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  1. 3 points
    T2 Racked my bike ( not sure about Bolton but at Wales, there are no helpers to rack your bike or help with bags etc) and headed to the tent. After learning my lesson last year, I had a complete change of clothes for running but I was dry this year, so didn't bother. I was also starting the run a fair bit earlier than last year, so I made the decision to just run in my tri suit, with arm warmers. Took my bike gear off, decided not to wear sunnies, slapped on my Trannie hat and runners and headed out. Run: Compared to last year, the feeling was like chalk and cheese, it was lighter, brighter and I felt like I was ready to run, rather than survive. I had put lots of thought into the run and did a recce of the run course on the bike on Friday and I had a plan of where to walk, where to run and the pace I wanted to run at. All great in theory The crowds in Tenby have to be experienced to be truly understood, it's like an assault on your eardrums! I was determined not to get carried away and burn matches. My plan was to walk the hillier sections (about 5 per lap) and run at 6.20-6.30 pace when I did run. I was also going to walk as fast as I can on the walk bits, walking with purpose as it would be described later. So out of town on lap1 and the start of the 2mile undulating hill, all went well, hit my marks, stayed disciplined and on track, picked up my band for lap 1. (at Wales your bands are picked up just over half way through the lap). It's hard to describe but I just felt 'good'. Back into towns and the rabbit warren of narrow streets, small rises, drunk crowds, out towards the finish then turn right at my hotel for lap 2. Once out of town again, I started to get a pain in my stomach, like stomach ache, almost wanting to throw up but not quite. I was managing this but frustrated at the same time. A little later into the lap, I started to feel a bit dizzy and realised if I did not slow right down (I had already slowed) I was going to fall over. I've never experienced this before. About the same time I started to get some plantar pain in my right foot, so things were going south fast. Instead of panicking and pushing on like an idiot, I just stuck to my discipline, although the pace has slowed. I tried to work it through logically. My stomach wasn't having anything to do with nutrition or coke, I knew that. I also knew I was probably suffering dehydration from sweating on the bike. I'd been taking heaps of water at the run aids stations. A-HA, some logic at last! Maybe I was making it worse by drinking water and diluting the little bit of sodium I did have left in my system. By now lap two was over and I started lap 3, and sipped some Enervit electrolyte at the one station then at the other I would sip the same and a little water to help it go down. This seemed to help as I felt like at least it wasn't getting worse but I couldn't focus very well. Pace wise, the damage was done now. Picked my third band and headed down the long hill and back into town. This is where it really came undone for me. I was already feeling low but the mass of crowds, noise and general chaos didn't lift my spirits, it made it worse. I didn't engage with the crowd at all, in fact I blanked them out so I wouldn't fall over. I turned at my hotel and there is an aid station just past there. I properly stopped for the first time on the run, took some Enervit and slumped against a dumpster they were using for rubbish. One of the station guys came over and asked if I wanted medical, I said 'no, I'm done, I can't do another 10km like this'. He looked at my white hat and said 'mate you look paler than your hat but you have three bloody bands, walk it all if you have to, get it done buddy but go when you're ready' In all, I probably stopped at that dumpster for 2 mins, but it was the most valuable 2mins of the whole day. It was properly dark now and I shuffled on and jogged a bit, pace was done to 8-9 min kms now but I found on the hills I could still walk fast, nearly as fast as I was running. Change of plan!, I walked the whole hill, except for one small flat section, I walked all the other flat sections up to the top turnaround. Then I just let gravity take over, I was still taking evervit at the stations. Picked up my last band and a younger lady in the race said she was so jealous of my as she had two laps to go. This is when I gave myself an uppercut and realised how lucky I was to be headed down this bloody hill for the last time and at least I didn't have a glow stick! Back into town and I walk a lot of the little rises in town, they sap your spirit because the come after a 90 deg turn all the time, so you lose momentum. This time I perked up, looked at the crowd etc. On every lap at a quite hilly bit in town, there is always one guy from IM, he was there last year, he encourages everyone and stands on his own. I think he's a coach and he said to me 'look at that, walking with real purpose, even on your last lap'. that made me happy as I knew I wasn't death shuffling. The finish chute was crazy, I enjoyed much more this time around, full arms in the air like I'd just one the bloody thing haha. They called my name and said I was from "Down Under" I felt like I was 6ft down under earlier in the evening. Got my medal and moved through recovery quickly. Now I was focused on two things, shower and my large baguette and a pint of beer. Which was not that smart given my sick feeling but nothing was going to stop me having that! On the way back I passed the aid station that had helped me. The guy was made up to see I'd finished, he said 'that was touch and go buddy' and he was right. I saw people with glow sticks heading past me. I shouted encouragement outwardly but inwardly I thought 'you poor bastards'. So what did I learn? When I set out to do this race, which was a late decision, based on LCW times, my goal was to cut 90 mins from last year's time, which would have meant 14.15. My time was 14.28.53, so I did not hit that goal and on Monday I did not consider it a success but I do now the dust has settled. I improved by 10% in my AG and 7% overall. I learned mixed weather races can be tricky. If you have a plan be prepared to change it and adjust. Also, instead of accepting the fate, think logically about if there is anything you can do to correct it. When I realised there was a danger of overheating on the bike, I should have taken a bottle or two of Enervit, even if it meant taking no gels because I had still had some Torq bar pieces. I learned not to leave your expensive Oakleys on the bench in T2. somebody had a very good race courtesy of me! Overall, I love the sport, love the community but I'm ready to try other stuff. Tenby, we've had a good run but we're through. It's not me, it's you.
