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2008-12-16 5:00 PM

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Subject: Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon : Official Thread

Okay.  We can stop taking over Tri Talk now!

Discuss...the 2009 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon!

Yay!



Edited by jldicarlo 2008-12-16 5:00 PM


2008-12-16 5:06 PM
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AWESOME!!!

I haven't been this excited about a race that's over a half a year away in a long time.  The wife and I are already making plans to spend a couple days in SanFran before and after the race.

She is super stoked too (I may not tell her the price tag - yikes!)

We visited earlier this year and I LOVE that town....

2008-12-16 5:17 PM
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Aikidoman - 2008-12-16 4:06 PM

AWESOME!!!

I haven't been this excited about a race that's over a half a year away in a long time.  The wife and I are already making plans to spend a couple days in SanFran before and after the race.

She is super stoked too (I may not tell her the price tag - yikes!)

We visited earlier this year and I LOVE that town....

I haven't been to San Fran since I was 12.  I would love to take a few extra days for fun but just can't afford it.  The race is already going to cost me enough!

2008-12-16 5:42 PM
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Subject: RE: Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon : Official Thread
jldicarlo - 2008-12-16 3:17 PM
Aikidoman - 2008-12-16 4:06 PM

AWESOME!!!

I haven't been this excited about a race that's over a half a year away in a long time.  The wife and I are already making plans to spend a couple days in SanFran before and after the race.

She is super stoked too (I may not tell her the price tag - yikes!)

We visited earlier this year and I LOVE that town....

I haven't been to San Fran since I was 12.  I would love to take a few extra days for fun but just can't afford it.  The race is already going to cost me enough!

I haven't looked at the cost yet.  I could almost drive it, but flights should be cheap from Vegas.  I figure an average room for 4 nights and eating out...

It's the bike transport that concerns me most...  I wonder if race wheels fit in overhead....  baggage handlers scare me and I could at least protect a portion of my investment.



Edited by Aikidoman 2008-12-16 5:43 PM
2008-12-17 12:04 AM
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Subject: RE: Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon : Official Thread
Aikidoman - 2008-12-16 4:42 PM
jldicarlo - 2008-12-16 3:17 PM
Aikidoman - 2008-12-16 4:06 PM

AWESOME!!!

I haven't been this excited about a race that's over a half a year away in a long time.  The wife and I are already making plans to spend a couple days in SanFran before and after the race.

She is super stoked too (I may not tell her the price tag - yikes!)

We visited earlier this year and I LOVE that town....

I haven't been to San Fran since I was 12.  I would love to take a few extra days for fun but just can't afford it.  The race is already going to cost me enough!

I haven't looked at the cost yet.  I could almost drive it, but flights should be cheap from Vegas.  I figure an average room for 4 nights and eating out...

It's the bike transport that concerns me most...  I wonder if race wheels fit in overhead....  baggage handlers scare me and I could at least protect a portion of my investment.

I'm going to have to say that they probably DO NOT.

If I were you I would drive.  We did a road trip between Vegas and San Fran when I was 12...didn't seem that far.

2008-12-17 6:20 AM
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Subject: RE: Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon : Official Thread

I'll be coming from Central Florida with the wife and 2 kids.   We definitely want to spend a few days there.....probably a couple before and a couple after.

Someone that participated last year gave me the name of a nice hotel that only cost about $100 a night and the manager treats the race participants great.....will share that when i get the name.

Gotta run and take my son to school, will be back later with lots of thoughs, questions, etc.



2008-12-17 9:29 AM
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jldicarlo - 2008-12-16 10:04 PM
Aikidoman - 2008-12-16 4:42 PM
jldicarlo - 2008-12-16 3:17 PM
Aikidoman - 2008-12-16 4:06 PM

AWESOME!!!

I haven't been this excited about a race that's over a half a year away in a long time.  The wife and I are already making plans to spend a couple days in SanFran before and after the race.

She is super stoked too (I may not tell her the price tag - yikes!)

We visited earlier this year and I LOVE that town....

I haven't been to San Fran since I was 12.  I would love to take a few extra days for fun but just can't afford it.  The race is already going to cost me enough!

I haven't looked at the cost yet.  I could almost drive it, but flights should be cheap from Vegas.  I figure an average room for 4 nights and eating out...

It's the bike transport that concerns me most...  I wonder if race wheels fit in overhead....  baggage handlers scare me and I could at least protect a portion of my investment.

