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Ironman Austria 2014

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 08:56

Ooh, lovely smooth roads. But remind myself that I’m not iron fit and energy management is the order of the day.  Settled into a comfortable pace as the first of about 600 hundred crap swimmers started passing me, some on bikes which sound like they’re about to fall apart or haven’t been lubed for months. 

Some undulations but nothing too worrying and I remember that Happychap is prone to exaggeration.  Onto the western loop waiting for the first feature hill which came and went and wasn’t too bad and was followed by a nice bit of down and a nasty little stretch of upflat.  Joined for a while by Farm Boy who apparently had taken 30 miles to realise his rear brake was rubbing before stopping to sort it out.  We had a bit of a chat before he realised how slowly I was going and off he went. 

Started to wonder how long before Toucs would pass me up.  More fairly gentle ups and nice sweeping downs, onto the eastern loop and eventually spotted the little sign which warns that you are about to meet Evil Rupert. Through a couple of nasty little uphill bends, look up and see a ribbon of road disappearing up into the trees some way ahead.  Keep spinning and up we go. Reach the top, phew. Through the trees and OMG another steeper looking section ahead fortunately preceded by a short slightly downhill bit to catch your breath.  Start climbing again and realise that the mobile disco towards the top of the climb is blasting out one of the favourites from the spin shed; great. Couldn’t get onto the beat though.  Finally reach the top and it’s pretty much downhill from there. Except for the little climb through a feed station; who thought that was a good idea?

Still no Toucs; hope he’s made it out of the swim.  Finally see the turnaround ahead. Hooray!  Half way and feeling okay.  200m down the road my brain registered the music which was playing at the turnaround. ‘Let’s go round again ….’  Good grief!.

Brief stop at special needs station to top up nutrition and off I went for lap 2.  Target was to ride as far as the Evil Rupert and then take a walk if necessary.  Crossed paths with Pugsley on the out and back bit between the loops and exchanged ‘Arrrghs’ which seemed to amuse the spectators.  Still no Toucs which likely meant he’d either not made it out of the swim or had a major mechanical.  Short rain shower was quite refreshing but the wind seemed to have picked up a bit.  Not that it was very strong and mostly from the side.  Keep pedalling.  Happychap should catch me soon though, as long as her back, which has been in major spasm for the past few days, isn’t giving her too much gip.  Keep pedalling. Finally reached Rupert and surprisingly still feeling ok so set myself little targets. Pedal the first section and walk the worst of the second. Passed a few people walking, dug in and kept spinning.  Little breather on the flatter bit and onto stage two.  Pedal to that bend.  Good, keep pedalling. Wonder if can actually make it to the top.  Ooh, yes, it seems I can.  Maybe all those sessions in the spin shed were actually worth the pain.

By this time I had expected Happychap to have caught me cos, even though she’s a crap swimmer, she is a bit of a demon on the bike.  Mentally cross fingers that she’s not had to withdraw as well.  Started to feel a bit weary over the last few miles through the outskirts of Klaggenfurt but finally reach the end and mange to dismount without falling over.

7:47:18 – crap cyclist

Ironman Austria 2014

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 08:51

Not too keen on the washing machine effect so as usual started towards the far right and took my time getting into the water and off we went. For a long while it felt like I was going nowhere largely because I thought that the person in a fluorescent jacket who I could see every time I breathed to my right was standing on the pontoon: he wasn’t, he was standing on a paddle board. By the time I worked this out I was pretty much at the first turn buoy which was a bit of a scrum with people just stopping and treading water waiting for a space to get around it.  Never felt really relaxed but the rest of the swim was fairly uneventful except that I, along with many others, headed for the wrong set of boat masts to get to the canal entrance and ended too far over to the right. Shortly before reaching the canal my chip slipped out from under the leg of my wettie and was flapping around on my ankle so I used that as an excuse for a quick breather while I tightened it up a bit. The canal was an interesting mix of excellent drafting and frustration as there wasn’t a huge amount of space to pass people.  Finally hung right towards the exit, was hauled out of the water and jogged off towards transition.

1:19:24 - slightly disappointing

Actually, that’s not hugely accurate. I might have jogged for 50 yards before remembering that today was an exercise in energy conservation and slowing to a brisk walk. Grabbed bag, into change tent, not much space.  Managed to get wettie off without falling over, dry feet, socks and shoes on, cycle top on, helmet and gloves on, pockets stuffed, wettie etc into bag, dump bag in drop zone. Quick visit to portaloo just for good measure, brisk walk to bike and exit. 
Thought I’d been quite speedy.  Apparently not.