  2. 2 points
    You might want to check your email account. I just saw you won a free entry to Busso this year.
  3. 2 points
    I just did a lap of the TAN at lunch. First time in about 18 months. I forgot how good the scenery is on a sunny day.
  4. 2 points
    You've offended the people with eating disorders now you...
  5. 2 points
    Legend mate. Rachel was really helpful on the phone. Meant to revive this as I'm finally moving back to Infinit. I drifted away, tried other things and had some ups and downs. But the simplicity of Infinit drew me back eventually. Looking forward to being back on the wagon!
  6. 2 points
    No problems Turts, I just put some Infinit Points into your account for your next order.
  7. 2 points
    Excellent race report FP! Well done
  8. 1 point
    More like the JB and Cola cans....
  9. 1 point
    I stand corrected, i just looked both up and i mistakened one for the other,. My apologies.
  10. 1 point
    Good luck Cat Lady! I just had a little jog and sweating like a pig, going to be a warm one 🔥 ☀
  11. 1 point
    Odds are too generous 😎
  12. 1 point
    Others are not so sure.....
  13. 1 point
    shouldn't the new toy have been downstairs i the cave..?🤔
  14. 1 point
    60min wind trainer last night after installing a new TV at home. Was hard to get on the bike knowing we had a new toy upstairs. 18km run this morning 8x1k @ 70.3 "effort" with 45sec walk recovery. Solid run and now heading into a big 3 days of aerobic work so I'm happy for it to be the last of any intensity till my monday morning swim!
  15. 1 point
    Never good to hear when an athlete gets injured but you've all forgotten how it panned out at Kona 2017. There is rarely a 'sure thing' at Kona.
  16. 1 point
    I'd like to try Infinit again but they pulled out of UK/Europe with zero notice and I'm not prepared to pay the stupid shipping fees from the US.
  17. 1 point
    Bingo I hope she can read and write at a 9yo level. If not I feel sorry for her, as her parents clearly have their priorities a bit out of whack
  18. 1 point
    I'd be very surprised if her parents didn't put her up to it and will milk the publicity to push their particular agenda.
  19. 1 point
    I’ve avoiding this thread for months but it keeps polluting the forum board. Enough!
  20. 1 point
    OK, where to start? Race Day 4am and the ritual begins. I'd spent some time Saturday evening going through what I needed to do in the morning and laid it all out. I had my nutrition/bottles and everything I needed ready. I put my chip on so I wouldn't forget. Took everything down and had brekkie with the other athletes, on our different tables, everyone was quiet. You know the look! 5am transition opened, I joined the queue and trudged in. Transition is a 2 min walk from hotel, hooray, this I get my tyres pumped, bottles on, hand my street bag in (backpack inside to make it easier to carry all bags back) and then put my tri suit and wettie on in my room. Then it was a case of walking down to the top of the zig zag path and finding the 1;20 swim board. We also had a purple bag carrying runners for the interim swim to bike run and these have their own hook on the zig zags. With all that done and athletes shuffled down the path it was time to wait for the mighty Welsh National Anthem, it didn't disappoint, the noise was immense and so was the crowd of spectators. Pros went off and then we waited and at 7am, we were off. It took me 7mins to get to the timing gantry, in that time I did the usual mix of confident visualisation and complete self doubt. Swim Sea was not flat but pretty calm and despite the weather being extremely windy and dark storm clouds around, sighting conditions were good. I decided to try and swim straight, which was made easier this year by some sight buoys between the big turn buoys. I also decided to swim wide at each turn. I'm a confident swimmer but not fast and I know how to handle the surf but I'm not afraid to say the shit fight at a tight turnaround freaks me out. I took a couple whacks to the head and some general bumping but nothing major. The water was warmer this year, 16C. (look away Roxii!). I was pleased to see 39mins for lap 1, through the Aussie exit and the wise of the crowd was deafening . Lap two was a repeat and with 1.22 on my watch I was a couple of mins quicker than last. Considering my lack of swim training, I'll take all day day long. Swim to bike This year I had a plan and it went pretty well, run up the zig zags, grab bag, wettie off, wash sand off feet with a water bottle, slip on the runners with elastic laces and stuff the wettie in the purple bag and run with that in my hand. This went well and I was saving time. It all fell apart in transition tent, I took ages to get arm warmers on wet arms and faffing around with cycling socks, so I ended up still burning 24mins. Bike The weather was tricky to judge, the run up from swim was frigging freezing with a fierce wind, so I opted for a gilet on top of my tri suit. It was a 50/50 call but I figured I would lose more time if my core was cold. I also figured I could dump in my special needs bag (mile 77). I had a SN bag with a tube, CO2 and a bottle of nutrition with half of my needs in. I did not intend to use this bottle as I'm a fan of having everything in one bottle but I also took AP's warning about