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  • Hi Rachel, I'll tell you my story about Glandular fever so you can see how serious it can be. I've been running and competing in triathlons for quite a few years now, last year I did an Ironman and various other races and was fitter than i'd ever …
  • Thanks for that, I didn't know that some roads are open to traffic.
  • I haven't rode the course so maybe I'm getting confused. In an ideal world world I would have done a recce but it looks like it's too late now! Is everyone feeling ready? I'm feeling absolute knackered this week, I could fall asleep at any point …
  • Do you not comeback in the opposite direction when you get to the end of that road though?
  • A bit of a longshot but I'm looking to ride a lap of the IMUK course tomorrow afternoon if anybody fancies it? I'm at work in Manchester in the morning so I should be at the Reebok stadium for about one. I don't really know where I'm going so it…
  • A bit of a longshot but I'm looking to ride a lap of the course tomorrow afternoon if anybody fancies it? I'm at work in Manchester in the morning so I should be at the Reebok stadium for about one. I don't really know where I'm going so it'll b…
  • Rob I live in Middlesbrough so I'm limited when I can over to Bolton really. My in laws live in Liverpool so I thought I'd pop over to Bolton while we are there this week. I'll be trying to cycle the course a few times before July so I'll give …
  • Rob I think I read recently that a guide for nutrition is to have a gram of carbs per hour for every kg of body weight. So for you it would be 86g of carbs per hour. I'm sure that's just a guide so the best advice would be practice in training a…
  • Sounds good Andy, I'll take u up on that What time are you targeting on the day Gaz?
  • A bit but it's hard to visualise if you haven't been there! Like I said I don't mind climbing I just hope it's a course that everyone will enjoy riding. I'm looking forward to seeing for myself, might try and head over there at Easter.
  • I don't mind a hard course and I don't think anyone expects an ironman to be easy I just think we're all trying to find out what to expect. In reality 1200m of ascent really isn't that much over 112 miles, if it's constantly turning corners it d…
  • Sounds like a terrible course if that's the case!
  • Andy, I expect it to be hilly and hurt! Just wanna get round the course as quick as possible I'm just trying to get my head around the fact the bike has less elevation but is supposed to be harder/slower it doesn't make sense!
  • Think I better get some hill practice in, I'm lucky that there's lots of them round here
  • So there's less overall ascent but more hills to climb, is that right? I read on another forum that it feels like you spend 70% of the time climbing would you agree with that Andy? I don't mind climbing if you can gain some time back on the d…
  • Thanks Njord! I spent most of the time at the front of the group to make things easier at the drink stations, I like to have a bit of space to run in too. I think you already mentioned it was so tempting to just sprint away from everyone to find som…
  • Photos are online!  I look terrible on most of them as usual, im number 366! 
  • Cheers 15W and well done on your pb, brilliant time. 
  • Hello Ben!  Yeah it's me you were running with yesterday, it was a pleasure to run with you. It was a massive help to have someone to run round and chat with. Can't believe how easy the first 22 miles felt, it was like being on a Sunday morning jo…
  • Great race today but it certainly wasnt flat!  I did 2.59.17, cruised round for about 23 miles but had to dig deep near the end to scrape under 3 hours.  Well done everyone today and thanks to the pacers for running at a perfect pace all the way…
  • Just had a crap nights sleep as I usually do!  Almost ready to set off for Chester now. Good luck everyone!!
  • 15W- Its pointless worrying about anything now!  You've done this plenty of times before and already have some great times in the bank so you shouldn't have anything to worry about. If it doesn't go to plan it's not the end of world, plenty more…
  • Good luck everyone tomorrow, I'm feeling a bit nervous but excited for the race. Looking back at the last 3 months I haven't done anywhere near the amount of miles I did for my last marathon but this time the taper has gone perfect. I feel well re…
  • Good luck Tim!  See you on the other side 
  • Was just gonna post the same as 15W, don't panic about water stations just get yourself at the front or back of the group before you pick up your water. Just tear the gel open with your teeth, they open really easy so it's not going to damage you.  …
  • I'd take that weather, I guess 17 must be the maximum temperature so hopefully most of us will be finished by the time the temp hits it's max.  Hopefully the wind won't blow and we might have perfect conditions. 
  • Yeah I'll look out for you barlick. I think I'm wearing a bright blue vest and the same colour shoes. I'll be easy to spot because I'm about a foot shorter than everyone else! 
  • I've set one target sub 3, not sure if I've done enough mileage to do it so I won't be dissapointed if I don't finish or it all goes belly up as long as I've give it my best.  My pb is 3.04 so anything better than wouldn't be bad either. I start…
  • World record at Berlin 2.03.23. Wow! 
  • Soozy, I'm usually too sore after a race to stretch or foam roll, you could try wearing some compression tights or socks to help with recovery.  I found drinking alcohol helped with the pain after London