I was going to write a race report, but it wouldn't be too significantly different to the others.
Swim was hard, and took slightly longer than I planned.
Bike was taken easy and rode within my limits.
Run, started well, then got a message that a friend was struggling, so hung back and waited and ran/walked together for his first finish. Even did the gentlemanly thing and hung back on the finish line for him to have the red carpet to himself. For me, a finish was all I was interested in after last years issues.
This was my 5th IM but my first time in Pirate kit (for the run only - Seren, I'll get a bike shirt in the next order), and the support is truly awesome. Even had two people say that they didn't want to be near me going through town as they didn't get any support because everyone was only interested in screaming 'Aaarrrggghhh!!!' at the Pirate.