Well done everyone - big shout out to Ironshas - I thought my Australian-ness would get me through the sea swim as well, but I was full of it. I certainly entered T1 with a gut full of Weymouth Bay, kinda glad to know I wasn't the only one! Great work toughing it out though - you are made of some stern stuff!
Mikecool - I ran a PB for the half marathon by two minutes in a Half Iron distance race, so you shouldn't be surprised to know that my Garmin clocked it at 18.3km rather than the 21.1km I paced myself to run. This is getting really quite frustrating - I ran 8.17 out of 10km at the London Triathlon; its hard to know what to believe when I am running PBs in triathlons. I know you can factor in the run to transition, but it all seems to take away a little bit (just a little) of the achievement.
BZ everyone though - especially the full distance peoples who had to battle the rain that I blissfully slept through!
I'm in for my first IM at Bolton next year - any training focus tips at all? I noticed that the median bike leg this year was around 7 hours, which seems to say to me that I should focus on biking as much as I can (as well as swimming; my longest swim is just over 2km during the couple of HIM ive done). It'll then be about surviving the run to get to completion?
Sorry to hear about your foot Ironshas - you take it easy! Probably a good idea to do the swim (not sure how comfy it will be if 23mph winds) for experience, see how you go on the bike and then pull the pin. I have enough trouble running as is let alone after having a coke bottle worth of glass extracted from my foot!
On arm warmers - I wore a long sleeved tech top under my wetsuit at London Triathlon this year, and it was soaked through when I got out of the water, so I'd imagine much the same would happen to arm warmers. I would take the time in T1 to do it rather than hope that they dry out on course.