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I started running in January 09 because, well, I don't know why, maybe because I was getting a bit lardy, and decided to do a 10k.
Now, after a further 150 odd events I'm still loving it...... whether it be a 5k or an Ironman - if there's a number to pin on then I'm there !
Outlaw Half Race Report
Sun Jun 01, 2014 6:30 pm blueandy
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Buoyed by the result in Mallorca three weeks ago, I went into todays Outlaw Half hunting a PB on a course that is renowned for being properly pancake flat and with so little wind that it failed to turn the blades on a wind turbine we saw on the way to Holme PierrePont (HPP). It was game on........

Swim 39.00
In the water nice and early and it was cold ! 14.6 degrees ! Got the face freeze out of the way before we were set on our way at 6.30. I seeded myself in bay 1 where you could go if you thought you would be 40 mins or less and placed myself towards the rear. What happened next was a completely biffy swim - not in an aggressive way, but there were bodies everywhere swimming in every direction - you wouldn't have thought it could be so hard to follow a shoreline ! It was also a completely minging swim as well as the weeds and #@?# in the water made it less than enjoyable. Still, I got round OK, but disappointingly, only 90 odd seconds faster than Mallorca which was a non wettie swim ;-( Either Mallorca was short (as rumoured) or Outlaw Half was long - which is entirely possible too !

T1 3.45
No change tents - no Sir ! This was a dump your wetsuit next to your bike and crack on job ! Smile I put a cycle shirt on cracked on with it !

Bike 2.39.37
My best ever longer distance bike split happened at full Outlaw last year where I managed the first 56 miles in approx 2.45 - so I set myself a target of 2.40 today with an average of 21mph. All was well as I left HPP via the perimeter road and soon was seeing an average of 22.3mph held. One iccle trip up Oxton Bank saw that dive to 21.4, however the silky smooth and ever so downhill drag strip into Southwell saw that rise again above that 22 figure. Indeed, I held 22.0 exactly over the Southwell Tri humps and all the way past Lowdham island and onto the bottom loop and that's where it began to dwindle away Sad
I toiled away with the average dropping to 21.4mph for the 56.8mile course. Just the half marathon to go...

T2 1.52 A quick change from cycle shirt to running shirt and I was off Smile

Run 1.52.47
It was hot, not as hot as Majorca or Outlaw, but a bit waaaarm all the same. Did my usual fast first mile, and then my usual pee stop at first portaloo, but then it was down to business - sensibly paced miles interspersed with a quick walk at each aid station (every 1.4 miles ). I also wore my LDR running shirt to try and convince myself that I was in a standalone HM! End of the first lap and a big shoutout as I passed the finishing chute - one of the perks of being Lincoln Tri Smile Once the first lap was in the bag it was a case of making sure I kept moving forward and not slipping into walking mode as that has been my downfall at full distance Sad.
A 1.52 HM split in the end then and a 5.17 finish giving me a 20 minute PB - happy days Very Happy
IM -Austria'11/UK'12/Lanza'13/Outlaw'13/Wales'14
2015 - No swimming - its all about Duathlon innit.

Southwell Triathlon race report
Sun May 18, 2014 3:14 pm blueandy
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It's been two years since my last visit to what is the fastest (read shortest) sprint triathlon locally. Indeed two years ago I managed to post 1.02.22 on the Southwell course and this years ambition was to break the hour - what could go wrong ????

Thursday, the organisers emailed to say that the course has had to be changed due to roadworks and lengthened - bugger !!!!!! Sad

Oh well, this is how it went ....

Swim 8.59
10,9,8,7,6,5,4 breast stroker turns in front of me, 2, 1 and another, go ! suffice to say, a slower than usual first couple of lengths, lots of traffic, and then nothing ! Swam nice and hard all the way through, flopped out of the pool all salmon like just after 8 minutes, however there was an ickle run to T1 where I took a further 48 seconds...

Bike 29.24
Out on the bike course, just get in the shoes and then a nice early climb to get the average speed nice and low ! A few undulations later and it was onto the flat stuff all the way to Lowdham roundabout where I had managed to get the average above 22mph. (Target for the day had been 21mph). struggled a bit on the way back and didn't take a couple of the rises as well geared as I could have done. Happy overall with a 29 minute bike split though - and this time I only spent three minutes with the elastic band attached to the bike still - so I'm learning Sad

Run 22.58
So onto the run 2.28 ahead of my 2012 time and therefore would have been on for the hour, however I had to worry about a brand new run course which was the full 5k rather than the historical 4.3k passed off as 5k. This new emergency course was 70% on grass and was effectively four laps of a field with some out and back added on. The mile splits ticked by at 7.11/7.24/7.21 so I knew all the way through that it was going to be slightly slower than usual. Very Happy

The end result being a 1.02.55 performance for the day Smile
IM -Austria'11/UK'12/Lanza'13/Outlaw'13/Wales'14
2015 - No swimming - its all about Duathlon innit.

