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T1 is not complicated. It takes a couple miles to get out onto the main road, once you get there just tuck it and go. Hope for favorable winds, prepare for unfavorable. There is a small bridge right before the 28mi turn around. Elevation isnâ€™t a problem, but the pavement is torn to shit. Make sure your water bottles are secure (and on the way back).
T2 is not complicated. I was worried about the run course because of all the turns, but itâ€™s well marked and easy to follow. 3 loops is a nice way to break up the mileage. There is what looks like a car repair garage that you run behind 3x and I remember it smelled awful. I donâ€™t remember if it was the row of porta potties there, or if there is some kind of septic tank. But it smelled terrible.
Mind your footing on the run. Thereâ€™s some weird slopes/angles across a variety of terrain
Pro tip - if you wreck on the bike and get to T2 covered in blood, keep going and do the run anyway - nobody will stop you.
Swim: Murky salt water, typically wetsuit legal, can be choppy but not as bad as the open ocean because it's in a bay.
Bike: Almost entirely straight out and back. You can pretty much just tuck and watch the white line. Expect wind. Both years for me it's been a cross tailwind on the way out and cross headwind all the way bike.
Run: Almost entirely flat, 3 loops, not scenic except for a few parts, very spectator friendly.
Staying at Moody Gardens is super convenient. You have to call them to get the best rate, and there's a 2 night minimum.
I thought the logistics of the race were great/easy, especially if you stay at Moody Gardens. The bike is nice, just straight/flat . . . easy to hit your targets and crazy fast. I really disliked the run, which had about a bazillion corners and turn arounds and was very contrived. Galveston is pretty meh. I recommend finishing ASAP in case a massive storm comes mid-race and they cancel the [remainder of the] event.
I love this race. Done it last three years. It attracts a fast crowd, and yes the weather can do everything in a day.
Everything has been mentioned above. Do stay at Moody gardens to make life easy if you can. Although you can save a lot of money by staying a few miles away and thereâ€™s plenty of free parking on race morning.
Practice riding in aero for 56 miles pretty much unbroken. There is no respite.
Cross your fingers for an early wave start to avoid the worse of the weather.