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Haaaapppyyyy Birrthdayyy toooOOooo usss!

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 08:59


I have sent payment for polo shirt and email with details.

I will not attempt to put myself on the list - too much scope for error.

Thank you very much for organising


The Transcontinental no3.

Posted: 01/12/2014 at 17:04

Best wishes, I will follow your progress with great interest



PSOF Championship Sheild Update

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 14:05

Done, thank you for organising


Longest Day (Ironman) 2004 - Carl's thread

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 21:34

Excellent Carl - congratulations 


IM events in Europe that don't sell out immediately?

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 10:52

Barcelona did not fill until the last minute, but it was the first year.

Bike course is largely flat but you may need to spend a lot of time on the tri-bars which can be uncomfortable and as noted above a lot of pedalling. It is my only bike under 6 hours.

I thought it was a reasonably group friendly location as there are a lot of hotels/apartments etc.


Longest Day (Ironman) 2004 - Carl's thread

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 17:07

Well done Barley! Really good effort.

Challenge Barcelona 2014

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 16:02

BP - Thank you. I thought they seemed good people. I would think about using them if I were going to a fly-to event again

Longest Day (Ironman) 2004 - Carl's thread

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 16:01

Best wishes Carl, I am sure it will be a great day out

Challenge Barcelona 2014

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 21:06

After one of the shorter IM retirements, followed by a quick return - to retirement , I made a late entry to Barcelona as it suited me to have one more long day event in 2014.

I was initially pleased by the decision to have a wave start but realised quite soon after the start that it does have disadvantages as first a series of red hats swept by followed by green, white, blue and purple all of them keen to get past as quickly as possible and not too gentle about it in all cases. It probably works either with a smaller field or longer time gaps (the latter probably only works for 70.3 events, as at Majorca).

Anyway despite this close to par with a 1.26 swim.

As holder of the lost in transition aware it will not be a surprise to hear that I found a new way to waste time. I am shortsighted and wear prescription goggles for the swim and until I get to the bike bag when I put on my sunglasses with insert. Sadly they immediately fogged up and I had to take them off. I now cannot see my goggles and so have to sort the contents of my bag out effectively in the dark. (Must practice transition by feel).

Eventually on to the bike and I think as covered elsewhere this is a fast course with as good a road surface as you will get. Went off a bit fast and did slow a bit towards the end but still back in 5.46, my only ever sub 6hr bike. I was disappointed to see the number of  large groups on the bike, particularly at the faster end. I do think it was difficult to avoid this as there was a big field on a lap course, but I still think they will need to address this for 2015 as I have not see this level of drafting before.

Into T2 and no problems there although I was surprised to see a time of 1.36 until I worked out that this was the time in he bike park as there was a beep when entering the change tent but none on exit. My garmin showed a faster run time than the result and the difference was about the time I spent sitting down in T2.

My HRM stopped working in T2 and so I ran on feel and decided to try to run at a pace I could hold for four laps and was pleased that I ran quite even splits, although I had a bit more left in he tank towards the end than was ideal. However finished in a total of 11.43.xx, a personal best for this distance, improving on IM Florida in 2007, despite a slower run.

Thanks to OC for encouragement on the run although he was clearly struggling and walking. Also good to see SB going well. I think also saw one other pirate going quite well the other way at some point but where course split. I though SB looked in great shape going down the finishing carpet and thought she did an excellent time.

Overall probably a good pirate venue. Easy to get to, not expensive for hotels, food or drink and beginner friendly.

I look forward to seeing some of you in Austria - from a spectators viewpoint 




The Vitruvian 2014

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 20:18

Good to catch up with some familiar faces and meet some new ones at the weekend.

Firstly thank you as always to the supporters, I am sorry I did not speak to all after the event but the support is much appreciated. Well done to all who took part although I am not keen on the new discipline of bare foot bike carrying that GB is trying to introduce to the event.

All in all a satisfactory outing from my perspective. Not last out of the swim which is always a good result and actually quite enjoyed the second lap when I was fundamentally on my own except for wave wearing the light blue hats overtaking me. I for one was glad it was not a one lap swim further out into the lake. 

I suspect like everyone I found the first few miles into the wind a bit dull but this was more than offset by the very agreeable downhill, downwind section. The 11 tooth ring on my rear cassette does not normally see that much action, which may explain why the cable seemed to stretch and I was only able to use part of the cassette on the second lap, and sadly not the 11. 

I find the run one of the most enjoyable that I have done in triathlon with generally good surfaces and lots going on and good scenery. Managed to run at an even 8:10 to 8:20 min/mile as planned. After many frustrating years with lack of run training due to a succession of injuries I was pleased to be back somewhere close to where I would like to be.

Finished in 5;17:52. A personal best by almost ten minutes over my 2006 and 2007 times. Either they have shrunk the course or just a good day overall. (Except obviously for transition, where I suspect I have put up a good defence of my lost in transition award from Nice - I am to sure where the 3:26 in T2 went…..).

Whilst yellow is not my favourite colour, I am always pleased to be a part of the Pirates at the events I go to and in particular feel that the level of support both from those taking part and those supporting is a particular feature which helps to make the events enjoyable.



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