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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:14 pm    Post subject: BDAbio's Double Enduroman 2011 Race Report 4.8/232/52 miles Reply with quote

Double Enduroman 2011 Race Report 4.8/232/52 miles


How did I do in the double? well OK, I did OK, Well Ok as in that I finished. But wasn't really the race I trained for, very very humbling and yet inspiring to see everyone breeze past me.

on landing in the UK , I had a mare with my tonsillitis and my bike was damaged from the transit so used all my free time before the race driving up and down the country trying to get it fixed.
This left me with no time to by food and prep and made it to the race brief with minutes to spare. Sorting everything out and the early Sat start left me only getting 2 hrs sleep.. less than ideal!

So morning of the race I drove over, set up my stuff, pitched the marque and squeezed into my wetsuit.
I dipped my toes into he water and squealed at the cold, IT WAS FREEZING!! I was really regretting my decision no to wear a neoprene swim hat.
Before I knew it the start was called and I was splashing around and bumping into just about everybody.
The water was green with a frosting of brown and it tasted like peat, I was thinking that once it all calmed down I would be able to see my arms but this never happened. In fact my shoulder was hurting from a bad hit & run those weeks before so I crooked my head to look upon it in disgust, but still couldn't even see it as the water was that murky. 1.5 inch viz I reckoned...perfect for long swim... when your crap at sighting.

So round and round I went counting merrily as I finished another lap, until I asked for a count. 12? i said.... "11 confirmed" was the reply. bugger must have missed one. Later the same again, 18? I said, "17 confirmed” the voice replied... I was pissed, but what was the point in contesting it when the cut off was soon approaching. I dug deep finished the 23 laps and got out of the water to timing chip line. only slightly delayed by search for my flip flops as my crew had replaced them in their wisdom with crocs.. crocs with muddy feet, I think not!!
I was pissed as I was one of the last out of the water, my crew then tactfully asked "why did you do two extra laps?"..
So it was confirmed, I had done over 5.2 miles opposed to the required 4.8.. I was 20 mins down and needed to accept that this was lost time, never to be regained.

So on to the Bike,

I strolled back to the tent for my transition and took the opportunity to down a pot noodle and a couple of sausage rolls. My entourage escorted me up to the bike area passing me tea and jaffa cakes sherpering my spares, medical kit and clothes like the diva I was. A quick shoe change race bottle loaded and I was off...
In essence this wasn't too bad, 20 laps of 11+ mile loop
Well I say this but after the first lap I was thinking, bloody hell!!!!! how the feck am I going to speed round there?? later I was told the course had 12,000 feet of climbing, oh deary deary me. Not quite the pancake flat millage I had been playing with in Bermuda .

Despite that both me and my pit crew got into a good rhythm and then slowly... very slowly racked up some laps. I was pretty consistent (slow but consistent) until my brother took over and the pit stops grew in length over the disorganization. again, couldn't grumble, they were doing their best. But i was getting irritated as each time I stopped he thought it the opportune time to ask what he needed or could borrow for his single distance the next day.. I think he was hoping that he could use my bike if I finished before 4am..
Anyway I digress, so the night drew on and the course was thick with dark emptiness, on occasion I had to swerve some Forrest wildlife or a wild horse who was blocking the road, and tried without success to bunny-hop the cattle grids, but all in all it was nowhere near as sketchy as riding over here.

All was good, my folks were back in the pit lane and I was happy, cold but happy!
My mantra for this event was Attempt, Assess, Adapt, Accomplish! and as the night wore on and I said good bye to the averages I had been maintaining in training, I resigned that i was going to be cycling till dawn... AWSOME!!! NOT!! Well at least i wouldn't be on the trail run from hell whilst it was dark.
So bang, before I knew it the 200mile mark came and with it the rain began to build along with the wind.

Those roads weren't so much fun in the wind, rain and dark and again with perfect timing the lights on my bike died. looking at my watch I figured I had a lap until it would be light enough to see and the marshal's were all moving on to the run course so I pressed on in hope that i knew the danger points by now and was unlikely to get pulled from the course.

