Great to see AA again and to meet Spoons, Bazza & Pink (great cheering btw). AA - lovely running & chatting with you for the first 10, certainly made the miles go quicker. Spoons - good sandbagging - 4 hours (cough, cough!) Barry - awesome resolve over the last few miles, very strong & well deserved to duck under 3.20. I think that you took a minute out of me in the last mile! I really liked Abo - really good feel to the event & pretty damn flat. Only realy gripe is that the race director arranged for the wind to increase substantially in the second half - the headwinds early in the 'second lap'. I'm pretty happy my pacing - only really fell off in last 2-3 miles and came in 3.20 something - off to see the exact time!
Barry - I'm not sure how exposed it is but the wind could be a big factor.... Maybe a bit warm but the humidity looks lowish. Our plans to stay overnight have fallen apart so am now heading up from Kent on Sun morning To quote Han Solo 'I've got a bad feeling about this'
Well done re the swimming - I have an interesting session last night, technique all over the show for 20 mins. 2 lengths where it all clicked (focused on head down) and then regressed to struggling again. Still - far, far better than 3 months ago
I did it this year - great event and would urge you to do. Very scenic & a lovely feel to it with th 10in10ers and smaller field size. BUT, the course is as flagged above - pretty undulating (my GPS data shows c1800ft of total ascent) so you will need to do some hill training and obviously up the mileage........