having done both Bolton and IM Wales, I'd say that Wales is most definitely tougher- that's despite me going 50 mins quicker in Wales than I did in Bolton- The bike is brutal, sea swim is choppy, but fun and the run was 4x 10Km loops of which out was all uphill
hey guys, thanks for all the support especially in terms of the guys who were just supporting and not competing- I wasn't in a pirate top but was shouting "go pirates" every time I passed one (I was in an illuminous green tri- suit with blood pouring from me from where I came off on the bike at the bottom of a big hill near Narbeth and was bandaged up on the elbow and had massive cuts!) I also had a few good motivational chats with FB on each lap of the run which was cool and spoke to his wife in T2 and at the end.
I completed the IM UK in 2010 and that was a tough bike and I completed the etape in France this year and that was incredibly tough but I still wasn't prepared for the bike ride- Most people I was speaking to were saying that was by far the hardest IM they had done- I think IM Wales is going to be the one that people want to challenge themselves to.
Really inspirational to stay to watch the last guys come in and the last pirate (well done slag!)- Can't believe there was an old guy who finished who I saw as I was finishing my run and thought there was no way he was going to make it, but did with half hour to spare. And the amazing 61 year old who completed his 126th Ironman- Mental.
Just really, really disappointed I couldn't stay for drinks tonight and meet up properly! I'm definitely going to get myself a pirate tri- suit and enter the Outlaw though!
Just want to say good luck to everyone tomorrow. Where are the drinks taking place after the event? I'm on my own in a hotel at the finishing line but want to meet with some pirates after I've (hopefully) finished!
i'm gutted, ive still got a really stressful day of work tomorrow and not coming down until Saturday but I want to be there now!
Have just shaved the legs and arms though (those seconds will make all the difference!) and managed to get an extra night in my hotel for free (Sunday) so can stay and have some drinks with the pirates!