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PCP




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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

explorerJC wrote:
Jorgan wrote:
My Frankfurt bag from 2 years ago has pockets like sieves now, but the overall bag is still holding my swim kit together. I still have my Zoot branded IM70.3 St Polten bag from 2010; now that is a proper quality 'freebee'.

There are probably a bunch of Syrian refugees complaining about my other ones now.


IM austria one from over 10 years ago is still holding strong...


Pasta Party or bag?
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25TT - mechanical
Horwich tri - 2:11:12 (57/393)
Monster Mojo Middle - 4:44:50 (29th)
50TT - mechanical
UK Ultimate 1/2 - DNF
100TT - 4:47
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks @tunster all support needed his year!

Slept fitfully last night. Bed tonight at 10. Up at 4:30. Bus stop before 5. Pop into transition at 5:30 and attach the bottle and bike comp. Startline at 5:45.

For some reason I thought there was a shuttle bus from T2 to T1 this morning like at Pays D'Aix 70.3, so I had to call on the spirit of @toyotacrown, tucking my jeans into my socks...


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Night campers.

See you in the morning
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck all, I've come over for my bag (bloody expensive) and I'll be watching later on.

Jeff
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

flogazo wrote:
Tin Pot - M40-44 Bib 1459. Black 2XU tri suit. Black red & white Argon18. Target 1:15/6:45/5:30
PCP - M35-39. Bib 1186. Black/yellow TriCentralUk long sleeve suite. Black & blue Giant. Target 1:05/6:15/3:45 for 11:15
Funkster - M40-44 Bib 194 White/black short sleeve Fusion suit, white and black calf guards, Blue/White Blue Triad. Target 1:00/5:30/3:30 for 10:10 and KQ
Daetho - M35-39. Black Orca tri suit. White Cervelo P2. Target 0:55/6:00/3:40
Murph333 - M30-35. Tour Alberta bike jersey, Ironman Mont Tremblant Shirt, Black, White, Orange Ridley Dean RS. Target 1:30/6:30/4:45 for 12:45.
flogazo: M30, Bib 897 Black/Whit LongsSleeve Trisuit. Black Specialized Transition, Target: 1:00/5:20/3:20


Just been on the tracker and looks like some of these guys have had a tough day.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had a pretty disastrous day, mechanical on the bike after 10 miles that they could on temporarily fix so ended up stopping 6 times for a total of around 35-45 minutes.
Stupidly Blew my legs trying to make time up coz I was so annoyed then and by the time I eased off it was too late so I died 1000 deaths after 15 miles on the run coz I'm an idiot.

Disappointed doesn't even begin to cover it but at least I didn't quit.
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2017 races:
25TT - mechanical
Horwich tri - 2:11:12 (57/393)
Monster Mojo Middle - 4:44:50 (29th)
50TT - mechanical
UK Ultimate 1/2 - DNF
100TT - 4:47
IMUK -
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tough/disastrous, yep. No excuses, I obviously didn't do enough of the right things but every ~#*$ up is a learning experience eh? Very Happy

I'll analyse it later, I'm just glad I finished - had to use the fear of failure when the maths started me thinking when the cutoff was. Felt really good to cross the line!
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Sprint '16 1h17, '14 1h40, '13 2h01
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10 Mile TT '16 00:26:30
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Carp day

Swim was a little slow with 1:02
Onto the bike and was trying to keep to my power numbers.
Had put a 36 on the front so both times up Sheephouse were fine, second time up Hunters was tough. Pack of about 6 guys came past on the fast section at the back but just let them go.
Got all my nutrition in and a bit extra and came in the same as last year at 5:36

So for the plan to work I needed about a 3:25-3:30 run

Got some wicked quad cramp in the first 800m but walked and relaxed and it went. First mile was 9:26, but didn't panic
Next few miles I actually felt good and managed 7:26, 7:23 and 7:05 (due to the downhill) so was feeling confident as this was my long run pace that I'd been doing all year.

