Golden - where abouts do you live? I was tempted to go up this weekend as well, but I live in the middle of Surrey so it's going to take a good chunk of other training time away so thinking I might just have the surprise on the day Have been trying to do new routes in my training to get used to riding on unknown roads, will have the garmin map on so will be able to see where sharp corners etc are and am heading up there on the Thursday beforehand so plan on driving a lap again just to note where any particularly tricky sections are.
How is everyone's training going though? Swimming I've been doing 4km or over at least once a week so I'm slow but comfy with the swim. I did 120miles with 2,300m of climbing last weekend as my biggest ride & doing 100miles with 2,0000m of climbing this weekend, so happy with the bike (I've discovered peanut butter & nutella sandwiches - they are brilliant!!!).
The run however will be a case of see what happens!! It's all been a bit disrupted due to my knee playing up a couple of times & while (touch wood!) it's been ok for the last 6 weeks, I have no idea what it's going to do on the day Also means the max I've run is 14.1miles last week & have to say the last few miles of that I was absolutely hanging & there was no way I could have gone for another 12.1. But going to try for 16-17miles this week but taking a run-walk strategy right from the start so will see how that goes / feels. But either way I suspect there will be a reasonable amount of walking from me, but every step forward is a step towards the finish!!
Just picked this up over on a *cough* different forum (Tritalk) from someone in the know giving a summary:
Swim - relatively simple, easy to sight 2 lapper. No visibility in the water, but the rolling start should reduce punch ups.
Bike - some rolling stretches, some fast stretches, 2 biggish climbs per lap. Sheephouse is the biggest, broken into sections and not that steep, great atmosphere on race day. Hunter's is steadier, no breaks but not that long. Generally road surfaces pretty ropey, and course is twisty, lots of turns so not easy to ride that quick.
Run - point to point is flattish, except for a sharp rise just where you join the main out and back. Out and back done 3 times is flat through town, then a sharp little rise, before a couple of miles of draggy up to the turn. Obvs opposite on the way back.
Pet - I've personally not done the hills, but from what I understand sheep is long but ramps up in sections then eases off then ramps up again etc, with the steepest part at the top, so as long as you pace yourself its manageable. Turners a lot of people have said is worse because it doesn't have the "eased off" sections, but as I said this is just going on what I've been reading.
In terms of gearing, I would say go big because if you don't use it then fine, but if you use it then you'll be glad you had it!! If you've got a compact front then a 28 rear cassette should get you up most things - you could go 30 but you would more than likely need to change your rear mech to take it so would be an added expense.
Razor - I'm doing IM UK which is in 2.5 weeks (eek!). Still living down in good ole Surrey - I think I still need to send your book back, I'm crap I know, sorry!! Good luck for Outlaw, I think it's the week after UK? I did see the post about the feed station which would have been great fun again, but unfortunately I've got something on that weekend which I've had booked for a while as a post IM treat!
Re walking the last few miles - you hit the nail on the head when you said you were ok with that because you knew you'd given it your all. I guess that is the difference - if I have to walk because of exhaustion then I'd be fine with that, but it's the fact that I have to walk because of my knee, I therefore don't cross the line feeling like I've given it my all, and that's what hurts (and the emotional pain probably hurts more than the physical pain!).
RicF - my comments were based on the fact that when I'm 100 and on my death bed, I'd rather not be lying there thinking "I wish I'd given it a go" and my comments were in particular to how people feel during a race if something has happened.
Camlo / orange - I'll definitely be adopting a run-walk strategy for on the day, if nothing else because I know I won't have the fitness to run the whole thing, but also yes to try to save my knee.
I saw a specialist a few weeks ago, who is the chief medical officer for Wales football & was the lead consultant for the lower limb section of Headley Court for many years, so a chap who knows his legs. And he couldn't find anything and I had an MRI which didn't show anything up either, so at the moment no-one can actually tell me what is causing it or what I can do about it, which is also part of the frustration.
It is tricky though as while last year yes it was happening regularly, this year it has only happened twice completely randomly, but (touch wood!!), it's been fine for the last 6 weeks and last week I ran 14.1miles with no problems, so also part of the frustation that I just simply don't know if / when at the moment it is going to play up.
Last year I could tell you clockwork it'd be about 3-4km regardless of terrain or intensity. This year the 2 times it's happened were completely different - one was hilly & one was flat, one was a straight run & one was off the bike, one was 8-9miles & one was under 6miles. In training I've been doing a mix of long slow runs, shorter faster runs and full on speed work, but it has only been those 2 times completely randomly.
I completely agree if it was playing up everytime or I knew it was something where I was causing myself more damage, I would have pulled out. But as it's only been ad-hoc and the specialist couldn't find anything and he told me to keep going, it's a bit catch-22. As I said I know I have to go to try and I'm just desperately hoping it does play nice to I can crawl over that line knowing I've given it all. But as I said, if it goes part way through again I just don't know if I'd have the motivation to finish as I know how I'd feel when I crossed the line.