thank you thank you thank you, now i really know what being a pirate means.
spent saturday doing all the usual stuff, met a few pirates as i went over to the camp to introduce myself and my daughter. Had a great chat with SA Mrs SA and Jordy, directed Dawn Shadow to pirate camp and then as I was sorting daughter out for the 1.5k big swim met Cake and Bookie (sorry we didn't know who you were), daughter had a great swim she was the one in the pirate hat, first ow swim and did it 29.15.
then to the big event, saw lots more pirates and wished everyone good luck, swim was right at the back and as a breastroker with dodgy shoulders 1.56 was expected.
out on the bike, realised forgotten all nutrition and decided to htfu, pirate support was fantastic at feed station and junction. a little windy so that slowed me down and then garmin started playing up, plan had been just to keep average over 14.5 at all times and check every 15 mins (got pulled off course last year at second southern loop).
Garmin now telling me I am averaging 12mph!!! WTF working bloody hard, now its 11.4, well thats it game over you muppet!! Gave myself a good talking to and it's not over till they pull you off the course, kept going and then realised my stopwatch hadn't stopped from the swim, quick mental calculation and bloody hell i can still do this.
Got to the southern loop for a second time expecting to be pulled off course, nope still going, pirate feed station 2 waters high 5 and banana still going checked watch and yes going to make this, still going strong.
Something like 93 miles in right hand bend, yes I can definitely make this then, BANG!!! Split second choice, metal road sign or hedge.
Took the hedge option, few cuts and bruises, got back up, bike out of hedge getting ready to get back on and front wheel jammed up, not rolling at all. don't remember Buttercup but thank you. Marshall says ok will get mechanic out to you, and then it took ages and it was race over.
Absolutely gutted after last years dnf, and thinking that i was going to make it to at least the run.
A few condolences with SA when got back, met up with family had some food and then decided that was it for long distance for me, even though they were all for coming back again next year.
Went back with family for finish line for last few hours dressed in pirate stuff, as was daughter and that fantastic atmosphere has made me even more determined to be back to finish this bloody thing off.
Sorry for the long post but thanks again to all the new friends I have met, years ago when I read Holgs book I wasn't sure it could be like that, but you really are what it is all about and sorry if I met you and didn't mention you, there were too many names to remember.
So what do you think....new pirate name of Hedge??
when someone with some list skills comes along can you add me to the list no 906 please.
nerves have kicked in - tri bike still in lbs as couldn't get a new hanger, fingers crossed it arrives tomorrow otherwise i'm on the winter roadie.
but given my swimming in last month might not make it onto the bike as shoulder niggle stopping all but little crawl bursts and breaststroke is the only other alternative as backstroke is frowned upon I hear. Wish i could swim like my daughter who is doing the big swim on saturday