I smoked 40 a day up until Jan 1999, gave up when it turned £3 a packet, started running and managed 3 miles without stopping by March. Did my first sprint at Horwich (for those that know me that is somewhat a sign ) and came 3rd, thought this was easy.
Then in Sept 1999 did Bala Olympic distance and nearly coughed a lung up, back to reality.
Bravado and a willingness to push further than my mates meant I did the Longest Day IM distance in August 2000, finished in 11.26 and loved it, unfortunately I am a mad sportsman at heart so that Xmas I snapped my ACL snowboarding in Whistler and took 3 years off, coming back in 2003 and doing IMCH.
Done a few more since then getting faster each year, at least one a year except 2010 and 2013 when we had a child each of those years.
Still love it and aiming to do Copenhagen this August for number 15.
If the second half of the race is the 70.3 course you have it made, the course is a steady rise out of Alcudia and then the main hill, its steady, around 7-10% depending on the bend radius of the corner. Take it steady and you won't blow it.
There is no real recovery and gain on the descent as its hairpin after hairpin and there will be traffic with other bikes.
Once you are through the village at the bottom its a good steady power course and the only thing will be the wind in the exposed parts.
Not sure on temps but in the 70.3 the run was a bit toasty and right on the prom so factor up and drink plenty.
I hope this race sticks as a good test as I can't do it this year but may attempt another year.
Race well and I hope they put on a good first race.