Wow, what an event. 3rd time ive been to IM Wales and first as a supporter. Wales is the the best supported IM event on the circuit, or at least those that I have been to.
The event is clearly growning year on yeat and has become such a culdren of humanity and kindness. Well done to all those involved supporting, organising and to the athletes that put themselves on the line for something that isnt considered 'an easier race'.
I had a brilliant day yesterday, sitting here typing with sore hands and a hazy tiredness to remind me.
Only downer for me was the start, the rolling start really lets down the Iornman in my experience having been part of and seen so many mass starts. Come on WTC get your act together.
One of my most abiding memories from the Ironman races ive done was wading into the mountainous sea at Wales in 2011, bending over to rinse my goggles I was smashed to the ground and carried about 20 feet. Later having made the turn and swimming towards the lifeboat station the picture of the 10 foot swell and memory of air stroking as I tipped the waves will stay with me forever.