Posted: Yesterday at 06:53
We'll if you wanted a report....
Ok, first thing Monday morning and I'm awake and at a campsite that is far quieter than it was yesterday. We're off to France on holiday in a few hours and I don't know if I'll have any internet there so I thought I'll do a quick report now.
It was very good.
To be slightly more detailed....Getting in the lake was like getting in a bath, it was that warm and the swim was lovely. No aggro at all, plenty of people about but no real shortage of space. Best OW swim I've ever had without a doubt, also the fastest.
Onto the bike. I wasn't loving being on the bike for some reason but was averaging 20mph and so I decided to try to maintain that. No complications just cruised round. Had some headwind but then had some tailwinds too. I knew aiming for 20mph may "damage" my run a bit and it did but until the last couple of miles of winding and slower roads I did the 20mph and if was good going back in with the transition area being relatively empty.
I found the run hard going at times but got round. On sneaking a look at it last night I seem to have done all sorts of damage to my left foot - but blisters and toenails fix!
My only other iron distance race was Henley last year. That was a harder bike course but not significantly harder. Today I was an hour quicker so I'm very happy with how it went. Need to do a bit of recovering and then do it all again in Weymouth in September (that won't be so quick as I have already done the bike course).
Thanks to all the pirates - the support is magnificent. My wife and children did the feed station too and they all really enjoyed themselves. Ta!