My daughter H is doing the Outlaw - her first Ironman. She did a half last Sunday and managed well. But she is understandably worried! Any advice that you could give me to pass on would be gratefully received, especially if any of you have done this particular one before. And since I am her sherpa it will help me too. Thanks everyone.
Hi - Could you advise me who to contact, please? I ran the Edinburgh marathon. I am 66, and the results put me in a younger category. I would like to know how many people in my age group were running and where I came in comparison. Also there were no goody bags left when I finally crossed the finish line, so I had no recovery bar or t-shirt with 26.2 on the back. I would really like to have that t-shirt!
I phoned GSi Events but they said there was no way they could contact the organisers. I sent a message via the My Details contact email but have had no reply. Fed up.
Right, not going until Thursday now because something needs checking on the van. So I have a bit of time.
L and I journeyed to Edinburgh on Saturday. A very long journey with 3 train changes. Then when we got to Dalmeny there were no taxis. But the hotel when we finally got there was brilliant and we had a lovely evening meal and relaxed in our room free from demands from little people. ( Apart from L's 3 year old who actually phoned her and said "Mummy, can you get me a drink please?" !!!!)
The weather was dire, and it was still pouring the next morning when we got to the start. We sheltered as best we could, and then just as we were about to go the rain lifted and suddenly everything was shrouded in mist! I kissed L and she shot off to beat all records. I was somewhat more measured, but I had taken 2 paracetamol an hour before and was feeling okay.
I found the stiff wind an issue from the start. I had to carry my cap, otherwise it would have been sailing over Edinburgh. The miles along the sea front were lovely but so windy my pace was abysmal. There was no way I was going to make 5:30 so I just decided to enjoy myself. And I did, chatting to people, dancing to the loud music that some people were playing outside their houses and talking to the lovely children. At mile 18 my toe felt as if my sock had caught in my toenail and was dragging it back. I considered stopping and investigating but then decided it might be unwise in the circumstances. I still had 3 miles to go at 5:30, so I befriended a couple of people and we walked/jogged to the finish. I loved crossing the finish line and hearing my name called over the loudspeaker. That was really nice.
It was raining again by the time I finished. (6:21 !!!! ) There were no goody bags left so I haven't got one of the t-shirts with 26.2 on the back . Poor L was worried sick and thought something had happened to me......she completed in 4:19. Our bags had been dumped from the lorries on to the sodden grass in the rain and were sopping wet. We then had a mile and a half to walk to the station opposite the park and ride. The heavens opened and were were drenched to the skin. The roads were flooded and we seemed to be in the middle of nowhere. When we got back to Edinburgh we had to queue for an hour and 45 minutes for a taxi and we were absolutely frozen, but we had no alternative. It was such a relief to get back to the hotel.
The race itself had its good bits, but the out and back from about mile 12 to 21 ( I think) was very boring. I just happened to be in a happy frame of mind! Other people were complaining quite a lot. The energy stations ran out of gels. Also I had not taken my music because the race details had said it was forbidden. However, I should not be such a goody-two-shoes......nearly everybody else had flouted the rules and taken theirs. It would have helped in the long stretches where nothing much was happening. The medal is like a murder weapon. I wouldn't like to fall over on it.
In spite of the short comings I had a really happy day all in all. Actually I am glad JJ is away on holiday. I should think he will have a relapse when he hears about my time! All his hard work sorting out that training programme for me will have to be put to good use for next year's marathon. Still wide open for a pb!
Daughter L is already talking about lopping 4 minutes off her time in 2015.