Yes of course I do, I never complete an IM distance triathlon without it*
new friend Jase for the company on the bike;
new friend Julie for her company on the run;
new friend and proper Pirate Gavo for stopping when he saw me in a heap;
new friend and proper Pirate Dave669 for his kind offer of a lift back to our hotel after the race; he’d hung around after his 12:37 finish to make sure I was in OK, which is a brilliant thing to do for someone you met for the first time at 0615 that morning… and then I ungratefully went by ambulance;
new friend Alain for his company, headtorch and banter in a foreign language on the last half a lap of the run; a proper Pirate!
old and loyal friends ATOM and Dis for rescuing my bike and kit from transition and returning it to the hotel… then looking after me for the remainder of the trip. We’ve done 2 road trips together and I’ve ended up crocked on both occasions; sorry!
darling wife Squish for covering the last 13 miles with me, despite having done a 1900m swim/56 mile bike/ 6.5 mile run earlier in the day. I was walking sufficiently fast that it made her run; sorry. She’s also having to nurse me back to health for the next few days. I love her.
The organisers, volunteers, medics and staff of Challenge Vichy; it was an excellent race!