Woke up at 02:10, felt like lunchtime by the start of the swim. Great atmosphere before the start of the race. Found the swim quite hectic compared to previous events, but no major issues apart from me struggling to swim in a straight line.
First 40 miles of the bike were super quick with the wind and it was good to get so many miles crossed off before the inevitable headwind. Feed stations were top notch and super friendly. Managed to complete the bike without stopping or unclipping, even the offroad slalom sections coming into HPP. Only disappointment was seeing some blatant drafting - one guy was with me for an hour or so and going from wheel to wheel, just inches away. Cheating twat.
The run was great, I quite like multi-laps in this sort of race as the atmosphere is great and keeps building as more and more of us join the course. Made it a reward to walk through all 17 feed stations and slogged it out for 11:23. I did an idiotic and wanky sprint down the finish straight and will be very embarrassed if I'm on the TV.