Ironman Branson 70.3 – A preview
So this is my very first trip to the good ol’ US of A. As you can imagine, I went straight to The Big Apple; the amazing New York. Central Park? Check. World Trade Centre? Check. Empire State Building? Check. A foot long pastrami sub with extra cheese and cheesy french fries… and a vanilla thick shake? Check (plus heart palpitations). Oh, and I had a win in my first run around Central Park in the Fitness Magazine 4 Mile.
So the natural course of this trip is to continue seeing the sites. Places you read about, hear about, some even dream about! Straight to Branson, Missouri please. Oh, and if you don’t hang onto the Braaaan for at least five seconds you can’t get past the diner at the airport.
Branson is pretty much the oddest place I have ever come across. If there is a better example of “contradiction” describing a town I would love to see it. Branson is set in the rolling hills of the mid US. It has beautiful, stunning, even epic scenery. And then there is the town itself. It is regarded as the “Live Show Capital of the World”. No, not Vegas “live shows” and unfortunately not Amsterdam “live shows”. These are all tribute shows. The Brady Bunch, Dolly Parton and a staggering amount of crooners I have never heard of and hope to never hear of again. Literally, there is a 7km strip of theaters that each have their resident entertainer/s. I am convinced there are more theaters than people here. Anyway, more of this later (possibly post race report).
The Ironman Branson 70.3 Course looks absolutely stunning. It is also, in my very limited experience of the 70.3 circuit, one of the most challenging courses out there. So without further ado, I have made a very dodgy and very amateur video of the bike course. It was taken with the trusty iPhone on my ride yesterday, so apologies if you are prone to motion sickness. As you will notice, I have also added a tribute soundtrack to Branson.