What a fun race in Austria! Good for a PR.

Report for Ironman 70.3 St. Polten

From the website:
The mix of good organization, perfect infrastructure and a demanding course at IRONMAN 70.3 St. Pölten has imprinted itself in the memory of our athletes. In an international survey athletes voted IRONMAN 70.3 St. Pölten as one of the 5 most popular race of the series!
Start by the swimming course which leads every athlete through the two lakes of St. Pölten. Followed by the bike course on the modern freeway and through the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Wachau. Ending with the running track along the Traisen river, through the baroque old town of St. Pölten and back to the architectural masterpiece of NV Arena.

Location:
Viehofner See

St. Polten, AUT

Event Age: This event started in 2007

Overall

What a fun race in Austria! Good for a PR.

Overall Report Topic Feedback
Event was organized
Event amenities (toilets, expo, start & finish area)
Event is friendly for people new to the sport
There is a lot to do in the area (sightseeing, shopping, etc.)
Scenic beauty of the course
Competitive field
I traveled from out of town for this event
I plan on doing this race again
I would recommend this race to a friend
Why did I select this event?: It was still open! Plus, racing in Austria is brilliant. This was my shake-out race before doing Challenge Roth, and the timing was just right for that.
My Training: I was training for Challenge Roth, so I was on an IM training plan.
Comments: The organization was great. The race is HUGE!

Swim Leg Feedback
How difficult did you find this swim, compared to other events of the same distance and type?
The water quality was high with clear water and good visibility.
The swim course was well marked and safe, with adequate lifeguards.
Did you wear a wet suit?
I found the water to be calm and flat with little current or chop.
Comments: The swim was a lot of fun in that it was broken up over two different lakes. Both lakes were crystal clear! I maybe got lucky, but I found the other swimmers in the first part of the swim to be among the most agro I have ever been in the water with. If you are at all timid, give yourself plenty of room.

Bike Leg Feedback
How difficult did you find this ride compared to other rides of the same distance and type (hills, wind, etc.)?
The ride was technically challenging.
The bike course was well marked and safe with adequate traffic control (if applicable).
The riding surface was relatively clean and smooth with minimal obstructions such as loose gravel, potholes, roots, and such.
There were adequate and well stocked aid stations on the bike course.
Comments: I've raced a bit in EU, and have to say this is probably the most scenic course I've ever ridden, especially the bit through the river valley. Amazing. The first part of the course is smooth and flat, and maybe a little down-hill, so be careful of getting too exuberant. Definitely mind the warning signs on the bike - I saw some guys off the side of the road with EMS, and they were missing some skin. Mind the warning signs and you will be fine. The second climb (~1100 feet, 8-11% by my crappy GPS ) is no joke.

Run Leg Feedback
How difficult did you find this run compared to other runs of the same distance and type?
The run was technically challenging.
The run course was well marked and safe with adequate traffic control (if applicable).
The running surface was relatively clean and smooth with minimal obstructions such as loose gravel, potholes, roots, and such.
Comments: The run leg was fast and dead-flat, though not the most scenic. I had some asthma issues at about mile 9, but that's not a reflection on the course.

Transitions Feedback
The transition area was setup in an efficient and organized manner.
The transition was secure and all gear was looked after.
Comments: It was a typical, very organized IM EU transition. It was nice in that it was a single transition for T1/T2, since they often have to split transitions. TA was HUGE, so be sure to pick a landmark.

Closing Comments
Final comments: Fast course! I got a 16 minute PR, even with asthma issues in the run.
Feedback:

Race Tips

  1. Definitely do the race briefing. There are some dangerous spots on the bike course they cover.
  2. Pay attention to warning signs on the bike - saw some guys with EMS missing some skin who did not.
  3. The transition area is huge, so be sure to pick a landmark so you can find your spot

My Results

My time: 06:30:51
My place:
My splits: