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2008-06-10 8:15 AM

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Subject: Spirit of Racine Half Ironman Triathlon

I just thought I would go ahead and start a racetalk thread.    How is everyone's training going?  Any advice for a HIM newbie?  Has anyone seen a profile for the bike course?   I heard its pretty flat with a few hills, but i dont remember seeing an elevation graph on the race website.   Where is everyone staying?   Do we want to have a BT get together on Saturday afternoon/ evening?

Talk to you later

Josh



2008-06-10 8:34 AM
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Well, I'm not doing the 1/2, but I am doing the sprint the day prior.  For the past couple of years there has been a BT gtg the evening before the 1/2 at the Chancery Pub at the Radison (that's not too far from North Beach) for dinner and socializing.  The Radison is a popular place to stay, but there are also a number of hotels out on Hwy 20 that are perfectly servicable (about a 15-20 min drive from the race site).

As far as hills, I can't speak to any rollers on the course, but I can tell you that the biggest hill is probably the one coming right out of transition.  Make sure your bike is in a good gear for an immediate climb.  The sucky part about that hill (aside from the fact that it's right out of transition) is the fact that you can't fly down it on the way back or you'll overshoot the dismount area.

2008-06-10 8:38 AM
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This will be my first HIM, as well. I have ridden in this general area extensively, but not the whole course. I'd consider it relatively flat, rollers tossed in. The course map has a elevation graph on it - all the riding is done between about 500 and 800 feet above sea level - don't have a total climbing amount (suppose I could map it and find out...).

There will be a large BT contingent, as well as a good group from the local tri club, the "Donkey Nation", aka "Donkeys", "Turbo Donkai", "Jack A$$es", etc. Have heard of no specific plans, but there WILL be something....

2008-06-10 9:08 AM
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Hey Josh - thanks for starting the thread. I think you will enjoy the race course. HFP puts on a good event. The bike course is fast. few rollers like some said, but a problem maybe the wind. With so many fields the wind can whip around pretty good at times. Also sometimes it will change west/east of interstate 94. No kidding, i've had a headwind going west and east out there. But i can't remember problems on raceday except in '05 when it was brutally hot and windy.

A BT meet-n-greet is possible anytime. i guess it depends on where people are staying or thier travel plans. There is one hotel (radisson) downtown near race site, but there are several scattered along highway 20. The packet pick-up is at Case HS on Washington Ave (hwy20) and it is about 8 miles west of the lakefront. Parking isn't a problem at the school, but when you gert closer to the beach, parking is limited. An older neighborhood with narrow streets is jsut west of beach (transition, tents and other race stuff uses all the beach parking). Downtown Racine is across the river (under a mile) - more parking available, some ramps & street parking. its not a bad walk if you have to.

Any questions shooot me an email got2run_man@yahoo.com

ps don't worry about the flooding, it hasn't affected any of the race area at all
2008-06-10 9:44 AM
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This will be my first HIM as well. I picked it specifically because of the flatness of the course. I am staying at the Ramada Limited the night before for $99. No minimum stays like some of the other places were charging. It is right off the Hwy, so. I'll have to drive to get to the course, but it beats coming all the way from home.

I would be up for a scouting trip around the bike course maybe 4th of July Weekend?

Super scared about the race and feeling a little intimidated. Should be a great race and i have heard nothing but great things about the event.
2008-06-10 10:15 AM
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I will be at the race for sure, if not participating, I am going to volunteer to do something.


2008-06-10 10:59 AM
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thats a good idea - ajotto mentioned a course tour on july 4 weekend. Anyone interested on either July 5th or 6th? Majority rules on the date. No cost. Snacks and water provided after.


another option is Wellfit Training ride http://www.wellfitinc.com/Events/SpiritofRacine/tabid/202/Default.a...
2008-06-10 11:21 AM
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SOR was my very first triathlon I did, the 70.3, and it's a terrific race.

1).  Sat. before the 70.3 was a free seminar at the swim start on how to prepare for the swim.
2).  Being it was my first triathlon and swimming an OWS, with waves, and a current, and trying to sight, and swimming more than 1000 yards continuously, it was a little daunting.  But those prepared should find it a pretty good swim.
   a). The swim is a wave start.
   b). If your eyesight is good, use the lighthouse as a guide for sighting when doing the long straight-away portion that follows along the shoreline.
   c).  The sunrise may get in your eyes, so be prepared with tinted swim goggles.
   d).  You run on beach sand for about 100 yards or so after the swim to get to T1, which may cramp you up.
   e).  There are containers to step into to wash the sand off your feet before hitting the T1 timing mat.

3). The steep incline out of T1 to start the bike course will catch many novices.  Start in a low gear to get up it.
4). The course is quite flat, IMHO.  I felt there was a lot of cracks and bumpiness on the concrete town roads.
5). Hopefully the helicopter that follows the leader won't get close to the transition area and blow everybody's stuff around like last year.
6). The run has the first climb within the first 400 - 800 meters, and there is a photographer near that area usually, so prepare to smile instead of looking exhausted!
7). Course is an "out-and-back" 2-looper that is quite flat.  If it was warm as it was last year, there usually are a couple of local residents that have a hose out willing to cool you down.
8). I thought the aid stations were well-stocked.

