Saturday was the big ride on the Ironman Wisconsin course.. I must give a shout out to "Iron Will" for putting together the IMWI ride.. I had a great time riding with fellow bloggers and Podcasters... It was really great meeting Robby B. (our guide), TriSaratops, Elizabeth, and of course how can you forget Simply Stu .. There was a group of 10+, everybody was great, IronMan vets and Newbies in the mix.. All with great advice and very helpful.. Made the long ride very enjoyable...
Okay, I have gotten some confidence after riding the course.. A challenging course..Really makes you think.. Actually less hilly than I thought it would be, but riding that second loop will totally suck ass if you don't pace yourself the first time around.. Rolling hills and fast descents that maxed my speed to
38 mph on my gps watch...Kinda of fun, but scary thinking of other people around you who will be going that fast on race day..
The 3 major hills was not to bad.. The first one was a gradual ascent, the 2nd, short and steep.. But the 3rd one really "WTF" sucked, not because it was a hill, but more that it was an unpaved gravel hill, my legs burned climbing it because I stayed seated thru the whole ascent.. I really hope they fix that before the race (probably not) because it will be dangerous climb, plus a possible blowout to boot...
All in all, I think I have been training on my bike ride properly, more hill work for sure needed.. But I think I'm on a good training path.. And racing hilly triathlons over the past 2 years has helped me alot get ready for this big event "IRONMAN"..
Things learned on the big ride:
1) all the sports drink, water, and Gel packs, does really taste like crap after riding for a couple of hours in the sun..
2) Pacing is the key to a good Ironman race.
3) I finally rigged my Aero bottle properly so it does not splash all over me when I ride.
4) If my legs burn to much from the climbs, I was able to stop for a couple of seconds and then continue on with no problem...
5) Ironman vets tip.. take it easy on the way out of T1..
And lastly, I think I will do just fine on race day..
I'm lovin it.