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SwimsLikeAWalrus




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PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tin Pot wrote:
Anyone know how close civilisation is from the campsite? I'm in a two seater driving there so will have a minimalist tent and no cooking gear.

Will bring picnic food on Friday if there isn't a restaurant in walking distance - unless they set up food stalls as part of the event?


It is the middle of nowhere. However there are loads of supermarkets in Taunton. I've been in a different one every year, entirely accidently.

There is nothing beyond the nice café as TRO says and the on site stalls don't sell proper food of note!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's open for walk up entries!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm travelling down from Oxford direction - should I go M4 or M5? With Glastonbury this weekend should I allow extra time and is there any roads I should particularly avoid?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kennyOX2 wrote:
I'm travelling down from Oxford direction - should I go M4 or M5? With Glastonbury this weekend should I allow extra time and is there any roads I should particularly avoid?


I've come down the last 5 years down the M5, through Bristol (long grind in the roadworks) and it took me about an extra half hour last year due to 50mph speed limits and volume of traffic around Bristol.

A lot of traffic seems to get off before Sedgefield/moor Services (Weston Super Mare?) and that services is usually busy.

I've found it worse going home tbh. Always slows up for the Glastonbury Traffic!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm looking at hitting the M25/J4 about 11:30 tomorrow. M3 is theoretically quickest, but I hear the M4 is better traffic wise.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Similar, hoping to get there around midday tomorrow. M4, M5 then off at Bridgwater

Register, quick ride of 1 loop at easiest possible pace, then off to Dunster.

Back for swim at 9am Saturday.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, I've got a connection!

To this point my only contact with the outside world has been an honest to real life pay phone. And the other pserson didn't pick up.

Beuatiful place, and a lot of people telling me the run and the bike are agony. We'll see.

Sleeping at a campsite next door has pros and cons. Pro: youre near the course. Con: you got no sleep, have back ache and trench foot.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think anyone was expecting me to rip it up, least of all me, but the course really tore me a new one.

Good news is that I finished and my legs are fine Smile

I'm glad I did it, otherwise I'd always be curious of the mythical Wimbleball, but by far and away the hardest race I've completed.

I'm sure all of you know the course, but jeez the bike just went on forever, climbing forever. Same total climb as Pays D'Aix but I reckon I was an hour or more slower...and I was putting more into it than I should ~ avg 85%FTP. Run executed well, ran walked as planned but that is a run route that hurts all the way added a half hour at least to my slowest half iron run.

Pretty sure I came last in M40-44! Smile

Met loads of friendly faces in the pub and on the campsite though, great atmosphere.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

good work Tin Pot, looked like a pretty demanding race yesterday.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tin Pot wrote:
I don't think anyone was expecting me to rip it up, least of all me, but the course really tore me a new one.

Good news is that I finished and my legs are fine Smile

I'm glad I did it, otherwise I'd always be curious of the mythical Wimbleball, but by far and away the hardest race I've completed.

I'm sure all of you know the course, but jeez the bike just went on forever, climbing forever. Same total climb as Pays D'Aix but I reckon I was an hour or more slower...and I was putting more into it than I should ~ avg 85%FTP. Run executed well, ran walked as planned but that is a run route that hurts all the way added a half hour at least to my slowest half iron run.

Pretty sure I came last in M40-44! Smile

Met loads of friendly faces in the pub and on the campsite though, great atmosphere.


Nice one Tin Pot. Did it for first time too and blown away by the course. Loved it. Beautiful lake and the rolling start meant an enjoyable swim. Took bike within limits on first lap and glad I did. Ended up 85% FTP too as pushed second lap. Some solid bikers out there as 240w normalised power didn't cut the mustard in the 40-44 AG. Did take the descents easy though as totally sketchy in the wet...especially the 1:6 !

Run was a mix of well supported areas and then quiet, stunning scenery. What not to like!? Ha ha. Well, my time was 15 mins slower than often which showed how challenging it was.

Ironman Europe took a great finishing chute photo of me too and posted it online. Ha ha. It looked like I had won with the elation on my face, lol.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

crumpy wrote:
Tin Pot wrote:
I don't think anyone was expecting me to rip it up, least of all me, but the course really tore me a new one.

Good news is that I finished and my legs are fine Smile

I'm glad I did it, otherwise I'd always be curious of the mythical Wimbleball, but by far and away the hardest race I've completed.

I'm sure all of you know the course, but jeez the bike just went on forever, climbing forever. Same total climb as Pays D'Aix but I reckon I was an hour or more slower...and I was putting more into it than I should ~ avg 85%FTP. Run executed well, ran walked as planned but that is a run route that hurts all the way added a half hour at least to my slowest half iron run.

Pretty sure I came last in M40-44! Smile

Met loads of friendly faces in the pub and on the campsite though, great atmosphere.


Nice one Tin Pot. Did it for first time too and blown away by the course. Loved it. Beautiful lake and the rolling start meant an enjoyable swim. Took bike within limits on first lap and glad I did. Ended up 85% FTP too as pushed second lap. Some solid bikers out there as 240w normalised power didn't cut the mustard in the 40-44 AG. Did take the descents easy though as totally sketchy in the wet...especially the 1:6 !

Run was a mix of well supported areas and then quiet, stunning scenery. What not to like!? Ha ha. Well, my time was 15 mins slower than often which showed how challenging it was.

Ironman Europe took a great finishing chute photo of me too and posted it online. Ha ha. It looked like I had won with the elation on my face, lol.


Fame at last! Well done crumpy.
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Olympic '16 3h18 '15 3h33, '13 3h36
Sprint '16 1h17, '14 1h40, '13 2h01
Half Mara '16 2h04, '14 2h07
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just had a quick look at the analysis on CoachCox, and got some mitigation for my terrible result..although not much Smile

http://www.coachcox.co.uk/2017/06/28/ironman-exmoor-70-3-2017-age-group-results/

Everyone swam quicker this year than previous, except me who swam a couple minutes slower, so I came out of the water pretty much middle of the pack.

Exmoor was around half an hour slower than Staffs on the bike this year. The other thirty minutes will have to be poor fitness and execution! And maybe some bike issues - the front shifter shaking loose and onto the tarmac didn't help much. Laughing But that's enough excuses.

Also looks like the worst half of M40-44 finishers were much slower this year than previous:

2016 50th place ~6hrs
2016 100th place ~ 6:30

2017 50th place ~6:20
2017 100th place ~ 7:45

So I'm going to guess the less fit athletes found the conditions significantly harder than the overall average.

Also means I didn't come last Smile
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