Dr. Seuss wrote:
You haven't been racing, yet you complain.....
I've done the race the last two years and attendance was pretty bad. I personally like hard courses, but the IM brand and market doesn't respond well to them. RD's cant just do what they've been doing hoping for change. Looks like Mike and Marti did the next best thing and went for local support; money and participants are quite important to have a race. I was hoping they would bring back the old, old course for the 30th anniversary, but didn't. With the old course, I would have made an effort to do the race again but the new course doesn't offer much to me. Hopefully the re-branding works and brings more athletes to East Texas.
I did the race the last 8 years in a row. I see a lot of discussion that says the last 2 years were disasters. I agree 2018 was miserably hard, the hardest day I've had out there. What I am wondering is why people are complaining about 2017? It was hot, but didn't seem like a very hard day and I wasn't in great shape at all. 2017 had nothing on 2011 heat-wise!