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Tin Pot




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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:09 pm    Post subject: No support crew Reply with quote

So looks like my family is going to bail on me this year, the scum, so I'm not sure what to do.

Any of you lot go to races alone?

What do you do when you finish, just walk off, find a stool in an empty bar and cry yourself into oblivion?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:14 pm    Post subject: Re: No support crew Reply with quote

Tin Pot wrote:
So looks like my family is going to bail on me this year, the scum, so I'm not sure what to do.

Any of you lot go to races alone?

What do you do when you finish, just walk off, find a stool in an empty bar and cry yourself into oblivion?


I wait and cheer on the athlete who comes second.


Laughing

IM I went as part of a group, and for HIM there were a few friendly faces about. For some middle-dist duathlons and below I go for a cooldown jog, stretch and then get in the car and go home.

I guess it depends on whether the race is 'local' or you've flown somewhere.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take the time to realise it's the reality for a lot of people for lots of reasons. Don't feel sorry for yourself. Good opportunity to chat to different people.

Done marathons and half ironmans on my own. It's not ideal. But it's not the end of the world. Makes you appreciate the family more when they are there.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:24 pm    Post subject: Re: No support crew Reply with quote

Cat5 in the Hat wrote:
Tin Pot wrote:
So looks like my family is going to bail on me this year, the scum, so I'm not sure what to do.

Any of you lot go to races alone?

What do you do when you finish, just walk off, find a stool in an empty bar and cry yourself into oblivion?


I wait and cheer on the athlete who comes second.


Laughing

IM I went as part of a group, and for HIM there were a few friendly faces about. For some middle-dist duathlons and below I go for a cooldown jog, stretch and then get in the car and go home.

I guess it depends on whether the race is 'local' or you've flown somewhere.


Wey hey!

Bolton is a great course with great support but I wouldnt have finished without someone at the finish line last year. Joking aside, I'm just not sure I'll have the motivation without 'em!

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I've done a half mara one my own, and it was depressing.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never done a race with family or support there, from sprint through to Ironman distance.

After the bigger races I must admit it's a real downer to pass the finish line, sit down, have a drink, then look around and think, now what? It does feel a little lonely Sad

But you get used to it.
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Thing of the Fountains




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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I pass a stool in an empty portaloo and treat myself to a Bolivian.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's great when my girlfriend comes to support during the race, but afterwards I quite like being able to take my time, enjoy the post race food and chat to other competitors without worrying about meeting up with my support crew. For shorter races I much prefer doing them on my own, rock up just in time, race hard, collect trophy and then bugger off😀
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nobbie wrote:
It's great when my girlfriend comes to support during the race, but afterwards I quite like being able to take my time, enjoy the post race food and chat to other competitors without worrying about meeting up with my support crew. For shorter races I much prefer doing them on my own, rock up just in time, race hard, collect trophy and then bugger off😀


Nice humblebrag slipped in Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it's fab...i get to drink more and eat more without anyone saying "home dear"
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After the VLM I had to hang around for ages waiting for my family who got stuck at the crossing point near the entrance to the meet and greet. When they arrived after giving me a hug my mother's first words were "you've got no idea how far I have had to walk today" Rolling Eyes

Later in the day whilst walking to go and get some food I was asked to hurry up as everyone else was hungry.

This is the first - and now last - race I had family spectating at.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get over it.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ed_m wrote:
Get over it.


I was trying to say that nicely. Thanks for saying it. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No kids I take it...

Before leaving home I frantically gather a bag of stuff I can use for the race, rock up as late as possible at the venue, do the race, pack up as quickly as I can and shoot off home. Only way not to exceed the brownie point usage levels. I'd love to hang around but no chance of that normally.

My biggest problem are races where you have to rack the day before. I prefer to leave home at 2 am, drive wherever and rack in the morning. Then I can be back home late evening and only have 1 day to reimburse.

Hurts like heck the next day if I have to drive more than 2 hours afterwards.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While it is nice to have your nearest and dearest supporting you, it is not why I race and am quite happy to go along on my tod.

The only times I've felt a bit down afterwards are if I'd had to DNF due to injury or mechanical, but I'd be a bit down in those cases whatever.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having always raced with "Team mates" It was a bit odd a year or so back when I raced on my own. It was only a sprint but just rocked up got wet in the swim even wetter on the bike and run then just packed up and went home.


It was also strange when I did Outlaw on my own in 2015. I had my wife there to support afterwards, but I am normally racing with teammates and it was very odd not having anyone in transition with me. Amazing how surrounded by 1000+ people you can feel so alone.

TBH though it was nice to only have myself to worry about and not solve all me teammates "problems" Probably one of the most relaxed starts I've had.

It just felt strange.
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