Rolling hills, a few shaded areas, but mostly open. Much of the course was tree-lined, so I didn't really notice the wind that much. I'm not sure that actual results, but predictions were for 10mph winds until about 11am, then 15mph. It was mostly a tailwind out and a headwind back. But honestly, after riding in Kansas, I didn't really notice the wind.
The road surface over most of the course is pretty nice. There is famously a rough patch of forest road and a long stretch of chip seal on the way back. I had driven the course on Friday, and was concerned about those sections, but, on the course, I didn't think they were that bad. Unlike my local training courses, there were no sections with jarring road seams, and the chip seal wasn't as rough.
On the run and at the banquet I heard lots of complaints about the wind and chip seal, but I guess it's all relative--I though the course was fantastic.
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Shoe and helmet removal
26.2 miles |
11m 58s min/mile
3 loop course was mentally taxing for me. Knowing, for example, after 2 loops, I still had to do it all over again was hard. There was one long, steady climb, but the course was mostly flat. There were a few places where the headwind was noticeable; I think it got worse for some of the folks on the course after dark.
There was a lot of good support along the course, especially along the canal. That made a huge difference, especially on that last lap.