My HR was between 140 and 155. I kept looking at my watch to try and keep my HR under 150.
full Xterra suit
2 loops out and back. I started about 3 rows back and roughly 50 yards to the right.
68F / 20C
Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
112 miles |
Tried to always keep my HR under 150. For the most part I was right on.
Headwind with gusts
First, let me say that it was an awesome course if you were doing it as a training ride. As for an IM..... kinda rough! First 40 miles of each loop were very easy, but the back 16 killed my average speed. If I were riding that course as a training day, I would not rate it as an extremely hard course, but trying to conserve energy and not knowing what it's like to run 26 miles after biking 112 made the ride seem like you were climbing Everest.
More than enough aid stations and plenty of places to make up time. I tried to stay 3-4 bike lengths away from the next athlete unlike a lot of people that were clustering right up next to each other. In some spots there were so many cyclists that you couldn't help but be right on top of the next guy.
To sum it up I was very happy with the course. I just wish I could have ridden the course even once before the race to know what kind of average I could have kept. With that info, I probably could have been a lot faster.
No excuses though...it was not worth driving 7 hours just to preride the course.
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Shoe and helmet removal
26.2 miles |
09m 21s min/mile
Tried to stay under 154....
Very steep down hills for the first 3 miles then it flattens out. Great course until you are on your way back from the first and second loop. The course is out and back twice that will cause you to run through town 4 times. Although you are running up a steep hill twice, your are in town with tons of people.... it was awesome! The people are cheering and calling your name.