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The swim is pretty normal. Fresh water, temp probably low-70's. Some seaweed issues close to shore.
The bike course was new for last year and it made a tough course even worse. It's hilly and punchy in spots.
Looks like they changed the run course this year. The run was an absolute beast. Looks like they made it easier. That's a shame. That run course had quite the reputation.
Finland 70.3, Lahti, Finland, June 30th | Jonkoping 70.3, Jonkoping, Sweden, July 8th | Augusta 70.3,
September 23rd | Waco 70.3, Waco, TX, October 28th | Cartagena 70.3, Cartagena, Colombia December 2nd
Gear: Dimond Bikes | Desoto Sport | Hoka One One
it's well set up and supported overall and I enjoyed the race last year, my first time there
It's a super long walk from where you park to the transition area and I felt it was a long run from S to B
I took a rolling suitcase filled with stuff along with a back pack and checked both of them
the aforementioned seaweed for the first few 100yds make that part 'interesting'
rolling start in 4 minute waves-my first rolling start and I liked it very much--water was beautiful although not clear like the lakes I usually
swim in and there was not a ton of contact during the swim
and there are wetsuit strippers! first time I've had that luxury at a HIM (despite doing 7 HIM races previously)
transition is on a grassy hill-about 1/4 mile away
if you're not an IM 'all world' athlete, you might be running your bike from the back all the way up transition
(at least I had to last year, even though I've done enough races now to rank Silver)
the bike is hilly but if you go by power you can have a very good ride and use up energy appropriately
I burned a few matches stupidly but I thought it was less hard than Quassy--hitting that first big hill right from the start
will leave you drained if you push it too hard early on and the rollers are not so bad that you can't keep good speed
there are some steeper hills that you can get low and coast fast
it was the first HIM bike leg that I went sub3 so I was happy with that
the run last year put the biggest hill on the furthest spot away and you ran up it, turned around and then went back-cool to see all the athletes on the course but you can get sucked into the walking zombies if you don't keep your focus
I LOVED going back into the lake for a swim post race! So nice, so nice..because it was so hot, so hot.
Better train for heat and hills for this one.
Did you stick around for the awards?
I will be curious to hear how deep World Championship slots roll in different age group, with the 70.3 WC in the US but Syracuse less than 3 months before Chattanooga.
Fester from Detroit, Mi