Thanks everyone for responses, which I have just re-read in a panic now this is only 6 days away!
I have got a compass that I don't know how to use, maps I don't know how to read and lots of snacks. It was a complete delight going to the supermarket trying to get the most calorific foods that I could and I am hopefully practically prepared even if not physically. I've just seen the amount of people who have DNF'd the first two years and am terrified! I think I might have to take a hip flask.
I have earplugs and a sleep mask but I am unfortunately probably one of those who will be keeping the others awake...
I'm just reading through the blogs now, I am not sure whether that is a good idea or not!
I usually do events (though nothing this extreme) with some uni buddies and I am regretting not press-ganging them this time so if anyone is doing this and sees me along the way I love talking so please say hello.
Massive congratulations to all the proper athletes on Sunday who did the entire course, a couple of laps of the run course nearly killed me!
Hello to everyone I met and apologies for not talking longer, I had my "support" crew (aka the rest of the relay team) hurling abuse at me if they thought I spent even one minute not in absolute agony. I love them really.
Anthony, at 400m in Outlaw 2012 (my first IM) I had a complete meltdown and was treading water for about 3 minutes before I could talk myself into carrying on. All the cool kids do it. I would like to say I have improved since but that would be a bare faced lie. My Sunday highlight was that I didn't have to get in that lake (thanks there to my sister!).
Absolutely great race though, it deserves its reputation though, as my relay partner commented at registration "even the swim is hilly". Might even man up to try the whole thing next year...maybe...