The 2013 Pirate Kit Order Thread (Take 2)

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Pudge    pirate
11/06/2013 at 09:27
Charlotte Webb 2 wrote (see)

Hi yes I would say it is feasible as I did Wimbelball 70.3 then Bolton month and a half after and I actually  felt better on the Bolton. The hardest part is the training to get to the level and a good base of fitness. Also how quick you recover and what shape you finish the race in . I have a 70.3 just 3. Weeks after Nice but will just use it as a training session with no pressure. Mind over matter and the mind don't matter 

Thanks Charlotte - good to hear.

Loving the inspirational quote too!

Incidentally, when does the selection/pairing process for IM Mentor/Mentee begin?!

11/06/2013 at 09:40

It only rained for the swim, Pudge, I think the sun came out about 10-11ish (actually I don't have a clue because I lost track of time) and I think the rain was unusual.  It was really rather warm, I promise you!  (I still have the tan/burn lines).

I'd say this, for long distance tri, you have the right idea in as much as you want to be comfortable but you also have to balance this with the requirements of what you are doing.  So, the optimum is to do the race in once strip (be it a tri suit or a top and shorts.)  This necessitates something tight enough to go under a wetsuit, and which will dry out quickly on the bike, and which will mean that you can carry any 'stuff' you need in your pocket.  However, at IM distances many athletes haven't yet found shorts which are comfortable so will change their bottom half at the bike stage and again at the run stage.  Some people wear tri shorts throughout and then just stick bike shorts over the top and strip them off again after the bike. Some people put a bike jersey on over their tri top because they are cold, or they want more pockets for food.  It is less common that people take the wet top off and put a new top on because it takes too much time, equally it's less common for people to change after the bike to a different top for the run, but when people do, they do tend to go for a tri top.  I'm not sure why, I'd still say it's for the pocket.  You have to do what you think you will be comfortable.  However, do bear in mind that all of these costume changes take time, so if you can do it with minimal faff time, you will be all the better for it.

This year I finally found some tri shorts I like, so for the first time ever, all I changed was my socks in T2.

Oh, and, ironically, the one type of kit I would caution against for newbies over long distance might be the tri suit because if you have gastric issues you've got to get the damn thing off every time you go to the loo.

But again, it's horses for courses and, in all honesty, I really have no opinion regarding pirate run tops, I just wanted to give you a tri based perspective.

(And, of course, a pocket for Raf's beer.)

Schmunkee - are you ok lovely lady?

Pudge    pirate
11/06/2013 at 09:44

Mouse - thank you for taking the time to explain that.  Most helpful indeed.

11/06/2013 at 09:48

Regards mentoring, there is no official process.  There's often a thread that goes up between season but there's no 'rule' that you have to wait until then.  You could start identifying pirates whom you get on with, find their posts interesting or useful and that you think you would get on well with, even better if you can meet them in person.  Then just ask someone when it suits you.

Pudge    pirate
11/06/2013 at 09:51
M..o.use wrote (see)

Regards mentoring, there is no official process.  There's often a thread that goes up between season but there's no 'rule' that you have to wait until then.  You could start identifying pirates whom you get on with, find their posts interesting or useful and that you think you would get on well with, even better if you can meet them in person.  Then just ask someone when it suits you.

Shame, I though it would be like Britain's Got Talent...

11/06/2013 at 09:56

Hmmm, what I want to know is, are you the one on stage parading your talents to the mentors who select who they are going to work with, or, do you want the mentors to showcase their talents to you...?

Pudge    pirate
11/06/2013 at 10:03

Hell no, I'm shy at the best of times, let alone being up on a stage!  I'd want to see the potential mentors up there showcasing their talents!

flyaway    pirate
11/06/2013 at 10:52

Schmunkee, can I have a monaco and shorts please? Do you know roughly when you'll be placing this next order?

In At The Deep End    pirate
11/06/2013 at 14:22

Schmunkee,

Can I be put down for a Cycle top and a Monaco please.

Thanks

11/06/2013 at 17:16

Last longish run today not long now, leave on Sun for long drive to Nice. That's when the butterflies take over and I wish I had done more training and eaten less chocolate 

12/06/2013 at 10:17

Good Luck and have a great time.

Kit question:- do the arm warmers come in different sizes?

12/06/2013 at 10:26

Hey Charlotte, good luck with IM Nice. Look forward to seeing your race report

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
12/06/2013 at 10:31

Yes very best of luck for Nice

In At The Deep End    pirate
12/06/2013 at 12:09

Best of luck Charlotte. Let us know what the events like for us going for the 1st time in 2014.

12/06/2013 at 12:55

Schmunkee, can I order a Monaco please

also if anyone wants to mentor me they are more than welcome

12/06/2013 at 13:16

Hi could I have my name put down for cycle top and monaco please

12/06/2013 at 17:59

Can I order a summer buff please it will keep my hair in control it has a mind of it,s own. Not a good look at the end of a race ( scary ) 

 

M...eldy    pirate
12/06/2013 at 18:18

To all the new posters .. not sure if you have read the first page or not but please be mindful that none of this kit gets ordered until we have reached minimum orders (roughly 15-18 each item)
The like of the Buffs and bottles and what have you are usually generated in a different thread so keep a look out for threads and keep popping back in here for updates on orders

13/06/2013 at 01:25

Hi there by 'end of the season' do you guys mean about November ish? 

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
13/06/2013 at 08:33

Hannah,

Yes, the main annual order usually gets collated from around late September and placed in October, then takes 5-6 weeks to be produced, shipped to UK and onward mailed by us.  Overall about 10-12 weeks.

Even if we started collating an order now it wouldnt arrive for this tri-season.

Sometimes if items reach the minimum order and people are keep for that to go off we have placed specific item orders.

Current order request spreadsheet needs updating to reflect the recent requests, we'll update this over the next week so you can all see where we are.  I anticipate we'll start confirming orders/collecting monies late September.

Anyone who's ordered kit, please keep an eye on this thread and your email inbox from the end of September.

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