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Who is Mary Sage?

Mary Sage the phantom strava stalker??

I have had notifications in the past that I have lost my QOM to Mary Sage. I have a theory that this is a phantom Stava user, or maybe a pro who doesn’t want to be known, but after some investigation I don’t think that the latter is the case!

The time that was posted for the Outlaw half run route was the “winning” time in the race. Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 13.01.34


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Last year I lost some QOM’s on the Ironman Wales course. The time that was posted for the full Ironman loop was the same as the winning bike time on Ironman Wales. Cat Faux won Half Outlaw, and Lucy Gossage won Ironman Wales, and nobody else got the same times as they had on the courses. Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 13.05.46

When I did an athlete search for Mary Sage, this came up…

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ooh mysterious, I should probably request to follow her, that would be the next stage in my stalking 😉

I suppose what people can take away from this is not to become fixated on Strava, and to just enjoy it, while taking it with a pinch of salt!

I have now solved the mystery and posted about it here!

More analysis and some ideas for my next race

The Half Outlaw results are now finalised and have gender and age group positions for all 3 disciplines, which I find really useful. The positions were as follows:


Gender position 31st Category position 10th


Gender position 24th Category position 10th


Gender position 8th Category position 3rd

It shows me that, again, I relied on my strong run to move up some places. I think this is probably something I could learn from. The run is always shorter than the bike so I haven’t got as much time to overtake if people have passed me on the bike, so I think I need to push it more on the bike. This is hard for me psychologically because I still see myself as a runner, and like to do a decent run time.

It is also interesting to see that although I haven’t been doing the run training that I wanted to, my running is still my strength, so I’m not going to worry too much about improving my running! My targets, then, for the next few months are to improve my biking and not hold back as much. Maybe I should have followed those women after all!!