Posted: 23/06/2004 at 19:28
Hi Carl and Co. I've been reading your thread for ages and I'm looking forward to putting faces to names (and giving those names a shout) at TLD. I hope you enjoy it, it really is a great occasion. Last year was the 1st year that I missed it, it felt very very strange, so this year I'm back (never been daft enough to race it though). The BCT bunch are a good crowd and are nearly all IM loons, they will all know exactly how you're feeling when you go through that bad patch (wherever it happens). A couple things for you to ponder on. If the bike feels very easy on the way out, it normally means that the wind is going to be in your face for the last 40miles, I've seen many many people suffer (even quit) on that return stretch of the A41. Although there is light for longer than there was when the race was held in August, it can still get quite chilly on the run course, especially if you've resorted to a walk. If you can have access to a warmer top (just in case) it might help. Don't tell anyone I told you this (shhhhh), but so long as you're not chasing the prizes you're not likely to get DQ'd because someone passes you a long sleeved tee shirt. The BCT boys are a lot more friendly and forgiving that the IM corp, they get as much satisfaction from seeing you cross that line as you do (nearly).
Enjoy :o) (you loons)