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2009-11-18 10:14 PM
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2009-11-18 10:28 PM
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joker70 - 2009-11-18 6:54 PM Were we supposed to receive a registration card in the mail or do we just show up with our ID?

Show up with ID and USAT card or 10 spot.  Pre-Race weigh-in and proceed thru packet pickup lickety split!

2009-11-18 10:36 PM
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To all the newbies and first timers (me included) on a report of my 1:30 ride today..  My curiousity was for Beeline today so I started at the Shell station at McDowell and Beeline at about 10:30AM.  Started up Beeline and it was a bit unsettling at the start as I have not trained on the open road at all.. The big rigs and pick-ups scared the crap out of me but the bike lane/emergency lane is a "traffic lane" width so just stayed to the far outside..  At the start there is more open area and you can feel some breeze but not really windy..  Mostly head wind and just a touch of side..  The weather was nice and the sun warm, but not hot.  Sign at bank bldg near Shea said at 11:30AM, temp was 78 deg.  I was cruzing at 14 mph as I just wanted to get a feel for this stretch of the course..  I believe the incline started just after Gilbert Road and it isn't much.  I was able to hold a steady pace at right around 13.5-14 mph in the tuck position without rolling over my tongue..  There is a bit of debris in this lane and keeping an eye on the road as well as up ahead was necessary for me, but again, I was out there only to see what Beeline was all about.  No pressure on today's ride.. 

I did notice my HR got up a bit but not bad as I hit about mile 8.5 (from McDowell) which started toward the last up-tick roller.  I dropped to about 10 mph up on the handlebars but did not get out of the saddle at all on this ride.  Not far beyond that came the sign for "Shea Dr - 1/2 mile".  Short downhilll to Shea and be careful and watch for traffic trying to turn around to go up the other side.  This is not an easy area to hang a U-turn.  Short uphill from Shea that was not much and then hold on!  "E ticket" ride back down for quite a bit..  I hit 26.4 mph before I knew it..  Surprised I didn't involuntarily wet myself as I have never been at that speed on any bike.. Was a bit concerned about the debris and I didn't want a flat.  Something we shouldn't have to worry about on race day as the new blacktop looks so inviting.  Had one incident that could have been tragic and just a warning to all, if you come upon a double parked big rig, make every effort to let him/her know you are behind them! 

I spotted this one from almost a mile away and saw the flashers.  I sat up and slowed as I approached hoping the driver saw me.  I could not go around the truck on the inside because of the brush filled ditch, so the  traffic lane side was my only choice.  The big rig was the width of the bike/emergency lane, so I was stuck.  I stopped and un-clipped on the left side and was looking back over my shoulder at approaching traffic to see if the lane was clear yet.  A pick-up was coming fast so I could not go around the rig.  Something made me turn back to look up at the rig and he had started backing up.  I was about 8, maybe 10 feet behind it and it was obvious he hadn't seen me when I was approaching..  I was so scared for a second I couldn't move but starting yelling right away.  He heard that as I tried to look around the rig at the rear view mirror, and he hit the brakes.  At that point the pick-up went by and I got out from behind that rig as quickly as I could.  I have to admit, I was shaking.. I rode by and yelled that I was back there trying to get around but couldn't because of traffic, that I had no where to go.  The driver just shrugged his shoulders and after  I rode by, proceeded to pull a U-turn across all lanes and head back up Beeline.  After I got going again uttering every dirty word I could think of, I settled back into about a 17-18 mph pace. 

About 2 miles from the Shell statin came upon that flat area again and felt some breeze but nothing that bad.  I then came across another big rig off the side of the road with flashers on.  This time I slowed much sooner and stayed well away from that one and with no traffic coming, went out into the traffic lane and past the rig..  It was a nice ride and from McDowell to Shea and back was about 21 miles.  To those getting ready to ride that stretch, have fun and be careful!

Lori.. 

2009-11-19 12:32 AM
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Here's my girl with her dancing shoes on. I just finished designing the disc tonight!


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Thanks to Dave699 and the guys at Moment Cyclesport for getting her ready for the big dance.