My personal like was that InfinIT was there.  I like that stuff.

Overall, a very good race to do.

2008-06-10 1:13 PM
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Just as any FYI - Hammer is the sponsor this year, so no Infinit....

Its BYOI
2008-06-10 1:13 PM
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phil forgot to mention that there IS algae in the water...hehe
2008-06-10 1:20 PM
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mutri - 2008-06-10 1:13 PM phil forgot to mention that there IS algae in the water...hehe

Dude...it's Lake Michigan, aka a fresh water ocean...whatchu expect?



2008-06-10 1:24 PM
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mutri - 2008-06-10 1:13 PM phil forgot to mention that there IS algae in the water...hehe

Is THAT what that stuff was? 

2008-06-10 1:25 PM
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maggyruth - 2008-06-10 1:20 PM

mutri - 2008-06-10 1:13 PM phil forgot to mention that there IS algae in the water...hehe

Dude...it's Lake Michigan, aka a fresh water ocean...whatchu expect?

PJ, it's an inside joke that will be made public very soon, I suspect.  I won't be living that one down.

2008-06-10 1:28 PM
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1stTimeTri - 2008-06-10 1:25 PM
maggyruth - 2008-06-10 1:20 PM

mutri - 2008-06-10 1:13 PM phil forgot to mention that there IS algae in the water...hehe

Dude...it's Lake Michigan, aka a fresh water ocean...whatchu expect?

PJ, it's an inside joke that will be made public very soon, I suspect.  I won't be living that one down.

:P well, fine then...   I'm assuming this has something to do w/ this past weekend's IM mini-camp.

2008-06-10 1:29 PM
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Subject: RE: Spirit of Racine Half Ironman Triathlon
maggyruth - 2008-06-10 1:28 PM
1stTimeTri - 2008-06-10 1:25 PM
maggyruth - 2008-06-10 1:20 PM

mutri - 2008-06-10 1:13 PM phil forgot to mention that there IS algae in the water...hehe

Dude...it's Lake Michigan, aka a fresh water ocean...whatchu expect?

PJ, it's an inside joke that will be made public very soon, I suspect.  I won't be living that one down.

:P well, fine then...   I'm assuming this has something to do w/ this past weekend's IM mini-camp.

Yep, on an interview w/Scoobysdad.  I obviously cracked up Birkie, mutri and Yams.

2008-06-10 2:39 PM
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I will be jockstrapping sans kids this time.  Clint will be doing his first HIM.  Gotta be there for that.  May see what is left to volunteer for. Maybe I can do body marking so I can see him go off for everything.  OH, and I will of course cheer on any other Donkey's I see


2008-06-10 2:46 PM
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The half is a GREAT race! (yeah, the 102 heat in 05 sucked, but 06 it was 72! Very minimal rolling hills, nice course. Well organized! Have fun all!
2008-06-10 6:49 PM
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I will be racing SOR as well...first HIM as well. Should be fun like all tris...i'm looking for one more sprint of oyl in between now and SOR but we'll see.i'm hopefully going to be staying at a friends house in racine so thats where ill be...
2008-06-10 8:55 PM
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my second HIM, if you can really count my first... I am planning on jumping on ajotto's back for the swim.... I figure, again, if I can get out of the water, that it'll be a lot of fun... but we can use wetsuits, right? that may make things a little more managable..

I guess I'm sort of looking forward to it, sort of scared out of my mind... so about normal for a tri.
2008-06-10 9:06 PM
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This will be my first HIM as well. I have been training harder than I ever have and was feeling prepared until my lousy swim at Lake Mills the other weekend. Looks like I will be spending a lot of time doing OWS between now and then. I also hope the wind is low on race day. I do a lot of my bike training just south of Racine. The ride to the lake is not bad, heading back west has been brutal though!
Great meeting some of the Donkey's at Lake Mills. Looking forward to meeting more. I am getting very excited and nervous for it!
2008-06-11 6:03 AM
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Ill be there too.  Its a good time.

The swim isnt that bad-  the hardest part is getting out there with the waves coming in- once you areout to calm water its a sraight shot.



2008-06-11 9:13 AM
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well heck, if triplet is gonna be there well count me in then as well!!!
2008-06-11 9:35 AM
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And if Davey is gonna be there I guess I will too....but I'm just doing the sprint..

2008-06-11 9:58 AM
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i plan on being there the day before for the sprint to cheer on my fellow donkai nation members!!!!!!
2008-06-11 9:59 AM
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travisvb24 - 2008-06-10 8:55 PM my second HIM, if you can really count my first... I am planning on jumping on ajotto's back for the swim.... I figure, again, if I can get out of the water, that it'll be a lot of fun... but we can use wetsuits, right? that may make things a little more managable.. I guess I'm sort of looking forward to it, sort of scared out of my mind... so about normal for a tri.

um, i already claimed that spot travis.  find someone else's back to jump on. 

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