This should have been the least of my worries! My hands became numb with cold and I was soaked to the skin, I couldn't regulate my temperature and as my nose streamed, it was getting drawn into my lungs. only 20 miles to go, i wasn't going to give up!! no frigging way, not this close. My breathing became labored and I could sense the moisture in my lungs, coughing it up wasn't working. "Damn, I'll address this later i thought"
Coming in for the final lap i decided that i couldn't spare the time to stop just in case i got a flat, so with empty bottles, and no food, sucked it up and got it done. i was pleased to be off the bike and back in high spirits.
A quick dismount, trainers on and a quick half lap to warm up before changing. the rain was pouring now and sky thick with gray.
Back to the tent it was time for some tea and soup, but my body had decided enough was enough. I was shaking uncontrollably and I wasn't unable to communicate with my crew. My sentences were incoherent and I the words of my brother "He looks like SH*T"... This was basically the onset of stage two hypothermia.

I was stripped and dried and before I knew what had happened was put into two sleeping bags in a desperate attempt, by my crew to warm me up. I was barely able to make out what they were saying as they whispered around me and then I heard the word "quit" by one of them.
The rain was leaking through the tent and the sleeping bags were getting increasingly wet. I was somewhat amused when the crew positioned themselves on each corner of the tent as the wind kept ripping it from the ground. I wasn't getting any warmer and after a time check, knew that If id didn't get moving my race was over. My mind took over and quickly got dressed and I was gone.

Still shaking and teeth chattering, i pushed out a couple of fast laps and the shivering subsided. My smile grew and the rain poured!
The course was horrible, trees, roots, mud, steep inclines, steep descents and you would be forgiven for thinking that Noah had just finished building his ark in the next valley.. truly biblical rain which didn't stop for over 24hrs.
On my 4th lap ran past as my crews tent took yet another sharp gust of wind and buckled in half. My food, clothes, heater, shelter were toast! no more aid station for me. I would have to adapt once again and eat what had survived and move away from any warm meals.

More than anything this just brought a bigger smile to my face.. as they say, the 'bigger the challenge the greater the reward', so this was going to be some reward.
The mud got deeper and the banter on the course got better and better!! i knew I was going slow, but didn't want to blow up, slow and steady, slow and steady. I figured it was better not to know ho many laps I had done so confused myself enough to stop counting with the plan of running until I was stopped..

My crew however were counting at at around mile 40 of the run said "Just so you know, If you don't up your game your not going to make it by cut-off!" this was useful but a little devastating and i tried to keep it together. The sun had set and the cold was well on its way again. My spirits weakened and I felt as sick as a dog. I was being sick every mile or so and couldn't replenish that which i was loosing. Coke became the last resort and with it i began to crash.
With my left achilles heel in bits I was down to a scuffle/shuffle/walk and being very tentative in the ankle deep mud. 20hrs of rain had played havoc with my feet and the blisters were like stepping fiery coals. Crawling was looking like a damn fine option.. (over the next year I may learn to walk on my hands so as to be able to relive my feet for the odd lap next time)
It was around this point I walked up to Steve and Eddie and said "I can't run any further, I can do what I'm doing, but I can't run, I'm not going to make cut-off, but I'd like to go as far as I can before then?" Steve's answer was bitter-sweet "As long as you keep going, we'll keep the finish line open!" for a second i was elated! then the realisation sunk in that I was looking at another 3+ hours on the course. People were finishing and it was getting all very quiet in the woods. i thought to myself what’s another 3 hrs of pain over 9 months of blood sweat and tears and re-focused, dug deep and got going at the best pace I could manage.

My remaining crew member who had be stood in the rain for hours was looking forward to his last 30mins in the rain and came over. i broke the news to him and his forced chipper smile dropped and few inches. I told him to go and that i could manage the rest, but he stuck by for several more hours until I finally crossed that finish line.

At last i had done it!! I was unsure of the damage i had done to myself getting me to this point, but being given the medal by Steve made it all worth while!

I'm proud of what i accomplished, considering the conditions, but a little disappointed with myself that I don't have the drive to fight to gain a place or two on the leader board. Maybe this is a strength rather than a weakness in these kind of events?? maybe I'm just not competitive?? maybe I don't have the drive I saw in everyone else?? What I do know is that I was humbled by the determination and character of those around me and proud to have been on the course with them.

I want to do this race justice. I'm a numpT and learned an awful lot; many things to change and consider in the future, so maybe this is just the beginning of things to come?

