Practice Swims: the course won’t be setup until Saturday afternoon but you’ll be able to swim in the lake before race day. I finished Chattanooga in 11:28, thirty minutes faster than I did Ironman Wisconsin. What Can My Family Do on Race Day? It’s urban with a great taste of wilderness. Observatory Drive, at about miles 8 and 18. These loops are extremely hilly, with m... - 112.3 mi, +4960 ft. Bike ride in Madison, WI The 112 mile Ironman Wisconsin bike course starts fun and fast, then gradually eats away at you over the miles. The Four Keys of Wisconsin The “stick” is roughly 13 miles and takes you out to the “lollipop” or loop of which you circle twice. The Ratings are based on a 9-hour Ironman (consisting of a 55 minute swim, a 4:50 bike and a 3:10 run plus five minutes for T1 and T2). Rejoice as you go through the second time knowing you’re almost back to the stick for your return to the Helix. Exercise ^this^ through the remainder of the Loop, taking advantage of the opportunity from Shady Oak to Verona, and pacing yourself so that you can on…. Swim: Salt River, 1 lap; Bike: Total Elevation Gain 785m/2577ft, 3 laps; Run: … } There were also lots of turns, which I wound up liking as a distraction. The Wisconsin bike course is a stick and loop affair: out of town and generally uphill 16 miles towards Verona and the start of The Loop. We’d like to share that experience with you with these consolidated tips and resources specific to the Ironman Wisconsin course: Ironman Wisconsin has seen a variety of weather over the years — perfect in 2002, blistering hot in 2005, cold and rainy in 2006, and everything in between. There’s nothing worse to me than laying in aero for hours on end. The loop is where the hills are, but the stick plays an important part, especially on the way back. But the real magic of IRONMAN Wisconsin lies in the spirit … MORE Be careful at the aid station in Verona, as there is often a big speed differential in here, especially on Loop 2, between faster and slower cyclists. Twice through a 40-mile loop, then return to Madison. We meet in the street in front of Fireman's Park in Verona for the start of this ride. As such, the third leg of the swim, after the second turn, is very, very long so be prepared. Once you’re at the top of Valley Road, you may now begin to officially ride the bike, dialing in your effort for the day. Buildling on the success of IRONMAN Wisconsin, this event is sure to be an instant favorite. Have an answer for the hill at mile 99-100 and expected headwinds back to Madison. Endurance Nation has a long history on the Ironman® Wisconsin course: Coach Rich raced the event in ’02, ’04, and ’11, with a PR of 10:05, has conducted 10 training camps on the course, has been on hand for the race pretty much every year, and has coached hundreds to the Wisconsin finish line. Be sure to check the interwebs for updates to the course for 2017, but we expect it to go back to the original course. It’s challenging but not unfair. Join your fellow TriWisconsin teammates to ride the full 112 mile Ironman bike course! Old Sauk: about .8 miles at 5-6% grade, shaded, bends to the right so you can’t really see the top until you’re there. Rise and shine, it is 4:00am and it’s almost time for Ironman Wisconsin to begin. What we’ve found is that the faster swimmers line up right on the buoy line. When you wind out of the Helix, you ride along the lake for a few minutes, then roll onto a bike path (which I believe is a no-pass zone) for a short stint. Yes, the bike course at Ironman Lanzarote is a monster, with a roughly 7-hour average time. At the time I was terrible in aero and Wisconsin kind of lets you get away with riding in an upward position more often. Your email address will not be published. Ironman Arizona, USA. Ironman Wisconsin triathlon alters bike course due to flooding Dennis Punzel | Wisconsin State Journal Sep 6, 2018 Sep 6, 2018 {{featured_button_text}} 1 of 2 Athletes begin the bike race from the top of Monona Terrace during the 2017 Ironman Wisconsin triathlon. Upon exiting the water and having your wetsuit stripped, you then run up the “helix.” Think spiraling ramp up a parking deck. well it kind of isn’t. Every Ironman finish is amazing. In fact, if you look at the run map, you’ll see that your family can station themselves near the ends of State Street and only walk a couple blocks to catch you coming and going many times. This is where (according to elevation maps) you’ll start your first climb of the day, but honestly I don’t remember it being a big deal. Now, let’s get on with the race! Find race information, reviews, course maps and more on RaceThread Favorite Summer Kickoff Madison knows how to host an IRONMAN event and athletes will want to start their summer season off right by competing in IRONMAN 70.3 