Ok, so here goes...... Firstly I'm not happy with my time, but I'm not disappointed with it either. That said the race was brutal & I'm over the moon at my finish.
It's not secret that my training has been sparse - a combination of a hectic job, then a job change & an other half who shares zero passion in IM!
I did have a coach this year. Well more someone who wrote my training plan for me. But I fitted that round what I'm wanted to, so for the annual Lakes trip (I know I know - I'm over emotional about this holiday) I followed Jim's plan for the week & did what everyone else did. As usual it paid off.
Anyway, back to Bolton.
I went up on my own on Friday due to aforementioned uninterested OH. This worked rather well as it happens as I was free to do my own thing & got some decent sleep. Met a friend & tri-club buddy as & when suited & we had a lovely Italian meal together with her hubby & boys on the Saturday night. We also arranged to meet for the race start.
And the race went something like this.......
Swim: Bun fight worthy of East London boxing club rankings. Was happy with my first lap time & expected quicker on the second on account of their being slightly less people & slightly less bun fighting. But still happy enough given lack of swimming and especially OW swimming (none more than 2500k).
Bike: There were a series of serious speed humps out of T1 which some people underestimated - saw 4 people on the ground including one massive crash wallop! The first 20 miles were relentless wind & up and downs and I felt pretty awful. Soon settled in though. I've only ridden 78 miles a few times this year (and no further) but fortunately two of these rides were in the Lakes over mountain passes! Although I was going slow I felt reasonably comfortable and felt like I pushed a little where I could. Whooped at 100 miles and cheerfully thanked the supporters and marshals. Great TDF style support on the climbs including banana man costumes and blow-up dolls. Not sure if that explains what I saw by the road after Sheep House Lane #2. Stopped in a queue for a portaloo for ages - very disappointed to only have wind!
Great to see so much pirate support. SA, Mrs SA, Jordy & the rest of the group I don't know - but you were great. So grateful you were still there for my second loop & great photo of me & IronBlue. Also saw Rosey on lap 1. But have to say Colt Alley was great too!
Run: I did! Well for about 10 minutes until the chuffing hill! I then put in a plan of 8 minutes run, 2 minutes walk. This last one cycle and I moved to 2 minutes walk, 2 minutes run. This worked and I kept it for a couple of hours. And this is where my uninterested OH did a complete personality flip! He'd come up by train Sunday after and met me after the first lap. He then walked and ran beside me (off the course but DQ me still if you like) encouraging me to run between traffic islands and street signs. I seriously don't think I would have ran so much without him. I lost him for a bit on the last lap - but somehow at the end he had a bottle of champagne. Give previous history I don't think he would have bought that before he knew I was going to finish. Had a nice walk/jog & chat with Woody along the canal & saw Zoe lots of cheered each other each time - but I didn't know about your ribs. Massive respect. Lots of general argh-nig to other pirates. Made sure I enjoyed every second of the finisher carpet - something I didn't do in Austria cause I felt I'd let myself down.