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The Transcontinental no3.

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 06:59

Well done On looking forward to report.

Post iron man blues. What should I do next year ?

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 11:42

Chris

Challange Cheggars and I are both considering Vichy next year, holidays and cheap (for Mdot). Wild Will is entered for this years so hopefully will get a race report in the next couple of weeks. I also considered Maaestricht but didn't look as nice as Vichy.

Outlaw Bike Feedstation 26 July 2015

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 11:01

Fun as always and great to meet up with Pirates I know from before and new faces. I suspect I will be back next year for more.

The Transcontinental no3.

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 14:41

Good Luck OC I'm sure your have a great time.

Outlaw Bike Feedstation 26 July 2015

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 18:48

I'll bring a kettle and gas stove to go under it.

Hoping to get to the camp site Friday evening but if the other half doesn't get out of work in time it will be Saturday morning.

FF - Scuba  family (2 adults 2 kids) will join you at the Poppy Saturday night.

I might be able to drive the Van if other half thinks she can find use if she follows over for 7:00

PSOF 10th Anniversary Champs

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 15:56

Thanks Bob, you didn't do so bad yourself. Got any plans for a later season outing or next year?

PSOF 10th Anniversary Champs

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 14:13

Run

I didn’t realise how warm it was while on the bike but one running I certainly felt it. Tried to keep my heart rate down and my pace up for the first loop and only appear to be able to do one or the other and I chose the wrong one and went to fast. Managed to take a gel and keep the fluids moving for the first 10miles by walking the aid stations and running between but it was getting hard and harder. I slowed badly over the next 7mile and had a really bad patch from 17-20miles as my guts shut down and I felt like I was going to be sick. Plenty of flat coke and handfuls of ice down my moncao and in my cap seemed to sort me out and I picked up the pace for my second time through the old town and back to the finish. The laps and loops nature of the course didn’t give great opportunity for seeing other pirates until I was on my second lap but I think I saw just about everyone on the run at some point and it always helps to have Piratey support. It would have been great to have a chat with Major Disaster as I started my second lap I need a walk after a mile of running to I walked with him for a minute but the marching pace of a Major is not the same as the walking paces of most people’s so I give it up and jogged on. My timing was great as I got to the finishing shoot I was the only one there and had the chance to showboat on my own the whole way. What a great way to finish a hard day. Run 4:14:12 total race 11:29:41.

I went in to the finishes tent and bumped into Flyaway who’d had a great race so we had a chance to chat about the day over a bowl of soup.  I wondered back to the tent for a quick shower and then back out on the course to join the great Pirate support team (thanks Hope and family Hope and the rest) outside the hotel on the run course. Great afternoon and evening supporting the rest of the Pirates on the course and at the finish only interrupted by having to pick up the bike and a quick pizza.

Pirate prize and drinking on Monday what can you say.... Raf you have any amazing mince and you were up against so great competition.

Great to sail with the Pirate ship, don't think I'll make it to Mallorca next year.

PSOF 10th Anniversary Champs

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 14:10

Bike

Pirate almost as soon as you are on the bike is a welcome sight thanks Hope and the rest of the support crew. Right from the start the bike is lovely and scenic along the river and into the hills. Before I had even reached the first decent accent Orange Cannon came flying past with a shout of go Pirate. As I made my way up the first accent Flyaway caught me and we had a little chat before I gave it up and her left me standing. I was ready for the second big climb at the end of the lap but was pleasantly surprise that it wasn’t as bad as I expected however the descent was fast and had enough corners in it for me to have to brake and give up speed due to my over cautiousness.  Because of the wave start and the lack of out and back sections it was a long time before any more Pirates came into sight in fact it was about half way round the second lap when I finally caught up with Hollywood. My timing wasn’t great just as I caught him he decided it was time to relive himself and I had to take evasive action to avoid a trail of pee. I probably spent about 30mins cat and mouseing with Hollywood, I’d move in front on the flats and climbs and he’d make it back on the descents due to my over use of the brakes, made even worse by the light showers and wet roads in the middle of the second lap. The last ascent went ok and the ride back to town felt even better the second time with the long gentle run into town seemed to spend ages at 25-30mph with little effort T2 was a welcome relief as the outside of 1 foot had got quite sore on the bike but i know it would be a problem on the run. Special mention to Sharz for her hill top support. Bike time 5:48:28

Once I’d racked the bike and grabbed my bag another pretty young lady offered to help me. While she sorted out the stuff from my bag I got out of my bike shoes with much relief. On with my clean sock as the young lady rubbed sun cream over my shoulders. Trainers on and snacks into my pocket and out for a little jog. T2 4:24 not sure how that happened.

PSOF 10th Anniversary Champs

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 14:10

Very late and not very well written race report:

Prelude

Winter training went well, lots of time on the turbo and swimming and in the spring Flyaway agreed to mentor me. Just as the weather was improving I went for a ride on dry roads and managed to find a wet corner to go round to fast and fell off. 3 weeks in plaster with my thumb wired put a bit of a dent in my swim training and forced me back indoors on the turbo (upto 2:30hrs at a time). I came back from holiday with 10 weeks to go and with some guidance from Flayaway put a lot more intensity and quality to my training then I have previously.

Pre race

Boy is that a long drive. Great to meet up with so many Pirates, old friends and new acquaintances in and around the town and expo. A couple of swims in the amazingly clear and comfortably warm lake and a bike tune up and it was time to race.

Swim

Quick warm up and a good luck from Flayaway Raf and the Major and in to the lake, took a few hundred meters to calm down and find my pace but soon found some good feet and settled in. Busy but no fighting up to the first turn and again good feet to the second turn. Once round the second turn it was straight into the sun and hard to sight, couldn’t find any good feet going in the right directions so more of a solo swim to the canal. What a mess! Stirred up and murky and full of swimmers all going different speeds, it turned into a wrestling match in places as fast swimmers from the wave behind forced their way round and over slower swimmers from the other waves. One nasty elbow to the top of my head and finally the exit was in sight. Swim time 1:15:46.

I didn’t rush the run to transition but by the time I’d crossed the road I was half way out of my wetsuit and realised that my Garmin hadn’t started properly or I’d pressed the wrong buttons for multisport. This error meant a day of mental arithmetic which got hard and harder as my brain got more and more tired. Grabbed my bag and a lovely young lady offered to help me with my suit and then sorted everything out off my bag ready for me to put on, you don’t get that at many races. She wasn’t quite as willing as Nursey’s assistance though. 6:51 for T1 not great but there is quite a lot of ground to cover.

PSOF 10th Anniversary Champs

Posted: 23/06/2015 at 16:50
Hope it gets sorted by morning, we are meant to be on 11:20 Chunnel crossing tomorrow. Good puck everyone else.

Think we should destroy Meldy's cursed bike.
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