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  1. Every aid station in the US does for sure. I'm not sure about Europe - occasionally they have funky rules about what's supplied at each aid station. I'd check the Athlete Guide on the IM website for the 2019 race. 95% odds the aid station setup will be the same.
  2. Plenty of people do this - it's not wrong. It's just not my preference. I'd much rather not have to carry my own nutrition, not have to deal with a backup plan, logistics, plus weight on a bike. I'd just rather live off the course and grab at each aid station. What tends to work for me at an aid station: Start the bike with one bottle of water in my aerobars, and one gel. As you approach the 15 mile-ish aid station on the bike, consume the gel. At the front of the aid station will be water and Powerade/Gatorade. Grab a water and put in bottle cages. The middle of the aid station will be food items - gels, bananas, bars. Grab a couple of these and toss in bento box. The end of the aid station will be more water/Gatorade, grab a Gatorade and put in bottle cages. I'm then stocked to aid station 2. At the beginning of aid station 2 use the spare water to fill up the aerobar bottle, toss the empty at the front of the aid station. Replace with a new water. Rinse and repeat at every aid station, with food as I want it and Gatorade as I run out. Easy peasy and doesn't require custom mixes, specific brands, etc. Just whatever they have.
  3. 1 - Bike, bike, and more bike. This is a swim warmup and run cooldown to a bike race. 2 - Practice running on tired legs. Your base long workouts should be a 80 to 100 mile bike with a 4-6 mile run afterwards. The next day should be a 20-30 mile bike warmup and a long run, ramping up to 16-18 miles. I don't think I ran over 18 on any training cycle I've done and felt very successful. 3 - Practice your nutrition - Know what they'll have on course and make sure you are comfortable with using that. I wouldn't bring my own nutrition on a IM course as it's like a buffet. They'll have anything and everything you could want but make sure your stomach is good with their brand of offerings. I'm not sure what's on course this year but the IM website will know. 4 - Nice has a reputation for heat, make sure you get heat acclimated. Any specific race related questions that I can help with I'm happy to.
  4. The North rim wont be open in March I dont believe. Also Bryce will likely be covered in snow.
  5. If you have to do London/Paris/Rome I wouldn't try to hit anywhere else in 2 weeks. London's 3 days easy, Paris and Rome 4 each. Add in a couple days of travel and you don't have any more time.
  6. I would but work and life get in the way. Happy to share any insight you're looking for though
  7. Swim was actually shortened last year. The first 1/3 of the swim is upriver in a protected channel, then downriver for the remaining 2/3. The pros couldn't make it upriver against the current last year so the AG swim was just the downriver portion. It was somewhere around 1500-1600 meters instead of the normal 3800. The weather has been variable since the race was moved to October. Of the 4 I've done in October, 2 were very good weather, one was an exceptionally windy day, and the last was very cold (Sunday).
  8. Update on my end - finished IM Louisville for the fourth time yesterday, my 13th IM overall. It was my validation race for 2019 for the Legacy program. Now all I've got to do is finish a half next year (2020) and a half in 2021 prior to Kona and I'm in the big dance for October 2021. Long story short - swim was cancelled, bike start was 39 degrees (so I'm pretty happy the swim was cancelled), bike was awful (I had forgotten how hilly the course is, pretty much all up/down except the first/last 10 miles), but I had a very good run. Broke 4:00 for the marathon for only my second time - 3:59:32. Wasn't a real goal of mine but I was pretty pumped to see that in the athlete tracker last night.
  9. Every park I've ever been to out west invokes this feeling for me. Anyone who has ever been, and says "we need less of these", is doing it wrong.
  10. This is a prime example of what I'm talking about with the filter. The far left picture looks like it doesn't have a filter on, and it is much more tan. The far right picture looks like it does have a filter on and it looks like the reddish color. BTW, I wasn't impressed with Horseshoe Bend. They were doing construction on the entrance (perhaps it's done now) so we had to park a couple miles away and bus over. After you got off the bus, it was a good half mile hike up and over a hill to see Horseshoe Bend. When you got there it was sort of like the Mount Rushmore comment above - "yep, that's a river, with a bend in it. Let's take a picture, then turn around and head back."
  11. Yep, we did that when we were there in April. Awesome time. We just did one of the two (I believe we did upper without checking) so I can't compare/contrast the two, but it was a really cool experience for a couple hours. Pro tip - if you have an iPhone, to get the super cool reddish colored pictures with all the varying lines on them, turn on your camera filters. I believe we set ours to "warm" and it really brought out the color of the canyon. Our Navajo guide showed us how to do this, as you might imagine he was very experienced at taking pictures in the canyon and knew exactly, on all phone models, how to get the best pictures.
  12. I would not purchase tickets and add the Express Pass - in my experience, it is much cheaper to buy the basic ticket and stay at one of the Universal properties (glvsav37 listed them above) that offers the Express Pass for free.
  13. Agreed with all this. I like Universal a lot for what it is, and I'd say they do some things better than Disney (much prefer their security screening process). What they don't have, however, is stuff for young kids. My youngest is 4 and there is virtually nothing there that she loves (or really even likes a lot). She's still terrified at some of the screen rides that are 3D and stuff jumps at you. I would hard pass on Universal with kids that are 4 and 2.