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Vichy

Posted: Yesterday at 09:06

Good luck today Will

oh bugger, another fat newbie.....

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 19:30

Don't underestimate the swim SL, this ain't no Chasewater resevoir.

oh bugger, another fat newbie.....

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 17:51

Wey hey chaps I'm assisting with the officiating at Bala

Outlaw 2015

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 18:24

Has anyone completed the OSB survey? Q13 was unexpected.

Outlaw 2015

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 11:16

Love reading the race reports

Sorry to hear about the DNFs. Razor I don't think i would have had the guts to go in to the lake that far behind the starting gun.

Sherpa Dave was very cross with me on race morning asking when would i listen and start a race sober? Answer - when I enter it sober .

I'd hoped for a better time than last year (before I saw the weather forecast). I had a medal wish list:

Bronze - beat last year's time (seconds would have done)

Silver - Under 14 hours

Gold - an hour off last year's time.

I'm delighted to have got my gold and have only done so through Mouse's top mentoring. I am finally converted to HR training

 

 

Outlaw 2015

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 20:15

Run

Into the transition tent I sat down and gave myself a vigorous rub down with my towel, took off my dripping socks and put on dry ones. I drank a few cup fulls of coke and headed out. Apart from the tingling fingers I felt quite good.

My aim was to jog for the first 3 hours – save for the feed stations - as that’s what I’d managed in training. At every station I had either energy drink and water or coke and water. I didn’t touch the gels and was sick of bananas.

I had my Garmin on multisport which I hadn’t used before. I’d read on the forums that you could toggle between pages as per normal use to view HR, Time etc. This was not the case and I had no idea what my heart rate was so had to go on perceived effort. For this section I made sure that I didn’t push too hard that could make the wheels finally fall off so to speak.

I started to have stomach problems and had to stop a total of 5 times on the run to use the portaloos (that’s at least 10 minutes I could do better).

With the exception of slowing to walk to talk to pirates. I couldn’t believe it when I came in for my last 6 miles around the lake. One more essential toilet stop and I was home.  4:56:04 eighteen minutes quicker than last year. I’m happy with that

Time 13:19:45 – pb by 1:04:21

Thank you M.entor Mouse

Outlaw 2015

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 20:14

Bike

I take my timing chip and watch off whilst the strippers do their bit and run into transition. Quick rub down with a towel and try to get my arm warmers on, they’re not rolling up over damp skin so I put my waterproof jacket on and head for the bike. I consume a gel and a mini malt loaf and I’m on my way.

First part of the bike seemed to be going okay but I was aware that my jacket was blowing up like a barrage balloon. It was mild and dry at this point so I stopped at the Pirate feedstation and Teapot 1 helped my get the jacket in my rear pocket. Back out on the bike feeling much better.

I consumed the mini malt loaves first (they were on top) at half hourly intervals. I didn’t drink much though, I wasn’t thirsty so had to force some down me whenever a feed station prompted me to do so. I started on the powerbars – which I had cut in half. The first couple were a bit tricky to open up. The greaseproof paper had really stuck and I found myself trying to nibble it off the bar before I could eat it. I gave up after the third one and just kept picking up bananas and energy drink from the feed stations.

I noted that my heart rate was  around the 155 to 160 mark. I knew this was higher than optimal but didn’t feel any worse than my long training rides. I was loathe to pull back…

It started raining at 50 miles in but I wasn’t cold so carried on without my jacket. I played cat ad mouse with a couple of blokes around the north loop, back along the A road and southern loop.

At mile 90 I started losing feeling in my hands. I stopped at the last feed station and a kindly marshall lady helped me put my jacket back on (I couldn’t feel my fingers).

I set off again very warily. I was stuck in a big gear as I couldn’t change it due to the lack of feeling. It occurred to me at this point it was a bit dangerous as I couldn’t brake either. Sure enough I then came to a slight decline with a sharp left hand turn which I couldn’t make. I went straight across the road and planted my feet in the verge before hitting the hedge. I heard lots of shouts behind me. I know that I was lucky there was no traffic. I thought about calling it a day but though there was less mileage to ride now than I had to run later. So I set off again.

Coming in to HPP down that little ramp I put my feet down like a 5 year old to stop the bike. It was a relief to hand it over to a marshall.. 6:41:32 seventeen minutes better than last year. I’m happy with that

Outlaw 2015

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 20:13

Swim

I stood waiting for the swim entry to open swinging my arms about and thought the right arm felt skew wiff – too late to try undoing the wettie, tried pulling it about a bit.

I entered the swim area and debated pen 2 or 3 (rear of) and decided to go with 3 just in case I got pushed to the front like in Staffs. I was surprised to see a lot of people out in front of the pens behind the first bouy line but assumed this was their warm up time and they’d be recalled. I was wrong.

Swim started okay no hurried frenzy then 100 metres in it struck. I can’t get my face in the water my breathing is all over the show  here we go again. I skull for a bit and recall the article posted on our Tri Club FB page a couple of weeks ago (http://303triathlon.com/Open-Water-Swim-Anxiety-Maybe-not-a-panic-attack-after-all). I gather myself and carry on.

As I get down to the turn bouys I think things must be going okay because before this point last year I saw the first bikes pass me and I couldn’t see them yet. On the final turn bouy I got a good kicking in the ribs and a punch in the face. The rest of the swim passed without incident and completed in 1:24:34 a four minute improvement. I’m happy with that

Outlaw 2015

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 20:12

Prelude

Pre-race supper consisted of a bottle and a half of Shiraz and a family bag of wasabi nuts.

Woke up at 4am feeling a little queazy. I made my usual porridge and rich brown sugar for breakfast and tried desperately to force it down, but ended up gagging and gave up.

I pulled on the lower half of my wettie and set off to put my food and computer on my bike and drop my kit bag in the change tent. I’d previously taken my power bars out of their foil and wrapped them loosely in greaseproof paper. I laid them in the bottom of my top tube bag and placed 5 open mini malt loaves on top. I put the empty water bottle (to collect rubbish) in the rear cage holder and realised I’d left my High5 Zero drink back at the tent.

I debated going back to the tent to get it as it was just coming up to 5:30. Then decided against it as it may take me that long to get into my wetsuit properly. I went to drop of my kit bag instead.

I spent 15 minutes pulling the wetsuit up into my armpits at which point Flat Footed was passing and asked if I wanted zipping up. I took him up on his kind offer. Then headed back to transition where I bumped into JustPlodOn who had brought  my drink across from Sherpa Dave. Hurrah.

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