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comment by ButterflyEffect
ButterflyEffect  ·  550 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ironman Wisconsin 70.3 2021

Major congrats. It is so hard to train at one sport, let alone training and racing in three. That’s a serious accomplishment, I hope you had some fun with it!

WanderingEng  ·  550 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks, I did! You're right about the challenge of training for three different sports. It's also important to train the bike-run transition as it's harder than just running while tired.

At least here, the crowds are great, and there was no want for encouragement. It was a step up from marathons, and those are already memorably great! I remember a sign that said "you're 140.6% crazy!" I think calling a half 70.3% crazy is about right. Not totally crazy but up there.

ButterflyEffect  ·  539 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Were there a significant amount of people in the crowds and cheering? That's something that still hasn't fully come back up here, at least in trail races. Between this and wasoxygen report on the BFC, I'm looking at fall races...sigh.

WanderingEng  ·  538 days ago  ·  link  ·  

There were a crap ton of people cheering. Out on the bike course it was sparse except for one big up hill where the road was taken over by spectators (a bit dangerously as the road was not closed). There were other spots with spectators, though. People in chairs in their driveway and a number of people where the course crossed a popular bike trail.

The run was well spectated with only a few more remote areas without, at least while I was out there in the afternoon. I'm sure for the full distance athletes those remote areas were desolate and mentally taxing to not simply lie down and "embrace the sweet release of death" as ultrarunningmemes would say. The worst spot would have been about mile 21 of the marathon. Plenty of people would have been there at 10:30 PM after going in the water that morning at 7:00 AM.

The finish line was busy whenever I was around. I'd meant to be there at midnight because I've always heard for a full Ironman the crowd gets bigger toward the time cutoff despite most finishers being done. Supporters come out just to cheer for the random people fighting to the end to make the 17 hour cutoff.

When was your last race? I'm not sure anything will ever top how I felt in June after my first in-person race in 17 months. I didn't think about the pandemic for hours, and I spent all morning with a couple hundred like-minded strangers. I got home and laid on my floor completely blissed out.