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2008-11-22 5:33 PM

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Subject: Ochsner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans
Has anyone completed any part of the Ironman 70.3 New Orleans course? If so, it would be nice to know what your perspectives are. It's a little difficult to "visualize" this event when one is not from the area and when the event is in its inaugural slot.


2008-11-23 11:37 AM
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I drove the course this summer while visiting family.  The initial part of the ride along the Lake will be a bit bumpy so you will be forced to look ahead to avoid any possible issues but once you turn onto Hwy 90 (Chef Menteur) it will be  a hwy with a wide shoulder.  I would guess they will close down the right lane for bike traffic.  The course is pancake flat except for the overpass bridges and not much to look at as far as scenery.

 

The run will be through the streets of New Orleans.  They have what they call "neutral grounds" which is a median to you and I.  Due to the amount of rain this area get their roads are heavily crowned for runoff.  I plan to run as close to the center of the road, next to the median, to avoid ankle and leg issues if you were to run on the heavily crowned part of the road.

 

That's all for now and I hope this onformation helps a bit.

 

 



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2008-11-23 6:59 PM
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I did the bike course this morning. Haynes Blvd and Chef Menteur were no problem but Paris ride was pretty rough. I was jolted around most of the ride. I have an aluminum Felt S32 so Carbon bikes may have it easier but I can't speak to that. There was one bridge that was a little bit steep but the whole course is pretty much flat. There was a head wind on the way out but made for some really fast times on the way back. This should be a very quick 56 miles.
2008-11-28 7:12 AM
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providince - 2008-11-23 6:59 PM I did the bike course this morning. Haynes Blvd and Chef Menteur were no problem but Paris ride was pretty rough. I was jolted around most of the ride. I have an aluminum Felt S32 so Carbon bikes may have it easier but I can't speak to that. There was one bridge that was a little bit steep but the whole course is pretty much flat. There was a head wind on the way out but made for some really fast times on the way back. This should be a very quick 56 miles.

add to that 2,000+ people on a flat loop (think Clearwater) and i'm hoping for a 1/2 bike PR. 

2008-12-02 8:51 PM
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Anyone know how many slots are still available?
2008-12-03 11:38 AM
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I was wondering the same thing...


2008-12-03 7:21 PM
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Tulane85 - 2008-12-03 11:38 AM I was wondering the same thing...

 

doesn't say that it is sold out yet.  http://www.ironmanneworleans.com/

i had an email from them saying there were 400 spots left -  that's when i signed up.

2008-12-03 8:03 PM
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I'm waffling on the idea of doing this one.  It's so early in the year . . . I wish it was later in the year.  Thanks for the reply, though!  I need to hurry up and decide.
2008-12-03 8:31 PM
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kmill23 - 2008-12-03 8:03 PM I'm waffling on the idea of doing this one.  It's so early in the year . . . I wish it was later in the year.  Thanks for the reply, though!  I need to hurry up and decide.

Gotta do the innagural event!!!  actually I almost wish I hadn't signed up so I could go and watch Macca and Potts as they are officially in as of a couple of weeks ago....

2008-12-03 9:01 PM
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kmill23 - 2008-12-03 8:03 PM I'm waffling on the idea of doing this one.  It's so early in the year . . . I wish it was later in the year.  Thanks for the reply, though!  I need to hurry up and decide.

The race is in New Orleans!!!  Later in the year would mean 95/95 (95 degrees/95% humidity). 

Sign up.

2008-12-05 2:16 PM
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most recent email says 213 spots left now.

i signed up to keep motivated over the winter.  I also like to support as many races in LA as I can.

 now if I could just shake this cough...



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Definitely early in the year but at least you can train outside.  Try training indoors for 4-5 months for an early race.  Sign up and enjoy it.  It is so close to where you live how can you not sign up.

