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1. Hills Hills Hills... If your not training on hills (steep and long grades - not just rolling hills) your over estimating your bike time. I'm a 45m MOP (on my average-good days). My times on the CT course (although harder than the actual thing - DeLorme Topo model only) are about 25% slower than hill courses I've biked simular to Wildflower. Talk about an ego deflater. But, that's what I've experienced.
2. After doing the course on the CT - about 12+ times with a 25, I've decided that I will be using the 27. The run is tough, so I've decided to save my legs for the run. I would not use anything less than a 25. It's way too hard on the knees. And, with about 3 steep and/or long grades, using the 23 would be concerning. It may take your legs anaerobic. In turn, that could hurt you on the run.
3. I am not going to under estimate the run. I have done (7) numerous bike-run bricks. Each time, they have been tough because of the hills on the bike. I'm just not in the kind of shape I need to be in for Wildflower. With the time left, I will concentrate on the bike-run. I'm already a strong swimmer. So, I have decided to concentrate on my weakness - bike and run (in that order). I'm specially weak with hill training since there are none where I live... that's why I train for Wildflower on the CT.
In all, the best description I have been given about Wildflower is that it's like a middle weight boxer. Not strong enough to knock you out... but, rather it will pummel you into submission.
FWIW Joe Moya
You can see Beach Hill and Nasty Grade pretty clearly. Beach Hill is tough because you have only just come out of the water (not as bad as the Oly course, where you literally leave transition and head up hill); in terms of grade it probably varies between 5% and 7%. Nasty grade is tough because it as mile 42 and you have been pushing a big gear for a quite awhile before you hit it. It is probably 6% to 8%. Caveat: I am horrible at guestimating grades, anything over 4% sucks for me.
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