stomach problems.

A great big thanks to SA, Mrs SA, Jordy, grandma and grandpa SA for all there efforts to make this a brilliant day and thanks to everyone else marshalling and on the feed stations, too numerous e to mention, I hope everyone doing it today had a great time.

The way this event has grown over the last 2 years is amazing, if more pirates decide to do this next year I think we will have to commandeer the whole pool.  

This wasn't a little swim, a bit of a bike and a doddle of a run, this was a tough course that needed your all throughout, there were a few who didn't complete it either through choice or DNF but a great event organized by some great people's , thanks again guys








06/05/2013 at 07:31

Thanks Mr & Mrs SA for putting on such a great event and letting Seren & me use your camp site. Great cycle and running course - still hurting now. Brilliant to meet some of the Pirates. 

06/05/2013 at 07:45

K, here goes.......


turned up nervousness and shivering, as per, not expecting to due much due to the nasty virus I've had over the last couple of weeks, and no Q, I'm not sand bagging

into the pool and my legs were like jelly before I got in! Opted for the middle lane, as I didn't want to get struck behind breast strokers in the slow lane (no offences guys) and there was no way I'd be keeping up with Mrs SA and Carmen in the fast lane! Legs remained jelly like throughout, but managed it in 45 minutes, not bad considering I'd not swum for 2 months.

took my timid in transition, today was about training, not getting ill again so I made sure I was properly dried off.

06/05/2013 at 07:55

really enjoyed the bike course this year, doing 12 laps gives you chance to learn and practice techniques on hills and bends etc. my sister had donated a twat hat to my cause, so thought I'd give it a go for a couple of laps, leaving my trusty, comfy rudy helmet on the feed station, just in case. When the time came that my ears were so sore I needed to change them over, to my despair, Q had decided I looked so comfy in it, that he'd take it back to base...aarrrggggg. My poor little ears were suffering more than my legs. Onwards and upwards, caught Mrs SA up on my penultimate lap, so we did a sociable, girly chin way lap, so much more than Boeing on your own, I know that's not the point, but broke the tedium. legs trashed by when I got back to base, due to doing all on the big ring, as I'd been instructed to, I need to use more power and less spin, apparently! Ha.

So, onto the run. Really, really did not want to do this, and as I set off my legs agreed with me! The wobble invests in my arse and thighs felt immense! Horribly painful, managed 2 laps then gave it up as a bad job, demoralising and counterproductive to continue in that frame of mind.

pleased that I got as far as I did considering the last two weeks, had a fab weekend, from Friday night to Sunday night. Thank you so much to the SA family for hosting, and to all the other competitors and supporters who made it an awesome event! Bring on next year!)xx

Mr StOat    pirate
06/05/2013 at 08:19
06/05/2013 at 08:24
7755matt wrote (see)

Photo Album


Quality photos Matt

Edited: 06/05/2013 at 08:25
06/05/2013 at 09:04

Thanks to Mr and Mrs SA..great event..Only did the bike and that was hard enough ..so respect to everyone who did the full event....Great group of people, Marshalls cheerers and partisipants...great organisation and a very friendly bunch..thanks alot for a great day..

06/05/2013 at 09:58

Okay, here's my race report. Hope its not too long.  

After pulling out of Stratford Half marathon last week after 2 miles, just couldn’t get into it and right at the back on my own, this was meant to be a test of my metal and very patchy training. I’d only got as far as 1500m swim and 42 mile bike which was a month ago so my aim was to reach those distances as a minimum and practice fuelling on the bike.

So I arrived at Assassin HQ feeling relaxed without any of the usual pre-race nerves knowing I could just do my own thing. Perfect.  Impressive organisation with T2 laid out with chairs in the garage and Mrs SA gave everyone a plastic bag for swim stuff with forum names clearly written. Very personal service indeed.

The swim: Allocated myself to the slow lane and started off at an easy pace to be very soon overtaken but that was fine. Cake was doing breast stroke and we would both stop at the end together to let the fast swimmers go by. Unfortunately I can’t swim in a straight line so all this was a bit useless because I would just end up crashing into them as they swam back up the other side of the lane. Sorry Seren, I think I got you more than anyone.  I got to 1500m and felt pretty good, so decided to carry on for another 100m, then another 100m until there was just me and Cake in the lane so nice and quiet and I pushed on to the full 1900m. I think I took about 50mins or near enough. Result. 

