Lake Eva is relatively small - course was clock-wise - in an "M"
Buoys on right - sun rose on our left (east.. duh)
4 minutes in between waves - 6th IM 70.3 and by far the most crowded and most contact.
74F / 23C
Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
56 miles |
HR was high 140's to mid 150's I guess - tried to take it easy.
Head wind around miles 40 - 49; led to a little burn out / discomfort / deviation of "taking it easy"
Course was through rural Haines City / Polk County
Surface streets close to race site were quite rough - no issues with storm grates / railroad tracks - no readily apparent tire popping hazards.
Streets smoothed out considerably after 4 or so miles
First half or so of race there was no real issue with traffic - Police did a good job of holding cars for race participants.
Traffic became a problem around mile 35 (I believe) - this coupled with the head wind made me require pretty intense focus.
Would almost make more sense for them to reverse the bike course - get on the more traveled roads earlier in the day and have more of a tail wind toward end of the race. Just my thought.
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Shoe and helmet removal
13.1 miles |
14m 25s min/mile
Higher HR than on bike.
Inefficient runner and it was getting hotter
Course is 3 loops - along Lake Eva and surface streets very close to race start / transition / finish area.
Spectators have a great area to view the laps as well as the finish-line. There was a large play-ground nearby so the kids could be occupied while the racer was out of sight.
BAD ( I mean BAD) narrow / uphill / gravel / next to road construction approx 1 mile section on 10th Street - hope the road construction is finished by next year or the race organizers may need to really re-think this route. It was that bad. This was miles 1-2 (lap 1) 5-6 (lap 2) and 9-10 (lap 3)
Hydration / Nutrition stops were well-staffed with great volunteers. Mostly spread out well.