If is any help I done my first Olympic at the weekend after years of talking about it. I completed the Swanage Classic which I am told was maybe not the best choice for a first olympic. The course was a challenge!
My biggest concern in the build up was making the bike distance. Recent Sprint events I have had enough after 20K. So I have put in some higher mileage rides getting up to 30 miles on a morning commute. I rode out the course twice before the event to note where the challenges were. I am really pleased I did! Guess it is obvious but I would always recommend riding the course beforehand. Due to so much biking I did little running and no swimming (I swim technically well but very slow).
Lessons I learnt from Sunday
1. Maybe a flat course is good for the first event
2. Practice swimming in the environment of the event. Lake swimming and sea swimming are very different and lakes and river swims vary. This is where I could have benefitted for Sunday. Signing was difficult Sunday and would have helped to be nearer the tale of the pack
My son had a 'sleepover' for his birthday. They went to sleep about 3.30am and were up at 5am, which was not so bad as I had to take someone to Stansted.
Seriously thought about dropping out, but the can of Red Bull, Jelly cubes and a gel got me around just inside 1.50.
Due to the weather I missed the pre race atmosphere as I think most people sat in their cars.
Well done to the Baddow team especially all those soggie Marshals. Must be hard in the rain waiting for us lot at the back . Apogoies to the Marshals at the end of Galleywood Road. I was very wet and miserable by them. Stll think I was OK to stay on the right hand side of the road as we were turning right. Better than waiving through the moving cars?