I’m lying on my bed in my hotel room. My bike has been racked, transition bags hung up and nothing else left to do except race briefing, supper and an early bed. Tenby is buzzing expectantly, caf?s full, children capering around in their green “Ironkids” t shirts and a lot of tense looking athletes realising that race day is just a sleep away. Tenby looks to have embraced Ironman with lots of businesses displaying Ironman flags, stickers and bunting. Restaurants are putting on “pasta specials” and there’s a general feeling that the town is going to take advantage of this end of season windfall, and fair play to them.
I confess I’m feeling pretty nervous. I have heard people describe the course as “brutal” and “savage” and having driven up “Heartbreak Hill” I am not looking forward to running up it four times! My race plan is to strictly limit my effort on the bike and to hold back as much as I can. The run course does look really tough so I need to rein in my natural desire to push hard on the bike. I need to remember my lesson from Ironman Regensburg where I smashed my bike best and then suffered dreadfully on the run.
My race number is 1905 so if you want to see how I’m getting on, go to the Ironman website and click on the “Athlete Tracker.”