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2014-05-23 8:10 AM
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Subject: RE: Ironman Louisville : Official Thread
How is everyone feeling? I am working with a coach this year - I did my own training plans in the past. Much lower volume than I have done in the past. It will be interesting to see the outcome. Looking forward to a fun race. I am excited that I will be on this course again.


2014-06-04 9:14 AM
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I passed on Louisville race last season but did go to support some friends, and it amazed me to watch so many people leave within the first 400 meters of the bike with no water bottles, now that sounds crazy I know. Now for the explanation.....immediately after leaving the bike out transition you pedal under the over pass and off the sidewalk to the road where you take an immediate sharp left turn and actually start the bike portion, that step off the sidewalk had A LOT, and I mean A LOT of peoples bottles coming out of carriers. Most knew they lost their hydration, we could tell they knew when they looked back when we and other spectators would yell "you dropped your bottle go back and get it" 20 ft from that step. A few did stop, leaned their bikes on the barrier walked back, got it and gone, it took less than 30 seconds to do, Most however were so wrapped up in the " I GOTTA GET ON THE ROAD" they left it or them and rode on. I watched a Pro stop and go back, now if a pro thinks it's worth losing 30 to 45 seconds to have, then why not... having done that race I know the importance of having Hydration BETWEEN aid stations.... Bottom Line, most of us can spare 30 - 45 seconds that can payoff in minutes ahead at miles 70 to 112 .... so stop, get your bottle safely and have a better bike time and ride...
2014-06-29 7:01 AM
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Originally posted by SEADOCHA

where is everyone staying? Last year I stayed at the Hyatt and thinking of staying there this year. It was awesome to drop dead in the bath tub immediately after the race. I wouldn't mind staying near the Gault though because the walk is pretty far in the morning. Instead of 140.6 last year, I think it was about 143 ish or 144 with the walk to the back of the swim line.



I raced 2013 but not racing this year, will be doing IMLOU next year. We stayed in the Hyatt and loved the location (right at the finish and close to everything). The walk from the Hyatt is less than 1 mile to the Galt house and its close to an additional mile to the Swim start, its really not that bad (everyone's in a good mood and talking to each other). If you want spaghetti dinner on the night before the race, make reservations at The Spaghetti House ASAP, Its close to the Hyatt.

We loved our time in Louisville and the surrounding area, Its a great city and a great IM.
2014-06-30 7:50 AM
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Originally posted by amymengel

How is everyone feeling? I am working with a coach this year - I did my own training plans in the past. Much lower volume than I have done in the past. It will be interesting to see the outcome. Looking forward to a fun race. I am excited that I will be on this course again.


This will be my first "M-Dot" brand race though not my first full distance. I'm looking forward to it as I have read the finish is awesome! Primary goals are to have fun, finish, and hear those words at the Finish Line - "You Are an IRONMAN!". Secondary is to PR the distance hopefully 11-12 hour range. I'm certainly more than capable. I would love to try for a Kona spot, but at the moment, I'm thinking my training won't get me to that level this year. "Anything is possible", though . A little less than a couple of months to go! See you all at the start!
2014-07-16 10:32 AM
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Weather forecast for today is high of 77 degrees. Oh, how I wish we were doing our IM today!! Maybe we'll get lucky with the weather. What's the old line? "everyone complains about the weather, but no one ever does anything about it!"

Fingers crossed
2014-07-16 10:38 AM
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Thats a great line on the weather!

I'm preparing for the absolute worst weather possible, well outside of the swim anyhow..which, and maybe this is my ignorance never having swam there, sounds like it will be pretty pleasant? Cant believe the race is this close, seems like just a few weeks ago I transferred my CDA registration to Louisville and was thinking "man..I've just added 2 more months to train..I've got all the time in the world!".

Hope everyones training is going well.


2014-07-16 12:58 PM
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I did Lou last year and just reading through this thread makes me wish I was heading back. I will be heading to CHOO instead.

First, I stayed at the Galt house last year and had absolutely no problems with anything including the elevators. The room was perfect and as close to transition as you can get (although still probably almost a half mile.) It was a bummer to have to walk from the finish line back to transition to get your gear and bike after the race. It was honestly more than a mile of walking so next time I would send someone with my ticket to get my stuff for me.

