This course was way more hilly than what the preview described it as. Somone living in the area had placed a dashcam in their car and drive the route and posted the video. From the video it appeared to be a ridiculously flat course - Not So!!
Lots of rollers and the bad thing is that for a lot of the downhills you couldn't take full advantage of the momentum because there was either a stop sign/intersection or a turn at the bottom or near the bottom of the hill.
There was also several steep and/or very long hills that just grind you to death (at least it did for me, trying to pedal nearly 260 lbs. or meat up a hill).
The intersections were well monitored by police or volunteers and traffic for the most part was a non-issue. The city of Augusta and Aiken County were very gracious and accomodating and I appreciated their courtesy.
And again, I didn't drink in enough fluids, although I thought I did. Didn't realize it till the last 5 miles when I started to cramp, and then on the run where I had to walk the first 5-6 miles because of cramps.
Finally, had to stop once to adjust brakes, they were rubbing the wheel, then with about 6 miles to go my chaim just mysteriouly popped off - had to stop and put that back on.
Oh, one last thing, I didn't pump the tires late Saturday night or first time Sunday morning, I had pumped them Saturday morning before my warmup ride and figured they would still be full.
Wrong, during T1 I started to worry about the tire pressure since I would be out for 56 miles, stopped by the bike tent and sure enough - only 90 psi in front tire and 95 psi in back tire. Pumped them to 120 psi ... I think I may have prevented a flat by doing this. Also another reason T1 took so long.
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Shoe and helmet removal
13.1 miles |
16m 31s min/mile
The course was Awesome!! Totally flat and up and down the heart of downtown Augusta. Plenty of cheering spectators and great scenery, smells, sights, music, etc ... you could see most of the entire field of runners during the whole run couse.
Had nice patches of shade along the run, plenty of water stations - although a few ran out of cups and some only had water (ran out of gatorade and ice), but overall plenty of fluids and gels and bars on the stations.