great, best stop eating and start thinking about training. I did Brighton marathon and then a half ironman a few weeks ago so having a bit of a break before i start thinking about Abingdon and Comrades. How exciting. I have wanted to do this race ever since I heard about it years ago. I love the way South Africans always go 'Oh, Comrades' and then always have a story about an uncle or someone doing it 20 times.
I'm in. I got the go ahead last week. I have always wanted to do this race and it's my 40th bday next year. I am not fast (i did a 4h6 marathon a few months ago) and I will probably struggle with injury, but I SO want to do this race.
I'm with GHOST, it was like childbirth. I arrived at Shugborough on sat at 12.50 (registration closed at 1). I left late from home and the driving rain meant it took longer. I think secretly i wanted to miss it and then i could be a DNS! It took me 3.5 hours to register and get to Chasewater to rack. I couldnt even face a race briefing back to Shugborough so i went back to my parents instead. All evening i just couldnt be bothered and then i pulled myself together, watched some cheesy IM clips on you tube and told myself that i had given up lots of money and a weekend away from my kids so i should do my best.
Swim was fine, about bang on where i should be at 37 mins. The water felt fresh but i havent been in OW for almost a year! The bike was much tougher than i thought it would be. I soon realised that time needed to go out the window and i just enjoyed the crowds. The people of Staffs really put on a good show. Finished the bike in 3h30. My dad and friend were there to support for the run which was great. I set off on the run and my legs felt ok. I wouldnt let myself walk at all and ended up running a 2h4 which is a HIM pb by between 10-15 mins Finished in 6h29. A personal worst for a HIM but it was the slowest course i have ever done. Loved it though. Loved the buzz of a big race, the support, the chat on the course (I've been doing running races for years and usually just plug an ipod in).
I would recommend the race, but warn people to be prepared for lots of faff!