Good ride Bally, you must feel confident at getting up to the distance?
Thanks, I'm confident that if I follow a sensible progressive plan and don't get injured I'll be able to do 112 miles in an acceptable time. Being sensible and not getting injured are massive obstacles though! (and not drowning).
43 miles in about 4 hrs today - first time out with local club. Was out for 5 hrs but had 40 min cafe stop and assorted waiting around. Not fussed about time, was good to get out and met some nice folk.
Also did half hour run/walk yesterday, first since meniscus flare-up a month ago. Really had to force myself to go slowly but need to be patient.
Cutoffs are a bit more flexible than usual. From the website:
"We will not have an official cut off for the Swim section and the water safety crew will allow swimmers to take as long as they like as long as they are still making reasonable forward motion and they’re not considered a danger to either themselves or others around them.
The bike course will have the aid stations, marshals and Police wind up their support from around 10 hours after the start of the race.
There is a strict overall cut-off of 17hrs from the start of the race for finishers. The BTF referee will be making a judgment at the run turn around point and will not allow competitors to continue on the run course if they feel they will not make the next cut off (ie they have 11 miles to run and 1hour remaining or are looking in a condition where they could be a danger to themselves or others around them) – We cannot control this judgment and it is final.
Unlike the 113 and Classic races, we have to be very strict on the cutoff for the race as it’s not fair on residents or marshals to have people still racing on the course after 17hrs"
The main bonus seems to be if you really mess up the swim you can carry on. I suspect this will be my weakest section but I'd rather be out of the water quickly enough not to need the extra time.