So, everyone ready for this who's going? All I can say thank goodness I'm only doing the half, but even that is going to be a struggle!
Been 6 weeks since IM UK & oddly swimming has been the most regular thing I've done and even more odd is that I'm enjoying it as well! Had a few personal coaching sessions too & my times have dropped (ok still not exactly brilliant, but if I went near 17mins for 750m last year it was a really good lap, but recently have regularly been doing under 16mins including a PB of 15.5mins so pretty chuffed with that), although as Weymouth will be my first ever sea swim I'm not expecting to crack any PB's out, I'll just be happy to survive!
Cycling has been a bit hit & miss - did ride100 two weeks after IM UK and did a 60mi ride the other weekend but otherwise it's just been the odd short ride, but cycling is my strength so I know I'll get through it ok it so not particularly worried about that part.
Running however is a wee bit of a differen story I don't think I ran for a full 3 weeks after UK, then the following 2 weeks started running regularly again (3 times a week, including getting back up to a 9mi run which I was a little surprised I manage to do so soon and actually felt ok).
However, at the lake last Mon night I stood on what I now know is to be a piece of glass that is still stuck in my foot, hence I have done absolutely diddly squat for the past week! Went to the dr last week but it was so sore & swollen they couldn't touch it, but it's all finally settled down & been using Epsom Salts to help draw it out & can now see the tip of it, so am back at the dr today and am going to refuse to leave until they get it out as it's doing my head in (not to mention it's starting to mess my ankle up from having to walk oddly for the past week).
But even if they do get it out I imagine it's still going to be a bit touchy for a few days, although hoping I should be able to get out for a long ride & run again on the weekend, although for the safety of my knees I suspect the long run will only be 6mi, so yeah, the last half of the run at Weymouth (if my knee holds up that is!) isn't going to be particularly fun
Fit is definitely the most important thing (although stem lengths, handlebar width etc can be changed so unless you have really odd body proportions (ie super long legs vs really short torso etc), as long as you get the right frame size you can generally get most bikes adapted to fit you), then I would say go with whatever frame is the best, as everything else (wheels, groupset etc) is changeable.
And red does go faster but black shows less dirt! I never thought I would be precious about colour but being the owner of a white matte finish bike that is near on impossible to keep clean, I would almost *never* go for a white bike again!
I knew I was going to jinx myself by saying I was glad I had Sagan That's it, no more comments about my riders else I won't have anyone left soon! How I've managed to crawl up to 5th with the way I'm losing riders is beyond me!
But think it was pretty harsh to fine Sagan - ok yes he was having a bit of a hissy fit but I don't blame him & he did only take his anger out on machines as opposed to decking the motorbike driver!
I know the motorbikes & cars have to be there (well, it makes it more convenient at least) but it is just me or has this year been worse than usual for incidents with said vehicles?
Half way.....I can live with that for now, although of the 7 riders that have left the race (as listed below) I had 2 of them & I suspect as IAM is so depleted that my remaining rider from there won't be doing a whole lot, so I expect to be needing crooky's name by early next week