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2009-11-19 1:02 AM
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joker70 - 2009-11-18 10:32 PM Here's my girl with her dancing shoes on. I just finished designing the disc tonight! Image and video hosting by TinyPic Thanks to Dave699 and the guys at Moment Cyclesport for getting her ready for the big dance. Joe Racer #1026


My pleasure, Joe!  Thanks for trusting us with your bike and good luck out there!
2009-11-19 1:25 AM
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Just something I thought about last night.

When I did this course last year it caught me by surprise so I thought I'd mention it here.  Most people will tell you to sight off from the bridge during the swim which is good advice.  However, I was under the impression that once I finally made it to the bridge I was at the turnaround.  I was quite surprised to look up and see the turn bouy a good ways ahead of me yet.

Flying out this morning.  Hoping to be at packet pick-up by early afternoon.



2009-11-19 4:05 AM
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that is true bike porn on this thread. beautiful!

close call tribabe2006!

hope to see you at check in jkholden! we are leaving ATL at 11am arriving AZ at 1pm.

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2009-11-19 7:57 AM
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WEATHER UPDATE

Morning temps on the 22nd continue to look warmer than recent forecast. We are looking closer to 50 degrees overnight lows on Saturday night as opposed to low 40's. It's freezing here this am. Daytime temps still look 72-74, winds light and still setting up out of the SSW, the opposite of normal. That would be ideal. As there will be no cloud cover, those of you planning an aggressive cold weather gear take care, dry air and direct sunlight will warm you up fast and and by late mroning, you may regret having too MUCH on.
2009-11-19 8:33 AM
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GOOD LUCK AT IMAZ, BTers!
2009-11-19 9:56 AM
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bryancd - 2009-11-19 5:57 AM WEATHER UPDATE Morning temps on the 22nd continue to look warmer than recent forecast. We are looking closer to 50 degrees overnight lows on Saturday night as opposed to low 40's. It's freezing here this am. Daytime temps still look 72-74, winds light and still setting up out of the SSW, the opposite of normal. That would be ideal. As there will be no cloud cover, those of you planning an aggressive cold weather gear take care, dry air and direct sunlight will warm you up fast and and by late mroning, you may regret having too MUCH on.


Thanks bryancd for another weather update! I always come to this thread for these detailed weather reports
2009-11-19 10:00 AM
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Wear what you wore during your long training sessions. I believe COMFORT is the most important thing. I will be wearing my Speedo Endurance swim trunks under my Xterra full wetsuit, changing into DRY cycling shorts and tri top (arm warmers option), then changing into FRESH/DRY running shorts and socks.


2009-11-19 10:02 AM
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You should have received a confirmation EMAIL- no postcard. Show up with your ID B4 4 PM tomorrow to pick up your race packet.
2009-11-19 11:25 AM
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Hi, all- some quick observations from the Gatorade swim this AM, for what it's worth:

1. They were calling the water temp 64 degrees.. I went in with a full wetsuit and no swim cap. The water was "bracing," I'll say, upon entry, but after less than 5 minutes of swimming, the temp was barely noticeable. I don't train or typically race in cold water, so I wasn't acclimated, but it really wasn't that bad. I brought my neoprene hood, but based on today's experience, I am not planning to use it.

2. However, I think the temp did have some effect- I was a little dizzy (nothing terrible, just more so than usual) when I got out of the water, probably from cool water in the ears in addition to the typical horizontal / vertical transition.. for that reason, and because they don't seem to quite go down far enough into the water, be really careful on the stairs (as others have said)..

3. If you do the practice swim, it's all on one side of the buoys.. so make sure you stay closer to shore outbound and closer to the buoys on the return (usual counter-clockwise).. there seemed to be some confusion today, and there were a couple of near-collisions with people trying to occupy the same patch of water going in opposite directions... probably because everyone was on the same side of the buoys.

Good luck, everyone!

2009-11-19 12:09 PM
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Just got back from registration/packet pick up. Very smooth, but I was way towards the front of the line. Stopped into the IM store to get a few things as they sell out of the best stuff early in my size, so get in as soon as you arrive for merchandise.
2009-11-19 1:41 PM
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Was at packet pick-up at 10 am on the Mdot today and the line was sorta long.  Took about an hour to get into the tent so plan your day accordingly!

