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2009-07-16 4:03 PM
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Off day today so I'm going stir-crazy...

Getting excited for next weekend!  This will be my first tri of the year and first Olympic too!  Recently put clip-on aero bars and a FF seatpost on my 17-year-old 7-speed road bike...getting a fit tomorrow.  Hoping to make it through the swim @ ~2:10 pace, 20-21mph on the bike, and a 7:20 mile on the run.

What are your goals?


2009-07-20 9:49 AM
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Race week!! Woohoo!!
2009-07-22 11:43 PM
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Going to have to pull out due to personal reasons. Too bad - it looked like fun. Good luck to those of you who do this.



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2009-07-23 8:40 AM
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Heard this morning that there's an issue with the water quality in the Brazos.  Anybody else heard anything?
2009-07-23 12:46 PM
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Where did you hear this at or from whom?
2009-07-23 1:16 PM
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SLOWTEX - 2009-07-23 8:40 AM Heard this morning that there's an issue with the water quality in the Brazos.  Anybody else heard anything?

Well that would be the EXACT opposite of what Ironhead sent out a few days ago...they said the water quality is above requirements.


2009-07-23 2:53 PM
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Well that would be more official than my source.  Which is a friend of a friend of the guy at the YMCA.
2009-07-23 4:45 PM
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Here is what Ironhead put out:

The water is exceptionally clean.  The City of Waco and Parks & Rec have had the water tested at least 3 times in the last 3 months.  The water not only meets or exceeds State recommendations for bathing but in most areas would comply with State drinking water standards. The City and it's Recreation Depatment have gone to great effort and expense to remove debris and clean up the river.  It's safe and meets USAT's clean water requirements. Water tests are on file. NO WETSUITS!  Water temp is 82 degrees or higher.

This is a Rain ro Shine event. 

2009-07-25 4:00 PM
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So packet pick up went well and it looks like we'll have more than enough room on the racks for all of our gear...no real crowding issues.  My question is, where do we run up from the swim and where do we run into transition.  The T1 time is going to be a little lengthy I'm thinking!! See y'all in the morning!
2009-07-27 9:59 AM
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OMG.....  The hills on the run were greatness.  I was in in pain.  The steepest hills I've ever run.

2009-07-27 11:58 AM
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Yeah those hills were quite a doozy! I had seen the elevation and heard talk of the hills, but they were a little more serious than I had imagined!! Made it a good challenge.  Good race--pretty positive, despite Jack's rantings, that the swim was long, and I'm guessing at least 200m longs by the times I saw from most folks.  I think Waco did a great job and it was a great location.  For a first time run event, it was good...in fact, pictures are already up, seriously!

I know several BTers out there did really well, so even though I didn't meet all of you, glad to have raced with you!


2009-07-28 12:34 PM
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so how, in this day and age of hand-held GPS units, is the swim course not set correctly? (and how did they do it before all this technology?)
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dblack1801 - 2009-07-28 12:34 PM

so how, in this day and age of hand-held GPS units, is the swim course not set correctly? (and how did they do it before all this technology?)

I work in the GIS/Mapping field and also map out and measure ultra running courses and I can tell you that I NEVER rely on the distance I get from my GPS unit. I only use the data collected from a GPS to show the location of a course. For accurately measuring a course, I either use a bike calibrated to a measured distance or a Rolatape measuring wheel. For a GPS to be accurate, it needs a clear view of the satellites. If they are too low on the horizon or even too close together, then this ups the error in the GPS. There are also other factors that affect the accuracy, such as trees, buildings, bodies of water (i.e. a river), people, etc. Also, how was the GPS set up? Was it set to collect a point every second, every three seconds, automatically (whenever the unit thought it was best)? Did the user move the unit around when collecting the points/tracks? There are just too many variables. I've been using my GPS and made a 180 degree turn and watched the accuracy go from 10 ft to over 20 ft. Now, the heavens may align and you end up with a somewhat accurate distance from the GPS, but this will be few and far between.

I sometimes use a Garmin 305 when I run, but it's more just to give me a GENERAL idea of pace and how far I went. I understand that both of these will be skewed a bit and I'm okay with that. If you understand the limitations of a GPS, then you are golden. But just don't count on it as showing the absolute correct distance. There's a reason why people that certify run courses don't use GPS.
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