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2008-03-31 1:02 PM

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Subject: Stoneman Sprint Triathlon
I just signed up for this race, it will be my first triathlon. Anyone else out there?


2008-03-31 3:35 PM
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I ran it last year, a good race, a little disorganized. I'll be running the IronAbe Oly this year. You'll enjoy it, its a small, friendly race. make sure you drive the bike course early on, it is country roads with traffic, pot holes and some nasty loose gravel on the road's shoulder. I saw a girl wreck in lose gravel last year, it was bad. Also, be careful exiting the water, the boat ramp has rather sharp angled steps on it, I broke my toe coming out of the water, made the bike and run loads of fun.

All in all, still a good race.
2008-03-31 4:07 PM
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Thanks for the tips. A broken toe sounds pretty nasty, especially in those murky waters.

I wonder if the bike course is similar to the Capital City Biathlon, which is May 31. There was some loose gravel on that too. My plan for this first tri is just to stay out of the way as much as possible and treat it as a learning experience.
2008-03-31 4:10 PM
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Yikes! A broken toe?! And loose gravel? Didn't they let you ride on the asphalt? or wasn't there enough room that you had to get onto the shoulder too? Just wondering as I thought they didn't close the road to all traffic and they are pretty narrow country roads.
2008-03-31 4:25 PM
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Hello,

Planning on doing the Sprint, but there is a small chance that I'll do the Oly. 



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2008-03-31 5:04 PM
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Sorry, let me clarify. It was country roads with soft and gravel shoulders. Most of the ride reminded me of the roads I ride on every week, ancient black top, with lose shoulders. The crash took place where the Iron Abe riders split from the Stoneman riders. A broad left hand turn, the outside of which had loose gravel, that's where she ate it. Nasty stuff.
As far as the toe went, ya, it was fun, but to be honest I didn't notice it until after I finished. Thank God for the gift of adrenaline!


2008-04-01 4:55 AM
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Hey Wardoatri,

I see you are in Springfield! Maybe we could do some training together? I'm looking for a bike group for weekend rides to start out. The weather should be turning any time now. Do you have a group you train with now? Have you done triathlons before?

2008-04-01 7:04 AM
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I will be doing the race again this year. Even though its small, I am still pretty excited for it.
2008-04-01 7:16 AM
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jhouse4, are you in the area too? Could always use some tips, being a newbie to tris. How long have you been doing triathlons?
2008-04-01 9:33 AM
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Jenni - that is a great idea.
2008-04-01 10:21 AM
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I have been doing them since 1993... So 15 years!

I am in Chatham/Springfield a couple times a month I live in the Chicago area the remainder of the time. When I am in town, I generally ride since it is pretty unsafe to ride by my house and the only other alternative is a gravel path.

I also swim at Eisenhower on Sunday afternoons when I am there.


2008-04-01 12:27 PM
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This will be my 1st tri.  RIght now all my training is at FitClub.  However, I should start getting some emails from a group that ride quite offten.  I'll keep you posted as soon as they get started.
2008-04-04 6:39 AM
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Wardoatri,

I've also been thinking about switching to the Oly distance. I think my eyes are bigger than my swimming abilities right now, though.

2008-04-04 7:51 AM
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Speaking of the swim... Any of you from Springfield know if they caught the albino python that was in the lake last summer? Not to scare anyone but I was just thinking about that the other day.
2008-04-04 8:14 AM
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Yes they caught it. But not before it layed its eggs. I hear they lay round 1,000 eggs at a shot.
2008-04-04 8:18 AM
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You might want to start practicing swimming with a knife sheath stapped to your thigh. Get your anti-venom shot. I don't know whats worse, dying slowly from the poisonous bite, or being dragged under by the leg and drowning.Well, if that doesn't get ya, the lepto will!


2008-04-04 9:37 AM
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really?
2008-04-04 9:38 AM
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I am more afraid of touching the muckity muck at the bottom of the lake than the python. Blech...
2008-04-04 9:41 AM
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They put that outdoor carpeting down part of the boat dock and when the carpet ends, it’s concrete. You will be fine just watch out for rocks.
2008-04-04 9:45 AM
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About the snake? Yup, it's true! I got the inside track right next to me at work. I was just kidding about the lepto. That is supposed to be gone. Don't quote me tho, and you might want to get your health/life insurance squared away....
2008-04-04 9:49 AM
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The lepto does not scare me as much as snakes do! I hate snakes. I did the Ironhorse the year of the lepto outbreak and came away free and clear. I am not worried about it at all.


2008-04-04 9:57 AM
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Snakes swim pretty fast, don't they? And if there are a GANG of them out there now...hmmm.

2008-04-04 10:01 AM
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2008-04-04 10:11 AM
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Hey, it would be something you could tell your grandkids about....outswimming a gang of albino pythons!
2008-04-04 10:24 AM
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Oooh, like the scene in Lonesome Dove (that old Western series) where the cowboys are crossing the flooded river and one falls into the water and ends up floating into a writhing ball of water mocasins (not footwear).

Just remember, that big snake is more scared of you then you are of him/her.

At least Lake Springfield does not have the dreaded Candiru fish. Google it if necessary.
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