Hey all - I am heading to Madison this weekend to cheer on a friend's daughter doing the Ironman. I am looking for advice on viewing spots, etc. We are staying at a LaQuinta, and are planning to head to the start of the swimming at 7 am, and then figure out spots to go from there. What time should we plan to be in the area of the swim, for example? Is it better to use the shuttle bus to go out on the routes, or to find a spot we can get to? We thought we would split into small groups (there are 15 of us total).
My planning is complicated by the fact that I won't be staying for the entire race, but heading to the Pewaukee area in the late afternoon for a get-together with some other friends. So any advice on how to accomplish this would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.