Again a huge thank you to all the supporters, Steve, Eddie and the Rev who encouraged me to keep going no matter what and for not looking down at me and getting irritated with me for being the plonker who had bitten off more than he could chew, even though it did mean they had to stand in the rain for another 4 hrs... Sorry!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you may not have had the fight to finish a few places further up the board but you had mega fight to overcome your obstacles that were thrown at you and finished, you gotta be proud of that.
Very well done, there was lots you conquored to get to the finish, excellent "few" hours Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BDAbio - well done mate you finished, thats all that counts....top effort

Was great walking/jogging round with you and Matt the tripler through the small hours of Monday morning in ankle deep mud and frogs.

Go on mate if you can get through that you`ve got what it takes for the triple.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done, bloody well done. Why anyone wants to race that distance in this country must be mad!!!

i did my first long race, a half ironman in Majorca, te thought of a double in the UK is amazing. Especially if you come from Bermuda!!

Well done, just well done.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Respect!

So, so impressed!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn! Worship
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bd-bd-bd-bad boy badio - tastic Party
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks everyone! Without the banter and good spirits of the crews, supporters and competitors, this challenge would have been infinitely more difficult!

martinp wrote:

Was great walking/jogging round with you and Matt the tripler through the small hours of Monday morning in ankle deep mud and frogs.

Go on mate if you can get through that you`ve got what it takes for the triple.


Wish my achilles would have let me pace with you and Matt on the last few laps. Didn't expect to still be laughing by that point in the morning!

Don't you start egging me on, I'm getting enough grief back in Bermy for even contemplating going back AND I thought you were down for the Quint??
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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bd-bd-bd-bad boy badio - tastic Party


T_C a highlight of the night was the 'phonegate' incident.. Even with MartinP for protection I was fearful if we said anything or burst out a laughter you would have piledrived us into the lake! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

my memory's a bit fuzzy about if i met you, but I was out at the aidstation until about 2am, with a fashionable sling on!

Great result, congratulations. See you next year
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

aaronb1985 wrote:
my memory's a bit fuzzy about if i met you, but I was out at the aidstation until about 2am, with a fashionable sling on!

Great result, congratulations. See you next year


Thanks, Yes we did meet, albeit briefly on the occasional lap when I stopped in search of food and drink.

Great attitude staying up out on the course to help after all you had endured that day Aaron, I'm sure I speak for many when I say I really appreciated it in those early hours.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent report and fantastic result, well done!! Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 3:10 pm    Post subject: Re: BDAbio's Double Enduroman 2011 Race Report 4.8/232/52 m Reply with quote

BDAbio wrote:
I'm a numpT
NOT ANY MORE YOU ARENT Very Happy

HTF you kept going after hypothermia on the bike, then having a fecked achilles and blisters on the run. Tenacious BDabio Cool

Tremendous effort. & cant believe your probs b4 the race, sounds like the daft sort of thing I'd normally do. stress and faff and 2hrs sleep - plus no acclimatization to our damp cold weather and our nice hills n mud. Gobsmacking performance m8 - YOU ARE A DOUBLE ENDUROMAN Party
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:49 pm    Post subject: Re: BDAbio's Double Enduroman 2011 Race Report 4.8/232/52 m Reply with quote

Toyota_Crown wrote:
BDAbio wrote:
I'm a numpT
NOT ANY MORE YOU ARENT Very Happy

HTF you kept going after hypothermia on the bike, then having a fecked achilles and blisters on the run. Tenacious BDabio Cool

Tremendous effort. & cant believe your probs b4 the race, sounds like the daft sort of thing I'd normally do. stress and faff and 2hrs sleep - plus no acclimatization to our damp cold weather and our nice hills n mud. Gobsmacking performance m8 - YOU ARE A DOUBLE ENDUROMAN Party


Aww shucks Blushes Thanks, still a long way to go, but i feel I've now made the first rung of the ultra ladder. Looking forward to the next event Very Happy
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BDAbio wrote:
aaronb1985 wrote:
my memory's a bit fuzzy about if i met you, but I was out at the aidstation until about 2am, with a fashionable sling on!

Great result, congratulations. See you next year


Thanks, Yes we did meet, albeit briefly on the occasional lap when I stopped in search of food and drink.

Great attitude staying up out on the course to help after all you had endured that day Aaron, I'm sure I speak for many when I say I really appreciated it in those early hours.


i thought I must have.

No problem. If you'd have seen me earlier in the day you might not have agreed! I had a bit of misery and went for a bit of a drive, but decided there was no way i could drive home for 4 1/2 hours in that weather with my shoulder.
Plus I didn't want to miss history and seeing the 1st deca finishers. Despite the DNF it was still a great weekend with lots of amazing people
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