Hello! Is it ok if i throw my hat into the ring? Hubby entered us for this but has hurt his knee. i did an ironman in July and used this as an excuse to sit on my butt for the last month. Need to focus..... Would love a 4 hour but have failed on every attempt despite following plans and schedules.
Boo to nail injuries, broken toes, limited space and hitting the wall previously!
To which might be added: dodgy knees, sore back, tight hamstrings and being bl**dy knackered all the time. And advancing years generally.
When I last posted the race was about 4 months away. It`s now 8 weeks away. How the hell did that happen ?
Benign it`s very flat indeed. Only slight incline is the up section of an underpass at 37 ish km as mentioned by Eggy. Unpleasant at that stage of the race but manageable (actually I found the downhill into the underpass worse - harder on the already pulverised quads).
I`ve done it a couple of times and on both occasions got clobbered by the breeze/wind coming back along the Amstel.You`ve got 13 miles under your belt by that stage so fatigue is just peeping around the corner. Apart from that - it`s a fast course. The start gets congested; it`s bleak and low on support through the industial area - but that only lasts a few miles - and the finish is great.
Betzza Vondel Park area is nice. Quiet, civilized but a shortish walk to the city centre and a shortish walk to the start (depending on which end of the Vondelpark you stay in).
AirBnB has a few properties left in that area so might be worth getting something sooner rather than later.