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Bluepoolshark




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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:18 pm    Post subject: Slateman 2017 Reply with quote

Anyone doing the Slateman this year?

Been on my to-do list for a while now but bit of a hike from Suffolk, luckily managed to tie it in with a family holiday in Wales this year so all entered and looking forward to it!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Slateman 2017 Reply with quote

Not this year. I did it in 2015.

Expect the swim to be shortened, happens fairly regularly. The bike course is awesome but congested and issues with traffic are very possible. The run course is just properly brutal, very little flat running. For me its more like a Half Ironman in terms of fitness required rather than an Olympic distance with a longer bike.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A group of my friends and me are doing it as a training event for Celtman. I also bought an entry for my GF as a Christmas present - 'cos I'm nice like that! Cold water, hilly bike and brutal run - it's just what I need to prepare for CM.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep. I am in. Been tempted by that slated run Confused

Thinking of making a pilgrimage to Wales this year and doubling up with the Brutal.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was very tempted by this but the date doesn't work for me this year. Am doing the Snowman instead, if it's as good as i'm hoping I may well do Slate/Sandman in the future
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

straightouttabrompton wrote:
Was very tempted by this but the date doesn't work for me this year. Am doing the Snowman instead, if it's as good as i'm hoping I may well do Slate/Sandman in the future


Sandman is a fantastic race. Done it many times! I've not been able to do it due to clashing dates the past few years though! Gutted!
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This has come round pretty damn quick! Off for our 7 hour drive to Wales in the morning and will register before heading to the camp we are staying at.

Really looking forward to it now Smile
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't remember when I did it, but it's a great race.

Swim is silly cold, be prepared (we were only allowed to enter water 30s before horn, kind of silly but hey).

Bike we had headwind all the way round. Circular headwind. Never knew it existed. Careful at first left bend after cresting first long climb, it's getting sharper and sharper, and is fast downhill (guy in front of me almost went over the railing trying to brake). After that it's bombs away and blast it.

Run is only 11k, but... I thought it was mainly up the slate mine side, along, down, along the lake and finish. As it turns out it's up the slate mine side, then up/down/up/down criss-crossing all the way out and back. Felt more like a HM.

Superb organisation though.
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

half our club are heading up there in the rain now....
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great race, done it 3 times.

Pretty much as described above. Toe covers and arm warmers probably sensible. Don't expect to feel your feet until about 1k into the run.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last years thread but I can't change the title, I'm in for this year, just the classic distance, looking forward to it except the cold swim.

Anyone else?

Might see if I can get there on the Friday and do a recce loop.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will go back at some point to do it again, as it was def one of the best races I have done

Swim wasn't as quite as bad as I expected, although it was pretty fresh!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like I am doing sandman this year as a season closer. Very late season and will probably be part of marathon training as opposed to HIM training.

year off IM this year so this will probably be my longest race.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SGreg wrote:
Looks like I am doing sandman this year as a season closer. Very late season and will probably be part of marathon training as opposed to HIM training.

year off IM this year so this will probably be my longest race.



I did the Sandman last year, the standard distance, what an excellent race, sea was a bit cold as you'd expect but the roads were excellent, much better than I expected and quiet.

Enjoyed the run but it will help if you've done a bit of trail\sand running in advance. I'll be looking to do it again one year but not this year as I'm away.


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PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone doing the Slateman next week?

I managed a chilly O\W swim last weekend and I'm hoping to get one during the week.

Biking is on the up and some hill work should help.

Running not good though, had IT Band probs for about 6 weeks now, eases down and reps on the treadmill are ok, but running outdoors doesn't last long. Should be able to finish next week just wondering how much it will set it back, although I did have a fairly brutal massage on Friday which helped and am treating the problem with foam roller & massage of the quad etc.

Jeff
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