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PSOF 10th Anniversary Champs

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 18:34

I used Nirvana for my 1st Ironman in Austria in 2011. must admit didn't have great service from them and they are pricey. The main problem is that we flew sleazy jet to Slovenia and there was only one flight a day. As we took pushed back off the stand at Stansted we could see 10-20 bike boxes left on the Tarmac as there hadn't been room on the flight! Some people never got their bikes........not Nirvanas fault but was one if many things that went "wrong"

The 2013 Pirate Kit Order Thread (Take 2)

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 14:09

Boing again.........

The 2013 Pirate Kit Order Thread (Take 2)

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 14:37

Schmunks- thank you must be operator error my end! Will look forward to getting my stuff when you have a minute to bung it out to me.

The 2013 Pirate Kit Order Thread (Take 2)

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 12:52

Hi Schmunks- can you just confirm you have my address now for my order. I did send it after your original e-mail, but I'm not on any of the lists on the thread.

I know you don't want to be hassled via email etc so have put my query here.




The 2013 Pirate Kit Order Thread (Take 2)

Posted: 10/01/2014 at 17:35
I did e-mail but am not on any of the lists ????

Have e-mailed again, don't wanna be left out!

IM Frankfurt 2014

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 16:19

Flying out on the Thursday come back Monday evening so we can go to the awards ceremony (not that I expect to get one, it's just I've never been to one before!)

intercontinental still sorting out their rates although I have been assured that a room has been "reserved" for me!

IM Frankfurt 2014

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 21:29

I'm doing this. Flights booked with BA just waiting for Intercontinental to release their Ironman rates which apparently aren't yet available despite me e-mailing for the past 2 months.

Travel Insurance for Ironman

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 18:12
I've used Dogtag before but had to declare a medical condition (over active thyroid). The first year there was no additional premium when I renewed they charged me for it!

For a recent event Dogtag seemed to have really gone up in price so I went with Snowcard where I didn't have to declare my medical condition. The only thing with this one is that you have to cover the whole holiday period not just the event day.

As with most things you won't find out how good they are until you have to make a claim......

Like a bat out of Helvellyn. Anybody in?

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 16:52

Thank you! Yes definitely will be in Pirate kit next time but not sure I'd do this race again as it was bloody hard! 

Next stop IM Germany chasing the 15hr cut off no doubt!

Like a bat out of Helvellyn. Anybody in?

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 18:56

Run, 9 miles, 3hr 25

Luckily(!) I didn’t have to run for long as the path was so steep and rocky everyone was walking up it. At this point I realised I hadn’t really eaten enough on the bike (a bottle of energy drink hadn’t really cut it) and was feeling a bit weak and tearful. Still onwards and upwards, stopped every now and then for a breather and the view back down to the lake was stunning. I looked up and saw people clambering through a gap in some rocks, surely the summit was near….err no. Onwards, still couldn’t see the top, spoke to a lovely marshall wrapped up agains’t the elements “Am I near the summit?” “Oh no sweetheart you’ve got 2.4 miles to go”, “How far have I done already”, “About 2.2 miles” she then helpfully added “don’t look up to the top when you see it, it looks a long way but it isn’t really”. Great.

I finally made it to Red Tarn which I had seen on my OS map I had bought but didn’t actually know how to read. Turned left and oh dear it seems rock climbing was involved too! The wing was really strong and at times I had to crouch down to stop being knocked off balance. I really didn’t like this bit at all there were sheer drops either side and I was scared but there was only one way to go and that was up, so I gritted my teeth and pushed on. Finally I got to the top and shouted at another kind marshall to be heard above the wind “Am I here?” “Yes you are, isn’t the view lovely?” “No, it’s cold and blowing a gale”.

In theory this is where I should have made up time, as it was all downhill now. Except I can’t run down hills very well and ended up walking most of it. Had a little joke with another marshall as I shuffled and slipped my way down the hillside “Don’t tell me it’s just around the corner!!”, “It is love but its 3 miles round the corner” Grr and he was bloody right. I carried on barely overtaking people out walking until finally I could see the bottom!! Shuffled on, down the finish chute, no photographer as he had packed up. Waited for a huge medal to be placed round my neck only to find there wasn’t any (for anyone, not just me!) and that was it, I was done. Wasn’t first, wasn’t last but I’d completed one of the hardest triathlons in the country (apparently). Total time 7hrs.

I’d like to say I took it easy the next day but didn’t. I climbed up Hellvelyn again but this time the visibility was rubbish so I only got as far as Red Tarn before turning back which made me appreciate that despite the wind, conditions had been kind to us on race day.

Would I do it again? Probably not. Am I glad I did it? Oh yes!

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