The rain was noticeable but not bothersome, but the wind was a hindrance and was always going to be in my face on the way back which ever way I ran my planned route, but running it anti-clockwise I got the benefit along the industrial road.
10km - 44:04.7 @ 7:05m/m. the bulk of it was sub 7, but the uphill into the wind done for my average. But that not withstanding an excellent run, the distance just flew by.
Comfort is all about bike fit. Ordering a bike online is all well and good and usually cheaper, but if it doesn't fit then your fighting a loosing battle. 11 speed is more about convenience than performance. imo.
I've done all my ironmans (inc. Lanza) on a £350, 8 speed (52/32 - 12/26) Sora equipped relic with 25/30mm wheels. I got round my last one in 10:36, but I guess I'd've been quicker on a lightweight aero bike with deep wheels. Did I want to spend £2k+? No! My bike fitted, it was comfortable enough, I don't think anything is going to be that comfy for 6 hours. Was I going to win? No! I set time targets for each discipline and overall, based on what I did in training. The challenge was against myself, and I succeeded
As Dave says it's the training that gets you round.
Conditions weren't ideal today at Ellesmere Port parkrun, the going was; very soft (boggy) and the wind wasn't helping either, but at least the rain stopped. The few people I spoke to at the end all said they were down by a minute or so. I ran 22:13 (unofficial) but was top 10 I think (9th?)
With the warm up and cool down; 5.98 miles - 46:12 @ 7:44m/m ave.