Pirate outing to Bala 2014

Pre summer Ironman practice race

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seren nos    pirate
04/09/2013 at 14:20

2011 was the year when the storms hit.........and hundreds dropped out..........i was doing an ironman in the new forest the same day and about 78% of the tents were destroyed and it lashed down all day.....the wind were blowing bits of the trees down onto the bike course and took out one competitor........run course became a mud bath..........such a good day

04/09/2013 at 14:23

http://www.wrecsamtri.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=104%3Abala-middle-weekend&catid=1%3Alatest-news&Itemid=1

 

link to the organisers write up 

04/09/2013 at 15:04

I must have missed that year it was 2012 I did. Doesn't seem like just a year ago.

04/09/2013 at 15:19

Not only was 2011 nasty weather wise it was also my OH's birthday, at the end she was frozen and soaked and had no dry clothes.... I had a shower and got changed and we drove home in silence.

it was on her birthday again last year..... I took her to see Coldplay in Manchester 

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
04/09/2013 at 18:10
seren nos wrote (see)

2011 was the year when the storms hit.........and hundreds dropped out..........i was doing an ironman in the new forest the same day and about 78% of the tents were destroyed and it lashed down all day.....the wind were blowing bits of the trees down onto the bike course and took out one competitor........run course became a mud bath..........such a good day

It was at least 79% of the tents

Seriously, from a field of maybe 100 tents at least half were in the trees by lunchtime.

That was the year Mr Z, cycled out come out to support, and ended up in our tent suffering early stages hyperthermia.  We burried him on everything dry we had left (which wasnt much).

seren nos    pirate
04/09/2013 at 20:11

I forgot how bad it was until a couple of weeks ago when i read gerry duffy's book. Tick Tock Ten and it brought it all back .biblical was how you could describe that day........all over the whole country.....in June.....

04/09/2013 at 22:05

They must have not had a virgin that year.

seren nos    pirate
05/09/2013 at 08:20

that was the first year in a few years that i didn't go.....i will turn up next year so that you will have the approripriate welsh virgin

06/09/2013 at 21:27

2011 was horrendous. People were turning round on the bike and giving up by the time I got out of the swim. Would like to do it again but also worried it will be too close to Nice. Will wait and see what the concensus is among those more experienced than I (which prob means whether the OH fancies a wet weekend in Wales or not).

Edited: 06/09/2013 at 21:29
06/09/2013 at 21:33

Is that a euphemism BH?!!  

06/09/2013 at 22:15

Hah, not if 2011 was anything to go by. After standing around in the monsoon for 6 hours trying to entertain 2 10 year olds and a 9 month old you can imagine the enthusiasm with which I was greeted at the finish!

It was a bad day for racing, but much worse for supporting!

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
06/09/2013 at 22:22

If anyone's worried its to close to Nice, come along and support

We usually do a practice swim on the Saturday, those supporting could do that to and a 'training ride' afterwards.

06/09/2013 at 22:37

That might be an idea.

Pudge    pirate
07/09/2013 at 07:46

I'll probably be along to support. Decathlon are having a sale on storm gear at the moment so I'll get stocked up in preparation!

M...eldy    pirate
07/09/2013 at 09:16

The Saturday lake party is obligatory

07/09/2013 at 09:32

Its potentially a 10 hour training weekend 3 weeks out from nice.  If you treat it as training its about as perfect as it gets for Nice.

GH0ST    pirate
04/10/2013 at 18:25

Bala middle distance entries are now open!

 

Scuba Trooper    pirate
05/10/2013 at 18:26

Lurks

Whos in?

Mr StOat    pirate
06/10/2013 at 09:00

I could be tempted

08/10/2013 at 11:08

Was going to do the Dragon Ride,But now changed my mind think it would be ideal last event before Nice  good choice what you all think?? 

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