The Louisville swim. You jump off the docks one at a time. You swim up (against the current) to the end of the tree line on your left and the hook around it left and all downstream to the bike area.
When I chose Wisconsin I loved the fact that I could have a wet suit swim. I love my wet suit and at the time I signed up, my swimming was probably my weakest event. Actually with the weather we're having here lately, heck, even Louisville could be wet suit legal. 70's most of the month of July?Yeah, that's unheard of. I also wanted a cooler day up north to race in. And the list goes on....
Anyway, last year all of my friends were racing Ironman Louisville, I actually considered it myself right up until the very end BUT I felt like I wasn't ready. I thought I could finish but knew it would be mighty painful so I never registered. On the flip side though, I trained on that course 2-3 times last year and loved it. I was only racing 70.3's but would always be talked into doing the 80 mile rides with my friends in Louisville. I learned A LOT about hills. Check your ego on the flats friends or you'll have your ass handed to you on Old Ballard School Rd. Maybe not on the first loop, but definitely on the 2nd. I still remember riding it for the first time, barreling up and down the "out and back", only to feel completely fried by mile 60. Lesson learned.
This is my third favorite part of the ride. It's a false flat for awhile but it gives you enough break to relax. It's a neighborhood road that has some seriously beautiful horse farms.
My diagram sucks. But see, that stick that juts out to the right that I've written at the end of? If you play your cards right on the stick, and also on that first part of the loop that I've circled in black, you'll be smiling on your way back into town. Otherwise, prepare for doom.
It just makes sense, I don't have to have a hotel room, I can actually sleep in my own bed if I do Louisville. The funny part is that I've trained on it so much, it actually feels more like where I live than an actual Ironman course. It's kinda like home. It is, I believe the only Ironman that doesn't sell out here in the US. I'm told it's because of the heat and the hills. I've got one of those mastered, now I just have to hope for a day in the low 80's.