Brilliant. Thanks all... thats really helpful and very much appreciated. My wife is being amazing. Reckons I should just do, and go cheap and cheerful. ie on my own and just for a couple of nights. Everyone at my tri club thinks the same!
Unfortunately no deferral except in medical emergencies. I can probably stretch to the cost, and just suck it up if it's a once in a lifetime thing, but wondered if anyone had a steer on that. Mostly is a qualification event, and I think most qualification spots are a)US races, and b) hard as hell to get into!
Easy FB. I entered the ballot months ago when the cut off came (August maybe?) last year, and since then my OH has lost her job. Anyone who enters these big events must know that when you're working with lead times of 6 months or more it's impossible to plan for life getting in the way.
I've just found out I've got a place in the Escape From Alcatraz Tri for June this year, via the ballot. It's really not a great time for me to be spending the better part of a grand to go and run a tri the other side of the world, but I'm not sure I'll get the chance again!
Does anyone have experience of how hard the ballot is to get into? Did I just luck out on my first attempt, or is it pretty usual to get through?
Hello all! Nice one iFish. Great to reconnect. I agree with you, 8 weeks is too close to run two marathons unless you back right down on one of 'em. However, if you do that it's great prep. Good luck!
For me, NYC was incredible. It really is the greatest marathon on the planet. I loved every step, I felt like I was spectating not running most of the way round. Met loads of great people, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The preparation and strategy paid off too. Ran to 2:50:18, with a virtually even split (in fact even mile splits almost all the way round, save 24/25 I think). Sprinted the end, high-fiving the crowd and everything. Best run of my life. Taking a rest now for some weeks to let the legs rest for the first time in a while, then gearing up for a 2:45 at Seville in Feb