I'm going to have to say that they probably DO NOT.

If I were you I would drive.  We did a road trip between Vegas and San Fran when I was 12...didn't seem that far.

Yeah, I was playing with the overhead.

I just looked at mapquest.  9 hour drive...  Nope, that's just a little too long for this kid...  Flying gives me more time in CA too. 

2008-12-17 9:30 AM
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Subject: RE: Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon : Official Thread
xmann1102 - 2008-12-17 4:20 AM

I'll be coming from Central Florida with the wife and 2 kids.   We definitely want to spend a few days there.....probably a couple before and a couple after.

Someone that participated last year gave me the name of a nice hotel that only cost about $100 a night and the manager treats the race participants great.....will share that when i get the name.

Gotta run and take my son to school, will be back later with lots of thoughs, questions, etc.

That would be GREAT.  I would love to get a place close to the race.  Besides, that side of town is wonderful as well...

I missed Chinatown last time I went, so I will hit that up for sure.

2008-12-17 9:41 AM
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Subject: RE: Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon : Official Thread
Aikidoman - 2008-12-17 8:29 AM
jldicarlo - 2008-12-16 10:04 PM
Aikidoman - 2008-12-16 4:42 PM
jldicarlo - 2008-12-16 3:17 PM
Aikidoman - 2008-12-16 4:06 PM

AWESOME!!!

I haven't been this excited about a race that's over a half a year away in a long time.  The wife and I are already making plans to spend a couple days in SanFran before and after the race.

She is super stoked too (I may not tell her the price tag - yikes!)

We visited earlier this year and I LOVE that town....

I haven't been to San Fran since I was 12.  I would love to take a few extra days for fun but just can't afford it.  The race is already going to cost me enough!

I haven't looked at the cost yet.  I could almost drive it, but flights should be cheap from Vegas.  I figure an average room for 4 nights and eating out...

It's the bike transport that concerns me most...  I wonder if race wheels fit in overhead....  baggage handlers scare me and I could at least protect a portion of my investment.

I'm going to have to say that they probably DO NOT.

If I were you I would drive.  We did a road trip between Vegas and San Fran when I was 12...didn't seem that far.

Yeah, I was playing with the overhead.

I just looked at mapquest.  9 hour drive...  Nope, that's just a little too long for this kid...  Flying gives me more time in CA too. 

Okay, well....think about THIS.

How far away from the airport do you live?  Let's just use 30 minutes.

30 minutes to the airport
Get there 1 hour early
1.5 hour flight
Spend an hour getting from the airport to your hotel

That's four hours.  So, you get an extra 5 hours in CA by flying?  And 5 hours on the lag end?

A nine hour drive is a DROP IN THE BUCKET.  That's a cake walk drive...easy peasy.

This is coming from the girl that drove TWENTY hours to a Half Ironman because it was cheaper than flying.

2008-12-17 9:42 AM
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Subject: RE: Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon : Official Thread

I rented one of the pensione rooms at this place:

http://www.edwardii.com/

I don't mind running down the hall to use the bathroom to save a few bucks.

2008-12-17 9:43 AM
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What airport are you flying out of in FL?  Pensacola is the closest to me, but tix are like $500...*sigh* even on southwest!

I am willing to drive a few hours to get a cheaper flight....



2008-12-17 10:39 AM
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i live in Central Florida, so either Orlando or Tampa.   a quick look shows Tampa at about $300'ish a ticket and slightly higher in Orlando.

i'm more than likely going to be staying at

http://www.edwardii.com/ as well.   i gotta have a private bathroom though...the wife and kids wouldn't stay if they didn't

however, if anyone has any other keep to very modest hotels they can recommend, post 'em!!

2008-12-17 11:35 AM
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So HAS anyone tried to plunk down the registration fee yet?

The website recommends "not waiting"....especially until the 8th of Jan.

I will probably do it on 27ish December.  That's when the card closes that I want to use.

2008-12-17 12:05 PM
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I just booked a room at the Edwards as well. I'll pay the race fee after my card closes as well.
2008-12-17 12:39 PM
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when my wife gets home, i'll likely book at the Edwards.   did you guys call to reserve or do it via the internet?

sounds like a nice BT get together will be had that weekend!!

i tell ya i haven't been this excited about any type of event in quite some time.

so now i'm wondering about transporting your bike.....what are my options?  how in the world do you take a bike on board an airline?   what is the bike transport company anyone has used?

