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Outlaw half

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 16:00

Good luck all of you lot - have a good race.Sorry I can't make it to support but I'll be on an autoroute somewhere in France. Those racing may be able to refuel better than I will!

Outlaw 2016

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 11:30

Ask me at about 3pm that afternoon....

Outlaw 2016

Posted: 24/05/2016 at 09:19

Outlaw swim at least gives you the edges of the lake to guide you. Doesn't mean you don't wander, but at least you can't head 45 degrees off the route for a while as I managed in London once!

Anyone doing Leeds in June (Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon)?

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 14:28

Effing - I'll be in the black and yellow. My running and tri club doesn't do club trisuits, so its that or the anonymouse 2XU black.

Outlaw 2016

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 11:39

At Outlaw you have time and facilities to change, so its worth being comfortable. I swam in speedos and wetsuit, went for tri top and bike shorts on bike, and switched to running shorts for run. Prob an extra 5 minutes in transition overall, but I thought it was worth it.

Jonny - I had arm problems (tennis elbowish thing) last year before Outlaw. May be worth doing more leg drills and less on arms for swimming for a bit, and look at careful stretching or exercises. The only thing that will make your swim more difficult than it is at the moment is pushing it and really bending something.

SlokeyJoe - yep, I'm at Leeds. Only doing the sprint, though - Olympic was sold out.

Outlaw 2016

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 14:52

I used them as sighting aids on the (shorter) Mojo course on Peterborough Rowing lake - just kept the line of buoys on my right in both directions. Definitely helped. As long as you swim a couple of meters away from them, there's no problem with the wires. Bearing in mind how much I managed to wander around at last year's Outlaw, I clearly need the help!

Outlaw 2016

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 10:29

Outlaw is High 5 sponsored, so its their energy drinks and gels at the food stations, along with water and bananas. I wasn't that keen on energy gels at the beginning of last year, but I knew I was going to need to fuel all the way through the bike stage to allow for the run, so I started using them. In the end they were a blessing, as by the time it had been raining for an hour my flapjack has disintegrated and my jelly babies had drowned, and about all I was eating for the last couple of hours was gels (and a chocolate that some wonderful pirate shoved in my mouth on my second visit to the pirate feed station!). I actually did it the other way to you - I did energy gels on the bike and jaffa cakes on the run. As long as you find something that works for you, that's all that matters.

Outlaw 2016

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 16:26

RTN - if the pirate support at Costwold 113 was half what it was last year, then you certainly won't be alone there. I did the same two races last year - Cotswold 113 and Outlaw for my first iron-distance - and I had some bad moments as well.

I think my only suggestion would be to think a bit about fuelling for the 113, so that you can use it as a real practice for the Outlaw - there were many things I got wrong at the Outlaw last year, but that one I got right. Start thinking about what combination of energy and normal food you want, and what you can carry on the bike - and take a look at what they dish out at the food stations at the Outlaw, so you can practice with the same sort of stuff.

PM me if I can help or you just want a chat.

Outlaw 2016

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 16:16

Mojo was excellent - Monster are a small organisation as far as I can see, compared with OSB or Pacesetter, but it was a good race well organised. If I had to moan, I'd have liked a deeper swimming lake - I was grabbing a lot of weed on the pullback - but Monster can't do a lot about that, and I'd definitely have preferred an additional water station on the run. To be fair, they reacted to that and started to hand out bottles to carry with us, which got me round - it was certainly hot.

Courses were nice - both bike and run worked well. Run was mostly trail, which kept it interesting despite being 4 laps.

Yes, its a pair of events (Mojo middle and Mojito olympic) that I'd recommend.

Open Water swimming

Posted: 09/05/2016 at 14:10

Nice one Simo - good luck with the Outlaw Half! (we're not there - the wife's doing Outlaw Holkham Half instead)

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