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Race Reports for American Triple-T Ohio - Race #4: Little Smokies Half Iron

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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 race weekend is one of my best overally experiences in triathlon. Really fun. Really well organized. Nice grass roots, non corporate feel. This really is a must do race. Not sure if my wife will let me come back next year :) but if she does then I will be racing this again. If you are wondering whether you should do this or not, the answer is yes. Writing this almost a month later, I have seen a nice little fitness boost from doing this as an early season race. Seriously. Sign up and do this race.
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  • Comments: The whole event was exhausting. And hard. But I did kind of enjoyed it in a sick and twisted way (with the exception of the second bike on saturday). I think I just feel proud that I did it all. I accomplished it. It is so satisfying. I can't believe I did it. It was just awesome!
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  • Organised?Yes
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  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Too hard

  • Comments: This race is not for the faint of heart. There are no water stations on the bike, there are not sag or many people out on the bike. The hills are brutal, but the scenery is beautiful. The run is hard, but its awesome how everyone, even those fast folks, are supportive of all the runners. Its like everyone knows how difficult it is, and the fast people are appreciative of everyone's effort. Kind of nice in a sport where fast is king. I can't say enough about the run volunteers that worked tirelessly all weekend. They were helpful and friendly and a great distraction. Overall this has a very back to basics feel, and I loved it. No pomp and circumstance, its just you and the elements. I highly recommend it!
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  • Comments: This was an amazingly tough and fun weekend of racing. Having done TTT NC, I was familiar with the set up and mental feelings of getting suited up each race. But the Ohio course is so much more challenging with the hills. It was a great weekend racing with teammates and I am not sure I'd want to do this event solo - having LC as company was crucial. I had a few goals going into the weekend and managed to accomplish all of them - have fun, stay positive, don't embarrass myself and finish. This was a great training weekend for CdA and MTT. I think I'm the most proud of the fact that I did not have one negative or bad thought the entire weekend. If you know me, that right there is huge. I was never frustrated or upset on my pace or how things were going - sure I would have liked to go faster looking back at our times now, but we had a fun weekend of racing. I can see myself going back to race TTT Ohio. It's a great event. Staying in the cabins right in the park was key.
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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: Too hard

  • Comments: Love this race and if I could train hard year round I would definetly do this again... but not in the cards. I would never do this race half assing my training. This event is no joke and to see, and be a part of, the walking dead is eye opening. Seeeing the amount of people dropping out as well
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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: Too hard

  • Comments: I'm pretty sure whoever designed this race is sadistic. The hills were relentless. I would be willing to bet this is the most difficult triathlon course in Ohio by a large margin. I can't even fathom doing what the Triple-T folks did. I'm glad I did, but man, it was painful.
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  • Comments: I decided at the last minute to go ahead and do this race since my son would be playing tennis on Saturday at the District Tournaments I would still be able to be back home and make it out here Sunday am. I have only been on my bike for a 20 mile a 42 mile then I did TOSRV mothers day which was 105 miles and the week before this race I did two bricks but the bikes were only 15 and 11 miles long.....My entire past 7 months were spent training for the 50 Mile run I did in Nevada on April 21- you forget the biking muscle especially in these hills eat up your quads and you need those quads for the hilly run! I had a great day.....The swim was uneventful except for more contact then expected, I hadnt swam much at all either but felt relaxed and comfortable. The bike was more pleasant then expected, I felt my quads screaming a couple times but my head told them to be quite and just have fun! I refilled my water on the second lap. During the bike I ate a pb&j uncrustable and a waffer thing.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

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

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

  • Comments: I finished 60 / 309 for the 1/2 Iron race, which I am really happy with. I finished # 165 / 309 + which was good for me. #36 out of 72 for my age group Male 24 - 39. Tough weekend, I had a really good 1/2 marathon run, but overall was bittersweet since Lisa had to pull out due to her foot injury.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

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

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

  • Comments: Other than the fact that some aid stations ran out of cups/water (it was too hot for that to go down) the race directors did a great job over the weekend. Lots of food, massage available after every race, and being on time with everything. Damn, that was tough tough tough. I am so amazed at those who actually RACED this thing. I kept thinking on the bike...holy shit...Ryan and Alaina and Marie are RACING! Oy! I am very proud of myself for managing this weekend. I really was scared after the first race tour of the hills Steve took us on of not being able to complete it, doing something stupid and getting hurt, or (gasp) having to walk Fiona up hills at some point. I was very cautious on the downhills, didn't kill myself pace wise (never a problem for me really) and managed a couple pr's on the swim. Considering I slept like crap all weekend, that equals success to me! It was great to be at the awards dinner with Badass Co-ed defending champs Ryan and Alaina, and to see
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  • Comments: Congrats to birkierunner for finishing his second TTT solo -- dude is an animal; to cusetri for finishing his first TTT solo as 10th OA (sick!); and to TrishM and rgr375 for finishing their first TTT in prep for IMLP. It was awesome to be around so many good people the entire weekend. And in the end...WE WON the Co-Ed division of the American Triple-T for the second year in a row!!! This is so cool! Last year's total time: 10:50:41 This year's total time: 10:40:25
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  • Comments: Great Race!!!....you must try and do this if you like grass roots events! It is HARD...by far toughest course I've been on--makes LP feel flat. the run alone will beat you up all weekend long! What I learned: • I’m fit. • I can recover and back up some solid efforts • Eat, Eat, Eat. I ate tons of food between races on Saturday—I don’t think you can eat too much, within reason. • Overall, I do have a good sense of pacing on feel—don’t be so married to the power meter, focus less on average watts and more on using your watts at the right time. Because of my conservative nature, I am unlikely to blow up based on my gut feel. What I would have done differently: • Paced the AM sat race slightly harder, probably to the same effort as the PM race. • Bring vented helmet to all races. All I had was my aero helmet and I was hot—though I don’t think it effected me much as I was able to run. That said, I would have been more comfy in the vented helmet. • Cooling for the
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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: Too hard

