I've done the FIRMMAN the previous two years. The pond that the swim is
in is pretty nice. The only problem in the past with the swim is that the course
layout. The RD keeps dreaming up really wierd courses. The pond is big enough to
do an out and back and certainly a triangle could be done, but I guess that is to
simple. Last year the swim course was Y shaped with the two return legs directly
into the sun.
The bike leg has been changed from previous years. It used to be a five
loop course that was challenging, but not obnoxously so. I believe that this year
it is six loops and it may not be as challenging. In the past years they've had
one bottle exchange feed zone on the loop that will more than likely stay the
same. Here they've had water, gatorade, powerbars and bannanas.
I believe the run is remaining the same. I've found it to be challenging.
It's one loop with a bunch of hills. There is an out and back section that is 3
miles round trip. This section is completely exposed to the sun. Alot of people
break down during this section. There should be water available at regular
intervals on the course.
I'm not racing this year. At least I don't think I am. ;-) I may show up
to spectate or compete on a team. Then again I just might sleep in.