Ok it's my turn now. So finished work on Friday afternoon myself the wife and the kids jumped into the car and followed slag with his family straight to Nottingham once we arrived straight to the campsite and past all the bacon and sausages over to mouse spent about an hour finding our feet and then went to our Hotel. Had some dinner and had an early night . saturday was the same for everybody wracking bikes and putting bags into transition and then spend the day chilling with some great pirates. Met up with Jo and Q and gave jordy his birthday present I hope you liked it. The morning of the race woke up about 3:30 in the morning got the wife and kids up about 4 o'clock-ish had a little bit of breakfast porridge and a banana .made our way down to the lake was a little bit nervous but nerves are good so they say. Bumped into a few pirates said good luck spotted flatfoot and gave him a hug then I went into the water to get my shit together. Bang the race starts off we go swimming at a nice pace halfway around the swim some stupid plonker decided to criss cross in front of me when I'm swimming for about 10 minutes at one point I thought it was me so I said sorry to him for bumping into him what a dickhead. Came out the swimming one hour 36 that's roughly what I do. Jumped on the bike peddle my arse off. About 20 miles into the bike my lower back started to tighten up so I stopped about two or three times to stretch it out when I came round to the pirates feed station the second time I asked mouse if you have any painkillers and yes she did it helped for a bit thanks mouse. The only thing that was keeping me going was I could not late the 4 kids down I promised them I would run down the shoot with them so that spurred me on can't remember a lot about the bike course but when you're by yourself out there riding for a long period of time it can be a very lonely sport. Was glad to finish the bike straight into T2 quickly got changed but forgot to clean my feet up. Started running around the lake and all I can remember was Q screaming at me you can do it. Was running quite strong for about 4 miles and then my feet started to blister up and they were absolutely killing me so I decided to walk bumped into flatfoots he told me to walk for two minutes and run for one do this as much as you can he said. I must have done it for about five minutes and then gave up my feet were killing me bumped into a very lovely Pirates And I asked her if she had any painkillers she had some on her you are a star thanks. I could not run any more so decided to walk the rest of the marathon bumped into all four kids halfway around the lake on my last loop they were nice bit of company for me talking to me so I wouldn't think about the pain in my feet at the top of the carpet told the kids we are going to run down it that made the whole weekend all you Brilliant Pirates out there cheering myself and the kids on thank you very much. Don't remember a lot when I pass the finishing line apart from going to the food tent and see slag walk towards me he gave me a hug and we spoke for about a minute and then I passed out slag quickly grab a medic for me took me to the medic tent and I was sick twice spent about half an hour in the tent and then the wife drove me back to the Hotel and I fell straight asleep sorry I didn't party with you all I do apologise but count me in for next time.