well the water was under 11C so you'd have died......
as said, M'man will always throw a weather curveball at you. if it's not raining, it will be windy, if it's not windy it will be raining, and if the sun's out or not, it will be cold. and if you're really special, you might get the wind, rain and cold together! of if like the 1st one, you get sun, cold, warm, wind, rain, hail at various times - all 4 seasons in a day!!
there's a bloody big wind farm at Lydd with plans to make it bigger - that should tell you something about the area
in it's favour, it's a pretty flat course bar a couple of minor bike lumps and is nice and low key and honest. it's a good test of form despite the weather also testing you a lot mentally and physically.
I'll probably be reffing it again this year with my missus Petal - we're kind of hoping for a nice warm, windfree sunny day for a change but on past performances we'll all be freezing our nuts off in a howling storm....
you might find it a bit easier to swap the knobbly MTB tyres for slicks - that will help you go a bit quicker. and if the front suspension forks lock out, lock them out to make them rigid as that will also help speed. and ditch anything from the bike you don't need to reduce weight.
NR - beyond Dogtag, also look at Snowcard (which I use)
Me and Petal were going to make the trip to Klaggers to support the 10th Pirate anniversary as we were on the first to IMCH but we will no longer be coming now sadly. We have been asked to referee the triathlon at the World Island Games in Jersey which is the same weekend and as we doubt whether we'll get the chance to do this again, we have committed to that.
We'll be there in mind if not in body and cheering you all on from the Channel Isles.
transition is as secure as the organisers can make it and IF access is controlled corrrectly, nobody bar a competitor should be allowed access.
as a ref if I find anyone in T who shouldn't be there, I get them out asap and then speak to the marshals/organiser to ensure it's correctly managed.
you do get cases of kit going missing but it's often the fault off the athlete losing something themself, or a genuine mistake. I've had to calm people down when they come into T2 (usually) and they start accusing someone of nicking their run shoes - usually because they have lost their racking spot 'cos they've come in from a different entry!
so - make note of where your racking spot is (even if it is numbered) and where the entries and exits are so you can find it quickly when you are knackered and disoriented.