Posted: 10/05/2016 at 14:54
How weird, typed a long reply and now it's disappeared.
Thanks Schmunkee. I don't seem to have received a PM, which is strange too and very kind of you to offer help/Graeme. I'm sure I'm worrying over nothing and will try to chill out a bit. I know there will be plenty of marshalls and people around, should I need help. I can swim (in a fashion), I can cycle and I can run. Rocked up to plenty of other events on my own, just used to having someone there to shove some food in my hand if I get desperate, but even to date that hasn't happened (ha ha). It's my over-active imagination!
Thanks PC and Seren re: bike cut off times. I live in quite a hilly part of the country. I'm going on the theory though that although I'll be slow on the uphills, surely this should balance out by going fast on the downhills. Our road surfaces aren't exactly great either but my average speed is just shy of 15mph at the moment. Hoping that the road surfaces are nice and smooth, little pot holes and relatively flat, as my bike does seem to roll along quite effortlessly on the flat. Well I shall soon find out come July.
Thank you everyone for your support and words of encouragement. I'm really touched.