Tips for the run:
• The three-loop run is good for the same reason the three-loop bike course is—you can break up the run into definite chunks, look forward to the best spots and know in advance where it’s going to get tough. One mental challenge will be seeing the signs that note which mile you’re at for all three loops. Try to ignore the “Mile 10” or “Mile 18” sign when you’re at Mile 2. Trust that you’ll get there eventually and think, “I am so glad I’m not at Mile 2 right now.”
• Tough spots on the course, according to Herschberg: Curry Rd. through Papago Park and up the hill before you descend into the aid station under the 202 overpass. This is a lonely spot and the hill will hurt. But after that section you head back toward transition and the crowd support grows.
• Look out for some rowdy and creative aid stations. Last year, my favorite was the music-blasting mock jail cell aid station put on by a local tri club.
• Don’t forget to wear a visor or hat, it’s sunny out there with hardly any shade!
• “Make sure to be mindful of other runners as the three-loop course makes things crowded in places. Stay to the right to avoid blocking faster runners that need to pass,” Herschberg recommends.