Golden - sounds like a sensible plan to come back slowly; frustrating as it is you will come back stronger for it! My training is going ok thanks, gave a bit of a run down on the previous page but my knee hiccup'd a few weeks ago which has dinted the running schedule, but it seems to have settled but the half tomorrow will be a good test! Thanks for the additional info on the run - always useful to have first hand info!
Red - cycling is my strongest leg but with 2000m of climbing (having plotted it for myself & also from what I've read elsewhere, the website's claim of 1270m is a piece of poo!!) I'm finding it tough & slow going on the bike, but barring any mechanical or other issues should be well within cutoff for the swim & bike so hopefully leaves me enough time to limp / crawl home on the run
Crooky - how did your lap go? Is the road surface as bad as what I've read it is??
Golden - ah that sucks! Having had too many injuries to count that have wrecked races & seasons, you have my complete sympathies & fingers crossed that with a bit more rest you'll be able to get back to training before too long (the one thing I have learnt is not to rush back otherwise you will probably just re-injure it again!).
Your comments about the UK run course are interesting - from what I've read / been told there is a small uphill straight out of transition (which I plan to walk & use to get my legs & head etc back together!), then mostly flat over to the start of the town loops (except for a steep section from the end of the tow path up to the town loop, which again I may well walk), and then on the town loops I believe one way is a constant small incline up (2ish%) and the other way is obviously down, so while there's no big up & down hills as such, I think by the time you have to do that 2.8mi stretch of up the third time, the legs will be feeling it!
From the pre race email last night it seems like it's going to be a reasonable day! They think the water is around 16 degrees and weather forecast is light cloud and temp's of 10-14, not too windy to start but building through the day so hopefully off the bike before it gets too bad (although I'm still expecting strong gusts), but given what I've read it's been in previous years I'll more than take that!
Feeling a bit more relaxed now with hearing what the water temperature is, so might still do 2 thinner caps (as I'm a slow swimmer!), will keep the toe warmers on the bike shoes and take both a short sleeve & long sleeve jersey and decide on the go which one I want to throw over the tri suit. WIll also take short & long fingered gloves & likewise decide on the go if I want to use a pair.
Crooky - I live down in Surrey so a bit of a trek for me to get up there unfortunately, but I would like to ride the course at least once beforehand to get a feel for the climbs / gradients to decide gearing and suss any tricky turns / descents etc.
I've got the half this weekend then Oly races on 31 May & 14 June so choice of weekends for me is starting to get narrowed! But with having the extra day next weekend & having a recovery week next week so long ride will only be 60-70mi, so thinking that will tie in nicely to head up & do a lap or so.
Red - I'm doing marshman, which it seems I've gotten lucky & looks like the weather will play reasonably nice for the first time for it (now that I've said that the forecast will probably change overnight to be pouring rain!). Belvoir should be nice, good luck & let me know how you get on (I'm the same as you, using this weekend as a test to see where things are at!). Have you done an IM before or will UK be your first?