I've just done my first tri, Olympic at London with a 6.30 am start, having been overly anxious about the swim for many many years. This summer bought a wetsuit and practiced in a lake, using youtube for technique. After a half dozen lake swims it suddenly clicked - slow, yes, but suddenly able to go on ad nauseam.
I did 41 mins - it was cold - taking my time being unsure of the distance - I was 80% down the field in my age group, but I was only ever there to complete, not to compete, other than with myself. It was SUCH fun I've already registered for next year. The closed road race to Westminster and back was just 'epic' (as I believe the young ones say...). I might be converted.....
I did the L2B in May as well this year, and although slow, it was fantastic. Markings at the end lose a bit, and my total garmin was 64 miles due to three detours, but the great thing about running the walkers route is that the support stops are better than anything I've ever had before. In essence you run 8 mile splits the whole way, so you could quite easily run carrying nothing at all.
Early start at six was cool, and this is the lobgest L2B I know of - its 100k, and off road, following the bridle paths south of the M25.
My ususal is 1/2m trails and was definitely anxious about the distance; did a 28 and a 40 in training (ran London backwards on the Saturday), and can honestly say I felt better at the end of L2B than after any 26m race. A key to this was taking a 2min break every hour to do thorough deep knee bends and stretches.
Next year is a definite - a fabtastic way to do a first ultra.
Always thought the run in was free exercise, and with this weather its so much nicer than biking.
I've got 100k in May as my first (well, you have to don't you, Mr Caballo Blanco), BUT work is 'only' 6.5 miles away. Blessed with a shower and hanging space, though it does take me time to cool down before I can get dressed. (No, not sitting naked in the office...)
Anyone else discovered they appear to get an invisibility cloak when running through the city?
(No madam, I'm not the obstacle...that would be you).
Having re-read the posts above, maybe I should get a train home to Richmond...then run home to where I really live, Cricklewood. That't give me the miles n'est-ce pas.
By the way...free towels at work...are you kidding???