Posted: 03/08/2015 at 18:12
Right race report time.....
after having a poor first half of the year (health wise) I had to re-evaluate what I wanted to achieve this year. I had set myself 3 targets, which I had ticked off already. So for me Outlaw would be, for 'fun'.
My beloved OH, in his wisdom, decided he wanted to race Alp D'Huez triathlon the Friday after Outlaw. So decided booking ferry tickets for the Monday morning, after Outlaw, was a good idea! His parting shot before the race was, get your bum in gear, you need some sleep tonight, before I wake you again at 3:30am!
other than having this at the back of my mind, I actually felt quite relaxed about the race.
did the usual faffage with the bike, got my wettie on, bump into a girl I know from another tri club, asked her to zip me up, had a quick conversation about what we expected-time wise, said our good byes and parted ways.
jumped in bay 2 and made my way to the front. Hooter went off, started swimming expecting a bit of a punch up, but nothing! It wasn't until I got further down the lake when bay 3&4 joined us that there was a lot of 'traffic'. It thined out for a bit until the first buoy, and then got congested for the rest of the swim. Hauled out of the lake by a mate, had a hug and ran to T1. No wet suit stripped for me, I did it all by myself
Expected time 1:15hr actual 1:10:56hr, more than happy
in T1 I decided to put my cycle jacket on to save time later, no socks, I hate cycling in wet socks. Had a quick chat with Tracey about transition times and how bad mine normally are, said my goodbyes and legged it to the bike. Hopped on, got my feet in my shoes and pedalled away from the mayhem that is folk trying to get on their bikes. (Comical to watch) I planned to get my head down and make the most of the dry weather. Coming out of HPP was draft fest city, I decided having a game of 'you've just been chicked' was in order, and past loads of folk, until I found a nice bit of space.
It wasn't long until I got to the Pirate feed station, my favourite bit of the course, nothing like a pirate greeting to cheer you up. Onwards to the 2nd loop. I normally hate this loop as it can be so windy, but surprisingly it went quite well and passed with nothing to note. By the time I started the last loop, it was beginning to rain. Quick pitstpp at the pirate feed station for a pee and back on the bike. The wind picked up and I could see people slowing, I kept aero for as much of it as possible and tried to maintain a good pace. I came to the end of loop 3 and onwards to HPP. I got to Radcliff village and prayed at mile 112 that I would get a puncture, like last year. (Silly but knowing my luck and all.....) any way got to HPP, no punctures, rather soggy but pleased to hand over the bike and still be able to run, it looked promising for the marathon
expected time 6:00hrs actual 6:16:58hrs, put it down to weather conditions