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Challenge Weymouth

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 18:28

HB, 

Water bottle flashing was a new idea for me - but it went so well I'm certainly considering doing it more often!

I'll be doing Outlaw full next year - currently thinking about which half distance races to have a go at.

Challenge Weymouth

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 10:57

The bike course is mostly inland. I'd been round it a couple of times before the event and then I'd had a headwind all the way back into Weymouth which made it hard going. At the race there was a tailwind back to Weymouth which was good - and the wind blowing in that direction could well be why the swim was such "fun"

Challenge Weymouth

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 08:53

Run:

T2 took almost 7 mins, possibly a record for me and then I was out running. The support on the bike was sparse; on the run it was the opposite – there were loads of people cheering us along. Up and down the seafront 4.5 times, “aarghing” and saying hello to Hofmeister Bear, gradually getting slower and gradually doing a bit more walking but it was all going well. For the last half mile Ben, my 11 year old, came along to help his knackered Dad and we crossed the line with a run time of 3hrs 52mins. The run was well short though – my watch said it was 23.7 miles and with an easy, minor adjustment to the course it could’ve been so much nearer the correct distance.

The end:

Overall my time was 10hrs 46mins, which I’m pleased with. I did my first iron distance race at Henley last September and that took 12hrs 15mins. If I take the Weymouth swim time out and put last years Henley swim time in then my overall time would be about 11hrs 12mins. (I had the Henley run as just as short as Weymouth).  I can’t see I’ll have knocked another hour off by September 2015 though. 

As a first running of an event I think Weymouth was good. I’m sure there are bits they’ll improve but it was better than I expected it to be. I’m not deciding about next year for a few days – I'd like to do Tenby but Ben couldn’t come to that and so I think it’s likely I’ll be back at Weymouth - with Ironman Wales (assuming it still happens) waiting until Ben getting older causes his “run with Dad” enthusiasm to wane.

Challenge Weymouth

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 08:52

Anyway a lot has been written in various places about the shortened swim. Most of it’s true – it was rough, it was nasty. Stephen Bayliss was fastest and I read somewhere he was about 5 mins slower than his normal 1.9km time. I’m a pirate and I found out I don’t like rough seas and I like the prolonged taste of salt (I tasted a lot of it) even less. It took me about 27 mins for lap 1 and 23 mins for lap 2 (see the boost you get from unexpectedly seeing your wife and son at the Aussie exit bit). My Garmin told me I swam 1.5 miles. If I’d had to do more I could have but I’m glad I didn’t have to.  I think the changes they made to the swim were the right decision – if I’d done the full distance in that it’d have wiped me out!

Bike:

T1 was fine, when I got in most of the bike change bags had gone. What with the stroll / run there and changing etc I took about 12 minutes and as I went in I didn’t care as I needed to get myself back to feeling normal after that swim. Then I was pedalling away. The bike was fine – it’s my best discipline of the three. I wasn’t enthused for the first half of the last lap and then I overtook someone I know vaguely. Knowing she’s a good swimmer I thought I must be going okay and felt a bit more like it so I started going quicker. It’s not the most thrilling ride but by the end of it I’d done 110 miles in 5hrs 45mins. Got back to transition and most peoples run change bags were still there so I’d done something right!

Challenge Weymouth

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 08:52

OK, some waffle from me:

Beforehand:

In the few days before the event I felt crap but I put that down to “taper-madness”. We’d got to Weymouth without any problems and spent Saturday morning wandering about before I registered. Having registered I carbo-loaded mostly from the M&S bakery and we spent a pleasant hour on the sea-front playing our new game “spot the triathlete”. After a while this became really easy as it seemed there is a uniform (I should have looked at what I was wearing - I had the uniform on), sandals, camouflage shorts, hooded top and a SIS (or Hi 5 etc) bottle = competitor. That game played it was off to a briefing and then some racking. By some quirk of fate the bike I was next to in transition was identical to mine, same make, model, wheels, saddle etc, even the same gels taped to it in the same place. Different water bottle so I knew what to look for the next day.

 

Swim:

We were staying in our motorhome a couple of miles out of Weymouth and I thought I wander down to the race and set out about 5am. I wandered along, making sure my SIS bottle was visible in the hope that someone would stop and offer me a lift – and they did, result! Got to transition and it turned out that by the same quirk of fate the guy I’d got the lift from was the owner of the matching bike I was racked next to – I wish I could have that sort of fluke on the odd occasions I do the lottery.

Challenge Weymouth

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 19:20
Cheers HB. It was good to see you. I'm not sure I'd describe me as tall, slim and athletic - certainly wasn't feeling it yesterday. Anyway great report, I think I've got a quiet day at work tomorrow and I'm planning on throwing some sort of report together then. More to follow!

Same old competition 2014

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 09:24

Challenging Weymouth (& a couple of bits beforehand) = 2.4km (rough!) OW swim, 27miles run and 127 miles of bike = 77 points. A few (very) easy days coming up, starting today!

