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2008-03-26 7:03 PM

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Hello everyone,

I am looking forward to the Pineapple Man, being that is will be my 2nd triathlon this year, and 2nd triathlon ever (first year). Live in Palm Bay, so if any BTers out ther want o try and meet up before the race and train a bit, lets plan something. Happy training!

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2008-04-21 2:59 PM
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T- 5 weeks and 6 days!

Chris, I'll see you guys Friday morning for some mock tri training...

2008-04-29 7:14 AM
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My local girlfriends and I are planning to sign up for this race today to get us into gear for the season! Very excited to tri it - lol!

2008-05-11 4:20 PM
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six of us signed up now for this race - we can't wait! We're doing mock tri's in Orlando each week until then - Thursday this coming week if anyone wants to join a bunch of moms - let me know!
2008-05-13 10:18 AM
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I signed up on Sat and there was ~420 signed up on the site.  I heard yesterday that it was sold out.  Hopefully we BT'ers can mingle some before or afterwards.  They usually have a pretty good food area and the awards are at the pavilion in the park.

I'll be there very early on race day, last year I got an end spot on the rack and hoping for the same thing again! 

 

2008-05-21 11:56 AM
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Hey, Everybody.

This is my first tri...any advice for a first-timer from folks who have done this one before?

Don


2008-05-21 1:16 PM
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SwampLiquor - 2008-05-21 12:56 PM Hey, Everybody. This is my first tri...any advice for a first-timer from folks who have done this one before? Don

Hey Don!

I've done it since 2003, every year it's been relatively warm-hot, except one when they held it in April!

1) Get there early to get a decent parking and rack spot. Avoid Riverside Rd heading into Melbo Beach as they block it off near the race, come down A1A instead

2) Start the swim on the right side of the line, this will keep you out of the churn. Course is a triangle with 2 sharp turns to be made, you can stay comfortable by going wide or if it's not crowed when you get there take them normally. Be prepared mentally for a tough swim depending on the winds. Last year we had good size waves to deal with 20mph west-SW winds blowing across the intra-coastal. BTW, if your >5'8" you should be able to stand on just about all of the swim course!

Edit: it tends to be rocky nearer to shore and I've sliced my toe open before on one of these suckers.  Things are ok at the starting & finish lines though which are located at the two side extensions about 3/4 the way down the pier.

3) The Pier will be crowded when you go to get in the water, you can get in early to warm-up and stay in there or wait. When you go to get out there will be helpers to assist you up the ramp, use 'em! Heading back to the transition there may be some people on the pier, but IIRC they keep it pretty clear.

4) The bike course is pretty smooth, make sure to stay on the right (white line) unless passing. A1A auto traffic can get bunched up at times. Oh buckle that helmet before leaving the transition area.

5) Pay attention to where the bike dismount line is when you heading back to the transition.

6) For the run, after the 1st half mile down Riverside Rd it can get hot if the sun out as there's less shade. Only water stations are at the start and ~1/2 way mark, IIRC. When you turn back onto Ocean Ave heading to the finish line there will be lots of people cheering you, soak it up! BTW I put a frozen baggy of ice on my head under my hat in T2, it's part of my transition kit for this race!

Last but not least, relax and enjoy it, oh and smile for the camera guys! There will be a lot going on all around you so try and keep aware of your surroundings and you'll have a save race. I'll have the same tri-suit on as in my avatar, say hi if you see me!

 

 



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2008-05-21 1:25 PM
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Thanks for all the great advice Donto! We are down to 5 ladies - M. had to have sinus surgery today so she is out of commission. We are heading over on Saturday afternoon/evening and will stay over - two at the Courtyard Melbourne West and two at the Lexington - 1 driving over Sunday morning.

We'll all be wearing pink flowered tri tanks I think. We will be everywhere from top 10 AG to dead last I imagine :-). Some will have our kiddos and hubbys there to cheer.

Looking forward to a great day and hopefully meeting some BTers as well!

Annabanana and friends
2008-05-21 1:47 PM
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Thanks for the good info, Donto! Some things there I never would have thought about. I'm not wearing anything really noticeable, so I'll blend in pretty well....hopefully MOP! I'll keep an eye out for you and the girls in pink.

Coincidence, Anna. My doctor was talking to me yesterday about having sinus surgery. I suggested we hold off and see how the antibiotics do! Hope M's recovery goes well.

See y'all in 11 days! Good luck!

Don

2008-05-23 1:56 PM
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Hey All,

I wanted to add one thing.  We are swimming in brackish water (salt) and I don't think they offer a hose to rinse off with at this one (HF in Oct they did).  I usually bring a 24 or 32oz bottle of fresh water to dump on my head in transition to rinse off a bit.

2008-05-30 6:49 PM
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Everybody have a great race!
I registered, but will have to miss due to an injury.
I had the pleasure of racing the Pineapple Man last year.
I'll make it back next year.
I also plan to make it back out there for the Health First in October!

Thanks for the Great Tips Donto.


2008-05-31 6:45 PM
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Hey All,

If you're on or before the race, some FYI.  The water looks great, paper had the lagoon water quality report this morning and Melbo Beach was an A.  Water temp was 79, and visible to the bottom.  Weather is for very light winds in the AM so it'll be flat with no head wind to worry about on the ride!  Hope to run into you all tomorrow.

Rob, bummer on the injury, see you in Oct.

2008-06-04 5:36 PM
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Hey there was a guy out there with a hose that was wetting runners on request I was very gratefull. It was a hot day. Cool
2008-06-04 7:44 PM
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It was very hot by the time me and the rest of the BOP came around, and the guy had handed the hose over to his wife and child by then :-)

Was still a very kind thing - heck, the whole community was so supportive! (except for one lady in a hurry in a red sports car who scared the bejeezus out of me)

I had a blast - I'll be back again!
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