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Some panoramic pictures and maps from the event (both this year and '15)
Some things I thought that were helpful and useful to remember were:
(1) HR Mon. and Pacing
The heart rate monitor on the run was helpful in pacing. Last year I got rather exhausted after the swim going up the hill at the beginning of the bike. This year it was a breeze, that was just carefully paced. I think the run went a little faster too because I took sprints and then stopped a bit and walked and rested. (The intervals are diagrammed on the map of the course.)
(2) Light Food
Overall, I found that I didn't really need to eat that much. I just had a bar before the event and then just 2 Gatorades during the event with a little bit of water during the bike ride. More than that I think would have slowed me down. Also, I had lots of carbohydrates the night before.
Being used to the swim course really helped, so I knew to turn 3 times (see map). Often in the open water, I found it very disorienting. Having now done it the second year in a row, I found it much easier.
(4) Water Bottle
Finally finding a supermarket water drink that would fit into my bicycle's water bottle cage. See the picture in the image collection. This is from the Propel brand (with a 9 3/16" circumference). Note that these other two brands in the picture don't seem to fit (eg Poland Spring is too small at 8 7/8".)
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cycle (480' total elevation gain, getting to max of 275')
run (185' elevation gain)