wasp's nest? pah! we have a hornet's nest in the summerhouse and I am working on a simple principle - if I don't disturb them, they won't disturb me. seems to be working OK and as the nest is not visible as it's in the eaves, I will leave it be and block the entry next spring.
right - back to sorting a DPM on a concrete floor out
to be fair, the Vit has 50% sold out and it's not long opened - that's not uncommon with the Vit and it will sell out in a couple more weeks.
there are more events around these days competing for money and many experienced IM have either - like me and DtS - retired, or wanting something "different" viz. swim/runs like Otillo, ultras (even there it's becoming more extreme), or a completely different sporting challenge.
you also need to remember that many around here have got a few t-shirts so the gloss has gone, but there are plenty of newbies out there looking for their challenge hence the number of events. tri is still growing strongly as a sport and as a ref I see a load of newbies popping up at events.
I'm with Joddly - unless it's causing issues, leave it in
I had some metal work put in my jaw after I broke it in a skiing accident and it was there for years without causing me problems until I had a jawline infection as a result of a tooth root canal infection. recommendation was to do surgery to get rid of the metal to prevent any future issues - duly done with difficulty as the bone had grown over the screws and it's been fine since.
I still have some other metalwork in the bones but it's staying!
I would however get expert advice first as every case is likely to be different so a surgeon can advise better