Hi, I’ll be racing the Ironman 70.3 World Championship race in 2 weeks (September 2019) and I wonder how I should adjust my pacing strategy for this unique course profile. The course has a major climb and a technically difficult descent in it and elevation adds up to >1300m.
I wonder what my strategy for pacing should be. In rolling hills terrain I would try to pace evenly and hold myself back on the climbs, but then use the momentum and try to hold my target power as well while descending. However, with a major climb and a major descent, I doubt that this would be working.
What could be a recommended % of FTP going uphill (let’s say I would target 80% on the flats)? Is power slightly below FTP (in sweet spot zone) acceptable knowing that I would stay well below my 80% target power on the winding roads going back down?
Any advice is highly recommended.