A pirate outing to Northern France in 2013, August Bank Holiday

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  • image retired Ditchy?  hahahahahahahahahaha...

  • Mmmm, wonder what French ambulances are likeimage

  • Thanks for asking about camping FB. There are some good looking camp sites nearby and the prices for mobile homes look reasonable.

     

  • We stayed near there on the way back from Ironman Switzerland in 2009. Loads of good campsites, a lot of them next to the beach. The beaches are sandy but rather shallow for swimming especially when the tide is out. Dunkirk is a bit industrial with a large oil refinery next to the port.

    This is definitely a possibility for next year. Note the 15.5 hour cut-off though.

  • They don't do ambulances down there, Dusty. The "Chtr'i" in the event name refers to local slang for an 'ard northern bastard.... a "Cht'i". When I lived over there and needed carting to A&E a couple of times, best I managed was to be picked up by a passing fire engine. Might not be your event, this one, mate!

  • Podro wrote (see)

    This is definitely a possibility for next year. Note the 15.5 hour cut-off though.

    that's assuming you're doing the IM distance.... image   I think most are looking at the shorter distance ones - so over to you Podro!

    btw - have mailed the organiser so waiting for an answer on camping on site

  • slowerthanilook wrote (see)

    They don't do ambulances down there, Dusty. The "Chtr'i" in the event name refers to local slang for an 'ard northern bastard.... a "Cht'i". When I lived over there and needed carting to A&E a couple of times, best I managed was to be picked up by a passing fire engine. Might not be your event, this one, mate!

    les Sapeurs Pompiers - aka Fire Service - are the 1st line medical support for any accidents or emergencies in France and have trained paramedics who come out to any 999 (17 in France) call.  French ambulances tend to be more like private patient carriers and are nothing like UK ambulance services

  • fat buddha wrote (see)

    that's assuming you're doing the IM distance.... image   I think most are looking at the shorter distance ones - so over to you Podro!

    Shorter distance! It's not a knitting club you know.

  • Podro wrote (see)
    fat buddha wrote (see)
    that's assuming you're doing the IM distance.... image   I think most are looking at the shorter distance ones - so over to you Podro!

    Shorter distance! It's not a knitting club you know.

    no - but it's becoming a faster knitting club image

  • Isn't crochet faster than knitting ?



    I know coat door
  • Dave The Ex- Spartan wrote (see)
    Isn't crochet faster than knitting ?

    I know coat door

    Personally I was always better at macrame!! image image

  • Could be good for a supporting/shopping combo image

    Any relays?

  • yep - teams of 2 or 3 for the half or full distance races - with 2, one person will need to do 2 disciplines

  • Himself is thinking about this esp. as you don't need a doctors note.  I'll keep the drinking end up image

  • Well, I might, and I only say might, be tempted to a bike leg...

  • Could be tempted to swim and a run if you don't mind slow...maybe

  • Slow is good.  I don't do fast.  Half or full?

  • Half would be fun but could probably stretch to full.

  • Ok I'll give it a go, was thinking about Wales next year but this would do instead.

    2 questions.  When do I start training and who wants to coach me?  image

  • what distance JB?

  • I thought I'd go the whole 9 yards image

  • OK - start training now  image   

  • I think the half, Dustboy image

    Fun sounds more, well, fun!

  • Well that's the first question answered. image

  • (JB, I don't want to put you off, but I think it's a bit more than nine yards) image

  • JB - you need to start building your bike and run base through autumn so you gradually get used to the higher training loads.  come spring, that base will make the heavier training loads easier to handle.

  • Ok FB this is where I am now.

    Swim. Lesson once a week since October-can manage 1600m in 40mins but I'm clapped out after that and I've only done that once.

    Bike.  From the beginning of the year I've built up to112m+ in about 10hrs including breaks but only ride once a week.

    Run.  Has gone off the boil a bit this year managed 10k in 47mins in May and haven't done much since.  Did manage 9.21 Comrades up last year though.

    That's about it.

  • Wilkie, just keep shouting ' you've 8 more to go ' image

  • JB - OK

    keep at the swimming - it can only improve.  any OW experience in that??

    bike - you have the distance you need to build speed which can be helped by building strength. turbo sessions/mountain bike in winter/more riding generally will help.  try to do longer rides without breaks and certainly try to get at least a 50 miler in once a week between now and year end.  a few sportives to see where you are maybe.

    running - sounds OK there, but start rebuilding and do some bike/run brick sessions to help.  you don't need to do very long runs, but be able to sustain what you do off the bike. adaptation is the word

     

  • FB, I've had one go in open water which was ok but I found I veer to the left.  I'll try to do some more.  At what pointnext year do I need to be on a swim schedule of some sort?

    I've got a 100m sportive coming up towards the end of September so I'll try to get round with shorter breaks and a bit more effort and see where I am.

    I have a half in 2 weeks and a marathon in November so that should get things going again.

    A couple of issues next year.  XC ski races in Feb and March and another up run at the end of May.

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