  • Comments: Great job HFP. Still not sure how you pull this off! If only the park rangers would be a little more supportive about the parking and camping...
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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: HFP rocks! This has to be such a hard race to organize, specifically stocking the aid stations, which are not really easy to access by vehicle during the race. They did a great job and I had a good experience at the race.
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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: Too hard

  • Comments: Tough course. Very demanding.
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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: Too hard

  • Comments: This is a fun weekend of racing, but I was not in shape for it. Would like to try it again sometime with more deposits in the training bank.
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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: Too hard

  • Comments: HFP rules. The get their events started on time, mark their tough-as-nails courses clearly -- with police at all major intersections -- and I would definitely do their events again. Still not sure about doing TTT again next year, for the pain has yet to completely subside, but I am thinking about it :)
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  • Comments: Awesome race. everything was flawless- organization, pre-race, post-race - it was all excellent. I highly recommend this race to anyone. It is just ridiculously hard :)
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  • Comments: Race nutrition: Bike: Heed- 2 bottles- 400 cal total water- half bottle hammer gel and gu (3 ras hammer, 2 orange gu), 500 cal total total bike cal 900 for approx 300 per hour. another bottle of water over head through ride. Run: one bottle flat pepsie. 150 cal approx 2 oreos per aid station after the first two. two handfuls of ice per aid station. bottle of pepsie for the first 3 miles of the run, this was to help pick me up after the bike, and avoid cold drinks in the first bit (lot of side stiches from this in the past so the warmer drink helps). after that, at every aid stations took two handfuls of ice, ate one, the other was dumped into my tri suit. never grabbed of cup of liquid during the run and this worked perfectly. 2-3 oreoes at all aid stations minus the first three and last.
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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: Too hard

  • Comments: Amazing event. Definitely planning on doing the full Triple-T next year!
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  • Comments: 324 out of the 345 started race number 4 and 303 finished race number 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
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  • Comments: The conclusion I always come to (the SAME conclusion, rendered as epiphany every time) is that this is not only a hard sport but a Painful one. That Half Mary after all that other stuff was so difficult to work through, but there was a moment somewhere on mile 9 when I realized I could do it and that I could do it well and that the best of my ability could be evident. (It helped knowing that a good bit of what remained was downhill!) That was cool. That was a learning moment that I need to hold on to and remember after my body is done healing. I'm glad I did the event and I'm certain my Iron distance race at Silverman will be conquered as convincingly.
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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 race totally rocked. I was very impressed by the way HFP handled everything throughout the weekend. 4 races over 40 hours and it all seemed to work flawlessly. I would highly recommend any of their races.
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  • Comments: I liked the race....alot of times I asked myself what was I thinking and said I wont do this shit again but I am ready for it! I couldnt sleep Sunday nite and around 1:30 am had to take something to help woke up kinda tired Monday morning. Had a cookout at the folks-baby back ribs and baked beans...very good. That evening took tylenol pm to help and slept ok but was gonna rest Tuesday morning after taking my son to school and if you read my blog you can see that didnt happed as my entire bedroom ceiling feel in....thanks to BT'er CubeFarmGopher I hadnt made it back up to lay down as we were bs'in on the pc.
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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: Without getting too philosophical, this race took me to a new level. I had train in ways I hadn't before. I had to race in ways I hadn't before. I had to overcome injury, managing the races, nutrition, temperature, logistics, hills that I hadn't prepared for. And with one minor exception, I did it. Thanks to Brian, Andrew, Jess, Jenn, and it was good meeting Jared from Jackson, Rob from Kalamazoo, Martin from Salt Lake, Nevada from Idaho living in Columbus, her friend, Paul (STL-Tri-WOG), Bruce the tan guy on my bike rack that ran in Hawaiian shorts, Russ the stony creek guy that killed the bike EVERY event. And thanks to the many folks I didn't meet personally, from the elites to BOP'ers, that offered a kind glance, a thumbs-up, or even a smile and a 'good job' to others, especially from the folks you knew needed the encouragement worse than you did. That was amazing. The races themselves are a challenge, but the event is fantastic. It's the best value in triathlon, as hard
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

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

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  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I love this race and if you really want to challenge yourself you will try it sometime. HFP does it well and everyone is a winner that even attempts.
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