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 #23231  by oota goota
 Sun Nov 06, 2016 8:20 pm
ok so after action report :)

Turned out there were 10 hills on my 12km leg :blink:

I got to my gear on about 1:30pm a bit earlier than expected and so my brain hadn't quite caught up to the fact that I was going to actually do this. The lady on the start desk took my time looked at me and said "are you ready?" and I said "nope"

I think it was about 1km that I realised that this was actually a thing that was happening. But as I got into the run it turned out not too bad. The suit was working really well especially the legs. The chest and back I didn't really feel. The helmet was a bit of a nightmare it pretty much bounced up and down on my head for an hour but the holes I had cut into the bucket helped heaps. I ditched the forearms and gloves about 4km in and ditched a shoulder bell about 7km in.

Overheating was a problem so I ran slower than I normally do and had to work a bit harder. I walked about 4 of the hills and the last one was a killer I really wanted to walk but there were heaps of people at the relay point and I was damned if I was going to stroll up hell no!

Got lots of support from people on the road side and from other runners (as they overtook me :) )

I'll post a few pics as they come up but here's the first one so far:

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So would I recommend running in a tk? Not sure really it was easier in some ways than what I thought it would be but that was thanks to the flexi parts of the suit.

If I did it again I'd like a shorter leg and I'd like to put the foot down a bit and try and get some speed!
 #23233  by oota goota
 Mon Nov 07, 2016 12:18 am
Blaxmyth wrote:Congratulations! Great banner pic in the paper. Well done for making the distance. Planning next year's race? - or is it still too soon...
thanks blax ha ha no idea mate I'll probably run again for sure but in a tk? mmmmmmm
 #23235  by fredstar
 Mon Nov 07, 2016 3:23 am
Wow dude! I can't believe you did it! Do you think it would have been easier in ABS seeing as it's lighter?

I'm still keen to try it out one day after doing god knows how many half marathons, I think it's time to spice it up a bit and give this a go.

Who's crazy enough to join me :p
 #23236  by oota goota
 Mon Nov 07, 2016 4:31 am
fredstar wrote:Wow dude! I can't believe you did it! Do you think it would have been easier in ABS seeing as it's lighter?

I'm still keen to try it out one day after doing god knows how many half marathons, I think it's time to spice it up a bit and give this a go.

Who's crazy enough to join me :p
hey man yeah it was a good laugh. The flexi suit was definitely an asset for the legs and the groin/ butt. There's a fair bit of movement and whenever the suit hit against another part of the suit it compressed rather than impacted. Having the top half in ABS was good though definitely cooler.

The biggest challenge was wearing the helmet. I popped the visor, cut out the traps and padded the helmet so it only touched in a few places. But it's hot under there and when you're running it doesn't get any better :) So I had to slow down a bit to avoid over heating etc etc.

Anyway man if you want to borrow the flexi-bits sometime let me know. I might have a go at vac forming some white poly propylene see if that works
 #23253  by badges2nz
 Sat Nov 12, 2016 3:50 am
Hey this is the first time I've been on line in a few days, good work oota, great result, I hope it wasn't too hot for you.
 #23256  by oota goota
 Sat Nov 12, 2016 6:08 am
badges2nz wrote:Hey this is the first time I've been on line in a few days, good work oota, great result, I hope it wasn't too hot for you.
cheers badges it was a lot cooler than what I was expecting but I was definitely staggering a bit at the end!