Graeme, not sure if you already do, but I used chamois cream for the first time on yesterdays long ride, and it was really great, suffered no chaffage at all, and didn't feel anything from my existing chaffed bits from Tuesdays ride (which was the reason I decided to buy said cream!)
I booked an electric pitch earlier in the year but didn't have to pay a deposit, so hope it was actually booked. Did it over the phone so should be, or there may be 'discussions' to be had when we get there !!!
In other news training seems to have taken off a bit this week with 62 and 70 mile rides in the space of 5 days, interspersed with some running and swimming too. May have to back it off a bit ... don't want to peak too early !!
I suffered greatly with the pool-flu (posted another thread somewhere) and someone suggested nose-clips, so I've tried those and whilst it takes a while to get used to the feeling and over the embarrassment of the wonderful sartorial statement they make, I have found that they really do make a tremendous difference.