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PSOF Championships 2014 - Ironman France

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 09:17

Another good trip away with the Pirates. As usual greatly enhanced by the support team. Great effort to keep the enthusiasm going all day.

i am sure that the swim from hell has been well documented already. I can safely say that in seven starts this was the most difficult for the longest time. I also know that we are very polite but forming an orderly queue to get up a narrow staircase after the swim was not wholly expected. As holder of the naff transitions award I will not dwell on this.

Great bike course until it rained on the descent. Very tricky and everyone will have had to slow down. I thought that the forecast was 27degrees even if it rained. Absolutely freezing with wet and wind chill. Unfortunately there were some fallers, I hope that all those I saw being carted away are safe and sound.

Another hugely successful transition, where does the time go to?

Very limited run training and so expectations were low setting out on the run and these low expectations were duly met by the middle of lap 2. Thanks to funkin without whom I might have ground to a complete halt and all the others who were so encouraging.

Pulled myself together with about 15 km to go. I find that it is on the run that the support really helps, thank you even if I did not appear grateful at the time!

Finish in 12.39.xx, which given the rain etc  ( and the time spent in transition) was a result I am very happy with.

To be crystal clear about this : I HAVE NOT SIGNED UP FOR AUSTRIA. I plan to come and support.

Great to see some old faces and to meet new Pirates. Thanks to all for making it a great trip.

Ironman Austria 2014

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 16:02

Best wishes to you all in Austria - remember to smile for the cameras.

PSOF Championships 2014 - Ironman France

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 14:59


If you go up Col D'Eze, start is near the middle of Nice, about 400m (?) of vertical in 9km, you can go along the top of the ridge (D2564 I think) to La Turbie which is above Monaco. You can then go down and back along the coast road (normally busier) or not. You can go left at La Turbie and go inland but I cannot remember this very well as have only come back from Madone that way and it is probably hilly. I have been up to ColD'Eze a couple of times and it is quite a nice ride.

Hope your flights etc work out.



PSOF Championships 2014 - Ironman France

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 14:22

As a result of family changes I have a spare bed in my apartment for the Saturday night if that would help, about 1.5 kilometre from start.

PSOF Championships 2014 - Ironman France

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 12:21


Thursday 13:25 from Gatwick, I hope.They were operating today. I assume you are flying from Bristol/Cardiff.


PSOF Championships 2014 - Ironman France

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 11:37

BA seem to operating close to schedule today from Gatwick. Hope springs eternal etc...

I look forward to seeing you all in nice. 


PSOF Championships 2014 - Ironman France

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 21:07

I am planning to park at the airport if I have to drive, bus 98 or 99 gets you back to the city centre I think.

PSOF Championships 2014 - Ironman France

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 20:58


You may want to check parking etc in Nice, you may be able to get something through the hotel, but it is quite tight in the city centre.

PSOF Championships 2014 - Ironman France

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 12:47

So travel position less than perfect.

BA say will update on next days flights at 13:00 GMT. Will look on Wednesday and if flight is cancelled will probably drive on Thursday back on Tuesday.

Would have room for one more in this event, but will not know until know flight position. I live near Woking if that would be of any use.



IM Mallorca 2014

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 18:39

I did the 70.3 a couple of weeks ago and as Iron Rose says the second half of the bike is the 70.3 course. I thought it was a real pleasure to ride and most of the road surface apart from 5km in the middle was good. The main drag of the hill is about 7.7Km at ave of 5.5% and only a couple of steep pitches. The downhill is a bit twisty with half a dozen hairpins and you will not be able to blast it but the last bit of the bike course is fast and pretty well flat, although there are bits that can be breezy. I used a road bike with clip-ons, only bike I have, and that was fine but there were plenty of TT bikes around and a large part of the course is well suited to that set-up.

I am a weak swimmer but even I enjoyed the swim. Temperature about 18/19 degrees and relatively calm and clear, you can see the bottom all the time.

Long transitions but I thought well laid out. 

Run was a bit warm and apparently there was one less aid station than previously. I suspect there will be more for the IM. It is however a flat run and some along the seafront is quite pleasant.

Decent place to stay and take family to, I really enjoyed the event and would recommend it.

If I can be of any help let me know


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