The bike: Came out to the pool to rain and a cool wind. Boo! Luckily I’d managed to ram everything including jacket into the bag.   SA had described the course as undulating so I set off without much concern. Marshalls at every junction soon brought be to the start of the laps and a fast stretch of road where I was clocking an easy 17mph.  Wheeee great I thought. Then came a drag of a hill, then another, then a really steep short climb that I needed to get down on my granny ring for. Then yet another long drag up before dropping down again towards the feed station.  A few grumbles to Mrs SA that it was “flippin hilly” and set off again with trepidation knowing this time what was to come. No idea how many laps I’d done but eventually I got back to the (superb) feed station with about 38 miles on my garmin. Not quite the 40 I was aiming for so did another lap and as my speed dropped significantly up the hills I thought this is my last lap. Except I then decided to do another, might as well make it up to 50.  By the time I’d got back to T2 my garmin said 52 miles and I’d been out for 4 hours. Result. 

Bit of a dilemma at whether to stop while I was on a high or attempt some of the run. Supercaz and Mrs SA suggested I just do one lap to practice on jelly legs which sounded a good idea so off I went. I ran most of it, walking the uphills and run/walk on the some of the flat bits when I thought nobody was looking.  Got back to base and thought sampling flat coke as a fuel would be useful so went off for another lap. Again did run/walk but ran the down hills and the flat bit near the feed station to avoid abuse.  Was met by a wonderful wall of noise and cheers as I plodded back to HQ and couldn’t resist a finish with a Morecombe and Wise style skip, still feeling good. No idea how long it took but 2 laps, 6 miles, feeling good = Result.

All topped off with a can of Stella sat in the Assassin’s front garden, cheering in those still on the run. What a brilliant day.  Can we do it again please? 

06/05/2013 at 10:09

Fantastic weekend.  Mr and MRs SA might not be heros for organising the event , but they were wonderful for allowing us to trash their house and garden over the whole weekend.  They even let Cake and I attempt to burn their house down!

Swim on Saturday:

As I ws only doing the swim I padded off to the changing rooms to get into my cossie and by the time I got back everyon else was already swimming so I got in the lane that looked about the right speed for me.

A few too many of us in the lane with a variety of different speeds but I like to think of it as experience of the washing machine effect that you get in mass start swim events

I can't count laps but I know the speed I swim at so I swam for 40 min and should have covered 2k.  I couldn't use anyone else to count for me as I got in late and also with the amount of overtaking going on it was impossible to keep track of who was were.  It took me about 50 lengths to figure out that there were two people with red hats - one faster than me and one slower - and not that the same person was chopping and changing places with me.

I spent the rest of the day having great fun at the two support stations.  It was great to see so many smiles even though it was obvious that some people were strugging towards the end.

Swim on Sunday:

I decided this time to change in the car park as it would be easier than fighting through the changing rooms.

Everyone seemed a bit reluctant to get into the water.  I think we were all a bit nervous about our speeds compared to each other given that we've never swum together before, so I decided to just get in and see what happened.

The plan was to swim for 40 min again and do another 2k, but after the first few lengths I was still at the front of the lane and it dawned on me that the others were probably expecting me to count so I decided to stop at 38 min and do 1.9k instead.

We were much better matched on speed this time with very little overtaking and it was a relaxed enjoyable swim.

Got out after 38 min and toddled off to transition to get dry and changed into my 'supporting' clothes.  What happened to the rest of you?  I was still the first out of transition and none of you were that far behind me in the swim

Another great day of watching everyone else push themselves to their limits.  Although I will be back next time if the event becomes a regular feature of the calendar, I have no intention of ever joining you on the run and bike, but maybe I can do one lap of each next time.

06/05/2013 at 10:15

Matt - some great pictures

seren nos    pirate
06/05/2013 at 11:31

great piccies matt..you were spying on me when i was getting personal with button mushroom


seren nos    pirate
06/05/2013 at 11:38

right...drove up friday morning with The family and managed to get everything in the car just......and then managed to get the tent up in the back garden just.......a great evening in the pub with the Sa's and some others who arrived friday..

