My next Ironman distance event is Midnight Man a small event taking place at Dartford, England on 11-12 August 2018. This is a single Ironman distance event, and so relatively straightforward. I will not be able to have any help, so no crew duty for Leigh this time. Unusually, this race runs overnight, starting at 6pm on Saturday 11th and finishing the next day, on the Sunday.
Trying out my new Bullet video camera. Here’s an edited video with some highlights of a ride around a local forest with a couple of mates. The video takes fabulously clear and high-definition footage. Unfortunately a lot of the quality has been lost when converting to a lower resolution format for use on the internet. Still experimenting, I hope to find a happy medium for quality and video size for later videos. Meanwhile, enjoy this ride around Bow Brickhill forest on a sunny evening.
Well, Nick continued with his strong running right through to the end, and moved forward to finish in sixth place, adding the Double Ironman distance Enduroman medal to his collection. Overall a success despite the poor begining.
37 laps done and Nick is still going well, although the weather is warming up and coould soon become too hot for comfort. He has been moving up places and currently lies in 7th place.
Nick is now flying round at a brisk pace. Going well. 35 laps done of the 48 13 to go.
At 05:30 Nick was falling asleep on his feet, and so he decided to take a nap, as he could trip and fall. After a refreshing sleep, he is back on the track and has now completed 24 laps – half way. One more forest-track marathon to go.
Nick is OK so far on the run portion of the double ironman. We expected that he would have to walk it but he has been jogging, so that’s good news.
We’ve been up 24 hours now so feeling tired, but we have come through the hardest part of the night when the body shouts at you to sleep, and so we should be OK to the finish now.
Bike segment finished. On to the 52 miles run/walk. It is night and much of the course is through woodland with no lighting so it is pitch black. So, a head torch is the order of the day and also a high–viz bib is compulsory.
17 laps on the bike done and NIck is making steady progress.
As dusk fell the bike lights had to go on the bike and the high-visability jacket regulations came into force.
Nick’s knee is troublesome and we are just about keeping it under control with nurafen gel and painkillers. He also has sore feet and various other niggles but is driving on.
He has moved up another few places, and after 15 laps was lying in 8th place.
3 more bike laps to go and then it’s 48 laps of the 1.1 mile circuit to complete the 52 miles run
The Enduroman Ultra events are being held at Avon Tyrell, a great venue in the new Forest, near Bournemouth. Unfortunately the venue is also home to millions of midges! I have numerous bites already, and am collecting more as we progress. I am not looking forward to this evening when they’ll be out in force. They don’t wait for evening though, they’ve been harrassing us all day. A large one has even just flown into my eye!