I judge an Ironman based on the awards party. Western Australia holds the title and when talking with event organisers they said get as a late a bus back as possible, as Club Santa rocks. Well I got a taxi back (at the cost of NZ$70) before the first bus, as it was terrible…
My wife runs a Paella Catering company in Auckland and she would have been horrified by the awful Paella that was served. It was dry, tasteless and used long grain rice, hardly a great advert for Spains national dish. It was 95% rice and you had to hunt around for meat/seafood (see picture right)
The beer/wine was plentiful, but as the party was outside, the winds where still howling and it was quite cold, so most people left and took what atomosphere there was with them. I did however get a mention in-directly as the race director thanked the one athlete who came all the way from New Zealand
On the subject of Race Directors, what an absolute star this one was. He was there at the finish line, he shook every finshers hand and thanked them for coming to Lanzarotte. After a wonderfully (the best) organised event, this was just the icing on the cake. Great event, great race, shame about my result and more importantly the after party.