London - how did you all do?

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12/08/2008 at 22:30
Race Number 7874.....Blue, White and Yellow Orca Tri suit.

"Get comfortable feeling uncomfortable"
12/08/2008 at 22:30
Number 7874

"Get comfortable feeling uncomfortable"
12/08/2008 at 22:30
Hello All… I am so addicted to this tri stuff now, did London this weekend Olympic distance and beat my target by 32 minutes… I am over the flippin moon to say the least… Was aiming for 3:30, and got 2:58 and have never felt so uncomfortable in a 37 minute swim in my life… So glad I prepped open water as much as I did or else I think I would have died of shock…

Anyway, about London specifically… Having done the London Marathon 2008 I can say that the logistics of this event are pretty poor… badly signed, organised chaos, goody bags laughable (XXX mints and a mini lipsyl), Speedo branded T’s rubbish and expensive… Awkward little cups to try and drink out of whilst running (and sponsored by a drinks manufacturer – where is the nice little bottles like the marathon)… Signs everywhere saying please use bins provided for awkward cups they give you (how can you place litter politely when your hearts BPM is at 95% and you feel like collapsing)

5 minutes behind me in the bike the opened Limehouse Link so all bike routes were either shortened or diverted, I am not sure which I was so damn adamant I was gonna make it through before 5pm its all I could think about…

What a cheek to say you have to get off the course as they are opening the roads… People may have been training for months, kindly collecting sponsorship off friends and family only to have to return and say “I enjoyed it but I couldn’t finish the course as I had to complete a 1.5K swim and 20K bike ride in 1 hour 20” - rubbish)…

Anyway, aside from my little rant I can honestly say I had the best best time of my life, and I am addicted 100%...

Bad Mazda / Drench / Excel / London – Good triathlon, bring on the next one…
12/08/2008 at 22:46
Number 9688 with the hint of a smile [:-]


"Pain is weakness leaving the body"

Éand death is natureÕs way of telling us to slow down!
12/08/2008 at 23:03
10938 olive coloured shorts and tank. :)

Pain is just weakness leaving the body.

12/08/2008 at 23:36
i knocked 40 mins off last years time to finish in 2:25:59

I'm number 9656 with my girlfriend just in the picture on far right (blonde) cheering me across the finish.
12/08/2008 at 23:53
Brok999: that's one hell of an improvement. Congratulations!

Nice finish, nivagh, you were flying!

Supplier of stinking sweaty sports clothes to the laundry industry since 2003.
12/08/2008 at 23:53
i knocked 40 mins off last years time to finish in 2:25:59

Agreed, wow!!!
13/08/2008 at 00:10
Yay! The video's are up! Will check people out...

I'm 6029, you can't see me until the last minute though cos of some bloke in front!

Eton Sprints 16/05/09
Zurich 70.3 07/06/09
Canada Ironman 30/08/09
New York Marathon 11/09
13/08/2008 at 01:00
4115 - think the problem was that my tri suit is mainly black, coming back in 2009 with a red number...

season binned off before it started....
13/08/2008 at 01:50
8389. I did just check it quickly first to make sure its not too horrendous.

I was looking quite relaxed considering the sprint up the hill for the 2:18 finish, checking my heart rate monitor to be assured that yes, I was still alive and my heart rate was up to about 82% of max (target was keeping it under 80% for most of race)

Pain fades,
Chicks dig scars,
Glory lasts forever.
13/08/2008 at 07:06
I did my first Olympic on sunday got lost on the swim coming back. Bike was good run a bit slow but over all very please 2:15 06.

14/08/2008 at 07:33
I had a very cool # :5000, my swim however was not cool and was almost 2 mins slower than last year.
Although only in my second season, got to say this was the worse swimming experience so far (0800 SUN) I have never been punched around the back of the head and kicked in face/chest so much. When I finally got any clear water, I'd end up coming up behind someone who at that exact moment would change to breast stroke bringing all the problems of trying to swim around their frog legs!!

Hey you guys who went through the Blackwall tunnel, where did you go wrong. I and many others went through the Limehouse Link!!!

Did a 1:09'15" bike and 40'53" run, if only I could swim I could have improved my 2:26'54" time. However came 77th out of just under 1100 so chuffed with that.

Got told off when got home after buying an orca 3.8 wetsuit for £150 - bargain.
With 4 sprints, 4 oly's, a half and a full IM under my belt, thought it was time to replace my Aqua Sphere 'Rookie' wetsuit. If only it was the suit holding me back!!!
14/08/2008 at 17:50
Ahh that's why my bike time was so poor....went the long way round through the Blackwall tunnel ![;)]
14/08/2008 at 23:06
10947 - Blue tri suit, with very delighted punch at the for beating my PB!! Even if it was by a minute!
15/08/2008 at 01:03
Howdy Ladies and Gents

First post on here and first season competing. Did the sprint at London on Saturday - my 5th event so far and came in on 1hr 33m. Had a decent swim at 16m and then got a puncture on first lap of the bike. Reckon I lost about 8 minutes or so but still just pleased to have got round.

Great atmosphere and great fun - just a shame it took me almost 4 hours to get to the Excel from Bromley (8 miles away)!!! Only just made my wave!

Number 2056 - I'm the nonce in the white suit. No way thats coming out next season!

Triathlon is awesome!

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