Hofmeister Bear

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Ironman Lanzarote 2016

Posted: Yesterday at 21:12
No way!....and back to the top.

Outlaw 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 15:38

If Carlsberg did wetsuit stripping they'd use Iron Hippy for sure. 

Outlaw 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 13:21

...and a really nice fella. I wont forget that experience in a hurry. 

Outlaw 2015

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 14:56
it was great seeing you out there Sid and many thanks for,all the encouragement along the way. One of the high points was 'seeing you on the run' in full Morph.

Outlaw 2015

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 23:40

oh and Jutplodon overtook me on the bike not the run..I think I lost far too many brain cells at the Outlaw. :-0

He overtook me on the run too btw.

Outlaw 2015

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 23:26

...Mixed Kebab?! WTF... Mixed Grill, sorry Helen!

Feel gutted for those that didn't finish and really hope they get their chance again soon.

Outlaw 2015

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 23:18

Finally the run...

Justplodon  overtook me near the end of the run and so we were in T2 at the same time although he hung back a bit after asking me if I fancied doing the run together, which was really good of him. It was the first full distance for both of us and neither of us had ever run a marathon so the company and moral support was welcome.

Out of sodden clothes and in to dry ones knowing full well they too would be sodden before too long as we ventured out for the run to a great cheer from some Pirate spectators. The run is a bit of a blur apart from getting soaked, dodging puddles until they couldn't be avoided, running and walking due to both of us having GI problems and having to hit the portaloos (Just was in there so long I had to keep asking if he was OK as I thought he'd fallen in), walking the feedstations and having lots of laughs with, volunteers other runners and spectators. We did so much chatting, Aaarghing  and high fiving you'd have thought we were on one huge lap of honour instead of a race but it was the best part of the whole day in terms of fun. One of the funnier moments was when we both had to do our laces up, which isn't easy after 14 hours. After a marshal mentioned we might like to get a bit of a giddy up we upped the pace a bit and Just implemented a run 5 mins, walk 5 mins strategy which got us to the finish OK, thanks mate!

The finish in the dark was awesome with the welcome tunnel which topped the day off in grand style, many thanks to all who were there.

6hr 20 run/walk/dawdle.

Total time was 16hr 13 which isn't great but to be fair I reckon is a true reflection of my training. I finished and had fun along the way. I learned a lot from my mistakes, about myself and the distance, but above all it was a wake up call to get my arse in gear if I want to even get off the bike at Lanza next year. Thanks to everyone who supported me along the way and on the day....now here do I get my Pirate symbol?

Outlaw 2015

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 22:42

Started OK on the bike but after about 10 minutes started to feel really queasy. This would last about 3 hours and can only think it was either a bit of motion sickness from the swim, although I've never had it before, or more likely I drank something dodgy in the lake, maybe while swimming through a piss stream, who knows?   

Got to the Pirate feed station OK and was desperate for a pee...tried to go near the end of the swim but it just wasn't happening. Mrs SA kindly held my bike while I nipped to the loo and when I got out I think it was Duda who put a cable tie on securing the front of seat as the bolt wouldn't fit.

It was always my intention to take it easy on the bike, as my run needed all the help it could get due to a severe lack of run training caused by a persistent achilles injury, but I think I took it this a whole other level. Had a few laughs along the way with a fella called Easton as we took it in turns overtaking each other at certain points. Saw loads of Pirates along the way and the marshals kept saying there's a lot of you lot here today, after the obligatory Aaaargh of course, I said yeah must be like a Scooby doo background. The temperature seemed to drop, the wind got up and the rain came just as I was feeling a bit better but apart from nearly losing my back end on a couple of tight right turns I was OK. I had my arm warmers on and carrying more than enough blubber to offset the cold so apart from being far too slow the bike went OK. Made sure I thanked all the volunteers and marshalls along the way as it must have been miserable for them but you wouldn't have known if from their smiles and encouragement. The Pirate feedstation was fantastic and a real Godsent which I looked forward to getting to on both loops.

Bike time was 7.40 (far too long but legs felt good so maybe I got it right)

Outlaw 2015

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 22:00

...the swim.

Chucked myself in bay 3 where I saw Durham Biker and Mixed Kebab and we all nervously awaited the start.

The aim for the swim was let the first 2 bays go, wait for a bit of open water and then relax and set off at a pace I was comfortable with as at the half I'd set off too quickly, nearly gassed out in the first 200 metres almost triggering a panic attack. Well the swim all went to plan and kept out of trouble and managed to stay relaxed for the whole of the swim even when I saw a squadron of geese about to descend on us. Out of the swim in 1.35, happy with that ...the only time I could say that in the whole day.

I laid down and had my wetsuit whipped off in a magician like fashion by a guy in a cowboy hat...broke back mountain sprung to mind so I hastily got up and headed to T1 where time had no meaning apparently as I took 18 minutes to get my dithering arse over the mount line with the bike. I have no idea and no excuses, just the shame.

And so to the bike...


Outlaw 2015

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 21:36

Race (not in the slightest) Report

I got my bike out of the car at 4pm on Saturday to put the number on and rack it but noticed the seat was moving up and down at the front. Turns out a bolt was missing...great! Asked at the expo but nobody could help so racked the bike and shot off to Evans Cycles in town to try and get the right size bolt. Thought I'd cracked it when they kindly gave me a couple of options assuring me one of which was sure to work. Stress over I though, I'd fit it first thing before the swim, job done. So off to check in a Jury's Inn and then meet up with Justin, his wife Vicky, Lee Kennedy and a load more for tea at a pub in town and had a great time. Early to bed, got to sleep OK, woke at 2am and didn't sleep again until 1.30am the next day.

Got to HPP no problem. put bottles on bike, pumped tyres up and lent my track pump to half a dozen others but couldn't get the seat bolt in as the alan key on the multi-tool I had wasn't long enough...bugger! Oh well I aimed to try and get something sorted at the Pirate feedstation after the swim. To say my nerves had been jangling was an understatement but time to concentrate on survicing the swim...

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