CompuTrainer is working on a video of the Ironman Boulder course so that athletes can ride their CompuTrainers while watching video of the actual route on their screens. Videographer Kevin Lynch produced a little taste of the course video this week while the full video is still in preparation. http://youtu.be/DKCs_yFcHus
CompuTrainer has a full library of Ironman bike courses, including the Ironman World Championship course in Kona. Not only does the course have video of the entire 112 miles, it also puts realistic loads on your back wheel—it gets harder on the uphills and easier on the downhills. This makes riding your CompuTrainer functionally (and visually) very similar to riding the real course.
This new video complements some other virtual resources about the Ironman Boulder course. This inaugural race, scheduled for August 3, 2014, features a 2.4-mile, one-lap swim in Boulder Reservoir, a 112-mile bike course departing from the reservoir and ending at Boulder High School, and a 26.2-mile run on the Boulder Creek bike path, from Boulder High School to the finish banner at 13th street between Arapahoe Avenue and Canyon Boulevard (site of the farmer’s market on Wednesday evenings and Saturdays).
Recently a group of athletes under the direction of D3 Multisport head coach Mike Ricci www.c3multisport.com rode the bike course while Kevin Lynch shot video from his car. Here are two Garmin Connect courses that capture most of the course, with a few variations that you can download to your Garmin device for the map and directions. More detail on these courses is here. http://www.examiner.com/article/a-look-at-the-ironman-boulder-bike-course
And coach Ricci commissioned University of Colorado student Steph Cosca to drive the entire bike course and create this video that depicts almost the whole course in an 18-minute clip. http://vimeo.com/69522675
D3 coach Dave Sheanin created a similar compressed video of the run course in which you can watch the entire 26.2 miles in 14 minutes. http://vimeo.com/69215155
As local athletes begin to wind down their seasons, they also are thinking ahead to Ironman Boulder next August. Now they have some useful virtual resources to use to scope out and test the course.