Ironman 2014 is now being discussed in full between myself and I, myself and Karen, myself and Maria and now with you. When I finished Ironman Texas 2013 I was fully convinced that going back to the The Woodlands was going to be in the cards. I absolutely love the course in terms of racing as well as being spectator friendly. The course also plays to my strengths and weaknesses. I can climb on the bike but because I weight as much as a paper towel going down the hills doesn’t give me much momentum thus a hilly bike course has typically been shunned. The run course at IMTX is flat and fast. The biggest problem is the heat but for whatever reason (and if you can scientifically tell me why) I am not bothered by it as much as others as evidenced by my marathon and 15th place finish in my age group.
Now that I am 4 months removed from that race my mind has wandered and I have considered 5 races for 2014 and making a decision has become somewhat impossible for me pick and why I am turning to you, the blog reader, for some advice. I am going to treat this vote the way Major League Baseball treats their All-Star votes. Certain percentage to each one and I can come up with a final answer that way. I will get 25% of the vote, blog readers 10%, Maria 10% and Karen 55% because without her blessing it doesn’t matter what I want to do it isn’t happening.
Here are my Ironman 2014 Choices:
- Race takes place in May meaning I will be racing again and soon. Good for the mind.
- Experience with the race and thus no surprises.
- Cost effective. Can stay with friends and it is a car ride away.
- Been there, done that.
- Hotter than the sun.
- Extremely tough swim from start to end.
- Race is in August giving me some more time doing what I want when I want in 2013 and early 2014.
- New race which can lead to new experiences.
- Hot and humid which doesn’t bother me and is something I can actually look forward to.
- Nearly 3,000 feet in climbing with a 2 lo0p course.
- Run is only 2 loops which some would prefer I enjoy the 3 loop course as it gives me a mental edge to know where I am at in shorter time intervals.
- Race is in November which gives me a lot of time to do as I please before jumping into an Ironman training plan.
- Flat, flat and oh its flat. Less than 1,000 feet of elevation gain on the bike and less than 200 feet of gain on the run.
- 1 loop bike course.
- Getting in is getting to be nearly impossible and the anxiety of getting in.
- Flat, flat and flat means lots of aero position and pushing your legs to the their breaking point with no real rest.
- Brand new race so while there can be issues the idea of racing an inaugural race appeals to me.
- Bike course has 2,100 feet of climbing where Texas is 1,600 feet and Arizona is 1,700 feet so not a big difference.
- Run is through downtown Chattanooga.
- I get to say Chattanooga a lot.
- Inaugural race so no idea about recon and asking past participants about the race course.
- Just far enough away to fly, yet close enough to drive.
- No known hashtag for it: #IMChooChoo, #IMChat, #IMRockyTop, #IMManning, #IMNooga
The price point for all is the same at $650 except for Louisville which is $625 so there are no savings in the registration fee and thus the cost difference will come down to travel and accommodations (anybody in any of these areas willing to offer a home-stay?)
Which Ironman 2014 Do You Vote For?
Ironman 2014: You Choose
Here are the four Ironman 2014 races I am choosing from. Which do you think I should do?
Dubbed the Scenic City, outdoorsy Chattanooga offers a course nestled against the towering Cumberland Plateau and the Tennessee River.
Centered around the historic Ohio River, Louisville is one of the most vibrant IRONMAN venues on the circuit.
An early season event, IRONMAN Texas gives athletes a chance to head south to warmer water.
IRONMAN Florida continues to be one of the most popular races on the circuit.