2008-12-17 1:22 PM
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xmann1102 - 2008-12-17 10:39 AM

when my wife gets home, i'll likely book at the Edwards.   did you guys call to reserve or do it via the internet?

sounds like a nice BT get together will be had that weekend!!

i tell ya i haven't been this excited about any type of event in quite some time.

so now i'm wondering about transporting your bike.....what are my options?  how in the world do you take a bike on board an airline?   what is the bike transport company anyone has used?

I'll run the hotel by the official decision maker (the wife).  BUT it sounds just up her alley...

I wonder if they have a hotel bar?  BT happy hour anyone?  If not, I'm sure there is a bar close by!

As for bike transport, you can bring them on the plane, but may pay an oversize charge.  I'm not sure.  I would also stongly recomend a bike shipping case or box.  Fortunatly, I know someone who has one who already offered it to me to use.

There is also bike shipping companies, and they are not very expensive (well, a couple hundred, but that's what you can by a bike box for).  I found them online at one time, but forgot the link.

Found this.  I might just get it so I have one of my own.



Edited by Aikidoman 2008-12-17 1:25 PM


2008-12-17 1:49 PM
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i'm booked at the Edwards, just called and made reservations.   we'll be there from the 11th to the 15th....extended vacation baby!!
2008-12-17 1:50 PM
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jldicarlo - 2008-12-17 9:35 AM

So HAS anyone tried to plunk down the registration fee yet?

The website recommends "not waiting"....especially until the 8th of Jan.

I will probably do it on 27ish December.  That's when the card closes that I want to use.

Consider me "plunked"...

407 bucks.  (7 for a processing fee)...

See you there!

2008-12-17 1:52 PM
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xmann1102 - 2008-12-17 11:49 AM i'm booked at the Edwards, just called and made reservations.   we'll be there from the 11th to the 15th....extended vacation baby!!

I'm thinking the same thing!  Maybe till the 16th though, and injoy all of Monday AND Tues in San Fran...

2008-12-17 1:55 PM
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We stayed at the Cow Hollow Motor Inn on Lombard St. - one of the closest hotels to Chrissy Fielsd (trans./expo). It's clean, cheap ($130ish) and I think gives AAA discount. There are plenty of yummy restaurants within a 2 block radius. It's also very easy to get a taxi to/from the airport there. Many racers stay there. For families, it doesn't have a pool nor a restaurant but there's an AWESOME breakfast/lunch place next door.
2008-12-17 3:23 PM
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What's the proximity of the Edwards to the transition area?


2008-12-17 3:44 PM
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Aikidoman - 2008-12-17 2:23 PM What's the proximity of the Edwards to the transition area?

THIS THREAD says four blocks.

2008-12-17 6:43 PM
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jldicarlo - 2008-12-17 4:44 PM

Aikidoman - 2008-12-17 2:23 PM What's the proximity of the Edwards to the transition area?

THIS THREAD says four blocks.

The price of the Cow Hollow and the one I stayed at (in link above) is essentially the same - but the difference was the service.  At Cow Hollow, and correct me if I am wrong, I was told they did nothing special for racers.  Not so at the one were I stayed.  They had a breakfast including PIPING HOT COFFEE at 3:30 AM for racers!  I was very impressed - this was totally unexpected.  The hotel is located at the intersection of Lomdard & Scott - Scott literally dead ends into the entrance of the transition which is approximately 4ish blocks.  I am sure a google map would tell you exactly how far.  I just remember it was so incredibly easy to get there it was nothing.  You don't need to drive race morning because the roads will have literally no cars and it will be safe for riding.  The roads have enough lighting.

I was very impressed with how management tried to cater to and meet the racer's needs.  All prices include breakfast with all the fruit, drinks, bagels/pastries and yummy quiche.  I told my daughter we were staying there again and she jumped up and down for joy!

Andi

 



Edited by Anditrigirl 2008-12-17 6:45 PM
2008-12-17 6:47 PM
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Also, Edward II is a gentle downhill to transition - no hills!

Andi

2008-12-18 10:36 AM
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The Edwards will be rockin that weekend.

Did I mention that I hate cold water. I live in AZ where my idea of cold is about 75. Boise was about 54 last year. I got a chance to get somewhat used to the water before starting.  How do we sight in the bay? Just aim for the Ghiradelli sign?

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