Thanks for the advice everyone. Will have a look around at the alternative non-Ironman brand ones. My reason for choosing Staffordshire was that I grew up there and the location and bike route is very close to my parents so in terms of getting there and staying nearby it's perfect.
I have until 1pm tomorrow to register (for those who pre-registered) so I will let you know my decision!
They say you should do something that scares you every day so maybe I'd better just man up and do it!
I am 24 hours away from registering for my first 70.3 ironman in Staffordshire. I'm new to triathlon this year and have done 3 this summer and hope to do Staffordshire 70.3 next June. However having seen the £225 entry fee I am a little bit nervous and have a few questions which I hope some of you can answer....
1) what do I get for my £225? Can't seem to get any explanation on the website! I know insurance and entry fee is high but what else is included?
2) If for any reason I wasn't fit enough to take part are you able to defer to the following year?
3) Am I being realistic here? I regularly run half marathons or the equivalent distance most weeks, cycle up to 70 miles in one go and have recently got into open water swimming (up to a mile). Just haven't put them all together yet! Does June 2015 sound too ambitious?
Thanks Phil. I have started back on the track again which is helping me focus the speed sessions. However this is only once a week at the moment so i will try and get down there twice, perhaps the other time in the morning so it's my first session of the day and therefore i'll be fresher.
Will try my long run a bit slower then and maybe as DT19 said, go a bit further.
I hadn't ignored it, in fact i was planning on replying to everyone and thanking them but my phone battery died and i haven't had chance to reply until i returned to work today!
I have taken everyone's comments on board and had begun to think that i had been overtraining. It's difficult though when training for distance running events and triathlons to juggle the training for both, hence the double sessions on some days.
Thank you to everyone who has replied and apologies if i offended anyone. If anyone has any suggestions for training plans it would be helpful (e.g what a typical week should look like).