PSOF Championships 2013 - Challenge Henley

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ChallengeCheggers    pirate
23/10/2012 at 22:09
Scuba, Welcome - I'm very new here too but you've paid exactly the same as me.

I've just blown another ??100 and entered the Marlow half ironman event on 14 July as well - it'll be my first triathalon and a training event! I'll have the kit to wear by then too.
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
23/10/2012 at 22:27
Scuba Trooper wrote (see)

I have gone and done it now. It is finally time for me to de-lurk, I have submitted my enter to Challenge Henely and am now looking to nail my colours to the mast of the Pirate Ship Of Fools.

I am from a running background and but this will be my first Ironman, (first triathlon will have to be covered during training). Looks like a good group already entered with a few first times and a few more experienced. There was mention earlier on the thread of bike route recces and maybe pre-race meet up which would be up for, I'm only about an hour and a half away.

Just want to check I did the entry correctly with the code and club as PSOF they charged me £299 plus £11ish admin fee as a not affiliate is that right?

I'm off to blow some more money, firstly on the pirate kit thread and then on a road bike.

Hiya, welome aboard.

I think you did it right but you could have got it for £294 if you put Affiliated!  This relates to addiliation to a club which im guessing they assume PSOF to be a club even though we're not registered with BTF.  When  I first completed my application it came out as £299 not affiliated so I went back and changed it and got the slightly lower price.  I guess its to late to change it now but its only a few quid.

I was confused by the affiliation question as this normally related to affiliation to the BTF (which im not, nor is PSOF) but given there was a seperate question in the application asking if you are registered with a governing body (to which I put no), I figured it was fair to state affliliation to PSOF

Long winded answer, hope it helps

I think a few of us will be keen to meet up for some training, keep your eye out for threads suggesting training meet ups, sportive events, Open Water swims and the like.

23/10/2012 at 23:11

CH - entered
Barley
Blisters
ChallengeCheggers
Fraggle
Gladys
Iron SwissBobby
Iron Dreamer
M.eface
Rafiki
Scuba Trooper
Soupy
Ultimate Badger

CH Half- arsed
Bedders
Hope

cougie    pirate
24/10/2012 at 00:46
Entered.

(but too scared to do lists for fear of list fairy wreaking revenge)
24/10/2012 at 08:10

CH - entered
Barley
Blisters
ChallengeCheggers
Fraggle
Gladys
Iron SwissBobby
Iron Dreamer
M.eface
Rafiki
Scuba Trooper
Soupy
Ultimate Badger
Ultra Cougie

CH Half- arsed
Bedders
Hope

Scuba Trooper    pirate
24/10/2012 at 08:31

Hi all, thanks for the welcome and comment about entry fee, I'm not going to stress about the £5.

Cheggers - Are you following a Fink program? I need to look at a calendar and work out when warm up races should be then try and find ones that fit. Marlow isn't to far for me so if it fits the training plan I might be up for that.

ChallengeCheggers    pirate
24/10/2012 at 10:24

Hi Scuba

I'm going to be doing a Fink but I'm going to play around with it to make it fit in with my (3 day) working week, my 2 days of looking after children each week, holidays and other events (there's a sportive I'm doing in June and a marathon in April). I am slowly doing a spreadsheet of how everything fits together.

Marlow just looks like a nice event and since it's near (and cheap!) I'll make it fit. 

This all sounds like I know what I'm doing - please don't think that is the case, I really don't! I'm reading lots, learning lots and making it up as I go along. It could all go very wrong!

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
24/10/2012 at 10:39

Knew we would get a good turn out on the list, I wouldnt be surprised if another half dozen or so decide to enter as the months pass.

cougie    pirate
24/10/2012 at 10:52
Last day to get the cheap entry ?
Roll up roll up !!
24/10/2012 at 17:29
 


 

Bouncing Barlist wrote (see)
Doner Kebab wrote (see)

dont want to sound mean but - its ironman, ffs, if you want the title do the training, if youre doing outlaw you have already paid, stop thinking about your average speed, highest speed, lowest possible speed i could get away with if just make the swim cut off. you got 8 months to improve, training = improvement most of the time, you will improve, so that shitty 12 mph average will be a 14 mph average and you will have spent xx hours worrying about nothing. stop writing on the forums and get in the gym, stop reading the responses to the threads and get in an extra 30 minutes sweat fest on the turbo - be an IRONMAN, train like you really want it, if youre that close to the cuts, train some more ( but dont forget rest days )

"Swim 2.4 miles Bike 112 miles Run 26.2 miles Brag for the rest of your life "
but do the fcking training first then worry the month before, youll be so knackered you wont give a shit and youll just want it over and then itll be too late.

rant over

Good post, you can either prepare to fail or prepare to succeed, 8 months is a hell of a long time and if you train hard you should have nothing to worry about. 

