Ironman organisation stepping up.... - Phil Cox

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The 28th August is getting closer and there is still a large amount of things to sort out before the day, at least training has started to taper down which is freeing up more time to deal with things.

I met with Richard (Bikelux) last week to go through the details regarding their mobile mechanic and the feeding station. Richard kindly supplied some gels to try, I bolted two down on a longish row recently, all seemed good and no dreaded stomach upset. He is doing his best to engage local media to cover the day, BBC South Today have shown a flicker of interest; it would be a real coup if we could get some TV coverage.

For those riders who ordered a shirt, they have arrived and I have started to hand them out. They will make for a great picture on the day and it’s a nice way to acknowledge and thank the events sponsors. Thank you to all those riders who bought a shirt, we have raised a further £35 as a result, I will put this on the Make a Donation page when I get a moment.

The bike route will be set up on Wednesday, 26th August; Steve Penney has kindly agreed to drive round the course so we can put the laminated signs up. The riders have all been sent an entry pack along with an emergency use paper map. Once the route is set I will be a lot happier and can relax a little.

I’ve also met with Kevin from Wantage Sports Centre to finalise details for the swim. I will be allocated a roped off lane and will be able to exit the pool through the plant room, this is useful as I can change into my cycling gear. Having tested out the cheap tri-suit I own, I don’t think it wold last the distance and I have to protect my modesty of course.

Ben and I will be doing a dry run of all of the tasks required for the day: transitions, clearing up gear and setting things up for the feed station and row. We want to make sure there are no surprises especially with regard to transitions and equipment/clothing.

All I have to concentrate on now is raising the profile of the event, encouraging more donations and making sure the taper is effective. If you would like to sponsor me, please click here.

Oh yes, I need to avoid getting ill too……roll on 28th!

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