Wisconsin. I’m feeling good and awake. In fact, there will likely be only about 400 yards on each lap where you will not be cheered on by spectators. It’s hard to overlook all the challenges Wisconsin’s swim, bike and run courses present to the 2,500 competitors during this Ironman competition that is in its ninth year. It’s Ironman time. listeners: [], Email address: window.mc4wp.listeners.push( . } The Stick, to the top of Valley Road: JRA, warming up, watching everyone else crush themselves. The complete run course map is here Go here for Coach Rich’s video on the run course The Wisconsin run course is two laps, winding, urban, mostly flat and not nearly as challenging as the bike course. Endurance Nation, LLC Copyright 2007 to Present - All Rights Reserved. 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The Wisconsin run course consists of two winding, urban, mostly-flat laps, and not nearly as challenging as the bike course. and he was right. SimplyStu.com presents the Ironman Wisconsin Bike Course. Again, think parking garage ramp and just take your time. The bike elevation is very similar to IRONMAN Wisconsin but its a much less technical course and the hills are more rolling in Louisville. Note the climbing from about mile 7.5 to mile 10, particular the hill at mile 10. Rather, get your mind right about how you should approach the terrain you’re on right now, using that guidance above. Mid-June: begin officially training for Ironman Wisconsin. That was a mistake, but it definitely convinced me not going to take the course lightly. A charming Midwestern town, Madison offers a perfect combination of big-city amenities and a scenic course. The Loop, from Messerschmidt to Cross Plains to the bottom of Old Sauk: again, you’re smartly engaging the terrain in front of you and ignoring everyone else, and setting yourself up for The Three Hills (more below). We’ve found race reports to be extremely effective tools to teach our athletes how to race: TeamEN post their race reports, as well as their race and race rehearsal plans, in our forums for peer review from their comrades. Bike Course Breakdown The Ironman® Wisconsin bike course incorporated a few significant changes in 2016 (link) compared to the original course (link), due to some construction on the original course. The result is a very rich, team-wide knowledge base of race execution tips and a culture of athletes helping athletes learn now to race better. Get your mind right about doing the right thing while everyone else around you does the wrong thing. Parking: tons of public parking available, so this is a non-issue. Read: The Triathlon Magic of Riding Steady, Parts I and II <– VERY IMPORTANT! I suppose that seems about right, but I in general be ready to gear, be ready to climb/descend and be ready to enjoy incredible support from my home state people who come out like it’s their very own Tour de France. The climbs for sure and the fast descents had me a little nervous about not being close to a brake. Throughout, expect huge Tour de France-style crowds. The changing tent? IRONMAN Wisconsin was awesome. It’s very easy to get caught up here in the excitement and the actions of others…who are nearly all running much faster than they should be. On the Wisconsin course you are never doing any one single thing for longer than about five minutes. Then you’ll pedal through the Colliseum parking lot, cross over the Beltline and weave your way to a country road around mile 5. . Chattanooga’s bike course is 4 miles longer, so that’s 12 minutes more, and could technically mean a 42 minute personal best. Go out too fast, and you can suffer later. Don’t join them! In some ways it felt like the toughest 3 mile stretch of the course around mile 100. At Wisconsin you are making decisions for the entire 112 miles. Lodging: as the state capitol and home to the University of Wisconsin, Madison has wide variety of hotels accommodations. Focus and maintain your effort here while others, having blown themselves up on the Three Hills, recover. Obviously Madison is one heck of a town, so you have that going for you. In short, be prepared for anything, planning for a hot day…and then be pleasantly surprised if the weather is perfect. Go here for Coach Rich’s video on the bike course The Wisconsin bike course, in our opinion, is the most challenging on the US Ironman® circuit, in our opinion, what truly separates one course from another isn’t total elevation gain, winds, etc, but rather how often it … } But, surprisingly, the average marathon times in Lanzarote are quite fast, in the mid 4-hour range. It was also really hard… but then again, it’s supposed to be hard! Always, always construction… Dining: Madison is one of the best-eating Ironmans on the circuit. Ironman Wisconsin has the most unique