Posted: 27/07/2016 at 15:30
T2, full change again – one dude seemed to be putting on deodorant – and onto the run. Now, I like running & in the grand scheme of things, I’m OK at it. Started off at a decent pace (just sub-4) for the 1st 10k or so & felt fine. Walked through the aid stations, high-fived the little yellow rays of sunshine as they passed (or the PSOF as they’re also known) and chatted to other runners. All going fine. I started to walk a bit more towards halfway & felt that my energy levels were dropping so walked just when I couldn’t be bothered to run. My initial aim was sub-12.45 which was my only previous race at Vichy in 2013. That wasn’t going to happen after the bike leg but thought that I might get sub-13. As the run went on, that target went so I just jogged it out to the end, passing the various pirates & other “Aaarghh” aficionados along the course. Finished the run in 4.35 & grand total of 13.19.
So, happy to have finished but that’s me done for IM-distance tris for a long time. Maybe in 3 years or so I’ll find another one with a hillier bike leg (and I’ll be looking soon-ish) but no to the TT-bike stuff and if anyone wants to buy my bike then let me know!
I have a couple of grumbles – some shameless drafting towards the front of the race and the post-race stuff (lack of signage – I missed out on any post-race food & refreshments, making competitors walk up & down a hill to collect bikes & bags, supporters getting in the way) was just a shambles. However, many thanks to all of the supporters and sherpas who cheered us on all day long and to the residents of Nottingham for their hospitality.