The swim portion of the tri is a 500 yard pool swim. That's down and back 10 times. You'll swim one per lane. At registration time, you'll need to submit a swim estimate time to accommodate seeding. Max swim prediction time is 20 min. Lap counters will assist you keeping track of your laps so you don't have to worry about keeping them in your head. Their count overrules yours. Once completing the swim segment, it's on to the transition area.
The bike course is somewhat challenging, but no hills that will break you. It's a simple out and back course. The roads are marked with spray chalk and critical intersections are traffic controlled with police and volunteers. There is a set of railroad tracks on Woodworth Rd. that intersects at an angle. Be careful to cross with your wheel as perpendicular as possible so you don't get sucked into the rail. In, New Springfield as you'll be making a "U-ee” in the middle of the road and head back the way you came. We'll do our best to sweep the course for gravel and other debris at the turns, but ultimately, it's your responsibility to ride cautiously and defensively. There is traffic on the course, but it's minimized on a Sunday morning. Even still, keep your eyes and ears open for traffic dangers. Remember, you're a vehicle as well!
The run follows a course across Market St. and into very quiet neighborhoods. It's reasonably flat except for a bit of a climb at about the half way mark. The run makes a sharp right turn near transition and heads west about 100 yards into the finish. There is one water aid station on the course at about the one mile mark that you can hit at one mile or again at two.
Course review video
Transition is accessed equal distance from either the indoor or outdoor pool. No advantage either way. You'll run up the concrete sidewalk trying to dry off while en-route. You'll cross the timing mat at the west end, find your bike, suit up (with helmet), then head out the east side of transition across a second timing mat. Make sure to walk/run your bike in transition. Once you're across the mat, mount your bike and head out.
Once you complete the bike course, you'll enter the same end that you left, walk/run your bike across the mat and try and remember where you left your running shoes. Slip 'em on and head out the transition area the same end where you entered after the swim. Don't forget to remove your helmet or you'll look funny running in a helmet.
At the end of the run course, you'll head back down the main drive the way you left. Once you make the right turn, the finish is about 75 yards. Time to kick.