Barley, sorry but I don't think there's much similarity between being a Buccaneer and being a smoker! I'm guessing that most Pirates, like me, don't see any good reason to be anti-Buccaneer, whereas many would have a problem with smokers, as I'm sure you've found.
And any Pirate can take advantage of the Triathlete Europe discount. I stumbled on the site earlier today and used the discount code for my next year's subscription - came at just the right time for me, so thanks, Buccaneers, keep them coming .
I'm sorry, Slim, didn't realise you'd had such a dreadful time. Your very honest report really moved me.
You've entered IMW, and that was a good move. I think maybe you have to come back after a bad one to really mature as a long distance triathlete. (I seriously underestimated a fairly key event last month, ie. all my fault, and have also been asking myself what it's all for).
I think you're being a bit harsh on yourself about getting addicted and the effect on your family. Lots of blokes spend 3 hours a day down the pub etc, and your family must be proud of you. You may have had a bug on the day (not that Meldy's opinion is likely to be worth listening to ), but you probably wouldn't have killed yourself.
Looking forward to sharing IMW preparation with you,
Good question from Debbo - if you are old, then trying to squeeze in all 3 events will probably reduce your chance of qualifying because it takes longer than you expect to recover from one, especially if you've "raced" it. On the other hand I would thoroughly recommend doing the Outlaw bike leg (or swim/bike) in a relay team if you can change at this stage. Ah, just read back and that's what Mouse said too - well I agree!
I think Meldy probably has pots of money - but she does hide it pretty well.
Wouldn't like to comment on Barley - except to say he puts on a good show in transition .