Posted: 21/01/2014 at 21:08
are you talking 2014 or 2015 ? just checking ?
If you want to do an IM branded event then I would never talk you out of it but do consider the challenge races.
And once you have that nailed ask yourself if staying in this country to do a race of this magnitude on your 30th is maybe not reaching for the best race you can do.
there are a lot of races just over the water that would be worth a jaunt for such a great occasion, Frankfurt, Austria, Roth etc.
And if you are still in this country (well UK) then doing either of these races for your first will be tough but well doable if you train appropriately for them.
Wales is tough, hilly, can be windy and late on so exposed to weather variations on the coast as autumn sets in. Well supported and a well run race.
UK have bedded in very well over the last few years at Bolton and gets better each year, again well supported and tough but not as much as Wales.
Depending on your location being able to train on the course in my opinion (not always shared) is a benefit.
Good luck with your decision.