Elevation Gain: 14,128 feet (Did I read that right? Yes you did. There are lots of hills on this one.)
Work: 3,630 kJ
Average Speed: 17.0 mph
Max Speed: 48.7 mph
Average Heart Rate: 145 bpm
I will discuss the course in detail in another post. If you are planning on doing this race, you will need to prepare. I will discuss what my strategy for the hills was and how I will approach this course in future races. This course is no joke as you can see and the high number of people who missed the cutoff affirm this. The good news is, if you train for the course, even if you are a flatlander, you can dominate. I will also discuss where your people should set up camp so they can see you a couple of times on the course.
This is just another transition. I thought it was well-organized and the volunteers in the tent were fantastic. I nicely (at least as far as I remember) asked my volunteer to back off and let me manage myself. He was really cool about it and let me do my thing. The tent wasn't well ventilated, but then again people couldn't see inside either.
I like to look at the bike as one of two evil sisters. It is the same distance as any other IM marathon, but the rolling hills are rough on your quads. After you get off of a bike that features 14,128 feet of climbing, you get to run a course with 3,615 feet of climbing. The TSS score for me was 314.1, which means it is a little easier than the bike. I think this is due to the fact that it doesn't take as long to finish. The aid stations are frequent and well stocked, which is nice. There are very few portions of the course that are lonely, and the crowds carried me through the low spots of the run. I will also discuss the spectating strategies for your people to be able to see you at least twice on the course.
Ah, the finish of Ironman Utah. You run several blocks through town where there is plenty of space for your supporters to see you cross the line and hear Mike Reilly make the announcement that, "YOU are an Ironman". I hope this guide will help you in your day -- not only in your preparation, but also in the experience of your fan club.
If you are just a follower of my blog and not racing Ironman Utah in 2011, I apologize in advance for this week of Ironman Utah focused posts. If you ARE racing Ironman Utah in 2011, welcome. Let me know what questions you have!