>Greetings! I am posting this for a friend who is doing the
>Great Floridian as his first Ironman distance triathlon.
>Any tips or pointers for this race would be appreciated,
>especially wrt the start set up, transition area (how far from
>the swim course - Mrs. T's in Chgo is about 1/4 mile!),and
>the course fro the run (heat factor, hills, etc.).
>Thanks in advance from all you champions out there!!
This race is getting larger every year, but the swim start should not be
a problem. Basically out and back swim in warm water. Changing tents
maybe 100y from swim finish.
Rolling hills until about mile 30-35, a couple of big hills(Sugarloaf Mt.
biggest, 1/2mi at 8-10%) Hills around town of Clermont near end of first
56mi loop. Second loop is different and mostly flat until the 90 mile
mark. Short steep climbs and sharp angle curves all the way back to
Run is 3 loops of around lake. Some shade for first 3 miles then very
little. (But then I was out there in the dark, so the sun was not a
The race was very well run and the support on the course was excellent.
Very few places to stay in Clermont, but very inexpensive lodging is
plentiful at Disney's front gate(20 mi from race site)
Train hard and have fun.