Well done Phil and Richard. You must have passed me on the run Phil. I had my usual moderate swim around 1:15, had an awesome bike, sub 5:45, but was carrying a knee injury and knew I couldn't run, hence giving it plenty on the bike. Got to 11 miles before my ITB final gave in and I could run no more. Hobbled along the dual carriageway for 2 hours - what a stunningly hideous part of the course! 'Ran' the last mile on adrenelin for just under a 12.5 hour finish - not bad including a 10 mile walk, but was really hoping for a PB. Haven't dared run since, but knee on the mend, thankfully. The moral of the tale - stretch more, and take up Yoga!
Having done Lanzarote twice I can guarantee it has more than 1500m climbing! I clocked this year at 2241m climbed, but they very generously cut out one of the hills because the road was so bad. Expect it to be back to the more usual 2500m next year. Also at Sherborne, a lot of the climbs follow some fairly decent descents, so you get quite a few free metres at the start of the climbs. I was much fitter in May, and un-injured, but was a full 30 mins slower on the bike in Lanzarote than Sherborne. Add in 30 degree heat and 45mph headwind (as in 2006), and its a pretty tough day in the saddle, and just to make it really fun, those miserable *****s at Powerbar only supply enough gels for the run, so the bike is gel-free at the aid stations! I'm not trying to put you off, Lanzarote is a fantastic, friendly race that I would recommend to everyone, I just don't want you to turn up thinking the bike will be easier than Sherborne. I'll hopefully see you there; enjoy the training.