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2009-04-03 3:57 PM
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So is anyone up for drinks tonight? We never confirmed that.I'm heading to fecal lake right now with mammatri's. Yum.


2009-04-03 4:41 PM
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I'm jealous of you who are already down there... I just cleaned my bike and got one more open water swim in the resevoir here. Packing tonight and going to TRY and get some sleep before heading down in the morning. Wee

2009-04-03 5:20 PM
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Finally made it. Thank goodness. Is there a BT gathering tonight (Friday)?
2009-04-03 6:20 PM
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i just came back from a short swim in the lake with Cathy. The water is not bad at all, but then again, I train in foul NYC water. There was a lot of chop, I hope it calms down!

2009-04-03 8:23 PM
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Just arrived in NOLA.  The weather is great.  I hope this holds through Sunday. 

Just a reminder about dinner on Saturday:

For dinner at Mandina's (3800 Canal Street) Saturday, 5 PM, so far we have

zia_cyclist (Tommy) and wife (2)
the bear (John), mama bear, little bears (4)
sbreaux (Scott), a maybe (1)
mammatri's (Cathy) and hubby (2)
LazyMarathoner (Kristin) (1)
Mr2tony (1)

And anyone else who wants to come out.  The guy at Mandina's said they aren't busy at that time of day and should be able to seat everyone without any problems. 

2009-04-03 8:37 PM
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This may have been covered, but does anyone know if they will have live updates during the race? If so, what is the website?  Thanks



2009-04-03 8:56 PM
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ballyard7 - 2009-04-03 8:37 PM

This may have been covered, but does anyone know if they will have live updates during the race? If so, what is the website?  Thanks

I checked Ironman.com and the NO 70.3 websites and couldn't find any reference to live updates.  Might find out more at packet pickup tomorrow.

2009-04-04 12:34 AM
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Ok I will have poster with beginnertriathlete.com on it with something lame and encouraging on it.   If you see a big goofy lookin guy with a BT poster thats me ha

2009-04-04 9:41 AM
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Good luck tomorrow everyone!

2009-04-04 1:29 PM
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we'll meet you there at 5 (me and my wife)

haaruum & mariciel

 

2009-04-05 8:10 PM
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Damn the winds on the bike - it was tough!


2009-04-05 10:59 PM
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microspawn - 2009-04-05 6:10 PM Damn the winds on the bike - it was tough!


The wind was crappy, but running out of Gatorade on the bike course...no excuse! 
2009-04-05 11:30 PM
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AbbieR - 2009-04-05 11:59 PM
microspawn - 2009-04-05 6:10 PM Damn the winds on the bike - it was tough!


The wind was crappy, but running out of Gatorade on the bike course...no excuse! 


I was bummed about the Gatorade and may have even said a few harsh things as I rode through yet another empty station, but Gatorade aside, I thought this was a really great race. The wind was killer, but it was still fun. Hope everyone had a great day!
2009-04-06 8:22 AM
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The wind was killer & I was really upset about the water/ gatorade situation. Could not believe that 3 hrs into a race with 3000 participants they would run out of fluids at the first bottle exchange. Good thing I brought a bottle of each to start with. But I was completely dry at the second. They did still have water & I had about 6 cliff gels stashed in my pocket. Thank goodness!
2009-04-06 9:19 AM
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That last home stretch with head wind and bridges was the worst. That wind fried my legs a bit on the run. Also the heat that was getting to me. Thank goodness they were passing out ice.
2009-04-06 9:55 AM
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heard there 3000 racers how can you possibly ride clean w/ that many folks on the bike course? looks like a very cool race but sounds a tad crowded.


2009-04-06 9:59 AM
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Joe_h - 2009-04-06 10:55 AMheard there 3000 racers how can you possibly ride clean w/ that many folks on the bike course? looks like a very cool race but sounds a tad crowded.
This bike course was 100% closed to traffic, even an expressway. It was pretty impressive. The course was wide open and the swim as well. I took only one kick and minimal contact.
2009-04-06 10:34 AM
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There were lots of swim waves. Although I was prepared for lots of contact in the water & to be swum over, I experienced very little contact & nobody swam over me even though I was really slow. The bike course was not a problem. I didn't have any problems passing and I never felt like I was crowded on the road at all. I would not have known there were so many people racing from the experience I had. There were always alot of other racers around me, but I never saw big crowds of racers. I was BOP, though.
2009-04-06 10:45 AM
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mammatri's - 2009-04-06 8:34 AM There were lots of swim waves. Although I was prepared for lots of contact in the water & to be swum over, I experienced very little contact & nobody swam over me even though I was really slow. The bike course was not a problem. I didn't have any problems passing and I never felt like I was crowded on the road at all. I would not have known there were so many people racing from the experience I had. There were always alot of other racers around me, but I never saw big crowds of racers. I was BOP, though.


