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Pirate Champs 2016

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 13:53

nice report there Daylight  and congrats on your sub 13 

Another order for PSOF LG Tech T's

Posted: 30/09/2016 at 08:57
Belated thanks to Schmunks and RedStripe - fabulous delivery service

Pirate Champs 2016

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 21:58

Yours too BP

Pirate Champs 2016

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 21:12

Pirate Champs 2016

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 20:30

Run 5.59.56


Always going to be a run-walk as I‘ve been having a lot of pain in my left knee, calf and hamstring recently, so run training has been sub-optimal. Spent the first 10 mins with Trogs putting the world to rights, then I pressed on by myself.  The run is 4 x 9k full laps which go past the finish area, and on the 5th you get to run down the magic carpet. The first 2 laps were OK, the Pirate supporters were exceptional, getting anything you wanted (in my case chocolate). I felt OK, though everything was beginning to hurt. On lap 3 my garmin flashed up the magic words ‘low battery’ L so I gave it to Mr Frag. I now turned into “Pirate most obsessed by the time” as I then got paranoid that I’d miss the finish cut-off. HappyChap was a superstar, reassuring me on each lap that I had plenty of time. Mr Frag walked down the course to keep me company for a few of my walk breaks, and after what seemed like an eternity, I was collecting my 4th and final lap band. The first out and back part of the course was fairly deserted with supporters, and by now there were many athletes walking past wheeling their bikes with their finishers shirts and medals on. Coming back towards the beachfront, a bloke on a moped pulls up and says something to me, which I realise is something along the lines of ‘2 kilometers to go, run run’ he is wearing a “Race Director” t-shirt and very rapidly pisses me off. He follows me and a couple of other people, and I’m feeling quite harassed , so eventually have to say ‘don’t tell me to “run” again, you’re spoiling the end of my race’. The end is in site along the bay, I can see the red M-dot and flashing lights of the finish. I pass super supporter M&M’s Dad for the last time and there’s less than 1k to go, there are more people around now, and they’re clapping and cheering, and I’m starting to feel both emotional and epic. Before I know it, I’m running down the carpet, the Pirate supporters are going mad and I’m there at the finish. The ladies winner puts the medal round my neck, tells me I’m amazing and a volunteer wraps me in a foil blanket.

It’s over

I am an Ironman 


What can I say about the Pirates? You guys ROCK. The support, love and banter is incredible – I couldn’t have done it without you all  xx

Pirate Champs 2016

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 20:29

Race day


I slept relatively well until the alarm went off at 5, and for once I managed to eat some breakfast, as I didn’t feel too sick with nerves. We headed off to transition, and just as I was about to go in, we hear the tannoy announcing that it was now a wetsuit optional swim, cue Mr Frag handing me the track pump and legging it back to our hotel. The superstar Sherpa re-appeared and passed my wetsuit and some bodyglide under the fence. Loaded my food (fig rolls and roast potatoes) and drinks onto the bike, had a rummage in my bike bag for my calf guards, then headed to the beach. Into the wetsuit, then I joined Trogs, L’il Sis, LC and Mrs D in the 1.20-1.30 pen.




There’s not much to say about the swim except that it was 5 mins slower than last year. I didn’t have any panic attacks, and I kept my breathing under control. I wont go as far as to say I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t bad J The first loop seemed to take forever, and I was beginning to lose the will to live when the turn buoy appeared, then back down to the beach, out round the Aussie exit and into the water for the shorter second loop.  Out of the water in 1.36 which is a bit disappointing, must try harder next time.


T1 11.48

Dried off as well as I could, put my ‘keep you cool’ jersey on, plus SPF 50 arm sleeves and I was off. (and it is a very long run through transition, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it J )


Bike : 7.51

It all started off so well….

