Yeah, agree it's a great race. Small but perfectly formed. Total for all three distances, (70.3 'middle' distance, boskman (2.6k swim 120k bike and 22 k run) and full IM distance) was about 250 competitors. Very friendly, immaculately well organised and a beautiful course. Extremely well signed bike course - no need to carry a map - with just enough aid stations. Although it got so lonely at one point on the second bike loop and I hadnt seen anyone else in ages I wondered if I had gone wrong and was just starting to worry when a lead forestman racer came whizzing past in aero helmet and i 'followed' him!
It was a bit windy but manageable (just adds to the challenge;) ) - and the off road run is quite up and down.
Still, did better than I had feared on my times, I didnt die or bonk, and even won my age group, 4th woman overall, although I am keeping it a secret that there were only 4 women in my age group and 9 overall!
I am very envious of musttriharder's time off - i was straight back to work the next day which was a bit much really tho !
Anyone out there going to the New Forest this weekend or has done it before? How "undulating" is the bike?
Any ideas on surface??
I feel woefully undertrained having not biked over 100k and not swum over 2 k in training (though x2 IM races in past the last was April 2012). (should i down shift to the 70.3 distance if I can??). Am pretty running fit if a bit heavier than i would like my race weight to be.
Also trying to decide between QR TT bike which I have ridden twice in the last year, once for 100k last Friday and oh my butt did hurt by the end, and my comfy but slower road bike (TCR2). The TT bike is sooooo fast on long flats but the TCR2 is better at climbing and wont hurt so much (but will be slower)...