I think we drank 4 beers and 1.5 bottles of wine between the 4 of us over 3 nights.... Instead of going to sleep at dawn, our goal was to be in bed before it was dark (ie before 9pm) and up before it was hot (ie 5:15am)
We rented a very cool condo in Lake Las Vegas... 1.2 miles from the start of Vegas 70.3 World Championships. Wicked cheap.... amazing the discounts you can get when it is 117- not kidding. We rolled in on Monday night around 5 and it was 117. First stop- Whole Foods- Beth and I stopped on the way in and
Up at 5:15, coffee brewing and GF pancakes on griddle. Riikka, Ian and Brain arrived on time at 6 and after Ian's strong hands helped with the new tire..we were rolling at 6:10 to ride the course. We skipped the swim as there is no do much other than float around in Lake Las Vegas- not set up for swimming. So here is the recon on the course.....
|Bike Course.....beautiful ride, great roads! Challenging but not a Wildflower or IMSG.|
As soon as you get on your bike you are climbing out of Lake Las Vegas and then again into the National Park- we had to pay $5 but assuming on race day it will be free. Immediate left turn to head North, we headed South for a bit
T1 and T2 are separate locations....T2/Finish have a lot to offer-Whole Foods and lots of restaurants, hotels and cool spots-
We left T2 and rode back to the condo to cool down...temp was reading 114 outside. I have to say for as hot as it was....it did not feel all that hot. Good news. We chowed down, showered, ate and napped! AH! Such is the life..... 20 minutes into my nap work called....but hey 20 minutes, is 20 minutes. Next up we went to the pool for a swim sesh.... really nice outdoor pool for $2. Downside the pool temp was close to 85 and it was over 110 outside. A bit sick feeling but we got in a solid 4500yard workout.... We had our own lanes for 30+ minutes and then swim team came and we had to pile into 1 lane with a really agro dude. He was NOT happy he had to share, swam down the middle of the lane, sprinting and knocking hands- He ran over e one too many times and the next time we passed I
Back to Whole Foods for dinner food!
|Run Course....not really a loop- but you get the picture|
|Hitting the run course|
Gotta love it.... worked for us. In bed early and then we slept in....6am. And off to the run course. Again I was pleasantly surprised- I heard hilly, hilly...the course is 3 loops which on paper is not too desirable but in theory it is not a loop. You leave T2 and somehow get out of the parking lot, we missed this, but then a nice mile mostly down hill, turn around in a park and back up, past T2 and up hill 1 mile - much steeper climb and then turn around and back. Loop 1 will be fine, loop 2 not so fun and the final loop just get up the hill and then a nice downhill finish. Very fair run, spectator friendly for sure and great for seeing your competitors. I would recommend some downhill running so you can smash that final mile- running down on sore quads is a bit tough.
We swam again without the nightmare dude.....and then enjoyed a nice afternoon. Hammered out some work and we had a so-so dinner at a Mexican Place in Lake Las Vegas....the company was good! food- eh,. margaritas not so good. Early to bed....and up at 5- Pancakes and coffee on deck and out to ride again....
This ride was much different.....big wind changed the course a lot!!! Hills were the same, obviously....but wind adds to the day. Someone asked me about gearing...I would not say you need "special" gearing- as in Wildflower but my new motto is better to have too many than not enough. I will probably roll my 11-27 only because I have it and have only used it for Wildflower.
The other question for the race is where to stay....Lake Las Vegas has some great resorts- Loews, Aston Condos... and a lot of other great condos and you are at the start! But the finish has Whole Foods :) We are staying Green Valley Ranch..... awesome pools and spot for some post race RnR. Either way you will be fine!
We did a T run in 114 degree weather, rode over 8 hours in temps well over 100 degrees and it felt like the hair dryer was on high in your face...but it was not horrible- very doable. Dry heat so you are not dripping sweat- and as longs as you hydrate, take salt and get in calories...all is well. After all it is only a 70.3.
Thursday ride we added on to the Marina....screaming descent and we were all hot and a bit bonky....dreading the climb out we stocked up.
|monster rehab, Frito's, frozen snickers, trail mix, gummy bears....please get us up this hill|
As for the rest of the time.....the group of girls was perfect! Beth is an ideal travel partner- always has to pee (like me), always up for a Starbucks stop and is happy to eat bags of carrots in the car. Brandy, whom I met at the condo just rolls with it.... met us all for the first time and was perfect. Jen and I have stayed together at races so we already knew it would work. We all gelled, laughed a lot,
Thanks girls....for the good training and good fun!