transition zone of any race. Hill climbing guidance on Messerschmidt — dial in your head! 5 talking about this. The climb into Mount Horeb: this is one of the beefier climbs on the course but it’s often overlooked. State Street, at the end of each lap. It was a 2 loop course with rolling hills. Set up on the top level of a parking structure attached to the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Monona Terrace, athletes will run from the lake to the lower level and run up three stories via the winding entrance road, known as … Though slightly dated from 2006, the majority of the course is there. Ironman 70.3 Wisconsin takes place June 14, 2020 in Madison, Wisconsin. Just be safe, you’ll be fine. 21 talking about this. It throws no serious difficulty your way, but it refuses to yield over most of the course. Just up and down up and down. Rollers on Witte Road: you’ll be tempted spike your effort and roll over these…don’t even try it, you will fail. . Work to do, but overall on track! Find race information, reviews, course maps and more on RaceThread It's no surprise that year after year, IRONMAN Wisconsin is a top contender for IRONMAN Athlete Choice Awards. We recommend starting near the ski jump. A recent analysis in runtri.com ranked the layout the second-toughest of the 25 Ironman courses worldwide. However, expect some confusing one-way streets in the area of the capitol building, as well as construction. Yes, your friend says Lanzarote is as tough as Kona, and on the bike course, that's probably true. Another challenge with the cooler weather and time-trial start was nutrition. Before the race, a friend of mine promised that the crowd support on the bike would shock me . Just start from the ski jump, swim along the swim course (shore is on your right) for a bit flip it and come back. . The day I tackled it I was having trouble with my big chain ring and literally rode the entire course in my small front ring. })(); Here’s why. Flat, false flat, up, down, left, right, head/cross/tailwind, do I shift/not shift into my small/big ring? Good morning Madison, Wisconsin! Lots of little good decisions create a good day. More importantly, the date of the race facilitates the split-season approach we use with our team. Ironman Wisconsin Full Bike Course Recon Sale triwisconsin.org. As soon as you hit the loop, you’ll start seeing little parties all over the place. Travel costs and logistics: Madison has good size regional airport and of course Chicago OHare and Midway are only about a 2.5hr drive from the city. The Stick, Back: note the climb at mile 99-100, which is that mile 10 downhill referenced above. Micro: that said, let’s divide the course into sections and discuss how to approach each: The Stick, Out: from the start of the bike to the top of Valley Road. I’ve read anywhere from 3500 – 5,000 feet of gain on this course. The Swim Start: Ironman Wisconsin has one of the more sane mass swim starts. They dress in crazy costumes, run alongside you, and party with you all morning. Aside from the great spectator support, the course will offer classic farm country including a lot of barns, silos, and cows to calm your nerves. After this it’s generally downhill back to town but expect a headwind. event : evt, on: function(evt, cb) { Like the Badger State faithful, those willing to toe the line on this 140.6-mile journey must have a relentless mindset, and the grit to push past challenges when they arise. Then a bit more to the bottom of…. Hills always seems worse in a car for some reason and while I’m sure there are some flat sections, I don’t remember many. Pre-race, I estimated it was about 10 minutes faster than the IMWI course. You then exit, run to your bike, mount at the top of the opposite helix and ride down it. The race should offer shuttles to Verona. window.mc4wp = window.mc4wp || { Per race website: “To best meet the needs of our athletes and the Madison community, IRONMAN 70.3 Wisconsin will be held in conjunction with the 2020 IRONMAN Wisconsin triathlon on September 13.” Everyone has to do it, it’s no big deal, and the spectators lining the helix will make it an experience you’ll never forget! Sounds simple enough. In comparison, Wisconsin has a harder swim … In our opinion, Wisconsin offers the most challenging bike course. Zach, with his wife Lori, and daughter Paisley. Leave this field empty if you're human: IRONMAN®  is a registered trademark of World Triathlon Corporation, is not affiliated with Endurance Nation®, and does not endorse or sponsor our products, materials or events. It will also offer a lot of turns, short and long climbs, and screaming descents. The truth is, the small ring actually felt fine, especially because I coasted most of the downhills in recovery. 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