The heat is no joke. I did my training in the SC heat so LOU was exactly what I expected. That still didn't make it easy! Getting off the bike between 2-3pm with a high temp of 98 is not pleasant. If you have the option to do some training in the heat then I would recommend it.

My biggest piece of advice is to watch the famous youtube videos about the course. Take notes and do what the guy says. It works!! Second, be patient on the bike. The first 4-5 miles are all flat out of town. This is where the railroad tracks and the bridge are that eject bottles. Take your time and if you do lose a bottle, go back and get it! After that the next 15 miles or so are mostly rolling uphill climbs to take you out of town before the out and back. Just be patient on this part. I am sure you will hear all about the out and back. My advice is if you are going to ride any of the course before the race do this spot. There is a small church right across the street where you can park your car and ride the few miles out and back. I was very glad I did on race day.

Otherwise LOU is a fantastic city with what I believe is the best finish line in IM. Enjoy the race and relish the moment.
2014-07-16 2:01 PM
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Subject: RE: Ironman Louisville : Official Thread
So what have been peoples' experiences who've stayed away from the downtown area and parking? I'm thinking of saving some serious money by staying a few miles away. It seems there are several ramps within walking distance of transition, just wondering......
2014-07-16 2:45 PM
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Brian - your picture makes me think you're ready for anything.
I was thinking of CDA next year. But it doesn't fill up, so I'll wait until after Lou to make any decisions. Hope the extra two months helps. It's coming really fast.

2014-07-16 2:46 PM
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Thanks for the great advice. I did it in 2010, but have some amnesia (which explains why I signed up again Do you have a link to the specific youtube video you're talking about? I'd love to watch it.
Thanks very much.

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2014-07-16 3:23 PM
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haha..thanks! If anything my picture shows that I'm simply not smart enough to know not to go outside in the dead of winter, on Chicagos lakefront, and run..

You should do CDA, although to be honest I'm a bit biased as I'm originally from CDA so it was a great first IM for me. Being as subjective as I can it's a beautiful place and the population really comes out during race week.

If you do end up signing up let me know as I'm always happy to help folks navigate the area/hook them up with discounts as many of my friends, as well as my wifes, are business owners in the area.

Seriously looking forward to this racing Louisville though. I had to swap registrations originally due to work/family commitments but now I'm very happy I get to experience a new race, plus when the going gets really tough out there it'll be fun to remind myself that less than an hour away, at Ft Knox, I went through basic/OSUT training for the Army but that lasted 4 months..certainly telling myself "just 20 more miles, and a marathon" will pale in comparison?
So in the grand scheme of things Kentucky only gets roughly 12 hours (knock on wood) at me.

Anyhow, hope your training is rolling along, and if you do end up choosing CDA please do let me know.


2014-07-16 3:27 PM
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thanks for the insight, and good luck in your race! In regards to the youtube videos which ones are you talking about? If you get a chance please do let us know..
2014-07-17 9:43 PM
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The videos are the 4 keys to Ironman Louisville on you tube. I followed the videos pretty closely in 2012 when I did Louisville. Watch the videos several times and take in and do what he says. It will save you a lot of suffering if you do.
I'm following the same advice for IM Chattanooga in sept.
2014-07-18 6:26 AM
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Subject: RE: Ironman Louisville : Official Thread
Originally posted by cedar creek

The videos are the 4 keys to Ironman Louisville on you tube. I followed the videos pretty closely in 2012 when I did Louisville. Watch the videos several times and take in and do what he says. It will save you a lot of suffering if you do.
I'm following the same advice for IM Chattanooga in sept.


Starts at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-U-Uc0BFyc

Saw the link before somewhere else and just haven't watch yet, but DEFINITELY will!

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2014-07-19 3:36 PM
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So what have been peoples' experiences who've stayed away from the downtown area and parking? I'm thinking of saving some serious money by staying a few miles away. It seems there are several ramps within walking distance of transition, just wondering......

I am interested in this information as well. Anyone have any advice?
2014-07-19 8:02 PM
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I stayed on the Indiana side of the river for all but the nights immediately before and after the race. Easy to get in and out of Louisville for the Expo and check in, but definitely would not have wanted to come across the river early in the morning on race day. I had enough problems getting on the right bridge when I wasn't under pressure. I stayed at the Hampton Inn Downtown for the two nights. It is a few blocks from away everything, but walkable and definitely less than the Gualt or other hotels near the finish.


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