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I've started another thread to grab some deliberate attention to those not following the existing EnduroMan thread.
You may have seen this 'provocative' tag in my TT signature: Toughest Amateur Event in the World?
anyway, it makes you think. :?:
So why have I started this thread.
1. To ask the above question, and if it isnt this, what is :?:
2. To make people aware, and 'big up' the EnduroMan Deca / Quin / Triple / Double etc IronMan-distance extravaganza that starts on June 1st -10th 2012 and follow it on www.enduromanlive.com
Coz nearly every one missed it last year!! :doh: hock: There were live lap timings, the works, and you missed the epic drama. So lets not make the same mistake this year.
So, there's a Deca EnduroMan (IronMan) event then. www.enduroman.com
Obvious first question, which format is it: Continuous 38km swim, 1120 m bike, 262 mile run OR 1x IM a day for 10 days.
Well, its the 'easy' Deca type. 1x IronMan a day. I couldnt swim that far for starters, and the continuous format wouldnt be much fun I reckon, which defeats the object for all but the bravest.
So that's no SO hard is it?
Pace yourself, feed well, dont do nowt daft, get fixed up and massaged and recover in compression gear all night etc. Instead of your e.g. 11hr stand alone IM, then pace it as 12-13 hours?
Nice little wake up swim each morning, steady bike ride, easy jog. Bob's your uncle, repeat 10 times Groundhog Day style and you're a Deca IronMan.
Well in theory, yes. You can go to Mexico like Peter Cusick Putt Putt, or to Sicily like Dave Clamp, and do this. See both their reports below. Fair play to em - Chapeau :worship:
2009 Mexico - Peter Cusick http://www.tritalk.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=64199
2011 Sicily EnduroMan - Dave Clamp
But this is UK EnduroMan. Bluntly, the organisers Steve Haywood and Eddie Ette are sadists. :twisted:
If only it was that easy.
This is a Deca EnduroMan. The only thing vaguely normal is the swim, and that's in a small outdoor lake, not the usual indoor pool format of most such events.
At all such events, the laps are small. Basically so they can keep an eye on you before you drop dead! and you can get frequent pit stops from your essential crew. On other events the bike might be 5-10km and the run 1-1.5 km. Typically on closed roads or round a park circuit etc. For the UK EnduroMan, the bike laps are unusual, and are nearly 12 miles, on open public roads. :!:
The Swim starts 6.00am every day (or 6.05am for me :roll. The sooner you finish, the more recovery you have for the next day. Stage race. Add all the times up to get your winner.
On later days (day 2 for me!) you jump in the small lake and think its cold. But it is no different. It's you that is cold, your core temp is down. When I did the Quintuple EnduroMan in June 2011 I was wearing jackets n hats on the bike! The only Deca lady Monique got to day 8 before she retired due to being nearly asleep at the wheel on the bike. She had 10 layers of clothes on and was still feeling cold. PSF retired on Swim Day 3, as he just couldnt feel his hands. Hence Pork Scratchings Paul Fowler who completed the Double last year and is an OW swim coach in Lincoln has recommended us skinny uns to wear surfers 'rash' vests for extra upper body warmth. Cheers m8 :thumbsup: