Posted: 28/07/2016 at 13:34
All your great race reports have inspired me to write what is possibly my first ever..
In the week leading up to the race I'd worked myself up into an absolute tizz of nerves, which I think impacted on the race - so don't do that anyone new to Outlawing. But once at the campsite, with vodka in hand and having been introduced into the Pirate circle I finally calmed down.
Swim: I was hoping for a swim near the 1 hr to 1hr 10 mark, having swum 33mins at Cotswolds 113 a few weeks ago, but alas, that didn't happen. I partly blame having the Adele song from Skyfall in my head the entire swim, it's not a speedy tune. I also lost my swim caps along with my goggles a couple hundred metres out from the finish. I caught them in my hand, but decided I'd finish quicker if I just carried on blind, so I did. Swim completed in 1:20 something.
Bike: I had a cracking time on the bike, piratey support was wonderful and I looked forward to seeing them on the way round. Particularly enjoyed Mrs Diggs telling me I looked strong at 80 miles, I felt that way - until the wind hit moments later. Balls. But still, finished in 6:40, hazaar.
Run: On the run I played 'annoy the pirate.' For 5 hours I would find Lithium-Dude, chat for awhile, continue on, hide in the next portaloo until he ran past, then pop back out and sneak back up on him. I highly recommend this game to all. However, trips to the portaloo add a fair bit of time, so I finished the marathon slower than I would have liked. BUT - if you play the game of portaloos it does mean your legs still have a bit in them at the end, and you can sprint finish, which may go down as my favourite race finish ever.
Total time 13:32, which is still half hour faster than I decided I wanted to do it when all this started (I wanted to make sure I was a faster Ironman than the former prime minister and chief misogynist of Australia Tony Abbott) and I succeeded in my goal, despite the betrayal of my stomach. Hooray.
Also sorry to have missed the finish line, body wasn't working after avoiding all fluid/food for the last few hours of the run. I think at the time of the fireworks I was having a little lie down on the grass between my tent and the toilets. I swear it was just more comfortable there than in my tent..
Big thanks to all the pirates supporting and on course - it made the experience extra special and I hope to see you all again next time (but probably supporting at the aid station thanks).