Barcelona is a lovely place, but it doesn't have an Ironman. There is one called IM Barcelona, but it's nowhere near the city. Those people from our club who have done it said that the atmosphere was flat and the course was boring. Only saying.
No running today for me, although Paul, my cycling buddy from yesterday managed 10 miles "on tired legs". I was impressed with that. Swimming this evening, 2000m of pace progression. The final set of 6x 25m sprints were a lactic acid fest.
None are effing easy. That's the point. If you are looking for easy, you'll end up with a bit of adversity on the day and nothing spare in the tank. In money terms that means £432 for a mile and a quarter swim. It happens.
Ironman branded is much more expensive than the alternative organising operators. But you get great support and pizzaz, and the opportunity to buy IM goods at IM prices. IM Wales, Bolton, Weymouth. Wales is a party, the others are races.
Outlaw at Nottingham is lower cost, and the Pirate support phenomenal.
Challenge events are almost like a feeder to IM. They have tested and proven an event then sold it to IM. The streets won't be lined with spectators, but you do get a rucksack. (This is my view of the UK scene anyway, overseas may be different).
Cotswold 226 is a quiet alternative. Fast, flat, value for money. In fact I'm pretty sure that it's subsidised by the 113 events.
Then you can have Slateman - which promises to be a big Pirate outing in 2017. And there appears to be a plethora of other ***man events by independents. You're in LDN, so Northern France is probably easier than Cumbria. Gravelines Dunkirk Wimbleball Midnight Dartford
You have to dig into your soul and ask questions. What do I really want, and how badly do I want it?
Cycle day, and the forecast was spot on. Breezy enough for a kite competition. The Group 2 went out to the Cotswold Lakes. I went with one other chap, Paul, who I know well and who is cycling strongly at the moment. We went out to the Faaarest of Dean, hit up some hills, flew down some descents, a quick selfie stop at Tintern Abbey, and on to Chepstow. With just 2 of us there's no hiding place, and the wind was testy at times. But the A48 road from Chepstow all the way home we had the wind behind and just flew along. Strava records for the route tumbled. However, I am completely and utterly toasted. Apparently I hit the early hills quite hard and Paul was apparently struggling to keep up. I'm heavier too, so descents are mine, all mine. Once we got past 60 miles it started to tell, and I was blowing out my -rse by the time we were home.
Total 82 miles. Hill climbing 4865 ft. (oof) Average speed for the "group" part of the ride 19.5mph. (Double ooooof).