I was suprisingly nervous on the saturday morning..........not used to split transitions....and then realised that i needed my garmin to lap count in the swim and that would cock up the multisport function.so borowed my hubbies garmin with the proviso i couldn't use his in the swim..........

The T1 was brilliant..marshallini had put up proper racking and so I managed to rack my bike and then leave going to the toilet to the very last moment.......this meant i was last to poolside and everyone had got themselves in the fast and medium lane.......with only 3 in the slow lane so i joined them.......I had my poolbuoy so was swimming quite well........but was so jealous of the peleton that had formed in the middle lane......6 of them swimming in one line as one.....the poor guy at the front was dragging the other 5 in his wake

I told myself that I was getting a good swim workout and was managing to keep a good pace...managed to punch the lane dividers a few times......managed to miss a soupy swimming down the middle a few times and only got kicked my matt in the next lane once......so a success............

biggest success was avoiding peeing in the swim and left teh water in about 42 minutes and headed straight to the toilets to avoid an embaressing T1

seren nos    pirate
06/05/2013 at 11:45

so it was raining and so hard to know what to wear...settled for armwarmers and a pitate shirt over the monaco ..a lot of faffing........overshoes on and I was out on the bike.........

first lap was strange.......I had driven it the day before with SA.....but it was more underlating on the bike than it was in the car......took me a few miles to get my legs going and then near the end of the first lap I misread a sign and turned right.....if i had looked up i could have seen the pirate feed station.but down the hill i went and around and manged to see some more signs......which turned out to be finishing sign and eneded up past teh SA's house..........so after stopping to ask for directions I finally got back on course with managing just a bit over 2 extra miles........

good luck meant that when i rejoined I was in sight of SA and so managed to get my speed up tocatch him up.......for about 8 laps we went around the same speed...never close enough to draft but if one stopped on a feed station the other overtook..or sometimes on the hills one would make a break.......

meant the time went quicker.....lost him somewhere on the 8/9 lap but he was a whole lap ahead of me...........

the hills became harder but i still manged to keep my pace up .the bike support was amazing and brightened up the laps......

so a total of 58.66 miles in 3:42....15.9 pmh.....pleased with that but couldn't have kept it going for much longer on that course

seren nos    pirate
06/05/2013 at 11:52

T2....such a great feeling to get into T2....quick change and a quick toilet stop and out on the run.my legs felt tired but got going straight away and ran the first lap feeling ok.....had some coke after lap 1 and second lap went the same.running it without feling too bad......

I always feel lap 3 on a 4 lap course is always mentally hard so i tried mind tricks to keep myself positive..but my legs were tired and i could feel myself tiring......had some more water....it was getting too hot for me to run and i really wanted the rain to return.........

didn't see mant people on the runat all.it was a bit lonely.......

back to transition after 3.and anotrher coke.,.....and a gel........struggled to get running this time and walked about 25m before I made myself get going again......kept running for the whole run but was getting slower.........

 really pleased to get to the finish line and fginally get a lager...........13.17 miles in 2:24 ave 10.59 min mil.......

about 7 hrs in total..would have liked faster but it was a tough course.........had a good few beers.........

the supporting on the sunday was brilliant fun and I even managed a fast lap of the run to show my hubby the route..legs felt ok and recovered..........

had a great weekend.the kids enjoyed it as well as everyone made us all so welcome........my hubby realy enjoyed it as well.he doesn't get to meet the pirates ofeten.......and I'm sure I can persuade him to do teh swim next year as well

seren nos    pirate
06/05/2013 at 11:54

finished i think 

06/05/2013 at 11:57

Morning everyone .  


Ok ... found at SA Towers this morning:


Pirate baseball cap

Adidas blue/white union jack wristband

Black speedo swimming shorts (Mr Platts's by any chance )


I'm quite happy to send these on.


06/05/2013 at 11:58

Great photos, but it looks like I spent all day standing in the middle of the road

The Silent Assassin    pirate
06/05/2013 at 11:59

Brilliant reports so far


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