the risk involved on board. So a spare bottle as insurance was put in the bag. Being a slow swimmer and a moderately strong rider means the inevitable constant passing. I think I passed 480 people on the bike. The first section takes you out of town and into the beautiful national park, through some very rugged coastline. It was dry but windy and with my wet trisuit still wet, I was glad of the gilet, at least for now. The first sections is best describe as rolling to fast with some heart stopping short climbs but overall easy compared to what is to come. I had a strategy to ride within myself as again, AP's advice of riding like a person that wants to run well was ringing in my ears and I had backed myself for this run and IMO, was as prepared for this as I was at LCW. I had high expectations of myself and don't mid admitting. After 30 odd miles, the real 'fun' begins and you start to hit the climbs (and the crowds in the small towns villages). The weather was getting trickier, where it was cold it was bloody cold and where it was warm I felt over dressed. Anyway, still passing folks, I ticked away the miles until we got to Narbeth where there is a steep climb and an incredible amount of people all cheering, after Narbeth the climbs and energy sapping undulations come thick and fast and I felt like I was definitely too warm now. After some crazy descents we hit Wiseman's Bridge which is mental steep and already there were some walking and I saw two low speed crashes where folks just didn't have momentum. At the top of this climb there are loads of drunk folks dressed as nuns and monks giving blessings👍 After this, it's the might St Brides hill at Saundersfoot, this is the hill in all the clips. It is all also very steep at the bottom with crazy crowds behind barriers. I was feeling it now but leg wise, I felt like I was well within myself. (no PM on my bike). What you don't see on the footage is that after the initial climb, it flattens out a bit and then you have a long drag to the to top, maybe 800mtrs. For the first time that I've seen, this section was also lined with folks but no barriers, so real TdF style cheering. it was very welcome. At special needs I dumped my gilet but kept arm warmers as it had been raining a bit and when it did rain it was clod. My theory was arm warmers pulled up and down are easier to regulate temp. I had been using my usual nutrition strategy of sipping from my gel bottle and taking water from the aid stations and also had a couple of Torq bars cut into pieces. This has worked before for me a few times. Back into Tenby with more crazy crowds and then out again for lap 2. I could see my tri suit was stained with some salt lines but didn't look alarming. I was still passing folks steadily and still felt like my effort was within myself. Lap two was the same but for two things. The first, I was really noticing the extra people 450 people that had entered the race this year, especially on lap two and a lot of people were 'coming back' to me. The other thing that happened was between Wiseman's Bridge and St Brides Hill, I got stung in the upper leg by a wasp or a bee, I couldn't tell. I had my left leg down for a RH corner and felt something hit my leg, looked down briefly to something yellow and black disappearing behind me. Then I got a load of pain about 10 secs later, it eased after a few minutes. I didn't feel full on, so maybe it was half a sting? Bloody hurt at the time though and is still red now. Last climb of St Brides, crowd had thinned somewhat but still great. Decided I could afford the 90 secs to stop at special needs and grab my gilet, tube and CO2 back and descended into the Tenby crowds and hit T2 in 6.58 on my watch, the race timing gave me 7.03 and considering my plan was 7hrs and I didn't look at my watch once, I think I was spot on. More tomorrow 😎 (not spell checked)
  21. 1 point
    Not specific to you Rimmer, but if I had my time again once I had kids: - would have changed my work hours and not done 4x 12 hour days a week. would get home 4-5pm weekdays - wouldn't have done long course triathlon obsessive training during my kids primary school years - the years your kids want to be around you are fleeting, once they hit high school your face to face time will reduce as friends, boy/girlfriends, Uni and independence kick in. Make the most of 0-15 as much as you can.
  22. 1 point
    Yep, you need to assess whether the money is worth it, if that's why you are doing it. Certainly doesn't seem like it. Choose Life.
  23. 1 point
    When the half is over don't forget that it isn't long course or quit the sport. Sprints, Olys or even enticers are just as valid if that's all you have time to train for a performance you'd be happy with while still doing all of the really important things in your life.
  24. 1 point
    Been there done that. What I found with kids is; I found I was always riding against a clock. No effing around for coffee stops etc. And I started my day a lot earlier than most. You can start riding at 4:30 am. You can run after the kids have gone to bed. Triathlon does not pay the bills. Do what you can.......
  25. 1 point
    it's only an enticer distance anyway. Anyone that's really serious about it does Ironman events Note: Sarcasm for the serious insects
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