The course is a time trial start with the first 1/3rd of the course going into the current. Once you hit the end of the island you swim a couple hundred yards further to the turn buoy. Once you hit the turn you can feel the difference in swimming with/against the current. It's much easier on the way in from the turn.
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Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
112 miles |
Avg HR on the bike was 139. I tried really hard to maintain zone 2 throughout the bike leg. I was surprised by some of the hills. I saw that there was ~5400 ft of climb but that means nothing to me really..... Some of the hills were pretty significant but I spun up them and maintained a level HR as much as possible. Never went anaerobic at all.
Some with gusts
The course is a nice course for the most part. There were some rougher patches of road but generally speaking the road surface was good. The roads were all still very wet from all the rain. As I was saying in the previous section I was surprised by some of the hills (up and down). It was a little more than I was expecting but I did not have any problems whatsoever with the hills. I did see some pretty serious crashes on the descent though. You have to be careful on the descents because speeds can get close to 40 miles an hour, I think I topped out somewhere around 36.
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Shoe and helmet removal
26.2 miles |
11m 04s min/mile
My AVG R for the run was actually lower than on the bike. I'm not sure how this was possible but I was pushing to get my HR into mid zone 2. It felt like I really had to push hard to get my HR to raise significantly. In the latter part of the race I was going faster than I had all day and was in zone 1.9.... WTF??? I just rolled with it.
The course is a two loop out and back and generally flat with a couple small hills, if that's what you want to call them.
Toughest part of the run was having to run by the finish line on the way out to the your second lap. Pretty tough to see. Other than that there were lots of areas with nice shade trees but it was a really hot and humid sun.