Yes the ice shower at wantage was a low point! But as you say cant praise XNRG team enough - cheerful, helpful, enthusiastic, nothing is too much trouble, and they even bring round the bedtime chocolates! really great race, highly recommended.
Yeah, agree it's a great race. Small but perfectly formed. Total for all three distances, (70.3 'middle' distance, boskman (2.6k swim 120k bike and 22 k run) and full IM distance) was about 250 competitors. Very friendly, immaculately well organised and a beautiful course. Extremely well signed bike course - no need to carry a map - with just enough aid stations. Although it got so lonely at one point on the second bike loop and I hadnt seen anyone else in ages I wondered if I had gone wrong and was just starting to worry when a lead forestman racer came whizzing past in aero helmet and i 'followed' him!
It was a bit windy but manageable (just adds to the challenge;) ) - and the off road run is quite up and down.
Still, did better than I had feared on my times, I didnt die or bonk, and even won my age group, 4th woman overall, although I am keeping it a secret that there were only 4 women in my age group and 9 overall!
I am very envious of musttriharder's time off - i was straight back to work the next day which was a bit much really tho !