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2008-08-21 9:29 AM

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I"m starting a thread for this race. Who's going? Who's racing? Who's going to try to but will probably be limping? :) :) :)

I'll be coming down Sat am to hopefully watch people competing in the half...We'll be staying at the Hampton Inn, if anyone wants to grab dinner the night before.


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2008-08-21 9:31 AM
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I'm in - my first OLY. I'll be fine so long as I don't drown.

Any odds on wetsuit legality?
2008-08-21 9:35 AM
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Last year the Patriot events were wetsuit legal, but just barely... so it'll definitely be close

We've been swimming in the James for our club OWS and it's been cooler than last year, I think, but that's just an opinion, we haven't gone out and measured the temp or anything  

2008-08-21 9:53 AM
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I think it's a possibility for wetsuit legal.  The river was cooler last week than it has been in weeks.  Lots of it depends on the weather and how much rain (haha) we get before then.

I went out to the site last week.  It is a LONG run from the water to transition, so we'll have plenty of time to get the top off the wetsuit. 

2008-08-21 9:55 AM
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I'm in and def not going to be my best race! I'm doing the Iron Girl this weekend and the training for the OLY has been nonexistant. Just going out and having fun and hope that I don't have to walk the whole 10K!!!
2008-08-21 10:11 AM
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sk2a2005 - 2008-08-21 9:55 AM I'm in and def not going to be my best race! I'm doing the Iron Girl this weekend and the training for the OLY has been nonexistant. Just going out and having fun and hope that I don't have to walk the whole 10K!!!

 

Me too!  I'll be limping post Rock and Roll Half....I'll be at Irongirl Volunteering...look for us at the top of the hill dressed as the Village People.  



2008-08-21 10:15 AM
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I'm in and it is my first Oly as well! I'm getting down there as early as possible on Saturday in the hopes of seeing the Half finish but we'll see how the day shakes out...after checking in my GF and I will just be chilling so trying to catch up with some BT'ers is certainly in order!

Oh and someone tell me it is as flat as everyone says it is. My two races this year have both been hilly and I could use a nice flat fast course! Wet suit legal wouldn't hurt either!

--Chris
2008-08-21 10:17 AM
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It really is that flat.  I rode the course last weekend.  There are a few small rollers, but nothing too tough.  Honestly, I feel like going over the metal grating on the bridge might be the hardest part of the course.
2008-08-21 10:20 AM
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Artemis - 2008-08-21 10:17 AM It really is that flat. I rode the course last weekend. There are a few small rollers, but nothing too tough. Honestly, I feel like going over the metal grating on the bridge might be the hardest part of the course.

 

damn. can i switch from oly to half?  I was just worried about the run..but eh, whats 7 more miles?  

2008-08-21 10:24 AM
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Artemis - 2008-08-21 11:17 AM

It really is that flat.  I rode the course last weekend.  There are a few small rollers, but nothing too tough.  Honestly, I feel like going over the metal grating on the bridge might be the hardest part of the course.


Jen occasionally lies about how flat a course is, but she swears she's telling the truth this time.
2008-08-21 10:34 AM
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I  live about 2 milesfrom the course and rode it last weekend as well and there are only a few slight rollers. I was afraid of the metal bridge and as long as they are not spraying the water that will be OK. The run is on the colonial parkway and that is really flat as well.  The onle bad thing is that there is little or no shade. Last year the half was VERY warm and a few people got overheated. Lets pray for coller weather and wetsuit legal.


2008-08-21 10:37 AM
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enders_shadow - 2008-08-21 11:24 AM
Artemis - 2008-08-21 11:17 AM It really is that flat. I rode the course last weekend. There are a few small rollers, but nothing too tough. Honestly, I feel like going over the metal grating on the bridge might be the hardest part of the course.
Jen occasionally lies about how flat a course is, but she swears she's telling the truth this time.

You say "occasionally", but I only remember once.

And I am telling the truth.  Everyone I rode with agreed with me.  I'll push you up the hill if I'm lying. 

2008-08-21 12:05 PM
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Sweet and I for one trust you, Artemis ;-) I can't wait and since this is my last tri of the season I'm hoping to have a good race. After which, I'm going to get good and drunk at a local bar or the hotel...whichever is most convenient and serves the coldest drinks ;-) But I'm getting ahead of myself, 2.5 weeks of training/tapering to go!

Good luck, guys.

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2008-08-21 3:03 PM
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Concretechris - 2008-08-21 12:05 PM Sweet and I for one trust you, Artemis ;-) I can't wait and since this is my last tri of the season I'm hoping to have a good race. After which, I'm going to get good and drunk at a local bar or the hotel...whichever is most convenient and serves the coldest drinks ;-) But I'm getting ahead of myself, 2.5 weeks of training/tapering to go! Good luck, guys. --Chris

 

I"m right there with ya, my 5th and last Oly in my year of Oly's.  

