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Big Sexy Racing 2017
Here's a couple Strava segments for the bike and run. The bike was short last year, I had 110.8 miles in my 920XT which is why my MDOT tattoo will have a flat top if I ever get one ;)
I went wide for the swim (more towards the middle of the river so didn't draft) in an effort to capture as much current as I could. Not sure how much that helped but I put up a good time and I felt like I didn't go that hard.
The swim was fast and a lot of fun.
I got in at the end of the line for the swim. I swam wide - far out in the river, cutting in to occasionally slingshot off of slower swimmers. I had the fastest OA swim 46 something.
(That was likely 5 minutes faster than I would have been without the current).
The bike was also a lot of fun. Lot's of ups and downs, and fast but not dangerous corners. I had one of the top 10 fastest bike splits also.
I think that I trashed my legs, more than necessary, hammering the up hill parts. Be prepared for this. Or better, focus on constant output.
The run was pleasant, a little scenic, a little dull at times. It would have been more enjoyable (and faster), if I hadn't trashed my legs on the bike.
Swim: It can be fast or normal. That is going to be determined by how much rain the area gets in the days leading up to the race. The corps of engineers will release water from the dams in an amount that will protect life & property regardless of an IM race or not......
Bike: Awesome! Nice rolling course & very beautiful.
Run: Flat but not very scenic.
Finish Line: Best in the sport!!!
It's all about the post count!!!
The swim is fast, especially if you understand that the first part is upstream putting in a little extra effort. Once you get around the bend of the island is where it is most beneficial to put forth the most effort. Then make the bend again and float downstream. Bike is rolling, run is flat.
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