Ah, Kritter - fancy meeting you here! Shall we start a thread on how to run faster off the bike....? Might help with the sub-12:00.
I think the swim may have been changed because of the other swim events later on, but that's just a theory.
RTN, I've done IM Wales a couple of times before, including when you were there. I love the local support for this event, and you really don't need any superhuman qualities, just the ability to hang on in there!
Well done on having the presence of mind to grab a bottle to take home!
Hi, yes I'd forgotten about the running out of water bit.
And what did you think about the huge amount of alcohol in the recovery tent? I wish my race fee had been put towards adequate fluids out on the course, and it's dangerously irresponsible to encourage people to refuel with alcohol after that type of event. I thought at first it must be alcohol-free, but no!
Anyway, taken as a training session it was OK, and I just used my own supplies (2 bottles on the bike plus an energy bar and gel, then a 500ml bottle Luc sport taken on the run). Like you, I learned plenty, despite this being my eighth middle distance event, I think.
Sorry to hear about your shoulder, and I hope it settles soon. I've still got IM Wales in September, and then this winter I should really learn to swim! Next year will be IM-free, so maybe I'll join you at the Cotswolds Classic, if that's a half.
The organisation was even worse than expected, and F3 have a dreadful reputation! The bike course modification through a long stretch if roadworks was a pain if you were stuck in a convoy, and the "feed station" was a joke. The average bike time couldn't have been 1:30, though - I'd guess more than 3 hours, so don't worry about your time!
my biggest fume was about the last-minute swim course change which they tried to pass off as planned ("now, as you all know, it's a two-lap swim......") and didn't explain adequately. Fortunately as a woeful swimmer I could just watch where everyone else went!.
I struggled a bit on the towpath stretch of the run, and heard complaints about the feed stations (wrong place, too close together), and while I agree, it didn't affect me.
overall, I had an ok race which reflects where I am training-wise this year, ie very average. However, if I had been racing seriously think I would have been pretty upset by the shambolic organisation!