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FatPom




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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

D4SH wrote:
We are staying up at Bluestone (about half an hour drive from Tenby) - how hard would it be to find a parking space on race morning or is it just simpler to use the Park and Ride?


You racing or watching? if you're racing, then i reckon you'd be there early enough for the big car park (North Beach car park?), it's the one with the coaches in. Bit of a trek to T1.

Thought i read something about somebody getting into the multi storey on race morning last year. Either way, you're pretty captive once you're in I think.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Im racing, but have the extended family coming to watch the start. I've told them they may as well go home during the bike as not much to see!

I'd rather not have the stress of buses etc pre race, so might drive in with wife and get everybody else to use park/ride so that they can get in/out of town a bit easier during the day.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

D4SH wrote:

I'd rather not have the stress of buses etc pre race, so might drive in with wife and get everybody else to use park/ride so that they can get in/out of town a bit easier during the day.


I would say that is very sensible.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

30 Days to go.....
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FatPom




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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SGreg wrote:
30 Days to go.....


You can go off people ya know Wink Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Race numbers are out, I'm 1042.

I'm also in the M35-X category which is a little odd as I'll be 34. I registered so long ago I can't really remember what it asked about age etc. Not that it really matters as I'll be nowhere near the pointy end of the field.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just looked and it only asks for your DOB which I did get correct Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

T1mmy, if your birthday is after the event and you will be 35, its your age as of 31st Dec. Thats probably why your in that age group.

I'm 1406, hoping that's not an omen to my time 14Hrs 06Mins Wink

As of Sunday 13th Aug were are into the final 4 weeks. So to me thats 2 weeks of big rides and runs. 70 - 80 mile rides and no further than 13 mile runs. A few swims might help haha.

Then its taper and rest the aching body. A friend was in Tenby today and the water was pan flat. I'm praying for the same on race day..!!

D4sh, Bluestone is beautiful, stayed there for a weekend a few years ago. Loved it.

If you can average 17.5mph on the bike, then that will bring you in for 6Hrs 30Min bike. Thats my plan and I'm sticking to it, I hope 🤞.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone done, or know anyone that's done the VIP spectator package? Through a set of events hat I won't bore you with here, my elderly but mobile Mum will be coming along to watch.

Not so worried about the cost ( kind of!) but wondering if it's worthwhile for her so she doesn't get too bored. Also wondering how it works with people seeing 'their athlete'?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Number 975 here. Last 'big' week of training to go and then really looking forward to that taper!
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SGreg




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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So the Swim


How is the course actually laid out. Basically are there intermediate buoys?

Just looking at pic's and such and there seems to be no sign of any....Those Turn buoys look and incredibly long way apart to be navigating between!

On top of that I like to have something to watch as a progress tracker. Even if that's just something to think about. 1hr+ Is a long time to stare at nothing.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Swim is (or at least was) two laps of a big triangle.
Swim out to a massive buoy, turn right keeping the lifeboat house roughly in your vision, turn right and head for the unmissable goscar rock. Exit to the left of the rock, run aorund the Aussie exit and repeat.

So quite long between buoys, but i didn't find sighting too difficult. Obvoiusly a little more tricky if it's nice and choppy!
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SGreg




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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So that's it just two big buoys? no interim buoys to guide you?

Christ I bet it gets lonely on that back edge....
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did it in '14 when the swim was a bit choppy. I can't remember seeing too much of the buoys, but used the headland & old lifeboat station for sighting.

I loved the lumpiness of the swim that year as it reduced packs & subsequent biff to pretty much zero.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So the bike

Which sections are 'closed roads', can you use the whole width of the road here?
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