Final day for pre-reg is today. That gives you a much better change of getting in to either.
They haven't announced the date that Outlaw Half will be open for entries yet, but they've said August, so expect it to be fairly soon. The pre-reg will give you a 24 hour head start - but they have a lot of pre-reg (they said 10000 in the briefing at the Outlaw, although that's probably for both events). I made sure I was at my keyboard at 9am on the day the Outlaw opened last year, and had no problem getting in - but it sold out in not far over 48 hours. Outlaw half was as quick, as I recall.
Basically, make your mind up now, rather than holding the decision for when entries open! Good luck!
Hmmm - just preregistered - still not made up my mind whether to try again and see if its a bit drier next time! Going to have to do something about my swim though. Wife may well be interested in relay - will talk to her (or get her on the forum and let her talk herself!)
Well, probably more the shuffle. I've done a bit of running in rain, but not when I was already that tired and wasn't able to put the work in to stay warm. I'd also never done anything longer than a half marathon before, so I'd already decided to walk the feedstations - particularly since I'd lost the nutrition plot on the bike, and needed to get some more food into me. So that became the plan - shuffle between the stations, walk through them, and get shuffling again before I got too cold. That was working fairly well for the first 18 miles or so, aarghing pirates and thanking marshals, round the lake and the first big loop, and then back to the lake. My son, who had been told to be ready for running down the finish chute with me, asked "is that the last lap?". I wish. I tried to smile when the other person in my running club who had entered shouted "keep going" from the car park having long since finished as I came round, but was really thinking "you lucky b*********"!
Second long lap was harder - we'd had a bit of a rain break on the first long lap, but it was back stronger than ever, or it felt like it. Every time I stopped to walk, I was shivering, which left me wondering whether I dared stop even for the feedstations - except that if I didn't, I wouldn't have the sugar to get to the end. I'm afraid at that point I was pretty unresponsive to anyone, pirate or anyone else - tunnel vision was in and it was just a case of one foot in front of the other. I made it to the turn and back over the bridge, and had to switch to walking for a bit - which at least gave me slightly more chance of avoiding the deeper puddles on the path, which was now a small river.
Somewhere on the way back from the second long lap I realised that it had actually stopped raining, and slowly started to dry out a bit. About the point I hit the lake, I started thinking this was going to be possible after all, and got round to checking my Garmin for the first time in about 3 hours - just past 14 hours. OK, this was going to happen. I still walked a chunk of the last lap, but I made myself run the last kilometre from the sign, and my son joined me down the finish chute. Made it. 14:52, which was better than I'd expected and which I was perfectly happy with.
I got very confused after that. I was expecting the med tent, but then someone asked me "do you want to get your bags now" and I wasn't thinking straight enough to realise I didn't have to. So I missed the climb up the steps and the Erdinger pint, which I could seriously have done with, and before I really knew what I was doing I was pushing a bike with three bags over my shoulders round to try and meet up with my family, which was about the last thing I needed. Once I'd finally found them, I'm afraid I just wanted to get home, so I apologise for not joining everyone afterwards - the cold had finished me and I shivered most of the way home, even in the car.
Many congratulations to everyone who competed despite the conditions, finishers or not. And thanks once again to the pirate support team - you may have got me into this mess, but you certainly helped me through it and out the other side!
Oh, and I still owe someone about 12 quid for 4 High 5 bottles...
I knew before I started that the only target for the swim was to make the 2-hour cutoff, so I picked the slow pen (pen 4) but eased towards the front of it. When the siren went, I took a fairly wide line almost down the centre of the lake, which seemed to keep me well clear of most of the melee. For a while, I was pacing a couple of breaststrokers who seemed to be swimming together, and that helped my sighting a bit. It obviously felt a long way (I'd only done the distance once before) but I was feeling fairly OK as I turned at the bottom of the lake. Sighting went badly wrong on the way back, though, and I got guided off the edge by a canoe a couple of times when I was heading for the jetty outside the main building. I still thought I'd done fairly well, though, and it was a big shock when I made it out and looked at my Garmin to see 1:55. It least it was 5 minutes the right way, and I found a couple of other pirates in T1 who must have had similar times. Changed as planned - my bum doesn't do that distance on a bike without bike shorts, so that meant a complete change - and went out to find my bike, which wasn't difficult to spot!
Bike ride to start with was great. I was riding against a cadence meter, which had worked well for me during the year, and passed quite a few people. My main plan was to try and take advantage of the dry period on the bike and get well ahead of the clock so that I would be able to slow down if required when it cam down. I got a great buzz hitting the pirate feedstation for the first time - loved the signs - and was managing to feed and drink well on the bike. Car Colston was great as well. Loop one done, headed north and it was still dry. I caught up Sid the BMX lunatic at feedstation 3, and pushed on past. It was somewhere after feedstation four, on my way back from the northern loop, that the rain landed. Jacket went on immediately, so at least that much of the planning worked - but it was still cold. Was seriously glad of my gloves - I passed one guy on a TT bike who had stopped and had his hands under his armpits trying to warm them up. The busy road back south wasn't a lot of fun in the rain, and even holding a bottle was difficult, so my drinking and eating went downhill.
Pirate feedstation was a rare cheerup in those few hours - I passed the sign saying "bike sale 3pm" and managed a laugh. After that, though, it was just plain slog - still trying to thank supporters and marshals, but more concentrating on just keeping going and not chilling off completely. My jelly babies in my bike box had drowned, and I didn't have fingers working enough to do anything but eat gels, so I hammered through a few of those gripped in a fist. The little cog was coming out for even the most minor hills by then, but at last I was passed Car Colston for the fourth time (with a couple of nutters still out there in the rain supporting, for which they did get thanked!) and on the last stretch to home. No mechanicals (unlike my final training ride, where I had three) and home in 7:08, which I was happy enough with.