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Ironman Scotland ?

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 09:59
debbo wrote (see)

I'm sure there has been an IM distance tri in Scotland in the past.  Jaguy and I did Aberfeldy half (well nearly, neither of us did the swim!) and it's tough, but a beautiful course

There is Arranman, on the Isle of Arran!

Ironman Scotland ?

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 19:06

Aaaaah! Summer in Scotland, best day of the year!!

Hello! / Ironman Austria 2015

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 17:32

I think I remember you you were about 15 minutes ahead of me!! If you're the person I'm thinking of I think it was Barley you were with!

I was staying at the Plattenwirt too!

We're off to Mallorca next year! You're more than welcome to join us! 

Pirate Champs 2016

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 22:52

Well I'm in too!! But it's looking like I'll be needing a new bike or 3 before I can start training!!

Cycle Injury Map

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 17:26

Me being hit by a caravan has made it on!! 

The Transcontinental no3.

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 17:28

Not bad for a bloke with a knackered knee!! ???? ???? 

Chapeau sir!!

Outlaw Bike Feedstation 26 July 2015

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 21:24

Great day everyone, as usual!!

Sorry I left early, but I suddenly started getting very tried & a headache! The thought of driving home in the rain & dark meant that I decided it was probably best to go when I did! 

Enjoy the finish line party!

PSOF 10th Anniversary Champs

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 22:35

I know!! i also need to learn to write shorter reports! 

PSOF 10th Anniversary Champs

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 22:33

Round the turnaround at transition and back out onto the second lap. As I came through some of the junctions I was high fiving some of the more enthusiastic policemen!! I stopped at special needs to replenish my supplies and headed out. The second lap was less eventful that the 1st, shouted at mum a couple of times & the Rupertiberg is a bit more noticeable the second time around!

Bike time, 7:36:32, another PB!! Blimey!! That meant I had over 7 ½ hours to do the marathon, not that I was planning to take that long.


I spent half of my time in T2 trying to persuade a male official that he shouldn’t be in the ladies changing area!!! He eventually scarpered when I started stripping. It must have been the glare of the white skin that scared him off! 0:07:18!


Well “Run” might be a bit of an exaggeration!! I set out walking at a steady pace and manage to maintain it all the way to the end. Blimey a marathon is a long walk!! My knee had been really annoying me all week, but I have to admit that the taping helped. In fact during the marathon it was the best it had felt all week!! I’m not complaining but typical!! As everything felt OK and I didn’t want to aggravate it I decided not to push too hard on the marathon!

As I was approaching the arch at the finisher’s chute for the 1st time Flyaway went past and off to the finish line!! She is a bit speedy that one! I picked up my first wristband. I kept my pace going down towards Krumpendorf picking up coke, water, fruit and crackers from the feedstations as I went (not necessarily all at that same time)! Everybody I saw told me that ISB was having a flyer!! I did suggest to a few people that he probably wouldn’t be able to maintain it through the marathon!! He did catch up with me as I was coming back into Klaggenfurt, & he decided to walk with me for a bit. I did notice that he had to break into a short jog now and again to keep up with me! J He later admitted that he kept being told I was only a couple of minutes ahead of him but it took him about 7 km to catch up with me! ;o)

Into the centre of Klaggenfurt, past the restaurants (that bit is really cruel) and I finally managed to see the Lindworm fountain. 

I have noticed during these walks that it is amazing the number of people who struggle with the concept of somebody walking the marathon. Yes, it is an Ironman. Yes, it is a marathon. Yes, I am walking! But I am walking quickly and I will get to the finish! I rang the bell a couple of times then back to pickup my second wristband.  Back out to Krumpendorf and this time I managed to acquire a cheese sandwich from the Subway feedstation. I saw Mum on the way back into Klaggenfurt, but I didn’t ease off may pace, she would drop behind me then suddenly start running to catch up!! I said I thought I might finish in under 16 hours if I kept going at the same pace. Knee was still feeling good! 

It was really quite dark on that last leg along the canal into Klaggenfurt and back out, I could have done with a torch at times to make sure I wasn’t going to trip on anything. It was hard to tell which pirate was which in the gloom, so I hope I didn’t offend anyone with my attempts at encouragement!! When I got back to the split I saw the official standing there ‘Ein, zwei!!’ I said, proudly displaying my wristbands. I was waved down to the finishers chute!! I was going to do it and in under 16 hours!! Just before I rounded to corner into the bright lights I put my sun glasses back on. Since I wasn't sure my legs would let me run at that point I opted to walk down the chute, besides it meant I could enjoy the moment! Official time 15:59:11!!

PSOF 10th Anniversary Champs

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 22:29


The bike was fairly uneventful, we went for a drive round the bike course before the race, so I have an idea of where the sharper corners were and where I needed to try and carry some speed! 

Going through Reifnitz I caught up with Hideki!! He is an Japanese gentleman in his 70’who was mentioned in the prerace information. I had realised that he was the same person I had sort of conversed with a year before on the bike course at Nice when we were both getting very cold and wet. As I caught up with him I called his name ‘Hideki’! ‘Hai’? I pointed to him and said ‘Ironman Nice’ then pointed to myself and said ‘Ironman Nice’! There was a slightly puzzled look on his face which suddenly changed to a look of recognition accompanied by a excited ‘Aaahhhh!’ a  big smile and a thumbs up!! I gave him a wave and continued on! Unfortunately he didn’t make the bike cut-off! 

On to Velden! I was trying to eat, but unfortunately my stomach was completely uninterested in any food I might be trying to consume. I wasn’t feeling sick, jus struggling to eat anything. I kept forcing food into my system. On the out and back section I waved and Arrghed the various Pirates I saw heading to the second loop of the first lap. On the hill down towards Rosegg I kept off the brakes and let my bike fly. Out to towards Labe Faaker See I started to hear a helicopter approaching from behind. I was waiting for Ride of the Valkyres to start. I realised I was about to get lapped by the Pros. About a ¼ of the way up the climb Mario went past with motorcade in tow! Up to the top of the climb, picked up a new water bottle and kept pedaling. The descent of the other side was great, taking the racing line through some of the junctions laying my bike over and enjoying the speed! Back to Rosegg then towards Velden. I saw Mum waiting on the descent to the roundabout, I yelled that I’d had a great swim & felt good! At the next feedstation was the revelation of the race, watermelon!! Just what was needed. Something I could eat easily. Not particularly great for calories but it was just what I was needing. 

At Augsdorf I was nearly blown off my bike by an Air Ambulance taking off from a field next to the road. Just past Schiefling Happychap passed me and disappeared off into the distance. She seemed to be doing better than me at carrying speed. Dropping down into Egyden the riders in front of me were on their brakes slowing right down for the corner. I scrubbed a little speed off and again took the racing line. Since I managed to keep a fair bit of speed going I was able to power up and over the climb, overtaking about 12 people in the process.

Then to the feared Rupertiberg!! The first time up in it didn’t seem too bad, I found the climb up to Faaker See tougher! I was singing along to the music pumping out of the sound system halfway up! It really helped me keep a rhythm going. I saw Shiraz, I think, near the top and mentioned that it was getting hot. Over the top then onto the descent. Along through the villages and back down into Klaggenfurt. There was a group of bikers on Harleys who were being slowed by the traffic on the descent back to Klaggenfurt. When they saw me they were encouraging me to go faster, I didn’t want to disappoint them!! 


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