For big endurance races, you have built it up in head as it approaches as a major event. Que stress, worry etc. everything to get the emotions going. Then race day happens. Win, lose or draw, afterwards you are physically and mentally drained. In the days after, you feel empty, your focus has been and gone. Nearly always feel down after a big event. Weirdly though, after last years Outlaw (my first IM distance), I was buzzing for weeks afterwards. At the finish of a marathon or such like, i never get the 'never again' feeling. Always want to come back and do better. At the Outlaw, after finishing, i ended up spending 90 mins in the med tent with heat stroke/exhaustion etc and said never again and i meant it. Am i back for more this year, of course i am!!!
I did the Outlaw last year and loved it. Big enough event to give it a great atmosphere, but small enough for the support to be personal. Lived up to all of my expectations. If IM UK is in a different league, i'd love to know how, why etc. Outlaw was just so good, just had to go back again this year.
Also, put your T1 gear in a bin bag to keep dry until it is needed. Did an oly tri last year and T1 was wetter than the sea i had just come out of!! Towel and talc to stand on to dry feet were totally sodden. Talc in tri shoes (on pedals) was a paste. It was july though, so not cold.
I am already here at the campsite. Water temp 13-14 degrees. Wanted to swim Wednesday evening but no session on, so ran round the lake a couple of times. Cold, windy and choppy, so glad i didn't swim. Biked some of the course today and a tad windy. Think we are in for a tough day. I am using this as a training race in prep for the full Outlaw, so i will put on top of my trisuit, either a short sleeve cycling jersey and/or a gillet, thin arm warmers and gloves. Also, i will use toe covers. Tri shoes and cold wet windy conditions mean very cold feet, which i hate. Been hot in the sun here, the last two days, so fingers crossed for Sunday.