I'm coming out of retirement for this one. The course will be incredible. From what I know of that area, the run will be pretty flat except for coming in and out of squaw. The bike course will be some serious climbing though and a scary fast descent from Northstar. Can't wait. I'll be there in early August and will do some scouting.
I'm up at Truckee this weekend (from Sacramento) I tried to drive the bike course and it's not complete yet. The road is closed at mid-mountain at Northstar (just past the hotel). (where it appears that Big Springs is not attached to Highland View). Btw - Highland View is a _fast_ descent but nothing like the descent into Kings Beach.
I'm going to make this my first Ironman (if I get a slot) and think it will be a fun race. There is going to be a heck of a climb out of Truckee (twice).