How long to morph from mere mortal?

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05/02/2004 at 11:56
Daz, that's really bad actually! Hmmm. You robbed some genuine novice of the prize.
05/02/2004 at 14:18
there isnt a prize in this race nic. they dont even put the times in order if you see the website.

and i know at least 3 other people there who have done it the prev two years like me :O)

05/02/2004 at 14:25
Carl, it's about three and a half miles from my house to the office. It's not far, but today was first time I had cycled in the dark so was slightly scary :-)
Also getting used to the razor saddle on my racer!!

Ping Pong Boy - I admire your optimism, but am still not sure about this summer!!
I think I could do the bike bit with a lot of practice and the run should be all right but I'm sure it takes me about 50 secs to do a length breast-stroke so 750M would take me AGES!!!!

But then again, Dangerous Dave's posting has inspired me... What happens if you get in through the ballot and then get injured? Is it the same as marathons where they will hold your place to the following year??
05/02/2004 at 14:41
guin, yes i think you get an automatic for the next year
05/02/2004 at 14:42
Hmmm Daz.
05/02/2004 at 14:54
hmmm nic ;o)
05/02/2004 at 15:06
I might not get in thru ballot anyway.....
Someone stop me??
05/02/2004 at 15:08
No Guin, you HAVE to enter....or you'll regret it :O(

go here:-

the london tri is waiting for's beckoning you into it's loving not resist!
05/02/2004 at 15:14
I have filled in the form... I have been provisionally allocated Female Sprint Group 2... All I have to do is pay.
05/02/2004 at 15:17
yay you!
type in that 16 digit number!

05/02/2004 at 15:19
Tis done... But although the site link said "click here to guarantee your place!" it doesn't guarantee it at all, I am only in the ballot :-(
How likely is it that I will get in???
05/02/2004 at 15:23
What are you like Guin. NO will power. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to be the last out of the water in the Scottish Tri's this season.

Drowning PPB.
05/02/2004 at 15:25
hmm dont know. this is the first year theyve used a ballot system.

personally i think they brought it in to trim some of the olympic groups where there were far too many people last year (my age group had 300-odd which was crammed in the swim). i think the female sprints should be you looking forward to it now? :O)
05/02/2004 at 15:30
Well doneĀ Guinevere - I'll buy you pint afterwards.
05/02/2004 at 15:40
Yes. Still worried about the swim. The site says the average is 17 mins!! Mine'll be closer to half an hour!!!!
But 50 mins for the bike seems do-able and 32 mins for the run is all right. It's just piecing it all together...
I hope I know what I am letting myself in for :o)
I have emailed their office to ask re the ballot situation too!!
05/02/2004 at 15:51
Well done Guinevere, you'll have a ball!

Daz, am still not impressed. *tutttt* !
05/02/2004 at 16:10
I was worried about the swim too, but it was fine on the day. If you know you're going to be a slow swimmer stay at the back for the start and let the others go, that way people won't be crashing into you. Swim at your own pace and relax. The main mistake I saw the other bad swimmers make was trying go to fast at the beginning and running out of steam. One guy ahead of me went charging off and had to change to back stroke after 250m because he'd exhusted himself.

Most DNFs are in T1 because they over did it in the swim.

And get that wetsuit and start train outdoors as soon as the weather is good enough.
05/02/2004 at 16:14
Where exactly is the swim on the day??
05/02/2004 at 16:17
In the docks (Albert docks? Royal Victoria? - can't remember) Just by the Excel Centre. NOT the Thames, don't let anyone try and freak you out going "eugh the Thames, you'll get Weil's Disease." It's not, and you won't. It's a lovely green colour like swimming in an emerald.
05/02/2004 at 16:26
Royal Victoria dock. Apparently it's filter water and not Thames water and conforms to EU bathing standards. Last year it had a lovely layer of green algae too, which is a good source of slow release carbs.
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