Comments: AUS IM 2011.
Same swim course as always, navigating thru the boats in the harbor. Muddy water with +0 visibility.
But pretty ok anyways.
Cyclecourse, 2loops. The tour thru town and the suburns are ok. then the street pavement gets bad (even tough it was brand new!), bad choice of construction, but its manageble. Pretty in face windy on the way out, but getting faster home.
Not such a hard course.
Run, 4 laps. The part thru town is great. One decent hill/to climb 4 times but wich leads to a decent afterwards. The tour out leaving town is pretty boring but flat. Lots of food stations.
The food served before and day after race was terrible. Best food was after/behind the finishline.
Pre and after race meeting was more a comercial monolog then a race briefing.
They (the organizers) should visit Lanzarote IM and copy/learn.
Summary: Good tough Ironman with testing 3 lap bike and three lap run but dangerous swim course
Comments: Port Macquarie is a beautiful part of the world with all levels of accomodation. Ironman has hollow feel compared to other events I have competed in (14 around the world). Swim course was worst ever competed in as it was too crowded and with dog leg course keeps crowding everyone together. Bike as quite testing but fun and run seems to go very quick with lots of good scenery.