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O.rangeCannon's pirate journey!!!!!!!
O.rangeCannon's pirate journey!!!!!!!

So I'm now a pirate, (ie normal people who are inspired by the runners world forumites doing IMs)..... This involves drinking beer, buying lots of yellow kit, oh, and a race or 2 a year to give it an objective.

I bumped into the pirates via the runners world magazine / forum, and they gave me the confidence to dare enter an IM.


2010 IMDE - flat, Outlaw - flat
2011 IM Regensburg 2011 - flat, IMWales - hilly, oh so windy
2012 Lanza - hilly and windy
2013 - IM Lanza - the return :-)

Recovering from knee issues, (too many rugby injuries) so now the plan is to swim OK, be an Uber Biker, and just let the run take care of itself. Oh Well

Swashbuckler 1/2 IM

orangecannonby orangecannonJun 15th 2010
This was a great race - great location, great early summer weather, a nice small bunch of pirates!

This was a key warmup for IMDE, being about 6 weeks ahead of IMDE. It was a key bit of my build phase. As a result I did not know how to approach this re intensity.
ie did I race this as a 1/2 IM? or use it as a IM race simulation, keeping my HR down at the levels required for that.

Well I fell in the middle.

Swim was OK, being against current for 2 of the 4 sections.

Bike - I could not get my HR down to my expected HR. I was intending to do 129, but it stayed at 140+ However, effort seemed easy so I did not worry about it too much. As a result had a solid bike without killing myself.

Run - kept to a 10min - 1 min run walk protocol. Its what I am gonna do in the race so lets do that here as well. HR was always up in the 150 zone, but I was feeling strong and was running past everyone. Only one other guy, (pirate TR) ran past me the whole run.

total time 5:05 - really happy and probably could have dipped below 5 hrs if I ran the whole way....

Learning points

For the IM, I MUST KEEP MY HR DOWN!!! don't forget there's a marathon at the end.

For the 1/2 IM I had lots left in the run tank, ie could save 10 mins by just running..?? or could go a little harder on the bike.

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