IM FLA 70.3
This was a great event and I believe Kevin Parks would agree that it’s one we would do again. Great support on the entire course and great weather too. I signed up for this race because I won’t do Raleigh IM 70.3 again and that this IM FLA 70.3 event would have a flat bike and run course. Well, it’s not flat on either one, but it wasn’t that bad either. The lake swim had a “M” layout and all the buoys were to your right the entire time, with the exception of the two column buoys where you made left turns. The bike course was fast with a lot of rollers, but no hills to compare to what we ride out here. The run course had two good size hills, one right after the other. The three loop course broke up the run up nicely and it was great seeing a crowd cheering you on on each loop.
Kevin’s elite friend crashed his bike and got banged up pretty bad but he’s okay. Kevin also saw two bike crashes on the course and I only saw a few people with bike issues. The one thing I changed, from my other races, was not to go so fast on the bike course and hopefully be able to run and it worked. It made for a very enjoyable day.
So, if you want to do an out-of-state Ironman branded event I would encourage you to check IM FLA 70.3 out for next year. WTO and Haines City did an outstanding job and you can’t beat the weather.