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Outlaw half Holkham 2nd July 2017
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Andy916




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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

snowie wrote:

the race was a waved start, i was in the 2nd to last wave (oldies) & spent the bike dodging tail enders & traffic


I was in the same late swim wave and climbed 265 places on the bike then another 86 on the run (I was coming across novice riders almost all the way through). Apart from the wide spacing of the swim waves it was a great event though, I thought. OSB do a good job and Holkham Hall lends itself well to that scale of event. Probably my strongest half so far; 13th M50 of 118 with some surprisingly fast old farts at the sharp end.

Swim: my usual 40mins on minimal training, a bit crowded but no biff, starting RHS then moving to the left by the first buoy. Murky but not pitch black at the start as we had at the Grafman.

Bike: 2:49, and my second race with a powermeter. 159W AP, 168W NP (I'm just 60kg), although to hit 85% of FTP I should be doing 170+W really. A bit uneven still, with the first 45mins being 22W higher than the rest.

Run: 1:43, felt strong throughout losing just 6s per km in the second lap, then another 6s per km in the third lap (I created a segment on Strava 'Holkham Outlaw lap proper' for direct comparison of laps, whereas the official splits are slightly unequal I think). Really enjoyed the run - slight undulation and a bit of heat suits me well. Glutes and calves properly tired by 3rd lap, had to dig deep by then, so I'm not sure I could go harder on the bike and still run well.

Being fairly local I wondered about using this one as an annual comparator, but on balance I'll stick with Ely half or the Grafman - both have fewer novices and fewer overall, and are two-thirds the price.
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TriSam




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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I enjoyed the undulation, find it helped break up the run into more manageable portions! The long steady downhill into the finish area past the campsite was actually where I ended up running the slowest in all of my 3 laps, no idea why Confused
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Strange sort of day for me, uneventful swim in 32, first bike issue straight away as i'd changed my displays on the garmin day before and must of switched the sensor off so now power displayed on the bike Mad followed by spares getting jettisoned at 16 miles so 40 miles of paranoia about puncturing, got off the bike on 2:36 and as soon as the run started I had cramp in both quads which I thought would shift but no it was there for the whole run. Was tempted to bin it but noticed nobody was passing me so pushed on with a 1:31 run, ended up 3rd in AG (40-44) and 44th overall (33rd minus relays). All in not to bad for a "B" race. 6 weeks now till Dublin 70.3
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Jorgan




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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

triathlondaz wrote:
Strange sort of day for me, uneventful swim in 32, first bike issue straight away as i'd changed my displays on the garmin day before and must of switched the sensor off so now power displayed on the bike Mad followed by spares getting jettisoned at 16 miles so 40 miles of paranoia about puncturing, got off the bike on 2:36 and as soon as the run started I had cramp in both quads which I thought would shift but no it was there for the whole run. Was tempted to bin it but noticed nobody was passing me so pushed on with a 1:31 run, ended up 3rd in AG (40-44) and 44th overall (33rd minus relays). All in not to bad for a "B" race. 6 weeks now till Dublin 70.3


Yeah, your ears are rightly burning Very Happy I was wondering if you & Scott had 'bad' races or Mr Lee had a blinder? (perhaps little of both) I'm keeping an eye on that one for Outlaw Wink
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mattsurf




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PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jorgan wrote:


Yeah, your ears are rightly burning Very Happy I was wondering if you & Scott had 'bad' races or Mr Lee had a blinder? (perhaps little of both) I'm keeping an eye on that one for Outlaw Wink


I know that Scott didn't have the best race, on a borrowed bike. still second in his AG though. Probably the only time I will ever have a quicker bike leg
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw a photographer out in Fring, which I'm sure is where someone of tritalk fame was taking photos last year. Let's hope for some good snaps soon.

Official pictures are here: https://sportcam.net/Race.aspx?id=366
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good and Bad race for me.

I was in the 6.30 wave as i'm a relative youngster but found it a proper fight all the way round. Pitch black with face in the water, constant biff with people for the whole swim and then the final turn for home you had the sun right in the your eyes and pitch black water so literally no idea where I was going but even so went under 40 mins which I was happy with.

Bike was a seemingly never ending head wind but the roads were not too busy for me. Didnt see too much drafting and plenty of motorbikes out keeping an eye on proceedings. Turned past sandringham only to get a puncture in my rear wheel. Lost 10 mins changing it then had a lovely blast home along the smooth main road on legs that had had a nice 10 minute rest! The final run into the Hall as mentioned by someone else was very narrow and I chose to just sit behind and not overtake so maybe lost a little bit of time there and finished in 2.50.

Run started out strong only for that feeling of verging on cramp in both hamstrings to hit so eased back and hoped it would pass. By the first water stop it had so pushed on running my first lap with the Lead female(she was on her last!) followed by 2 more fairly evenly paced laps only slowing a little for each one and managed to run completely between every aid station which was novel for me. They were perfectly spaced out imo. Finished the run in 1.51 for a total time of 5.23.30 which was well under my 5.30 target. Including the puncture so I'm well happy.

Thought the course was really nice and will definitely be back again for the next one. OSB put on really great events. Proper IM branded fanfare with a feeling like youre not just paying for a name!!
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