16:06 – must learn how to run in bike shoes

Ironman Austria 2014

Posted: 25/07/2014 at 08:49

I’ve been waiting for inspiration to strike to produce a witty and interesting race report but it’s just not going to happen so you’ll have to make do with the following.

The plan for IM Austria wasn’t to break any records but merely to stand on the start line better prepared than I’d been for any of my previous IM attempts.  To be honest, that shouldn’t have been too much of a challenge. However, despite the best intentions when I signed up, as usual, I struggled to actually motivate myself to get out and do the work. I managed a few longish rides, one century and a few 60-80 milers plus lots of shorter sessions but very few significantly hilly rides.  I’d also suffered through a weekly spin session pretty much every week since September.  My running started from an all time low and never got much better.  A succession of minor injuries made me slightly paranoid about damaging myself and resulted in my longest run being about 10k. I did put in a 15 mile walk though, just as a precaution! The only thing I was happy with was my swimming which is, in my opinion, the easiest part of any triathlon.

The journey to Klaggenfurt was stress free given that my bike was being transported by road by Happychap and Toucs. Heathrow to Vienna then a quick change for the short leg to Klaggers. The hotel was very conveniently situated just across the road from the race village, lake and finish line. Wednesday dawned grey and drizzly so I decided not to tempt fate by riding part of the course and just went off for a bit of a walk instead. On return found Happychap and Toucs in the hotel bar after driving around the course.  Their report of ‘OMG far more hills than expected, particularly on the way out to the first loop and the Rupertiberg had us in hysterics’ was just what I didn’t need to hear and almost had me packing my bags.

Didn’t stop me registering for next year on the Friday though.

The 2014 Outlaw feedstation/supporters thread

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 17:32
Happychap wrote (see)

We have about three first aid kits in the van. Trogs can borrow one to bring along if you like?  Rather be safe than sorry?


M..o.use wrote (see)

Happychap - yes please.



Are you really a runner...

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 18:14

Badminton, squash and table tennis for me. Ok at squash (when I'm fit) but never been much good at the other two.

Avoid Rugby 7's, weightlifting and athletics(sprint). Can't argue with that

Same old competition 2014

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 16:36

Time to get start exercising again. Bike commute and ow swim

Fancy name July 

Cheggers (411) (404) (503) (467) (514) (559) 305 
Blue Peter (187) (223) (260) (293) (285) (348) 235 
Stanners (274) (289) (305) (246) (324) (245) 242 
Tired Badger (276) (283) (268) (271) (312) (405) 271 
Seren Nos (272)( 281)( 416) (411) (333) (400) 192.50 
TheBanksy (200) (175.5) (259) (232.5) (202.5) (255) 138 
Cake (121) (48) (144) (162) (207) (241) 123 
Magna Carter (204) (234) (328) (212) (318) (314) 100.1
Rafi (195) (232) (152 )(0) (0) (0) 92
Long John Silver (59) (68.5) (114.25) (80) (119) (115) 75 
maths (154) (185) (210.5) (143.2) (110) (126) 73 
Proven Rw (147.5) (142) (227) (300) (302.5) (270.5) 69 
Ironwolf (53.5) (48) (57) (92) (119) (90.5) 46.5 
Trogs (154.5)(74)(129.3)(103.4)(193.3)(156.2) 34.6
In the Blue (15) (36.5)(26) (31.5) 51.7) (30.8) 33.4 
Mikasa (44.6) (66.6) (8) (19.7) (66.4) (48.4) 3.5 


Smiff Too (132) (140) (204) (154.8) (196.5) 191.5 
Pingu Pongu (148) (158.5) (189) (200) (241) 127.5 
maths (154) (185) (210.5) (143.2) (110) 126 
Golden Boots (96) (208.6) (215) (328.4) (316.55) 119.9 
Blue Steel (141) (103) (113) (105) (170) 65

Ironman UK 2014

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 13:31

Bad news and bad luck for Holgs

Fingers crossed SumoSue is ok and just missing a functional chip

GO everyone else

Outlaw 2014

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 14:49

Sorry to hear that OC

I think last year I put a transition bag in the 'recovery' tent where the day bags go. Wash stuff and change of clothes in there, used locker room showers post swim then headed off to feed station

PSOF 10th Anniversary Champs

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 15:25

So which lucky souls are going to be assigned to  'Toucs watch' ?

The 2014 Outlaw feedstation/supporters thread

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 19:10


Need to get the map out to see where to go/how to get there cos last year I was on the 'alternate' pirate station.

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