was on last Sunday (Aug 16th) Where was everybody FFS?
You just missed your only chance to race ironman in the UK this year - Season Over!! https://uktriathlon.co.uk/events/ultimate-triathlon
It may have been a small field of a 100 or so entrants, but a fast one, as there were 10x subTens for the Full iron man distance Ultimate !
(There was a very well attended Half IM Dist tho. And unusually, a 1/4 IM)
It was a fab return to some normality, thoroughly enjoyed it (despite the heavy shower mid-race). Tho’ we couldn’t Hi5 during the run etc, with our first name printed clearly on our numbers, everyone was literally on first name terms encouraging each other on, it was a great friendly atmos, and the lower numbers makes the racing more personal & involving, especially as the 6x run laps were 2 out and backs, on both road and grass.
The 5-second interval sw1m starts in the early morning gloom was slightly surreal, and actually worked well. The lake was a bit murky but a perfect warm temperature for me, tho ‘only’ rated as 19 degrees. (I was still gimped up in thermal wetsuit etc tho )
The roads must have been greasy with the long overdue rain mid-bike, but thankfully I didn’t see any crashes (and only a couple of punctures). Utterly amazing to see the faster fly-boys on the Half and 1/4 come bombing past during the 4 lapper bike (and a couple from the Full lapping me on my 3rd FFS!! ). Who needs Tenby , half of the bike route goes into Wales
I managed to drag my old bones round for a MOP finish in the Mens, can’t complain. Usual 1h20 and a lot sw1m (+ a minute fixing my goggle strap FFS, on one of the ozzie exits of this 4 lapper). Sub 6 bike and 4 and a 1/4 hrs on the run, no dramas for a sub 12 finish, Job Done for 2020.