Last year I was heartbroken not to make the swim cut off, however I have an IM medal now, so I think I'd handle it better. Depends how close I am though!! I'm also thinking about my family as well. Tenby is a good 4.5 hour drive for me and I'd need someone to come down and be there for me. If it was local I'd happily have a crack on my own, but it's a long way to go without having someone there. My hubby is self employed so would be difficult for him to make it. My mum put up with me after my DNF last year, but I'm sure my mum would reluctantly put herself through it again! It's how to plan training though. Time isn't an issue, but how many long rides do I try and squeeze in? Do I do any more long runs or just hammer the bike and swimming?
I think you have made a good point there mouse. After IMUK I had ruled out IM Wales completely, then I spoke to a friend of mine who has done IMW twice now, and he said what have I got to lose in going down. The chances of another bad swim like last year would be really unlucky, and at least I could practice some of the bike with the view of doing it in either in 2016 or 2017. I was boosted by this and started thinking that's what I would do. I'll do it as a training run. But once I'm down there will I want more, and like you say, will I be gutted if I DNF again. I've not mentioned it to friends/ family yet as none of them are into triathlons other than supporting me, and will probably think I've lost the plot completely. The one thing in my favour is that I think I could have pushed harder on the bike at IMUK, although not sure how much quicker I would have gone!