Hever Castle Sprint Tri- 4th in Age Group (SEN) and 9th overall. Great local event, stacked fields, well organised and interesting course. Not sure the water was 17deg though, felt more like 10!
Ocean Lakes Sprint Tri- 4th in AG (SEN) and 9th overall. Well worth a try, especially at the beginning of the season, they are normally one of the first/last to have an open water swim during the year.
Ironman 70.3 series- Barcelona, Germany (European Champs) and Vichy. Best placing 46th in 4:57.
- Barcelona has a sea swim with a hilly ride and a flat and generally hot run on a sandy surface.
- Wiesbaden is a lake swim in a quarry, a very hilly bike and a hilly parkrun. Expect good quality road surface on the bike and tough competition because it's the Euros. The downhill section on the bike gets to 85kph! Also the Germans insist you stay to the right at all times on the bike course, else they ram you off!
- Vichy is a river swim with no noticeable current, was non-wetuit at the last minute this year so be prepared, been very hot here last 2 years. The bike is flat on a good surface, so in aeros pretty much the whole course. The run is fairly flat around the river with some shade. Expect 30-35 deg heat on the run in August.