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Outlaw 2016

Posted: Yesterday at 16:44
Gavo wrote (see)

I have a couple of grumbles – some shameless drafting towards the front of the race and the post-race stuff (lack of signage – I missed out on any post-race food & refreshments, making competitors walk up & down a hill to collect bikes & bags, supporters getting in the way) was just a shambles.   

This was my first tri at this distance so I have nothing to compare it to, but I thought that the organisation was extremely slick. No complaints whatsoever.  When I crossed the finish line a medal was placed over my head, a nice lady removed my chip and bands and directed me to collect the t-shirt.  I asked there where I should go to collect my bags, but was told the best thing was to go and grab some hot food upstairs, chill out and then collect bags and bike as it was on the way out.  Couldn't have asked for more.  Maybe you were just unlucky Gavo.  No supporters got in my way, just a few members of the public strolling around on the path at the far end of the towpath/at the park.  Can't blame them for enjoying the evening sunshine really.  I was sad to see how much rubbish the public left by the benches up by the river there though - nothing to do with supporters or competitors, I shouldn't think - way too much rubbish. I loved the event and think I am going to do it again next year, to see if I can beat my time.  I know what you mean about the wind on that 3rd loop of the bike though!!

Outlaw 2016

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 15:42

Was good to see Mallowpuff, Mathschick and Effing Madness at the briefing.  So strange to finally put faces to nicknames.  Also bumped into Just Coop Going before the swim.

I had a brilliant time.  The pirate feed station was great as were every single marshal and feed station.  Everyone was so helpful. My first time at this distance.  Tough, tough, day and I could give lessons in how not to do an Iron distance.  2 minutes before the start my goggles snapped so mad dash to a marshal who fortunately had been left another competitors goggles who didn't want them.  Not surprised, they were so bad.  Couldn't see anything out of them, but then I doubt anyone could going up the lake.  I probably could have seen with my own goggles on the way back, but I was just grateful to have anything at all.  I almost wimped out after 300m though, as I was having a bit of a panic - strange goggles, totally blind, managed to be in the midst of lots of swim biff.  Strong talking to myself and managed to settle.  Probably had to defog/clear the goggles around 8 times in the swim.  Onto the bike and after an hour I had bad stomach ache and couldn't eat anything solid.  Never had a problem in training.  Total food consumed on the bike was 1 mini pork pie (which probably gave me stomach ache), 1/2 energy bar, 1 gel from a feed station and 3 halves of bananas at 3 feed stations.  Did manage to consume 2 bottles of energy drink which must have kept me going.  The 3rd loop on the bike was hard going, as the wind had picked up by the time I got there.  Just seemed to take forever and was creeping along.  Kept having to remind myself that at least I was moving forward.

Finally onto the run. Who stole my legs?  The lap around the lake seemed to take forever, and the towpath just went on and on and on .........  Had 1 gel fairly early in the run, but that didn't settle well in my problematic stomach.  Survived the rest on coke, water and sucking on the refreshing oranges - so damn good!  The loop after the bridge I actually found the easiest part.  Collected my second band and back out onto the never ending towpath. Coming back onto the lake that 3rd loop just didn't seem to end.  I walked the entire length going into the wind on the 3rd loop.  Collected 3rd band and then I just wanted to get the job done.  I had friends that had travelled up for the day, so didn't want to keep them hanging around for too much longer. They had already waited long enough .  No idea who the 2 pirates were towards the top of the lake but you were doing great with the cheer leading.

Thoroughly enjoyed most of it.  Support was unbelievable.  I for one will definitely be back.  First iron distance where I just wanted to meet the cut offs.  I would have been over the moon with 15 hours, but I couldn't believe it when I came home in 13 hours, 33 minutes and 10 seconds, or thereabouts.  And then I found out I came 3rd in my AG.  Not bad considering it didn't exactly go to plan.

Same time next year?

Outlaw 2016

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 12:38

I'll be driving up tomorrow morning but will be sure to pop by to say hello.  Getting excited, but nowhere near ready and still everything to pack.

Outlaw 2016

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 15:37

Oh no.  Don't panic CW.  Still a few days away and you will be fresh on the start line.  Hope your allergic reaction / swelling subsides soon - sounds painful.  

Outlaw 2016

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 09:08
Magna Carter wrote (see)

1:10 is a bit too rich for me... I'll be happy with a quarter of an hour slower than that.

so need to think through where to start still... maybe back of pack 2

Decided that I'll be starting at back of pack 2.  I'm roughly 80 minutes, maybe a little bit quicker, but this will do for me.  Decision made.

Outlaw 2016

Posted: 14/07/2016 at 10:46
Just Coop Going wrote (see)

I'm holding you to that prediction Slokey.. 

Me too.

Outlaw 2016

Posted: 14/07/2016 at 09:31

Getting excited and nervous now.  Just pray that it's not windy and not throwing it down all day long!

Outlaw 2016

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 13:12
Mallowpuff wrote (see)
I'd go at the front of the slower bay

Great stuff.  Thanks Mallowpuff

Outlaw 2016

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 11:12

Thanks guys.  So if you were dead in the middle of two bays would you recommend starting at the back of that bay, or the front of the next?  Probably going to take me around 1 hour, 20 mins and want as little swim biff as possible. 

Outlaw 2016

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 10:53

Quick question for those that have done The Outlaw before.  There are 4 bays at the swim start, and you put yourself in the bay according to your swim time.  When the gun goes off, do all 4 bays start at the same time, or is it a case that once bay 1 is clear, bay 2 then goes and then bay 3 and 4, like a rolling start for a marathon?

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