The first 90k loop is fairly flat/rolling, and I really enjoyed it (apart from the wierd fishy smell near Ariany and the awful cabbagey smell at Sa Pobla). Roads were mostly smooth, the weather was perfect and I was eating/drinking regularly and keeping myself cool.  I felt great as I went past Mr Frag at halfway at 3hrs31 (15 mins faster than last year), I knew the second loop would take me about 4 hrs, so I was on for a bike PB and to beat the cut-off by miles   Then I headed along the coast towards Port de Pollenca and got a bit of a shock – the mountains I was going towards looked like Mordor, shrouded with heavy black clouds. 10 mins later it started to rain a little, and 5 mins after that Armageddon was unleashed.  It got dark and I couldn’t see more than about 10 feet ahead of me the rain was so heavy. I was cycling though inches of standing water, there was flash flooding and all the while there was very loud, very close very scary thunder and lightning. It had eased off by the start of the climb proper, and I was hopeful that I’d be dry by the top, but alas it started again about 2/3rds of the way up. I have never been so cold and wet on a bike in all my life and I was dreaming of hot chocolate. I thought about getting off, but then gave myself a stiff talking to along the lines of  ‘you’re British, we’re used to rain, get on with it’. Several times motorbike officials came alongside to ask if I was OK which was reassuring. I got to the top within the cut-off, and then started the descent. Luckily for me, I’ve done this route quite a few times, so I know roughly where the hairpins are, and where the faster sections are, so I was able to overtake quite a few people on the way down. Going up through Campanet I saw a fellow pirate ahead, who turned out to be Trogs. We had a brief conversation about the utter filth we’d ridden through, and whether we’d make the cut-off or not. By my reckoning I had 2 hours to do 38 miles, which was going to be very very tight indeed. From reading the race pack, I thought the bike course was a mile short, but not going to bank on it, so I had to push push pu

Pirate Champs 2016

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 20:28

Well someone has to be first - and it taken me almost as long as the race itself 


A bit of background first : last year I attempted IM Mallorca. It was very very hot, and I ended up with heat exhaustion and not making it out of T2 onto the run. After recovering in the Medical Tent I was then determined that I would be back to have another go in 2016, especially so when it was chosen to be the Pirate Champs.  Since then I’ve questioned myself and felt like a bit of a failure, you know, could I have carried on? Should I have given it a try ?, but honestly I don’t think I would have made it very far in the run, and having seen Jonny Brownlee have a similar episode in the ITU race a few weeks ago,  I know it can happen to anyone and I don’t feel so stupid now. To try and overcome the hot conditions, I managed to get a deSoto cycling jersey from the USA, which (like my arm sleeves) cools the body when it gets wet, so I was feeling more confident I could deal with the heat this time round.


Apart from a major panic when Nirvana Europe had lost the booking to ship my bike to Mallorca (and a big thanks to DaylightR who took my bike to the designated drop-off and saved my bacon) the lead up to the race was fairly stress-free after we’d waved No1 son off to Uni for the first time.


Arrived in Alcudia in the early hours of Thursday morning to find our hotel room pretty much overlooked transition, we were a bit worried it would get noisy over the next few days, but all was good. I may have checked the weather forecast a few times. Mr Frag hired a bike, and I collected mine, then we faffed about and had a leisurely ride to Port de Pollensa and back to check everything was working as it should be. In the afternoon I registered, then went for a swim , which was not the best I’ve ever done (water a bit choppy), then we went out for a meal with loads of fabulous Pirates in the evening. There may have been the odd cocktail consumed too J

Friday I checked the weather forecast again, then had a great swim in my wetsuit while Mr Frag went and played in the hills on his hired bike. IM Mallorca then tweeted out that it had been deemed a non-wetsuit swim. Ho hum. At the Race briefing there was lots of discussion about calf guards and could you wear them or not in a non-wetsuit swim? I wear mine as another bit of sun protection, so was keen to wear them, but it was a definite “no” from the race director. Ok then, I’ll go without.   Went back to the hotel and sorted out my bags, then wheeled my bike down to transition, faffed about some more, then checked the weather forecast again (the odd shower was now forecast for late afternoon, which would be refreshing on the run) Another fabulous meal out with the Pirates, and my diet coke arrived in a can named “Felix” which made me smile, as in the Harry Potter books, ‘Felix felices’ is the name of the liquid luck potion – tomorrow was going to be a good day.

IM Hamburg 2017 Pirate Champs

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 11:00
45 mins for transition ? Just about long enough for some of us

Pirate Champs 2016

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 08:54
One man poncing about in him iM Frankfurt finishers tshirt at breakfast - I guess the top trumps have begun

Pirate Champs 2016

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 08:52
Well that took longer than I thought - got to our hotel (pretty much on top of transition)about 2am

Any plans for ride out (once I've got my bike) and meet up later ?
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