Got to the hill off the canal, did a walk up the gravel and then a nice easy jog to the top, just as I'd been training on the roads near my work.

5 miles in and 40:00, so bang on and one of the slowest miles done, so should be ok on the flattish/downhill sections.

Then at 6 miles, hamstrings, hips and quads all took turns in having a cramp. Tried walking it off, but as soon as I ran, it came back.
So then it was 4 1/2 hours and 20 miles of walking.

When the watch ticked over at 3:25 it would have been 10 hrs 12 and change

Finally crossed the line in 12:01 for a new personal worst.

My AG seems to have got very quick this year with 3 guys under 10hrs, with the winner doing 9:39 off a 5:10 bike split.

Had I done my 10:10, I might have made 6th, but even with a 3:30 run I would have been 8th, so no chance of KQ anyway
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some tough stories to read through

I am slowly reaching the conclusion that long distance anything for me is not a good hobby until I can sort out a form of nutrition that works (you can guess what is coming).

I swum 1:29 which was on my target and although my Garmin clocked it at 2.7 (I zig-zag, but not that much!) it was brilliant, I could see, it was not sea water and there were definitely no jellyfish (Tenby has been my previous IMs) - all good.

Bike came in at 7:44 which was 15 mins down on target, however was on track for much better until last 25 miles, had to stop 3 time to be sick, and then couldn't keep anything down (water, electrolyte, bananas, mini cheddars, jelly babies, pork pie). I knew I was dehydrated, despite forcing myself to drink what I thought was a lot - obviously not enough, or of the wrong type.

Regrouped in T2 and hoped that my Starbucks Double espresso milk might do the job....however, when ice cold it is one of the best things for me, when it is warm it isn't Sad

So set of on the run and pretty quickly there was a very heated argument between my mind and my body:
Mind - i can walk this and still come in around 16:30 ish?
Body - why would I let you walk for 7 hours?

Anyway, a number of sick stops completed, I got to about the 10k point (the top of the hill after the canal?) and the medics checked me out in the ambulance. All the numbers they did seemed ok, but just severe dehydration. Further checks back at the finish and then home like a bear with a sore head Sad

Well done to everyone who finished and achieved their goals and bad luck to anyone who didn't quite have it go to plan

Cheers,
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chapeau to everyone that took part, regardless of time or if you finished or not. Major achievement just to have the commitment to get there.

Reading thorough some of the above really hammers home what a tough sport this.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got up at 4 and was over at the bus stop about 4:30, with roughly a million people and no buses. Forgot to bring my breakfast, but otherwise okay.

Swim
Bumped into a veteran at the swim start I'd met at the swim start at Exmoor, and shared some tales, which was nice.

Into the water was good, sighting okay, not too much melee, remembered how to swim about 20mins in as usual. It was choppier than usual, imo, particularly on the back straight. I drank a lot of water, had trouble breathing/choking two or three times which is unusual for me, but I got out only two minutes slower than target, although the IM split has it as three.

T1
Nothing unusual except that my left eye was all blurry. The same blurry as if you'd slept with a contact lens in. I took out my lens and had an official look, but nothing there. It went away at some point on the bike. Maybe biff?

Bike
Started hard on the hills, and saw my average (NP) go from 178 to 188 so backed off and slowly it ticked down over the hours to 161 iirc. Realised too late that Pembrokeshire Bikes had realigned my aero bars.

Got pretty well known by the other athletes with my slowly up the hills, then tearing passed them at triple their speed on the descents and flats Laughing I've got to say I loved that.

I thought I was on for 6:45, so no idea how 7:28 happened. Hopefully I've got a power file to analyse, maybe I backed off too much or blew myself out.

After 5hrs my shoulder/neck pain was unbearable. Stopped for one pee, and that was painful - this could have been a warning sign. A rare cramp in my left leg also.

