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2008-02-29 12:51 PM

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Any thoughts on what th weather will be like on raceday.  I'm coming from Connecticut where its in the 20s and snowing today.  I'm thinking warmer, and maybe humid, but how much so?


2008-02-29 2:48 PM
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It should be mid to upper 70's for a high, and lows in the low 60's.....

It is humid, as you're on the ocean. Can be a bit, uh, breezy....
2008-02-29 2:48 PM
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I'm a few hours away in San Antonio, but right now it's sunny, beautiful, and feels like it might hit 80 degrees!

My guess is that race start in Galveston will be in the 60's and get into the 70's during the Half.  Could be a beautiful day, or ugly.  Last year it was quite windy.  A heavy rainstorm came in the previous day, so heavy that I think a lot of the late competitors in the Sprint DNF'd!

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2008-02-29 3:08 PM
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I'll be in Memphis the week before so I'm hoping to "acclimate" there.  Wind I can handle, hills I cannot, so I'm hoping for a good race.
2008-02-29 3:13 PM
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Hills will not be a problem.  I think there is a total of 12' elevation gain to get onto the causeway.
2008-02-29 4:19 PM
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I'm actually moving to Houston in a couple of weeks. 

What's the water temp?  Do most wear wetsuits?  I'll probably just do the sprint so I doubt I'll wear one anyway - just curious.



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Last year I think the water temp was about 74.  Most, but not all, wore westsuits in the Sprint.  Texans tend to be wimps when it comes to "cold" water.

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2008-02-29 4:47 PM
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davidb - 2008-02-29 3:13 PM Hills will not be a problem.  I think there is a total of 12' elevation gain to get onto the causeway.

Marmadaddy claims the largest hills are the curbs in the parking lot. apx 11 7/8 inches in heigth.

2008-02-29 4:58 PM
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famelec - 2008-02-29 5:40 PM

Last year I think the water temp was about 74.  Most, but not all, wore westsuits in the Sprint.  Texans tend to be wimps when it comes to "cold" water.

Brian  

74 is cold?  We had a penguin plunge up here last week -- ice on the pond and water temperature was 34. 

 

2008-02-29 5:35 PM
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Last year for the sprint, the water temp was about 74. the air temp was nice - maybe 70. But, a front passed through and the temperature dropped 10 degrees in minutes - and the rains came.

The next day for the 1/4 and 1/2, the skys were beautiful, temp was great and the 'breeze' was...strong. 

We don't wear wetsuits in 74 degree water because it's cold. we wear them because we never get to wear wetsuits down here. We just pretend we're doing Alcatraz  

2008-02-29 8:30 PM
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last year the water was 73 at time of race - the temp was about 75 but cloudy remember the wind - you are on the coast.


2008-02-29 9:21 PM
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Ok - I don't own a wetsuit and I don't plan on actually winning the event so if I don't  have one I shouldn't be alone in that aspect, right?
2008-03-01 9:19 AM
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you should be fine...water temps should be between upper 60's to mid 70's. Depends on the next month's weather.

Nope, no hills on course. With the changes in the run course, I'm not sure there is even a 3 foot elevation change. We've straightened out the run a bit, and it eliminated the run over the tunnel, which had an elevation gain of about 10 feet

Not a hill on the bike, either. The only elevation change is heading up 83rd St to get to the Seawall, which is probably 20 feet.

As mentioned, wind's the biggest factor. It was very windy last year on Sunday, due to the front coming in.

Let's just hope for no rain this year
2008-03-03 4:28 PM
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I didnt wear a wetsuit during last years sprint and felt just fine. I dont plan on wearing one for this years either.
2008-03-04 10:04 PM
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Yeah, but if you don't wear a wetsuit, you miss out on the enthusiastic wetsuit strippers!
2008-03-05 5:11 AM
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they've already been practicing....


2008-03-12 4:00 PM
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There's gonna be strippers at the race??? WOOO!
2008-03-12 4:21 PM
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I think I remember the strippers trying to rip my tri shorts off last year in their enthusiasm! No kidding, they did a great job and this was a fantastic first half last year! I'm super excited (though maybe my legs aren't quite as excited yet) for the race this year!
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ATXtri - 2008-03-12 4:00 PM

There's gonna be strippers at the race??? WOOO!


Must resist commenting....must resist commenting....

Oh, what the hell....

Hey ATX, if 3:00 was the threshold for the marathon, what is it for a 1/2 IM?

2008-03-12 6:41 PM
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just back from Galveston...
I'd like to order up the weather we had today for race weekend, please.

78 degrees, not a cloud in the sky, and dead calm. A nice high pressure system settled in, and it may be 1 mph winds today....
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dgunthert - 2008-03-12 5:04 PM

ATXtri - 2008-03-12 4:00 PM

There's gonna be strippers at the race??? WOOO!


Must resist commenting....must resist commenting....

Oh, what the hell....

Hey ATX, if 3:00 was the threshold for the marathon, what is it for a 1/2 IM?



Uhm... lemme think. What is completely unattainable for the average AGer... how bout 4:02?? Good luck with that!!!!!!!!!!


2008-03-13 9:10 AM
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Oh come on! The winner was 5 minutes slower than that!

Let's look at this logically. Hitting the 3-hour mark at AT&T would have put one in the top 2% overall. Last year at the 1/2, to finish in the top 2% would have required sub-4:40. Ergo, that should be the mark.

Of course, I think placing in one's AG should be an automatic qualifier....kind of like a Kona slot.
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dgunthert - 2008-03-13 9:10 AM

Oh come on! The winner was 5 minutes slower than that!

Let's look at this logically. Hitting the 3-hour mark at AT&T would have put one in the top 2% overall. Last year at the 1/2, to finish in the top 2% would have required sub-4:40. Ergo, that should be the mark.

Of course, I think placing in one's AG should be an automatic qualifier....kind of like a Kona slot.


you used the word ergo... ergo, I'm out.

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