RJ - well done on another one wonder if they'd put flock of sheep down on the race risk assessment
Hit the trails literally on Sunday tried the new Goldrush route in CyB did all the technical bits and was on the last 1.5 miles in on a decent forest road and went flat on my face. Mr C "are you ok?" nothing "is your arm ok" mmmmm arm missing found arm under me panic then Me "Garmins not broken" Mr C "Sod the f*** Garmin is your arm ok" Once he'd got me up and sat on the side we decided my arm was ok even though painfull and now the swellings going down i'm getting a lovely set of bruises
Koiboy - TMW is brillianr but tough. Mainly good forestry tracks but some narrower footpaths and more technical parts (tree rooty rocky bits). Your either going up hill or down hill to various degrees no flat really and an absolute killer of a climb right at the end thats 1.5 - 2 miles long before the final 1/2ish mile downhill to the finish. There was a profile on the website but there have been a few changes to the route this year because of storm damage but i don't think the diversions have made it easier and they aren't huge ones from what i've seen so far. Not much spectators but the feed stations are well stocked water/Torq drink and gels, bananas and 9 bars last year and it's really really well marked so no navigation needed at all. I think you've done Race the Train haven't you? The TMW half is a harder route than Race the Train at least i think so and i run on the Coed y Brenin trails all the time.
Thanks guys - was dreading waking up this morning and regretting sending the e-mails but didn't and am now looking forward to my races again. Maintaining for the halves is going to be alot easier and as Stilldreaming said much less stressful.
Though wether the bike will be less stressful remains to be seen, even Mr C may be stressed with that one as i yell at him for the umpteenth time "How do i change gear again????
Off to the opening of a tapas bar tonight instead of heading off up Cader on a club run - see the more chilled approach is working already
Brer - great report and still a great time considering everything
Seems a bit daft not using the race course when they are expecting so many people - all they have to do is warn peeps it may take a while to get out of there then anyone in a rush can find an alternative. Probably going to have to park and ride now as guessing the centre car parks will fill up very early, which means either trailing back out to the car after finishing and then back into Chester (and paying twice) or lugging a backpack around Chester for the afternoon.