Ok, it’s not like that…it’s not a post about THAT IM but coincidence of coincidences I was alerted to the fact that the course maps for IM Louisville were finally posted. Some time back I had written the race director to see when they would be up and was sent a form letter that, among other things, informed me that the course maps would be available sometime during the first of the year. Ok, I guess we’ll call the second quarter the “first” of the year since we have clearly not passed the half way point.
Here is the PDF for the swim and bike course. The elevation profile initially looks bad but if you look closely it’s just distorted, there really isn’t much elevation gain. The swim, on the other hand, has me puzzled. If anyone out there knows something about the Ohio River please tell me there is somehow little or no current in a major river system. I’ve seen the Missouri river and the Mississippi river and do not want to swim a mile upstream in either of them.
The run course looks pretty much like a run course. I don’t know the area so I don’t know what to expect but I can tell you that I am very excited about the prospect of running down the finishers chute on 4th Street Live! It is a downtown party area with lots of clubs and overhead walkways and add to that the extra fanfare that the IM organization will make sure is there and I’m thinking it will be like running in on a party.
So do I work towards an earlier finish, all things permitting of course, and get to the finish line when folks are fresh…relatively, or do I shoot for a 16:30 finish when the locals are good an drunk and leaping around on the overhear walkways? I think these plans both have their merits.