I was kicked and groped, a ton!  But it was mostly from the women in my AG.  New AG for me this year, maybe the chicks 35-39 are more touchy/feely?  I few hands on my a$$ as the guys wave behind me passed by.  On the course it did not seem to crowded, but it was hard to stay out of the draft zone with the wind.  Would have been nice to have some bananas on the run course.   
2009-04-06 11:23 AM
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I've done a bunch of halfs and a couple fulls.  NO 70.3 beats them all.  It even beats Longhorn 70.3 (my next favorite race).  The total race experience was awesome.  The entire course was closed to car traffic - both bike and run.  The race was well organized.  The event went off on time.  The finish line experience was great - Decatur Street was closed with the  finish line in front of Jackson Square and the St Louis Cathedral.  Probably the most elaborate finish line for a half.  There was a gauntlet of people leading up to the finish chute...think Tour de France mountain stages.  They were so tight I could stretch both arms out and high five both sides of the gauntlet.  The finish chute was carpeted, flags, plants, good announcer - first class.  The City of New Orleans and the RD went all out for this event.  Awesome.

I highly recommend this race.  It will sell out once the word gets out.
2009-04-06 11:28 AM
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Joe_h - 2009-04-06 9:55 AM heard there 3000 racers how can you possibly ride clean w/ that many folks on the bike course? looks like a very cool race but sounds a tad crowded.


It wasn't crowded at all.  Four lane highways were CLOSED to traffic for this race.  I started in the 2nd to last wave and passed hundreds of slower riders.  Never saw any significant drafting packs and never felt crowded on the course.  By far the best bike course in terms of logisitics - how many races have a closed bike course?


2009-04-06 11:42 AM
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zia_cyclist - 2009-04-06 12:23 PM I've done a bunch of halfs and a couple fulls.  NO 70.3 beats them all.  It even beats Longhorn 70.3 (my next favorite race).  The total race experience was awesome.  The entire course was closed to car traffic - both bike and run.  The race was well organized.  The event went off on time.  The finish line experience was great - Decatur Street was closed with the  finish line in front of Jackson Square and the St Louis Cathedral.  Probably the most elaborate finish line for a half.  There was a gauntlet of people leading up to the finish chute...think Tour de France mountain stages.  They were so tight I could stretch both arms out and high five both sides of the gauntlet.  The finish chute was carpeted, flags, plants, good announcer - first class.  The City of New Orleans and the RD went all out for this event.  Awesome.

I highly recommend this race.  It will sell out once the word gets out.


This was my first half and I'm doing my first full later this year so I have no point of comparison, but I couldn't agree with you more! That finish was such an unbelievable experience. It made the suffering in the final miles of the run disappear. I'm definitely doing this race next year again. After all my whining about winter training I think the pay off far outweighed the challenges.
2009-04-06 12:06 PM
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zia_cyclist - 2009-04-06 11:28 AM

Joe_h - 2009-04-06 9:55 AM heard there 3000 racers how can you possibly ride clean w/ that many folks on the bike course? looks like a very cool race but sounds a tad crowded.


It wasn't crowded at all.  Four lane highways were CLOSED to traffic for this race.  I started in the 2nd to last wave and passed hundreds of slower riders.  Never saw any significant drafting packs and never felt crowded on the course.  By far the best bike course in terms of logisitics - how many races have a closed bike course?


SWEET! got my destination race for 2010. thanks!
2009-04-06 12:06 PM
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I have to say, even though my tri experience is limited to the event, i've run a lot of road races, and the finish was awesome!

 Several locals approached me and asked me about the race afterwards. They didn't know about it beforehand and were really blown away wathcing the finish! My husband, Tim, commented that it was an incredible sight watching all the swimmers in the water and everyone going out on the bikes. He saw the pro's coming in & said that was amazing as well.

Tim said he was standing next to a lady whose husband was also racing when they saw Macca come in. After Macca crossed the finish line, he sat down close to where they were standing.  The lady leaned over and told Macca that he was her husband's idol and was the reason her husband was participating in the race. Tim said Macca stood up and hugged her and then gave her his finisher's medal to give to her husband. Tim took a picture of her with Macca's medal on. I'll post it later when he gets home. Isn't that an incredible story? The things we miss while we are racing, huh?
2009-04-06 12:35 PM
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Wow what a great experience! I didn't notice the lck of Gatorade but I was in the third AG wave so I was probably ahead of it. I didn't take Gaotrade on the bike anyway as I had a full bottle in reserve.

That finish was INCREDIBLE! Zia I too stretched both arms while running down Decatur. I will likely do this race next year.

And Mammatris -- what a story!!! That's what tris are all about. The people! Everytime somone would be obviosly in distress on the run or bike, someone always asked if they were OK. Gotta love triathletes!
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