Upto 5 weeks before race day all training had been going to plan, then things started to go wrong. Had a few problems.
first I had an eye infection which Dr. Gave me some ointment for, ointment calmed it down however I was told if it happened again I would need an operation.
Secondly - an elderly member of wife's family was rushed into hospital (all OK now) being 2 hours away was tough on training times.
Thirdly - I manage a team of three at work and we had a big project to get ready the week before raceday one lad left and another went on the sick, so for a fortnight I was doing 12 hour shifts with no breaks just grabbing a drink and something to eat on the go.
Fourth thing that happened was being attacked by wasps being allergic didn't really help and only got over this on Thursday before the race.
Last thing that went wrong - my eye infection came back up on Friday luckily I had some ointment left and just smothered my eye with it & hoped for the best.
Raceday- woke up and I felt good hadn't really had time to focus on race or worry about it.
SWIM - Not being a swimmer and couldn't swim at all 15 months ago it was just about getting it done. Positioned myself at the back of Pen 3, had quite an uneventful time got knocked a couple of times - knocked a few as well but job done just over 94 mins.
Tr1 - Full change
BIKE - got myself into a comfortable gear and eased of one gear - mind was on lack of training the last few weeks so again it was just about finishing. Support at Colston and pirate station was great and a moral pick me up. Nutrition wise I left mine at home on Saturday so late Saturday night picked up some breakfast biscuits couldn't swallow them though my mouth was that dry took on gels and high 5 instead. Time around 6.45
TR2 - Full change
Run - had plans to run around 10 minute pace and was going alright until the 8 mile marker then started to suffer so it became a run walk. Having been given race number 999 everyone seemed to be giving me abuse so I just joined in and had a great deal of banter my garmin showed I had stopped for 30 mins. that would be chatting then. Nutrition - I was unable to take on gels I felt really sick from them all. so tried coke, water and crisps nothing really worked felt sick all the way through the run. Time just over 5 hrs.
Had a really memorable and enjoyable day, great to meet up with some of you pirates and apologies to others that I didn't or unable to. A big thanks to the two pirates between the last two feed stations.
Total time 13 hrs 41 mins and a few secs. For my 1st long distance & with the last few weeks I would of taken that beforehand - happy- extremely.