Well done all you Wales finishers. Just looking at peoples pictures of their white finisher t-shirts, the quality looks pretty poor compared to what they were in 2013 when they were a smart black technical polo shirt, 2014 they were a black technical t-shirt and both of mine are still going strong.
What are they like in the flesh? The Weymouth finisher t-shirts from a week ago are bobbins, mine has already started to disintegrate.
Don't get me wrong I enjoyed Weymouth, it's not Tenby though. Pubs, bars, restaurants & the hotel we stayed in (Best Western) were all very welcoming, in fact a Turkish shop owner last night was wishing us well and saying he was looking forward to next year, hoping we had enjoyed Weymouth and saying what a great thing it was to have in Weymouth.
However, on Saturday afternoon, some cafe's along the esplanade closed at 4pm just before the athletes left The Pavilion following the athlete brief and poured out onto the streets. On Sunday pubs in Old Harbour didn't start serving food until 7pm, some were closed altogether. There must be some rich owners in Weymouth, either that or they haven't sussed out the pot of gold that IM brings to their town. Maybe it's the demographics of the town, it struck me it's full of old codgers, a retirement town like Bournemouth used to be, maybe they all moved along the coast and maybe it will never take off like Wales?
So what did people think of IM Weymouth & IM 70.3 Weymouth?
Personally I really enjoyed it. The weather was unbelievable, perfect conditions. The swim was brilliant albeit standing on those pebbles was a pain in the foot waiting for the rolling start to get going but once it did it seemed to be biff free. The slog to T1 wasn't quite Wales but it was long enough.
The bike course needs work, not by Ironman, the local authority, still far too many dangerous sketchy sections of road out there. Feed station 1 needed to be signposted better, caught a few people out who didn't see it and were expecting it to be at the turn point, loads of bottles all over both sides of the road. It was a good test though, lulled you in on the first 1/4 and then had a bit of a sting in the tail toward the end. Disappointing support or lack of on the course but then again there weren't really that many inhabited areas we passed through! A few cars on the course as well, could have been legitimate but also saw and heard drivers having angry words with marshals out there as well.
Run was what it was, relatively flat, into the wind for half of it but well supported. One old dear on a motor scooter absolutely refused to move off the course as she trundled along the front muttering about young people, the war and where was Woolworths?
Athlete recovery area was pretty basic but Dominos pizza was good and white bag collection was a doddle, just the long drag back to T1 for bikes and blue & red bags.