It’s amazing to think that nearly a year has passed since I completed my second Ironman Switzerland 70.3, when I wrote up my race report shortly after I said at the time that it was my plan to also write up a review of the event as well, obviously I never got round to completing that task, and with the event a few weeks away I thought it was about time I fulfilled that promise.
Of all the triathlons I’ve taken part in in Switzerland, this swim course is the best marked course bar none. It’s simple out and back, if you stick close to the buoys and keep an eye out you’ll easily be able to see how far you have travelled as they distances are conveniently marked along the way (as of 2011, hopefully this is still the case in 2012). See below, or on the official site here
The swim starts in the water, so expect to be treading water for a while until the starting gun goes off.
Swim Tip: If you are a weak swimmer, wait in-shore and listen for the announcer counting down and move to the start line when the last minute is announced.
The swim is straight forward, strong swimmers want to get close to the buoys for the best racing line. When exiting, note that the lake floor is spongy, full of weeds and shells which can be sharp on the feet.
Swim Tip: Swim right up to the final metre of the swim exit, you will get bogged down in the spongy lake bottom, it's difficult to walk along the bottom and full of shells.
N.B There are NO wetsuit strippers at Rapperswil, you’ll need to remove your wetsuit yourself!
Depending on your definition of what a climb is, you’ll either find Rapperswil bike pure hell or pure adrenaline, two laps of the course.
I asked Ronnie Schildknecht last year what was tougher, Rapperswil or the full Ironman Switzerland bike course, he said Rapperswil! Take note of the pro's words ;-)
First up, if you want more detail on the bike, you can see on my Strava data (from 2010) below or here:
Bike Tip: If you can, ride the bike course a few days before the race, even if it’s just a slow scouting mission.
...and by the way...enjoy the stairway to heaven ;)
Final thoughts and
Tip: Make sure you have some waterproofs for after the race, just in case.
Rapperswil, Thanks for the memories!