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2009-01-12 8:37 AM
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Anybody have a spot update?  I see that reg closes on the 16th as well....
2009-01-12 8:28 PM
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And what about the weather that time of year? What is the temp/humidity? And the swim, should we expect it to be wetsuit legal (which the site says I believe) or not?
2009-01-14 5:26 PM
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Probably will be wetsuit legal.

 It will be about 85 degrees and it is ALWAYS humid here.

2009-01-14 5:40 PM
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Ugh!!  I worry about that--i.e., training in cool weather but racing in warm and humid weather.  I lived in NOLA for 13 years but have been gone for 10, so I know I have forgotten the reality. 


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So i know i just finished week 2 of a 12-week plan (10 of which are tough) getting ready for this race. How is everyone else doing on their training? I'm lucky and live in a semi mild mississippi where i'm about to go ride in the 60 degree cloudy day; But what are other people doing for their long rides when its too cold etc?
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aplohris - 2009-01-26 2:17 PM So i know i just finished week 2 of a 12-week plan (10 of which are tough) getting ready for this race. How is everyone else doing on their training? I'm lucky and live in a semi mild mississippi where i'm about to go ride in the 60 degree cloudy day; But what are other people doing for their long rides when its too cold etc?

Id kill for 60s right now. Its been single digits temps...double-digit below zero wind chills here lately.

Did anybody hear how many people are reg'd for the race?  I copied the start list into excel the other day and it was well over 3300 people!  Dont know if thats right or not, but if so...holy crap thats a big race.



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I thought it was 2500, but then they added like 300 charity slots or something... i could see it being 3000.... not sure about 3300. But, whatever... i'm looking forward to this race a ton. I haven't done anything near this big ever. My biggest was redman last september at around 700 total including the full distance and du/aqua. Not to mention it will be the beginning weekend of my spring break haha.
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aplohris - 2009-01-26 4:02 PM I thought it was 2500, but then they added like 300 charity slots or something... i could see it being 3000.... not sure about 3300. But, whatever... i'm looking forward to this race a ton. I haven't done anything near this big ever. My biggest was redman last september at around 700 total including the full distance and du/aqua. Not to mention it will be the beginning weekend of my spring break haha.

I don't recall that the event actually sold out - they just closed registration and then came up with the charity spots. Also, I keep in mind that relays include 3 people which I believe are listed separately. Then consider the folks that signed up 15 months ago that have got burnt out, injured, etc., and I'd bet only about 2000 actually hit the start line.

 

2009-02-20 7:22 PM
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So, 85 degrees and humid. Not sure how that is going to feel. I am in below zero weather right now and snow. Training totally inside except for running outside from time to time. You know, in the Y pool swimming lap after boring lap, biking on my Kinetic while watching movies, and running on my Dreadmill, yes I meant to say Dreadmill. Anyway, dehydration is a concern in the N.O. environment I suppose.

Can't wait to do the very first Ironman 70.3 in New Orleans. Will be great! Humidity and all!

Bill in Minne"Snow"ta


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Yea, try doing some trainer rides in a bikram yoga environment haha. All i can say is nothing will prepare you for deep south humidity (if its a bad day).
2009-02-21 7:38 AM
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Do you really think its gonna be 85 degrees? I've lived in S LA all my life & in early April, that's possible but not likely. Usually mornings are in the 60's & highs in the 70's in NOLA at that time of year. The weather is usually quite pleasant that time of year. But it is very unpredictable. Sometimes we're wearing shorts for Mardi Gras and coats on Easter.  Let's keep our fingers crossed for average temperatures for that time of year. Or hope for the best, train for the worst.

Happy training,

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2009-02-22 6:03 AM
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weather.com historical data for April 5th:

Average High 76°F
Average Low 58°F
Record high 85°F
Record low 41°F

So, yeah, 85 would match a record and be unseasonally warm.

 

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It should be pretty pleasant unless it rains. But a little rain on the run if it's kind of warm would be quite refreshing. I ran a pb one year at the CCC in the rain when the temp was about 60.
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