Stupendous September 

Cheggers (411) (404) (503) (467) (514) (559) (470) (488) 236
Blue Peter (187) (223) (260) (293) (285) (348) (317) (235) 151 
Stanners (274) (289) (305) (246) (324) (245) (325) 157 
maths (154) (185) (210.5) (143.2) (110) (126) (119) (150) 69.3 
Proven Rw (147.5) (142) (227) (300) (302.5) (270.5) (112) (281) 70 
Cake (121) (48) (144) (162) (207) (241) (199) (157) 63 
TheBanksy (200) (175.5) (259) (232.5) (202.5) (255) (169) (134.5) 45 
Smiff Too (132) (140) (204) (154.8) (196.5) (201) (143.3) (128) 43.6 
Trogs (154.5)(74)(129.3)(103.4)(193.3)(156.2)(55.3)(63.4) 32 
Ironwolf (53.5) (48) (57) (92) (119) (90.5) (97) (65)30 
Long John Silver (59) (68.5) (114.25) (80) (119) (115) (94) (94.5)29 
In the Blue (15) (36.5)(26) (31.5) 51.7) (30.8) (43.9) (32) 24.5 
Tired Badger (276) (283) (268) (271) (312) (405) (390) (357) 24 

Awesome August - The Best Month of the Year 
Magna Carter (204) (234) (328) (212) (318) (314) (130) 21.8 
Mikasa (44.6) (66.6) (8) (19.7) (66.4) (48.4) (19.26) 2.46 
Seren Nos (272)( 281)( 416) (411) (333) (400) (268) 0

Same old competition 2014

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 16:23

Sat, Sun, Mon, Tues & Wed - vaguely tapering for Weymouth. 114 miles bike, 12 mile run and 5.3k swam in the pool = 38 + 12 + 13

Cheggers (411) (404) (503) (467) (514) (559) (470) (488) 159
Blue Peter (187) (223) (260) (293) (285) (348) (317) (235) 124
Stanners (274) (289) (305) (246) (324) (245) (325) 100
Cake (121) (48) (144) (162) (207) (241) (199) (157) 63
maths (154) (185) (210.5) (143.2) (110) (126) (119) (150) 52.3
Smiff Too (132) (140) (204) (154.8) (196.5) (201) (143.3) (128) 43.6
Proven Rw (147.5) (142) (227) (300) (302.5) (270.5) (112) (281) 28
TheBanksy (200) (175.5) (259) (232.5) (202.5) (255) (169) (134.5) 27
In the Blue (15) (36.5)(26) (31.5) 51.7) (30.8) (43.9) (32) 24.5
Long John Silver (59) (68.5) (114.25) (80) (119) (115) (94) (94.5)22
Trogs (154.5)(74)(129.3)(103.4)(193.3)(156.2)(55.3)(63.4) 23
Tired Badger (276) (283) (268) (271) (312) (405) (390) (357) 24
Ironwolf (53.5) (48) (57) (92) (119) (90.5) (97) (65)3

Awesome August - The Best Month of the Year
Magna Carter (204) (234) (328) (212) (318) (314) (130) 21.8
Mikasa (44.6) (66.6) (8) (19.7) (66.4) (48.4) (19.26) 2.46
Seren Nos (272)( 281)( 416) (411) (333) (400) (268) 0

Same old competition 2014

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 11:49

First few days of Sept = 195 miles of bike, 5.2 km swim (all pool) and 18 miles run = 65 + 13 + 18.

Stupendous September

Cheggers (411) (404) (503) (467) (514) (559) (470) (488) 96
Blue Peter (187) (223) (260) (293) (285) (348) (317) (235) 55
Stanners (274) (289) (305) (246) (324) (245) (325) 41
Cake (121) (48) (144) (162) (207) (241) (199) (157) 28
maths (154) (185) (210.5) (143.2) (110) (126) (119) (150) 22.3
In the Blue (15) (36.5)(26) (31.5) 51.7) (30.8) (43.9) (32) 10.5
Proven Rw (147.5) (142) (227) (300) (302.5) (270.5) (112) (281) 28
Trogs (154.5)(74)(129.3)(103.4)(193.3)(156.2)(55.3)(63.4) 8.4
TheBanksy (200) (175.5) (259) (232.5) (202.5) (255) (169) (134.5) 8
Tired Badger (276) (283) (268) (271) (312) (405) (390) (357) 7

Awesome August - The Best Month of the Year

Long John Silver (59) (68.5) (114.25) (80) (119) (115) (94) 94.5
Ironwolf (53.5) (48) (57) (92) (119) (90.5) (97) 65
Smiff Too (132) (140) (204) (154.8) (196.5) (201) (143.3) 38.4
Magna Carter (204) (234) (328) (212) (318) (314) (130) 21.8
Mikasa (44.6) (66.6) (8) (19.7) (66.4) (48.4) (19.26) 2.46
Seren Nos (272)( 281)( 416) (411) (333) (400) (268) 0

Outlaw 2015

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 12:56

And I'll add me:

Outlaw 2015 

Little Clown 
Posh Twat  
Hofmeister Bear  
Ghost  
Justplodon 
Evil Pixie
GraemeK
Nicco
Lumpty
JPGoodboy
Zakalwe-Outlaw
9Iron sqrun
Paperman
Cheggers

Relay

Button Mushroom, FlatFooted and a friend called Jason 
Ultra Kaz's team
Red Stripe(swim) Cake (bike) Bookie (run)

Pirates available to be on a team:

Captain Sensible(bike)
Siggy (swim)
Buttercup (bike or run)
Mathschick (swim or run)

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