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Luke




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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 8:22 am    Post subject: XTerra race report - Getting dirty! Reply with quote

Oooh my, that was one tough event. My first taste of XTerra was great fun, but very tough. Certainly tougher than both the HIM-distance races I did last year.

XTerra takes place from race HQ at Resolven rugby club. But despite being a small village with a small'ish rugby club, the event is extremely well organised - Good race briefing, good marshals (and mountain rescue!), and a very professional feel to the race.

Xterra is, I guess, a bit of a niche event. Not fancied by many pure triathletes who haven't done much MTB, and not fancied by pure MTB'ers who don't fancy the swim. However, there were about 150 competitors, including about 20 or so 'elites'. Amongst whom was Julie Dibens, who won the Female event.

The swim begins with a 1500m swim in two lakes - A 1250m circuit of the big lake, and then a quick 250m swim across the (much colder Shocked ) little lake. For me, despite having done very little swim training the swim went pretty well. It's a mass start, so there was plenty of argy-bargy for the first 500m, which left me gasping for air a bit. But after that it was a nice swim. Then it's straight out onto the MTB course.

The MTB course was extended from last year, and given the conditions (v. wet) it was very much the hardest MTB ride I've ever done. Not from a technical point of view, but from a pure physical point of view.

The course starts with a huge ascent up the mountain that just goes on and on and on. Once at the top the fun starts, with plenty of really sweet single track. This was definitely the most fun bit of the course. Unfortunately, the course just goes on and on.

Finally you descend back down the mountain. This was very muddy with big puddles that easily covered the pedals and wheel axles of my bike.

Eventually, I got back to T2, very, very tired.

The event finishes with a killer 10k, back up the mountain (having crossed a fast flowing river at the start) Shocked Shocked

I wasn't finding the run too bad (being so pleased to get off the bike Smile ) but through the latter stages of the run I was finding it difficult to run down hill as I was being really hampered by cramps in my stomach muscles.

I was very pleased to finish, and collect a bottle of water and a Welsh Cake Very Happy

After the event, I looked like I'd been in some sort of mud wrestling competition. Also, it took me an hour to get all my stuff cleaned from the mud today. Particularly my MTB shoes, which had completely filled with mud.

Did I enjoy Xterra - You bet!

Will I go back and do it again - Most definitely


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

awesome luke Very Happy

sounds like a great day out....


now if only a) i had a half decent MTB and b) i knew how to ride one

i'd join ya next year!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Luke - great report ! Half way round I regretted
1. Not getting out more on my MTB
2. My 4hr "training" stint on my bike on the Friday...

Great turn out to see me finish as the "lanterne Rouge" which was fantastic ..also the (just)hot shower was amazing after 7hrs in the rain .

Do you have the contact details of the photographer ...like you I was covered in mud from head to toe !

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Grunta,

Well done for finishing. Any finisher that day deserves to be called a winner Cool .

Photos should be available later this week from:

http://www.sportysnaps.com/frames/fra_main.htm


Could be pretty ugly Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice report.

Sounds a laugh. I am tempted to have a go next year.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

and me - having a go next year that is
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bainsy wrote:
and me - having a go next year that is
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Piece of (Welsh) cake I should think after Norseman this year - One of my dream events Very Happy .

Good luck, I look forward to your report.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was an outstanding race. Without doubt the hardest course i've ever done. 1.5k swim 32km ride and 10km run in......3 hours 51 mins. I normally do an olympic in 2.15! The run was sooo hard with some sections with ropes to enable you to pull yourself up. I saw some great crashes on the final downhill when everyones brakes had worn down to the metal. even the pros that i spoke to said it was the hardest course they've competed on, so i feel proud to have finished MOP.
It is a niche event but it deserves more coverage and a greater turnout. i suppose a few people are nervous about entering such a tough event.
I'll certainly be back next year. Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

.....Don't know about a bigger turn out ...reckon you have to be classed as medically insane to race Xterra ! Glad pros thought it was tough . Makes me feel better now , being a softie that normally just races in conventional triathlons . Hats off to the girls -some real tough cookies & I just wish I'd finished a bit sooner & had chance to chat to the experts .Can't find one of my gloves...but not driving all the way back to look for it !

Need a decent lightweight waterproof top as my cheap & nasty one was just that ..any suggestions - need one that will keep me dry for about 6hrs !
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for that Link , Luke - the pix should be awesome ( was 2 long in Vancouver at the infamous World DUATHLON champs ....)
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2008 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From SportySnaps (http://www.sportysnaps.com/):

Relief at the end of a very long and tough bike course:



Feeling quite sprightly:



Dog tired:

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