2009-11-19 3:23 PM
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If we do the athlete registration Saturday do we have to pay?  For some reason I thought we could wait for a month or so.  Thanks!



2009-11-19 3:53 PM
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bryancd - 2009-11-19 10:09 AM Just got back from registration/packet pick up. Very smooth, but I was way towards the front of the line. Stopped into the IM store to get a few things as they sell out of the best stuff early in my size, so get in as soon as you arrive for merchandise.

 

I only bought one shirt. I just cant bring myself to purchase anything M-dot or IMAZ until I know I have finished one, LOL Cool stuff though!

2009-11-19 3:54 PM
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trey800hj - 2009-11-19 1:23 PM

If we do the athlete registration Saturday do we have to pay?  For some reason I thought we could wait for a month or so.  Thanks!

To register for next year you pay right then and they give you a link to finish the registration process about a month later.  Of course they want the money up front!

2009-11-19 4:57 PM
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riorio - 2009-11-19 1:53 PM

bryancd - 2009-11-19 10:09 AM Just got back from registration/packet pick up. Very smooth, but I was way towards the front of the line. Stopped into the IM store to get a few things as they sell out of the best stuff early in my size, so get in as soon as you arrive for merchandise.

 

I only bought one shirt. I just cant bring myself to purchase anything M-dot or IMAZ until I know I have finished one, LOL Cool stuff though!


Me too.  But my friend took pictures of everything that I wanted so that they can buy it while I'm out on the run.
2009-11-19 5:19 PM
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sdbryant - 2009-11-19 4:57 PM

riorio - 2009-11-19 1:53 PM

bryancd - 2009-11-19 10:09 AM Just got back from registration/packet pick up. Very smooth, but I was way towards the front of the line. Stopped into the IM store to get a few things as they sell out of the best stuff early in my size, so get in as soon as you arrive for merchandise.

 

I only bought one shirt. I just cant bring myself to purchase anything M-dot or IMAZ until I know I have finished one, LOL Cool stuff though!


Me too.  But my friend took pictures of everything that I wanted so that they can buy it while I'm out on the run.


Careful, they do sell out of stuff.
2009-11-19 5:21 PM
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perkins_jerryw - 2009-11-19 4:54 PM

trey800hj - 2009-11-19 1:23 PM

If we do the athlete registration Saturday do we have to pay?  For some reason I thought we could wait for a month or so.  Thanks!

To register for next year you pay right then and they give you a link to finish the registration process about a month later.  Of course they want the money up front!



I'm not sure about this.  I'm getting pretty old so my memory could easily be failing me but I thought that last year when I registered for this year that they just gave me the link with my access code which I had quite a while to either use it and register or lose me spot.  I don't think I paid until I actually registered.  Of course things were a little bit different last year because I was registering after the April race for the fall 09 race.


2009-11-19 5:23 PM
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You want to get there early on Monday morning to get the really good stuff that says Ironman Arizona FINISHER!!!!
2009-11-19 6:01 PM
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perkins_jerryw - 2009-11-19 1:54 PM

trey800hj - 2009-11-19 1:23 PM

If we do the athlete registration Saturday do we have to pay?  For some reason I thought we could wait for a month or so.  Thanks!

To register for next year you pay right then and they give you a link to finish the registration process about a month later.  Of course they want the money up front!


I think that's how they used to do it.  I registered for this year after the race last November.  Forked over my credit card and $551 was instantly debited from my account.  Unless it's changed again, be prepared to pay right away.
2009-11-19 6:48 PM
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jkholden - 2009-11-19 3:23 PM

You want to get there early on Monday morning to get the really good stuff that says Ironman Arizona FINISHER!!!!


Last year they opened the tent for finishers gear between I think 6 and 8 or 9 pm, so if you finish in time you can get your stuff that night (if they do it again)

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2009-11-19 9:00 PM
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Good luck to everyone racing sunday.  Can anyone tell me what time online registeration will open Monday??
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