Last year we drove to Exmoor on the Thursday and had all of Friday and Saturday to take things easy, this year we've cut it shorter and will be travelling over at silly o'clock on Friday morning to avoid the traffic and straight to registration.
I'm so glad I blogged about last year as it gives me some comfort and information to use for this year. My goodness me, I was fierce in the run (probably due to being really very fit at the time and pacing the bike very conservatively), especially given the course profile. This year, I'll have a few changes to the plan and I'll be taking it a lot harder in the swim and the run, and on the flat and uphills of the bike but still risk-managing in the descents on the bike. I know I can hurt more than I did last year and I know I can handle mental difficulties, I've done it and I know how to make it work. I also know that I made some corking mistakes, like the one where I didn't realise my quick release brakes were undone the whole way around...
So. I went through the packing list and packed last night as I'm late home tonight; a last loosening sports massage at 6pm and then a visit from our builder before an early-as-possible bed so we can get going early on Friday morning. The bike is still set up from last week's aborted race, so not much to do there other than take it to bits to pack it in the car. The course doesn't work for a TT bike for me, I'd be up on the hoods too much at the moment, so the road bike with HED Jets it is.
There's going to be a massive line-up in the pro field and the age-group list doesn't look shabby either. I've not had a chat with coach yet on what the race strategy will be, but I'm hoping I'll be "allowed" to actually race rather than be conservative. I'd like to come in under 7 hours on this course, but I have no idea what I'm capable of at my current fitness and training point. I find out on Sunday!
Expect a proper race report at some point, but if you want to follow on the athlete tracker on the day, I'll be race number 1048. Not quite the good ol' 104 of last year, but no such special treatment this year.