Posted: 07/09/2016 at 18:49
Back from Sweden - what a race. Incredible location, brutal and exciting course, rough, cold seas and bonkers currents at times, jellyfish, beautiful unspoilt forests, jumping off boulders into the sea, slippery rocks, it had everything.
Had an amazing time and met some great people.
Only downside was the result - my team mate had a big fall early on and that plus him not being quite fast / fit enough meant I was waiting for him a lot on both swim and run sections - dragged him through each cut off point and then to the final cut off but we missed it and were pulled from the race (Spent a long time through the day "encouraging" him but I did feel a little bit sorry for him when I saw that his hands had swollen up quite grotesquely - probably not a good sign)
Just over 12 hrs in and 44miles raced - there was only 7km to go with no time limit on the final section but rules is rules and we weren't through the gate by 6pm.
First ever DNF to my name which is such a shame as completing would've topped off a wonderful weekend. On the plus side I think I could've been at least 90mins before the cutoff with a different partner so there's life in the old dog yet.