Cheers Clairster - still not as awesome as watching you complete your 100th marathon last month!
Martin - keep it simple with the pedals. Toe clips are fine at first and you can wear your running shoes while you're cycling. Saves you money and a guaranteed embarrassing fall the first time your cleat fails to release as you slow at a traffic light... Personal experience with scars to prove it!
I like the cut of your jib, Martin! Anyone who mixes up parkruns, marathons and is heading towards the dark side of multi-sport is all right by me! I admire people who dedicate their training towards one distance or discipline, but personally I love the challenge of running a parkrun off long distance triathlon training and taking part in great local events. It's not an approach that'll get me onto the podium, but it's great to mix up the training . You certainly don't have to travel too far from home to enjoy parts of NI that you'd never otherwise visit.
The Wall's a great challenge to aim for. As Paul said, I had my only DNF in 8 years of racing there last year when I snapped my bike chain a couple of miles into the ride and didn't have a chain tool with me. I completed the final run as a training run anyway.
Don't worry too much about planning kit or nutrition at this stage. Get used to the bike first then practice riding for an hour or so then heading straight out for a short run afterwards. I'll catch up with you at a race soon!
Thanks for all your messages guys. I'm not feeling too bad now and looking forward to marshalling at Parkrun on Saturday. Martin, I'd better not mention the back2back marathons to my wife for a while! Kenny, good call on being sensible enough not to let pride get in the way of a DNF. We've all struggled to finish races we should have DNF'd, aggravating the illness or injury that made us struggle in the first place.
Absolutely delighted to have completed the Celtman triathlon in 16:40hrs, due in no small part to the best support crew on the course. Despite only getting a couple of hours sleep before our early alarm call on race day, Paul and Jeff braved the highland midges to help me set up T1 in Shieldaig and, even more impressively, provided coffee and a bacon bap after I exited the swim! They then drove on to a crew breakfast stop in Gairloch, a couple of hours into the bike course for me and continued to leapfrog me in the car for the remainder of the cycle course. Jeff joined me for he first run/hike and Paul completed the remaining 25k of the course with me. There was an 11hr cut off to complete the higher course at a mountain checkpoint where I swapped support runners. By @ 9 hrs into the course I knew this was going to be tight so concentrated on riding then running steadily and avoiding injury to comfortably make the 13hr cut off to complete the lower course - still a tougher marathon run than the Mourne Way marathon. A recent accident meant I was unable to maintain the aero position on my bike with its extra strain on my neck and shoulders for as long as possible, but the scenery around the course was simply beautiful and constantly helped to take my mind off the miles. The views of the coast, outlying islands, forests, mountains, as well as the support from other competitors and their teams was incredible and constant throughout the long day. The percentage of DNFs was probably greater than any race I've done, so the t-shirt and bottle of Celtman Ale were well earned! Highlights: getting off the bus at the swim start to a field lit by flaming torches leading us to the swim start, the group photo in front of the blazing Celtman logo, the scenery, the camaraderie of the international athletes and support teams, the group shot of all the finishers the next day, but most importantly Jeff and Paul'S support and friendship, and the bacon bap! Here's s link to some of the photos from the day http://stevecarter.com/celt14/celt14.htm
Hi folks - great running reports as ever from the forest trails to the heat of Lisburn. I'm heading home to Scotland this weekend for, as Martin says, a "mental race." TBH Martin, I do love the mental stuff but there's little to beat tea and buns after a Parkrun! I just seem to end up signing up for races with "extreme" in the title, whether it's 26extreme events or in this case a hardcore tri.
Celtman http://www.cxtri.com is described as an extreme (there's that word again!) Scottish triathlon; it starts at 5am on Saturday morning with a 3.8k swim across a sea loch, followed by a 202k bike ride then a mountain marathon. If the weather's good the scenery of Wester Ross and the NW highlands between our starting point in Shieldaig and the finish in Torridon will be fantastic. The bike ride is unsupported, ie no aid stations, so I've to bring my own support to keep me fed and watered on the bike course. The mountainous terrain on the run demands that triathletes be accompanied by a support runner from @15k onwards. I'm thrilled that Paul has agreed to join my support crew and will join me in the Munros. The other member of the team is another good friend, Jeff Curry, whom many of you will also know from local races. Paul's an ultra runner, half ironman, multiple marathon finisher and one of the toughest and most determined guys I know. Jeff's training for his second ironman next month and also has multiple marathon finishes to his name. He details his training on the "jellyman blog," http://jellyman-jeff.blogspot.co.uk
We'll keep the forum updated with our progress and there's a tracker on the Celtman site. I'm race #149. Off to do yet another kit inventory before I load the car!