Prince Siegfried

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The Transcontinental no3.

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 12:55

Fantastic OC.  Amazing accomplishment.  Just out of interest, how much weight did you lose during the race?

Swimming question

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 23:51

Susannah, have you tried Shepparton Open water swimming?  There's a Facebook page, lovely place to swim and there is coaching in mass starts as well as the odd swimming contest with 'mass' starts.  

Failing that you might be able to join the SwimSmooth sessions at Richmond Pool where they also practice mass starts as well as draughting (yes, in swimming as well) techniques, I believe.

To be honest, I'm not sure any 'coaching' will prepare you for the washing machine effect that are mass starts at Ironman events, where it's every (wo)man for themselves!

The difference, I've found, is that open water swimmers are a lot more confident in their ability than Triathletes.  The latter seem to think it's better to beat you to a pulp rather than beat you with their swimming technique!!  So it tends to be a lot more brutal!  Open water swimmers are much more polite!

Dart 10K

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 11:02

Seeing this reminds me I should really put upside sort of report on the recent Henley 'Bridge to Bridge' 14K swim from the weekend.  I'll set about it later tonight.   

Dart 10K

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 09:28

Crikey!  Bring out your dead!!  This thread has been buried a while!!

Richard, I used to get cramp in my calves on every longish distance swim I did.  I'm now very careful on the lead up to an event to make sure I'm properly hydrated prior to the event.  To the extent that I take a sachet of that stuff you're supposed to have after you get the sh1ts!  Magnesium tablets also help.  I also wear calf guards underneath the wetsuit to add a bit of extra compression to my calves.
Having said that I've just done the Henley Bridge to Bridge (14K) on the weekend and forgot my calf guards!!  I still took the Dioralyte (sp?) sachet the evening before and a Nuun tablet in water as I went to the start.  The only time I got more than a real twinge was getting in and out at the feed stations / locks.  

If I feel a twinge coming on I curl my toes back up towards my knees (as if you're stretching the calf).  It's like throwing an anchor out whilst your swimming, but at least you're still moving forwards.  I generally hardly kick my legs except in the last couple of hundred yards of the swim.

My advice to you would be to get a sports massage and get the masseuse to concentrate specifically on your calves (more than they normally would).  It may hurt, but it will do you good!  There's obviously a weakness / underlying scar tissue there that you have (I know I have) and the massage may release something to help you, it did/does with me!  Also get one of those foam rollers and use it on your calves to keep them supple.  Don't stop with the foam roller on your calves either, use it on your ITB's and thighs.

Hope that helps!


Outlaw 2015

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 07:47
Bouncing Barlist wrote (see)

... some of our feedstation volunteers were borderline danger zone ...

Isn't that the 'normal state' of some Pirates?!!  

Outlaw 2015

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 19:11

Didn't Golden Boots do that sort of pre 'race nutrition'?  And fail on the run!  

Great reports.  I don't think the DNF's should beat themselves up.  Getting cold on the bike in the rain is no fun and then to follow that up getting even colder on the run!  

That really is smashing your PB Ghost!  Top bombing!  Well done!

The Transcontinental no3.

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 13:10

Good luck Captain Picard!  Hope you're coping!

Outlaw 2015

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 12:49
Flat Footed wrote (see)
Blindcider that would have been Posh Twat on the bike..........probably looking for a soft confectioners to pick up his favourite race snack from



Outlaw Bike Feedstation 26 July 2015

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 22:17

Barley, Perhaps with a view to long distance weather forecasting an urn full of soup or something warming.  Not just for the 'volunteers' but some of the later cyclists.  I'm sure a cup of something warm would help them when it's cold.  Obviously, it wouldn't be necessary on hot days.

Outlaw 2015

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 22:10

I cannot tell you how relieved I was to be able to hand over the timing chip.  Job done, then it was off to the Pirate feed station.

Although I'd helped out at an Outlaw feed station before this was my first time at a Pirate one.  Spirits were high with lots of 'energy'.  The bacon butties were brilliant, thanks for that.  Everything else was good natured and fun.  Then the rain came, but it didn't dampen the spirits, just seemed to liven everyone up even more!

Meldy took me back to HPP where I picked up my umbrella and headed out on the course with a back pack and some beers.  

I remembered when I did it that the outer reach of the run was sparsely populated by spectators, so determined to, figuratively, wave a Pirate Flag and make sure people kept moving.  

The weather was foul.  If the runner stopped running they'd soon get cold and dispirited.  What I hadn't counted on was being stung on my neck whilst standing at the side of the path!  I'm now typing this with a 'goitre' swelling under my chins.  Well, that's what I'm telling myself it is, definitely not another chin!

Great fun at the finishing chute and am glad the weather was slightly inclement.  It made sure Flat Footed kept his clothes on!!

All in all a great weekend.  Lovely to see old friends and meet new ones.  So glad I joined the Pirates!  At my age, relays are definitely the way forward!  Thanks everyone!


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