2008-08-21 3:47 PM
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Artemis - 2008-08-21 11:37 AM

enders_shadow - 2008-08-21 11:24 AM
Artemis - 2008-08-21 11:17 AM It really is that flat. I rode the course last weekend. There are a few small rollers, but nothing too tough. Honestly, I feel like going over the metal grating on the bridge might be the hardest part of the course.
Jen occasionally lies about how flat a course is, but she swears she's telling the truth this time.

You say "occasionally", but I only remember once.

And I am telling the truth.  Everyone I rode with agreed with me.  I'll push you up the hill if I'm lying. 



I'd rather just hang on and let you drag me through the swim portion.
2008-08-21 5:49 PM
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I'm going to be there as well. This will be my first Oly, and maybe my last race of the season (depends on how my schedule with work shapes up). I may also be helping out at the half the day before, like I did last year, but I'm still waiting on the final word from the RD for that. I am very excited about it and hope I can actually survive it!!

-Carrie


2008-08-21 9:44 PM
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count me in. woefully unprepared. haven't run a 10K since columbia tri 2007, my only other oly. and i'm up a dozen pounds over my usual weight. so even if it is wetsuit legal, i don't think i'd fit in to mine.

i went to W&M for undergrad, so i'm always up for a good excuse to get down there so that i can get a stromboli at Sal's (the one in the shopping center with the Food Lion). and if pancakes happen to be your thing, you'll be in heaven.

i'd recommend the green leafe for a post-race beer. not a lot of bars in ye olde country.
2008-08-23 5:34 PM
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enders_shadow - 2008-08-21 10:24 AM
Artemis - 2008-08-21 11:17 AM It really is that flat.  I rode the course last weekend.  There are a few small rollers, but nothing too tough.  Honestly, I feel like going over the metal grating on the bridge might be the hardest part of the course.
Jen occasionally lies about how flat a course is, but she swears she's telling the truth this time.

I rode that course, it is flat for almost the whole thing.  A couple minor rollers is the gospel truth.  Long transition run from the water.  Watch out for rocks getting out of the river.  Left side of the exit area is rocky and sharp at that!

2008-08-24 7:47 PM
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This will also be my first Oly.  Haven't trained well, but I figure if I can finish the Iron Girl up in Columbia I can do this.  And the ride is wonderful, very flat and fast.  I did it last week.  It'll be fun  The run??? Not so sure about that.
2008-08-25 10:40 AM
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Thanks for the confirmation on the bike route, everyone. That is great...it seems like all I ride is hills so it will be nice to just get in a big gear and push through a nice flat course! Anyone know how the run looks? They say it is "pancake flat" which would be tremendous!

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2008-08-25 10:41 AM
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I hear the run is also very flat.  The big problem is that it is not very shaded and tends to be pretty hot.  Make sure you stay on top of the hydration.


2008-08-25 11:22 AM
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Artemis - 2008-08-25 10:41 AM I hear the run is also very flat.  The big problem is that it is not very shaded and tends to be pretty hot.  Make sure you stay on top of the hydration.
Last year there were a good bit of water stops.  I'm using the hydration belt just in case though cause the parkway is not shaded at all.
2008-08-25 5:06 PM
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The run should be pretty flat. I can't really think of hills on the Parkway, though I think there is a gentle hill going from the start to the Parkway, and then the same hill going up on the way back in. I think there will be a lot of fast times on this race, but I won't be one of them.

-Carrie
2008-08-27 12:22 PM
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I'll be there with a couple of friends.  Swam the course this morning.  Actually swam it backwards due to parking issues.  The finish is shallow and sandy bottom.  You can actually stand up 100 yards from shore and it's waist deep.  The water temp was 78 degrees this morning so wetsuits will definitely be legal.  I wore my full suit and it was perfect to a little warm.  I did not have a cap on and that always makes me hotter.  The water was very calm this morning and it appeared to habe little to no current.  This is brackish water so it is not salty.  Visibility zero to 1 foot.  Water felt clean.  Should be a really great place to swim.

 For out of towners.  This has been the coolest August I can remember.  We have only had one day so far where the temperature hit 90.  Normally August is 100 degrees so this could be a great race with awesome weather. 

2008-09-01 10:46 AM
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Rode the course this morning....bridge isnt too bad at all....just need to slow up a bit and be "light on your bike"

Did notice that you will need to be careful with the big left hand turn onto Wlicox(?) about 9.5 mi into the course....it is about a 130 degree turn, and there were lots of pebbles there today. maybe they will sweep it.

Only thing though....Hannah may affect all of us for this race. Sunday supposed to be nice, will depend on any wind damage from Friday/Sat.
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