I can't move too well now :D
I was aiming for under 2:50 which I just scraped. The conditions were not great and I was late which threw my hard preparation out the window a bit.
The current was strong which made the return swim leg a bit tricky, I panicked at one point because my heart rate was too high and i could not get the breathing right so I switched to breaststroke for a few minutes until I chilled out, then I got really into it and started powering through the field and the wave that started before mine.
The bike ride I completely nailed on my 8 year old aluminum road bike. The hills were amazing, I love hills so was in my element, overtaking people on 5K tri bikes which made me feel great, a few people even commented as I went past them. The conditions were bad, it was raining heavily and the roads were slippery, perfect for me!
Trouble is I spent a combined 14 minutes in transition, partly because I was so late I dumped my stuff and ran, didn't really take note of where my bike was so couldn't find the fucking thing nor my trainers when I get back for the T2. :(
The run ultimately let me down as I knew it probably would. I don't like running but I will have to up my game, if only I could run up hills as well as I can cycle up them. I'm going to enter a local 10K in July so will improve on that.
Next year I will come back and < 2:40 it is easy to see where minor improvements can be made to achieve this and if I do then obviously the target will be < 2:30
Absolute respect to anyone who can do an Iron Man. OMG
I am so so pleased I did it