Gavo


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Nipping into the bushes

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 17:44

I think one of the pirate ironmen (real name Mark, can't remember his forum name) filled his wetsuit in this manner in a race.  Might be the same race with FB's story.

Not sure if he got changed in T1!

The 2015 LG PSOF Kit Order Thread

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 13:52

Kit arrived here as well - ta v much Schmunks!

London Tri

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 15:44
decadave wrote (see)

5p or a £2? 

Oh I'd recommend a 50p just for the added pleasure.

London Tri

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 13:39

Unless it's changed in the last few years then the swim isn't that bad.  I'm also a slow swimmer (most pirates are) so I was near the back & sighting was OK with only a slight bit of chop after the turn.

The water is a bit murky but the event has been running for a while now so I don't think there's too much to worry about in terms of water quality.

Quick tip for the swimming - swim as if you're holding a coin between your cheeks.  Keep that clenched & it helps you to keep straight legs when kicking.  Takes a bit of practice but getting a more streamlined position can improve your efficiency and stop you wasting too much energy.

Liverpool Rock n Roll Marathon

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 15:20

Sorry, no idea why that posted twice.  Don't know if anyone from RW Towers can delete it (and this)?

Liverpool Rock n Roll Marathon

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 15:15

Well a mara in Liverpool is never going to be flat - I think Manchester advertises itself as a flat one if you want an alternative.  One of the other factors in the Liverpool race could be crosswinds in the last 4 miles but you're not going to know that until the day.

I don't know Mossley Hill (last incline up to around 20m) particularly well but the other hills aren't too bad IMHO.  Upper Parl St (around 12m) can be a bit sharp but it's not too long.

The profile on the website might look a bit harsh but the distances are all in feet not metres.  I'll be running this year (didn't do it last year - in the hope that the organisers made all their mistakes then & learnt from them) but have done a few races in Liverpool over the years & the hills should be fine.

Liverpool Rock n Roll Marathon

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 15:15

Well a mara in Liverpool is never going to be flat - I think Manchester advertises itself as a flat one if you want an alternative.  One of the other factors in the Liverpool race could be crosswinds in the last 4 miles but you're not going to know that until the day.

I don't know Mossley Hill (last incline up to around 20m) particularly well but the other hills aren't too bad IMHO.  Upper Parl St (around 12m) can be a bit sharp but it's not too long.

The profile on the website might look a bit harsh but the distances are all in feet not metres.  I'll be running this year (didn't do it last year - in the hope that the organisers made all their mistakes then & learnt from them) but have done a few races in Liverpool over the years & the hills should be fine.

Pirate Champs 2016

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 09:10
Magna Carter wrote (see)

can you take a bike in a box on a train in France?... I thought there were restrictions?

Well you could in 2013 - I did it several times & you see plenty around events like Etape du Tour.

Pirate Champs 2016

Posted: 31/05/2015 at 18:03

I don't agree on Vichy being difficult to get to.  If you're flying from London (for instance) you can fly to Lyon then get a train and the race HQ is easily walkable from the town centre.  OK, might not be an option for those with kids but you don't need a car unless you can't wheel/ carry your kit.

And it's definitely beginner friendly - it was for this beginner 2 years ago.

DNF - What went wrong?

Posted: 27/05/2015 at 17:15

I DNFd my 1st open-water tri & I clearly hadn't done enough OW sessions.  It took me a while to get used to lake swimming as well as in a wetsuit (even though it fitted me).  At the start of the following season, I went for an OW session with someone who knew what he was talking about & it all started to make sense.

I understand it's not always easy to get to a venue and you certainly don't need to be perfect on your 1st event but it's definitely worth doing at least once just to give you the reassurance that you probably won't get in a pool.

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