Ha yes that was nasty. And to make matters worse it warmed up a lot after lunchtime, which baked my soaking muddy socks to my feet. Add in 5 hour drive home afterwards and I had to shower in my socks before I could peel them off.
I do remember Frodo being asked about dealing with the heat and humidity of Kona and he said you just have to go slower. I think if you’re notnused to the heat, or relative heat, maybe it is easier to head off at your normal pace. Obviously he has never raced in the East Midlands
Although Brits moan like f*ck in the slightest bit of warmth and sun. The Outlaw half was probably about 22°C when I had finished and the high was 24°C and everyone was running around moaning with beetroot faces. Perfect running weather FFS.
As I remember, Outlaw doesn’t have that much shade either? More than Frankfurt, but that run 4x around the lake is exposed to wind & sun; it’s soul destroying.
What we must remember is official records are shade temperature. So if Frankfurt was 39-40, then during the afternoon in sunlight it’s more like 50+ and Outlaw at 25-6 would be well over 30 in direct sunlight. Hamburg was only 35, so child’s play really, eh @jeffb
I wonder if that was the year someone I know fell asleep in a portaloo on the run; he said it was biblical & cold. These German events tend to be one extreme or the other; Roth is another good example of that.
I did an Oly (yes, yes I know but it takes me nearly as long as a HIM for you lot) near Worcester the week after that Outlaw in 2013, Saturday lunchtime start as they have a party/BBQ in the evening for those camping.
River swim was nice, bike Ok but fell apart on the run and wasn’t fully with it by the end. Probably shouldn’t have driven home but only realised how bad I was when I got some cold drinks down me (strawberry milk is a miracle cure) at the first petrol station and immediately perked up.
Don’t do the race anymore as been ill 2 of the 3 times I’ve done it.
Ps. That was the same day some army recruits died on Brecon, doing the SAS/PARA fitness test or something like that (I’m sure you guys know the details better than me)
Can you imagine that Hamburg docklands loop in the wet; a guy came off (hard) in front of me on one of the carpeted sections! Luckily they had stewards on every rail crossing. Although I’m guessing if the carpets were wet & heavy they wouldn’t move about like they did in the dry, causing ridges.
Not race related but few years back when I was working at HQLF in Amdover we were consigned to a MAU. Mobile Accommodation Unit. It had a tin roof and a wall of glass that faced south. No AC. During one hot summer people nearly died. Back then EDS Defence insist that we all wore full suit and tie whilst on customer premises. Rotten.