Hofmeister Bear

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The 2015 LG PSOF Kit Order Thread

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 13:33

Got my new kit, thank you Kit fairy!

Velothon- anyone riding?

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 16:49

Had a great day, started at 8.20ish in H1 and sailed through the first 50 miles before the tumbler, which had me gasping a bit...It goes on forever!

Great to see you Rocco, and Duda out on the course. Cleat fail after the second feed station meant my left foot kept popping out of the pedal and when I came off was the first time. My foot slipped out hitting the floor closely followed by the rest of me. Came out another half a dozen times before the finish but thankfully I was aware and it didn't going up Caerphilly or coming down any of the quick descents.

I made it up 3/4 0f the tumbler before feeling a cramp in my thigh so stopped in a layby for 2 mins while I hydrated and had a load of jelly babies then set off again and made it to the top. OK I stopped but at least I didn't walk any of it. Couldn't say that of Caerphilly, someone stopped right in front of me so had to stop and couldn't get going again til about 20 metres further up but again got on and finished it. To say I'd never come up against hills like that I didn't think I did too bad really.

Got to say the support was great and the people were lovely and I had a big smile on my face when they gave me a cheer when I got back on after the spill.

Hit the medical tent after the finish where they cleaned out the damage and patched me up. There were a few bad crashed out there, I must have passed at least 4, so I count myself lucky really.

I'll definitely be back!

2014 Headsweats

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 21:48

2014 Headsweats

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 21:41
Email returned.

2014 Headsweats

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 21:10
nice one Effing! Sounds like we've got it covered then

2014 Headsweats

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 19:25

I'll do it, what do you need me to do?

Outlaw Half

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 01:38

Well done Flyaway, fantastic result and you still had time to say go Pirate to the rest of us, thanks!

Well I suppose I better post a race report and bore the bejesus out of you.


Started badly with the guy next to me telling me he was having a wee, then we were off and although I was near the back someone was half way up my calf for the first 5 mins so I was swimming far too quickly too soon and nearly gassed out. Took the decision to tread water for 20 seconds or so to get my breath and regain some composure before setting off again at a pace I was comfortable with. Glad I did or it could have been a very short day. After that it was plain sailing although the exit was a bit busy.


Took ages in getting extra clothing out of waterproof plastic bags, sorting nutrition out, trying not to fall over as I was still dizzy from the swim, make-up...the usual. On the plus side I found my bike straight away, which is a first.


First 12 miles I was flying, at least by my standards, and couldn't believe how many people I was overtaking. Then I took a left at some lights and felt the bike almost come to a stop. Pulled over to see that the wheel was rubbing on the top of the frame, how the hell is that even possible? True though as a kindly gent stopped his race to help me and we looked at each other as if to say WFT. Glad he was there for his help and the fact he was a witness that I wasn't delirious and imagining things. Anyhoo after taking the front wheel off a few times it righted itself and I got going again, only losing about 10 minutes. All was OK again 'til I hit the hill Oxten is it? Anyway then my front brake decided to stick so went all the way up with the break rubbing. Oh and a lady decided to stop right in front of me half way up and I just managed to avoid going in to the back of her. Sorted the rubbing brake out at the top and got going again.  Rest of the bike was relatively uneventful except for the bloody wind an rain.

Saw a few other Pirates out there who gave me plenty of encouragement and actually had a good chat with Big Kev for a while, which was nice. The marshals out on the course were great and there was plenty of support for a Pirate.

Came in to T2 and legs felt pretty fresh considering that, although it's not a hilly course, I was on the pedals pretty much all the time.


Again far too much time spent faffing about, God only knows what I was doing, my nails I think.

The run:

The run is normally my least favourite discipline but I loved this run, yes because it was flat but most of all because of the fantastic support from other competitors, Pirates, supporters and volunteers. It was fantastic and kept me going even in to the headwind that kept hitting me on the way round. Have to say I wasn't taking any chances of bonking and ran the course but walked the feed stations filling my face with Jaffa cakes, crisps, coke, High 5 and bananas. I actually think I put weight on during the race but I kept going and although it wasn't a great time (6:55), I had a great day.

Ironman Lanzarote 2016

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 00:32

I've paid, so I take it that makes me an actual, as well as many other things.

Racing Pirate Spotting - outlaw 1/2

Posted: 02/06/2015 at 21:28
Not done Cov but I did Silverstone. Must have been another Pirate Bear.

Racing Pirate Spotting - outlaw 1/2

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 15:22

I loved it (I'm Shaun btw) and I was Aaarrrrhing, high fiving and thanking people all the way round. The supporters, marshals, volunteers and other competitors that I came across were all diamonds and were as much a part of making my day as the swim, bike & run bit.

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