> Although I respect Cesar Valverde's integrity and his ability as an
> athlete, I must say I do not agree with his feeling about Mike and Rob's
> Most Excellent Triathlon. As one who grew up in Florida, is tall, and
> favors a flat course near the beach, Mike and Rob's has a great feel to it
> and has a great field of top athletes drawn by the Ironman slots
Ah, to be a tall guy from Florida....Unfortunately, I'm a skinny guy
who grew up in mountainous Costa Rica, so you gear mashers always humble
me on a flat course.
: IMHO opinion, I would say that conditions of the road are BY FAR
> the great determinant of whether or not drafting will occur. Certain races
> do not attracty mass quantities of scum, as much as Valverde';s Hobbesian
> view of humankind leads him to believe so.
I agree with you: there is a lot of drafting BECAUSE of the course (flat,
windy, and narrow sections). I did not mean to imply that the race
attracts latent drafters. Though in my very cynical mind there is no
doubt that some potential IM qualifiers push the drafting rule to the limit.
> Then you get to the run, which is a beautiful, beautiful out and back
> along the Pacific Ocean next to golden hill California sea bluffs and
> along a Ventura Pier boardwalk and on to the finish.
It is an absolutely beautiful area. You can always look at the breakers to
take your mind off the pain of the run.
> Go to Mike and Rob's unless, like Cesar, you are totally allergic to the
> possibility of drafting. I say, life is better outside of the germ-free
> bubble of a perfect universe.
Well, I hardly live/race in a perfect universe. I have done many races in
Costa Rica that had no support or road closures, and appreciate the great
organization of US races. My only point is that for my own neurotic self,
the drafting at Mike and Rob's is so distracting that it does not allow
me to enjoy the race. For me, it is not the race to do.
If seeing a lot of drafting (60 penalties in 1994) does not let
you concentrate on your own race, race somewhere else.