As said, dont even think about 17 hours, thats for when the day goes wrong. 

If youre worried about your bike speed get out on your bike, ask yourself whether that 2 hour ride you did last weekend was enough, could you have done another hour, were you dead on your handlebars when you finished.  Have you been out on the bike/turbo'd twice this week? if not why not?


Bouncing Barlist wrote (see)

Podds I don't agree with your last point, there is no good reason preventing anyone getting fast. What limits us is ambition and commitment. I'm sure both you and I could easily add 2mph to our Ironman average bike speed if we tried.

Many people who are strong on the bike do 200 miles+ week in week out.  I'll wager youll stuggle to find anyone who regularly averages even 100 miles a week who isnt ok on the bike.


Bouncing Barlist wrote (see)


I understand the need to get an idea of your bike speed at this stage but whatever that is it shouldnt be looked at as a negative.  Your on start of a long long journey, the focus of which is to improve and adapt, massive improvements can be made but you get out what you put in, structured bike training certainly has benefits but even without structure if youre doing 100 miles a week youre soon going to see improvements.  Think about gearing up to doing 200 miles a week in peek training March-June next year and youll have nothing to worry about with bike speed.

 


 

Well I'm taking DK and  Coach at their word here. I was going to enter the half but then thought, sod it - JFDI. It might not be the easiest profile so that means I'll just have  get some hill training in and stop making excuses.

Oh and I paid £299 plus admin. I'm not arguing again

M...eldy    pirate
24/10/2012 at 17:30
O.rangeCannon - Extravalanza-ing wrote (see)
Oh and dont forgrt to add your name...

Meldy - you not entered yet?

Not yet .... cash flow wont change til next year

I'll be there, hopefully competing!!

24/10/2012 at 17:36

Oops - I appear to have mucked up the formatting. 

24/10/2012 at 17:38

And I've lost the end of my post - it should say not arguing against the few extra quid! 

24/10/2012 at 17:42

Soup - you could have Coach as a mentor now that he is mentee-less

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
24/10/2012 at 22:34

Im happy to help if I can but im a $hit mentor apparently

24/10/2012 at 22:37
I may enter this or challenge barcelona..... Not sure whuch yet....
25/10/2012 at 06:55
Bouncing Barlist wrote (see)

Im happy to help if I can but im a $hit mentor apparently

lol Barley!  What I need is a person with a big stick to get me out in the cold wet weather and out of bed in a morning. I meant to do a run this morning but I've got up too late - it was dark. I'm such a wuss. 

I may regret asking for the big stick. 

25/10/2012 at 10:03
Bouncing Barlist wrote (see)

Im happy to help if I can but im a $hit mentor apparently

You are being a tad unfair on yourself there , Coach.

You are very knowledgeable and a great resource for inspiration and advice; after all with 12 IM finishes under your belt you must have seen, heard or done everything.  You would be great for a more experienced and accomplished mentee where the drive, motivation and commitment is already there, together with the ability and the speed.  You are not really suited to a newbie with slow times etc as you cannot relate to that. 

And from a getting-out-the-door-and-training perspective, we were too similar and the lure of a cornish pasty always overcame the bike ride.  From that angle...yes, you were a $hit mentor

The Silent Assassin    pirate
07/11/2012 at 11:20

I hope there is nothing in this but the council want to postpone next years event

http://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/news.php?id=1192222

cougie    pirate
07/11/2012 at 11:28

NIMBYS eh  ?

How many people enter this event ?  It starts at stupid o clock so unless you're local you'll be staying over.  So a lot of rooms booked and a lot of meals being eaten. Even more if there are foreign athletes doing it - they'll be there for at least 4 days I'd have thought ?

Plus some pub will make a fortune out of the Pirate Party on Monday.

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