Excuse the crap photo, but I've posted it to show the most recent configuration of my pride and joy. It got stolen this evening from the bike lock-up by Rutland bikes in the middle of Cambridge. If you have any ideas on how/where to circulate in the hope of finding it, please let me know. I have a few bikes, but this was the one which I'd have saved from a fire... gutted.
Fabbest of days and I am still euphoric. Journey to Outlaw was immense...knee surgery..rehab. no running til day after i found out i won the entry and the fab wetsuit from blueseventy.24 weeks later...
2500 miles cycling
95000 metres swimming
480ish miles running
50 weights sessions and 50 yoga sessions.
One bike topple with whiplash 8 wk ago.
A cold..the uti..then eye infection last week . Gettingback out asap.
Felt relaxed..ready..happy..no expectations.
Race brief..key message : ability vs ambition. ✔ logged
4am on site..dark walk down lake with family and trusty track pump.
Into transition..pinch test. Tyres hard as rock.cool. put bags on..saw Katherine Probert..saw Zoe..chatted..left.got ready ..
540am lakeside ..bizarrely first person in to 80 to 100 min eta swim..paddled..at front..heck..oh feck..go for it. BEST SWIM EVER. 1.22.01. Fierce on my part.kicked anyone that tickled me..bog off..i drafted and held ground..fastest ever 3.8km and woop wooped as i got out..then stripper whipped off my suit..i say!
Saw KP in T1 a fraction behind me..few pegs down.so fab..off we went
As i got outside tv camera crew thrust camera in my chops whilst i was running in cycle shoes .and eating hot x bun...nice tv image..chatted and wooped more..til got to bike and the presenter interviewed me..lots more euphoria talk of fueling on hot x buns.ha ha.
Ran to exit..got on but couldnt clip in...faffed for few secs..then pushed off and hit 17mph round 5k lake before exit. Saw team probert who hollered.
Simply ace bike. Easy .tough...gorgeous..insane..fast.
Had to stop at one fuel stop which lost me 3 to 4 min..as speedfil totally empty and it meant 2 bottles which i couldnt do in move through feed stop.
Pushed on smiles all way. Needed pee..on bike..looked round..slowed down to allow me to pee after they passed..it was KP! Chatted ....then i dropped back...peed on bike..yep...i did..felt fab.
Played tag with KP for hmm 12m? Great to support each other. Saw Guy and team probert andxteam Dolan on course..and team Mangel ..fab lift..thank you.
Back to T2..smashed pb 6hr25 (50min faster) .. went for no change option..so out in 4.40 (13.30 in 2014!!)..would that bite me later..yep.
M1 run..too fast..wayyy too fast 7 34. Loo break m2 hmm. Fine again til m13...half way..on track just for sub 5.
Dark places m21 to 23..wanted it over..didnt smile then..but all other times did ..hug from friend Sue who was giving out wristbands at each lap...
Last 3m..dug in...ran euphorically thru finish .like olympic hero..nailed.
Our 15 yo meantime had tried to run to meet n run finish stretch and went over on ankle..ended up in medical as v v swollen..hubby dropped me to hotel. He took her to AnE..in at 2am..thankfully no fracture..23hr after we got up.
Now 11pm Mon..I am still euphoric..time for bed xx