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Race Reports for Ironman 70.3 California Oceanside 2016

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Race rating (4)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This was a great race! The bike course on Pendleton was challenging but scenic. The run was very scenic and the crowd was great. Definitely one of the best finish lines in the 70.3 circuit. Check out my full review here: http://transitionsfromwar.com/ironman-70-3-california-review/
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I have done this race 5 times in the decade I've been doing tris, it was my first half, and after this race I wonder why I haven't done it 10 times. It is such an awesome course and race, and while not in my back yard close enough. This was my first half ironman back in 2007, and my tenth or eleventh half ironman and have to say the most satisfying I think. Everyone has obstacles, and everyone has stories of overcoming setbacks (and some have multiple stories :) ) but even though it wasn't my fastest or a PR, finishing felt like a huge win for me. My friend Jeff Matlow has a saying, "it's not about your time to get from the start to the finish, but about the time you had in between," and I had a great time.
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Race rating (4)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Here are the results. WTC always does a good job. The course is well managed. The vols are excellent and well directed. The expo is fun. "Mandatory" bike check in sort of made sense because a ton of athletes will ride in the dark without lights race morning. Since I have light brackets on the TT bike, I grated my teeth at having to take an extra, unnecessary trip to transition. The downsides are that Oceanside is feeling more crowded on all three legs. The swim felt more crowded than ever, probably because faster waves have been moved back. Also, yet again, they had rubber tacos. If the college tris can get pizza, so can WTC.
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Race rating (5)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Oceanside is a very well organized event with awesome volunteers. And to have the support of the men and women from Camp Pendleton is amazing. Beach, sun, blue skies palm trees...such a great place to have a HIM!
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?No

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Maybe I should sign up again and kill it next year!
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