3 down. Ch'triman 226k France. It was hard going as I'd only got up to 2.4k in the pool last week had cycled twice and not run at all since Comrades so as to let my leg recover.
Got through the swim inside the 2hr cut off which was a relief. At the start of the second lap of the bike (2 laps) the heavens opened and that continued for about 2 1/2 hrs I'd just about dried out and then it started again.
Got told off for taking my helmet off before I'd racked my bike but was surprised to be able to run, well shuffle really. After lap 1 of 4 laps I'd had enough and would have packed it in but had to finish. 14.37 not great but I only had to finish. When I got back to the hotel and showered I felt like every inch of me was bruised. Lots better today though.
PBP up next but looks like the 10k ow isn't on. 1.43 for 3.8k isn't good enough for the cut off's in a 10k, most are sold out, the last are in September and with PBP between now and then I just don't have enough time to get up to distance or speed I think.
Btw, it was a bit warmer than normal and I hear there were 3000 DNF's. I say hear because there are never any DNF's in the results, if you don't finish in sub 12hr you weren't there. There are no times after 11.59.59.
Interesting stat from this years race. The average position at 16k, (the first big hill) of the mens first 10 finishers was 54th.
Seren nos, the first time I ran the race I stood in the pens thinking this is just another race and once will do but here I am having run 3 ups now. You won't be disappointed.
Well no DVT and probably not much muscle damage either. It seems I had a Bakers cyst that burst. Not very nice during a race but I can stop taking the clot busting drugs. A bit of googling tells me a Bakers is often a sign of an underlying problem so finding out what that is all about could prove a challenge in the time I've got. It's not life or death so the NHS won't be very interested.