T2
Took it easy dismounting this year and stayed upright Wink

Run
Wasn't checking time, so thought I was good to go. Took it easy, but similar to last year I started seeing spots. I could jog along, but a few minutes in I'd abort. Mind saying no, body saying no. Notice my heart rate maxing out a few times. I was a bit dizzy, so I just walked and took in plenty of fluids thinking I might be dehydrated but it didn't seem to make much difference. I managed jogging back into town a few times, about the pace taller folk can walk. My walking pace is about half speed of others.

So I had to bear the humiliation and walk it out. Seeing the finish line clock was so disheartening. My second lap had taken 1hr42! By then my pee was back to normal, but blisters,stiff lower back, stiff hips, right quad was going. My maths was way off but my racebrain thought I might miss the cutoff, and the thought of letting down my kids was too much to bear to I forced myself to "run" the last three miles or so.

16:11.

Jesus Christ.
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Half Iron '17 7h39!, 6h28 '16 5h53
Olympic '16 3h18 '15 3h33, '13 3h36
Sprint '16 1h17, '14 1h40, '13 2h01
Half Mara '16 2h04, '14 2h07
10 Mile TT '16 00:26:30
Trail 10K '16 54:01 '13 54:46
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm reading this thread through my fingers!

Well done to all you guys who pushed through to the finish; I know what it's like. I've certainly had the cramp from hell last year at the 226.... where it feels like someones passing an electric current through your upper leg. I must admit after I read Tin Pot planned a 4:30 wake-up, I wondered whether he'd miss the start Wink Seems you changed plans, but then forgot your food! I'm going to read through all the stories, and see if there's anything I can learn for Outlaw on Sunday, so keep then coming.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The route goes past my front door, so I just sat out with my camera snapping a few of the athletes coming by, then this abomination rode past.



It was a very warm day once the sun got out, but started with rain and a chill - the mistake loads of people made as far as I could see, was not stripping off their rain gear ... so many riding past with too many layers on, red faces and they would pay for that later I would guess.

Anyway, after the road was re-opened I chose to watch the Tour rather than go into Bolton, but well done all of you guys who finished and hard luck to those that didn't make it.

For anyone interested, I have posted up a short gallery of different type shots here - you may be included, you may be not - http://www.martinholdenimages.co.uk/ironman-uk
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My 1 positive for the day is that I got out of there with my life in tact.

One minute I'm doing 45mph coming over the back of Belmont, then as I hit the motorway roundabout at the bottom the skewer came out of my back wheel Shocked luckily my wheel just jammed and I had slowed right down. A guy found the nut in the road and back off I went.
I'd ridden 40+ miles with it loose!!
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2017 races:
25TT - mechanical
Horwich tri - 2:11:12 (57/393)
Monster Mojo Middle - 4:44:50 (29th)
50TT - mechanical
UK Ultimate 1/2 - DNF
100TT - 4:47
IMUK -
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jorgan wrote:
I'm reading this thread through my fingers!

Well done to all you guys who pushed through to the finish; I know what it's like. I've certainly had the cramp from hell last year at the 226.... where it feels like someones passing an electric current through your upper leg. I must admit after I read Tin Pot planned a 4:30 wake-up, I wondered whether he'd miss the start Wink Seems you changed plans, but then forgot your food! I'm going to read through all the stories, and see if there's anything I can learn for Outlaw on Sunday, so keep then coming.


Ha ha, I was just teasing you guys - no way I could sleep with people stomping about at 02:45. Top Tip, the Premier Inn by the stadium is convenient but the floorboards are from Victorian Britain. I've never heard so much noise.
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Half Iron '17 7h39!, 6h28 '16 5h53
Olympic '16 3h18 '15 3h33, '13 3h36
Sprint '16 1h17, '14 1h40, '13 2h01
Half Mara '16 2h04, '14 2h07
10 Mile TT '16 00:26:30
Trail 10K '16 54:01 '13 54:46
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