Posted: 24/07/2015 at 22:25
I suppose I'd better do my report then!! Nearly 4 weeks on, but hey, I don't do these things quickly!!
Anyway here goes!
Let’s start with a quick resume of Nice in 2014; crap swim, 15 mins slower than I should have been, felt sick for first 20 miles of bike, big climb went well & I could have gone to Scotland to cycle in that weather. Had to take it easy on the descents due to the weather & not being able to feel my hands properly. Slow cycle, but at least my knee was OK. Marathon, PB by over 30 mins, happy with that. But I missed the official time limit of 16 hours, still managed to cross the line in under 17 hours. After that I din't want another DNF, even though I consider it a finish!
So training started in December and initially went well, then a combination of Christmas lunches, a funeral, floods, landslides, ski holidays, gales, snow, ice, eczema (who knew you could get it on your eyelids??) and 3 colds meant that training didn't really go to plan, but when does it ever. However this seemed worse than previous years! In saying that when I went back through my Garmin downloads I found that I had actually managed more road & swim miles than I did in the run up to Nice.
We pitched up in Klaggers on the Wednesday, met up with Flyaway, The Major and Trogs. I had to stay sober at dinner that night as I had to drive to the airport to pick up Swiss Bobby. I hope he appreciated it!!
So next morning we were putting the bikes together when I noticed something odd about ISB's rear wheel. The reaction of most of the technicians ‘Oh shit!’ at the expo reinforced my initial reaction. While the wheel was being sorted out, i.e. replaced, I noticed something odd about his seatpost!! His bike was rideable, but let's just say that his new frame has now arrived in Switzerland and I've been banned from going near his bikes!!
Anyway, back to the report proper!! I went through my normal race morning routine. Taped up my knee and hoped it would last the course. I went over to transition, added the nutrition to the bike, back to the hotel to pick up my wetsuit, then we wandered over to the start. Last minute good luck hug from Mum, then I wandered over to the start.