Comfort is all about bike fit. Ordering a bike online is all well and good and usually cheaper, but if it doesn't fit then your fighting a loosing battle. 11 speed is more about convenience than performance. imo.
I've done all my ironmans (inc. Lanza) on a £350, 8 speed (52/32 - 12/26) Sora equipped relic with 25/30mm wheels. I got round my last one in 10:36, but I guess I'd've been quicker on a lightweight aero bike with deep wheels. Did I want to spend £2k+? No! My bike fitted, it was comfortable enough, I don't think anything is going to be that comfy for 6 hours. Was I going to win? No! I set time targets for each discipline and overall, based on what I did in training. The challenge was against myself, and I succeeded
As Dave says it's the training that gets you round.
Conditions weren't ideal today at Ellesmere Port parkrun, the going was; very soft (boggy) and the wind wasn't helping either, but at least the rain stopped. The few people I spoke to at the end all said they were down by a minute or so. I ran 22:13 (unofficial) but was top 10 I think (9th?)
With the warm up and cool down; 5.98 miles - 46:12 @ 7:44m/m ave.
Tonight's run nearly never happened I was so tired during work I had planned to go straight to bed, but walking out of work it was such a lovely evening I put on my running kit in the car park, drove home, got out and ran.
And I am much happier for it now
Nice little figure of 8. Up to the cash and carries, round the old lane across and down towards Urenco, it must of been end of shift as there was loads of traffic and no footpath but as it was all going and not coming it wasn't too bad (note to self; run this route earlier or later).
Nothing fancy or exciting just a good solid, pretty even paced run, although as I turned at the roundabout and was about to head in to the estate I spotted a day-glo hare. I had to chase him down, I never caught him as he carried on straight and I'd already added extra distance and following him would have been too much.