Posted: 22/07/2014 at 07:29
Hi RTN, and sorry I didn't see you.
The organisation was even worse than expected, and F3 have a dreadful reputation! The bike course modification through a long stretch if roadworks was a pain if you were stuck in a convoy, and the "feed station" was a joke. The average bike time couldn't have been 1:30, though - I'd guess more than 3 hours, so don't worry about your time!
my biggest fume was about the last-minute swim course change which they tried to pass off as planned ("now, as you all know, it's a two-lap swim......") and didn't explain adequately. Fortunately as a woeful swimmer I could just watch where everyone else went!.
I struggled a bit on the towpath stretch of the run, and heard complaints about the feed stations (wrong place, too close together), and while I agree, it didn't affect me.
overall, I had an ok race which reflects where I am training-wise this year, ie very average. However, if I had been racing seriously think I would have been pretty upset by the shambolic organisation!
any more racing planned this year, RTN?