Louisville Ironman HWY 1694 Preview

Today I had the opportunity to ride some of the Louisville Ironman course. Once I got to 1694 I decided to make a video to share with everyone, so that in case you have never ridden or driven the course this can give you a quick glance of my favorite part of the 112 ride. I am luck enough that when I visit Louisville, I have a good friend that lets me borrow his awesome TT (Time Trial) bike, his name is TT (Tim Thomas) which matches perfectly.

If you have read my blog from the beginning you know that Louisville was my first Ironman, and actually is the race that got me hooked into triathlon. This will be the last year that will be held in August, and the weather looks to be very mild next Sunday August 24th. Next year they will have the race in October, which means that it will become a very popular Ironman, even more than what it already is.

1. Colder weather, which means faster times and more finishers
2. Right after Kona, which means that a lot of people are going to try to qualify early.
3. Longer to prepare for it, which means that it will be a more competitive race.

For now, enjoy the video and I hope that if you are competing in the Louisville Ironman, you enjoy these 10 miles as much as I did.

About the Video

Once you get out of the water and you are on your bike, you'll be on River Road for a while, you will turn into HWY 42. After about 2 miles you have a nice climb, after that the rolling hills start until you get to Highway 1694, here you take a ride. This is from where I started the video, as you can see there are signs already showing that the Ironman will be next week. For me this is my favorite part of the whole course, it is the fastest 10 miles of the whole course, plus it is completely covered by trees, so even if it was sunny you could get some cover in these 10 miles. Once you start to climb after the descent, yes you will be off your saddle most likely, but there will be people running next to you yelling and cheering for you, so this little stretch goes by very quickly. At the top, you will ride for maybe 1 mile and you will do a 180 degree turn, here you will have the second aid station and it's the only one where you can usually grab things going in both directions. This is depending how they set everything up, but when I did it, it was perfect. Once you leave the volunteers behind you will get to do it all over again. nnI hope this video gives you a little preview of what you can expect next weekend. Have a great race everyone!

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