1. On no account whatsoever do a Half Ironman as your first Triathlon (I could really stop there).
The cost of moving a bike box on most airlines these days would have just easily have stopped you! Unfortunately, I know some flying types who, though they fly them, should really be in a straight jacket.
Anyway, some may think why I am posting all this? Dunno really, I guess I hoped my lessons in stupidity I've learnt as I've got close to my first Tri may prevent others from making the same mistakes. But what is becoming obvious (and I could be wrong) is that all Triathletes, except the very lucky ones, have to go through this initiation of pain and gross stupidity. And I guess it doesn't stop there???
The real winners and heros in life don't usually end up on a podium, they end up in our hearts.