Ironman Mallorca 70.3 race report
Sat May 17, 2014 6:19 pm blueandy
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Well, well, well - I didn't expect the race to be that much of a gem, but it was and what a surprise ! Great time had by all, and a tough but rewarding race completed for another 70.3 finish - this is how things unfolded .....

Pre-race - Having read a lot of race reports from previous years, I decided to stay away from Alcudia and located ourselves at the SportHotel (Villa Concha) in Port de Pollenca. A nice triathlon themed hotel that was just being completed which didn't let you keep your bike in the room and also charged 4 euros per hour to use the 25m pool. At least I wasn't surrounded by kids dive bombing though ! ( and I sneaked my bike in and out via the fire escape.)
We arrived on the Tuesday morning before the race, and rented a car, so had plenty of time to acclimatise to the Island. Heidi had kittens when we drove the bike course and she saw the switchback descent first hand. I promised to behave on them on race day Smile Registration was nice and easy, the expo was pleasant enough although the Pasta party ( now called a welcome party) rivalled only the now defunct Ironman Antwerp for #@?# I'm afraid Sad

For those first 4 days all I wanted to do was race - I was ready.

Race day

Nice 8.50 start time for the 40-44 age group. This gave ample time to arrive nice and early, set the bike up and then have a nice amble through and watch the pro field in the water. I handed Heidi my wetsuit thinking that she would follow me down the long transition and we could swap bags. This was a big mistake - we got separated and I didn't see Heidi again until the run !!!!

Panicked and desperate I went up and down the path from the transition to the swim start hoping to be re-united with my wetsuit. At 8.40 reality struck home and I accepted that it was going to be a non wetsuit swim for me Sad

Swim - 40.35
There I was, all these people in black wetsuits, and in the middle of all this, me, in a bright red tri suit. Calf guards taken off and stuffed down the front of my suit to give me a 'package' and when we were set underway, it was all I could do to muster a walk into the sea. I got stopped and given a fresh swim cap, so a slow start in all, but when I did get finally into the water - what a great feeling. It was nice and cool and a very nice swim. My emergency goggles quickly let in water on one side, so it was a one eyed closed swim, albeit, sighting was excellent and the course easy to navigate. I reached the turn buoy at c.21minutes and knew then that the damage wasn't going to be too bad. My swim PB is 37 mins for a 1.9k swim, so I was delighted to see 40 mins on the clock when I exited the water.

T1 - 7.34
What a long transition - no really - longest in the world. A good 800m end to end I would say. Would have liked to have been quicker than 7 minutes, but I had some calf guards to retrieve from my crutch and then get on - this was no easy task !

Bike - 2.52.47
Out on the bike and my favourite part of the race. The first stretch was homeward bound from Alcudia back along the waterfront to Port de Pollenca. It was fast and felt so good, I hoped the rest of the course could be so fast, however we were soon at the base of the climb - a 7.7km effort, with switchbacks and an average of maybe 5-6% - nothing difficult but a very long slog and a real test for my non climbing legs. In truth, I felt comfortable the whole way up taking more places than I lost overall, I was relieved to finally make the garage at Lluc which signalled the start of the descent. A look down at the clock saw my average had fallen to 15.6 mph for the ride - now was the time to bump up that average on the wild and very fast switchbacks. It was mental and so much fun winding down the mountain, having to really concentrate on not only my riding but the erratic riding of some of my fellow competitors. One along the bottom, some of the roads were a bit shocking, however the main road sections were seriously speedy. After 56 miles of smiles I headed back into Transition with an overall average repaired at 19 mph.

T2 3.54
3 minutes summat including a pee stop - it takes me longer than that at home !

Run 1.56.26
Without the wind cooling me down, it was quickly apparent that it was a hot hot day in Alcudia. The announcer shouted 37 degrees, and the Farmacia signs showed 35.5 but surely not that hot ???
My first mile was also hot (for me) at 7.20 which didn't tally up with how I was feeling. My running was uncomfortable and I had developed yet another blister on my left foot which made cornering painful. I walked the aid stations and made sure I stuck a couple of sponges under my tri suit like epaulettes to try and cool things down. This worked a treat and I found myself livening up by the end of the first lap and throughout the second lap things continued to improve. I slowed on the final lap, but then I think that was more about knowing I was going to be a good way under 6 hours and not really caring how far.

One last diversion onto the beach and a finish of 5.41.16 along with my first top half finish in a European Ironman event. Smile Let's hope Outlaw Half goes so well..... Very Happy Very Happy
IM -Austria'11/UK'12/Lanza'13/Outlaw'13/Wales'14
2015 - No swimming - its all about Duathlon innit.

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