Planning on doing my first HIM next spring/summer and was initially planning on doing the Rhode Island 70.3 since I grew up running in Providence and have lots of family for support/accommodation around there (even though I'm now based in LA).
Now after calculating airfare, bike shipment, etc. I'm wondering if sticking to some of the recommended CA tris would be better. I've heard great things about both Vineman and Wildflower. Basically, not sure if the nostalgia/family support is worth flying to Rhode Island when there are some good tris here in CA. Though, I guess I would still have to factor in gas/accommodation, etc..
Thoughts on which are best for a first 70.3?