I signed up for the 2011 GFT this morning. My name is not yet on the list, but soon it will be. Great race report, KC. Go easy on me in the swim if I bump into you! Pix, what happened? You in for next year? EnduraDad? Talk soon...
Greetings all. I am a new member here and I just signed up for the 2011 GFT. I have a couple of hilly IM's under my belt and thought that perhaps this being in florida that it would be relatively flat. Imagine my surprise when reading the RR that this is a very hilly bike course. Could any of you give me a comparison between this and IM Wisconsin as to the bike segment? I died on the bike leg at Madison and would like to avoid a repeat of that if possible, lol.
Any information greatly appreciated and looking forward to next years event.
I haven't done IM Moo, so I can't be of much help. But I can tell you that the GFT has one of the most challenging bike courses around. You'll earn your finishers medal! They dont "seem" endless, they really are, right to the end. You've got a year to get ready, plenty of time. My off season will include squats, lunges, etc. while thinking of Buckhill and Sugarloaf!
Good luck with your training, and welcome to the forum.
Anyone catch the latest on the IM 70.3 in Miami? I'm not a big fan of M-Dot for what they're doing to the successful races. Just look what IM Florida has done to GFT. There is a very successful half-iron distance tri here, MiamiMan, run by Multirace. Their races are very well organized and almost always sell out. Well, M-Dot moves in and sets up a 70.3 three weeks before, and, by reading the post race coments, the race is mostly a disappointment. Swim was unorganized, bike course too narrow and full of potholes, run was 8 times over the same bridge, etc. Lots of disappoinment among the athletes. But, M-Dot did the right thing, offering everyone a free entry to the 70.3 of their choice for 2011.
By looking at this years GFT results, looks like a few were close to 18 hours. Phew!! Man that's a long time to be out there! That's more guts that I'll ever have. I see one guy was over 20 hours. I hope everyone got finishers medals 'cause you sure deserve them! I know finishing times are relative, you never know the obstacles that were overcome, but to keep going after the course is closed, that's just unbelievable.
Hope everyone is enjoying the off-season.