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2009-10-11 6:52 PM

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I'm signed up for this and it will not only be my first HIM, but this is also my first season of triathlon!  I've done lots of training and I'm feeling ready, but I'd love to hear from others that are going and those who have done it in the past!

Who else is signed up?

What has the weather/temp been like in the past?



2009-10-11 7:43 PM
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I did the full last year and am signed up for the half this year. Last year was the first year of this event so there isn't much history. In a nutshell, it was very cold race morning, low was 38 in the morning, water temp was upper 60's so it actually felt good when the race started. Warmed up in the afternoon to low 70's so after 30 or so miles on the bike it was comfortable. Not much wind last year, it was unusually calm. If the winds kicks up this is a completely different race. Last year was unusually cold for this area, should be warmer this year. Enjoy the trip and have a great race.

2009-10-11 9:12 PM
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I'm doing the half. This too is my first tri season and also my first tri. I hope I'll be alright with a sleeveless wet suit. Hope to arrive Friday morning and do a short swim then drive the course.
2009-10-11 9:45 PM
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Wade, what was your take on the swim.  Current, average, swift, coming from the side, with, did it help you at all last year?
2009-10-12 9:48 AM
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I did the half last year and am coming back for another go...

For those folks doing their first half at B2B: I think you've chosen well..This is an excellent race for first timers - Enough people on the course so you won't get lonely but not hysterically crowded either; no huge challenge on the course to overcome( there's always Silverman or Savageman if you decide B2B was too easy); the swim experience is about as user friendly as it gets - there's tons of room, and of course the current will speed things up bigtime. I predict everyone has a great time.

Reading the RR's from folks who've done a race before is always a huge help to me. Here's the link to last year's RR's:

http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/directory/link-detail....

Good luck with your training - we're almost there - finally!
2009-10-12 12:39 PM
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I did the full last year in my first year of triathlon after coming from a significant bike background. I cruised through it and enjoyed every minute of it. this year I decided to take a swing at actually racing the half. I truly feel that this is a very competitor friendly race. Setup does a great job, and the course is perfect for a first timer and fast times. Last year the weather was perfect aside for the starting temperature being a near record low. There was little wind on the bike, at least for around here, and not a cloud in the sky. The swim is just plain fun, in my opinion. Wetsuit + salt water + current just make you rip through it.

I have to admit I am a bit biased in that I grew up and live here in Wilmington.

I think the run will lose some of its luster for me, since the change to an out and back. I really enjoy training around Greenfield Lake due to the views and how it wanders, but I think this may actually make for a better race since it will make it easier on spectators and to see where everyone is after the turnaround.

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2009-10-12 1:38 PM
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I am signed up for the Half and this is also my 1st season. I have completed 2 Olympics, one at the beginning of June and one this past weekend. I have been feeling a little under trained for the HIM and a really bad Olympic this past weekend has done nothing to ease the feeling of not being prepared. Oh well I will try to get in a few more swims, bikes and runs in the next 4 weeks and then we will see what happens on race day.
I am staying at the Sunspree resort at Wrightsville beach and will arrive on Friday 6th at about 2pm.
2009-10-13 9:02 AM
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The current is very swift at your back, pushing you to the finish. Could almost float in Passed the buoys so fast I thought they had broken loose. My 2.4 mile swim time was 1hr 5 min. and I don't swim well. To anybody doing this race, the swim is a non-issue, keep running!!
2009-10-13 9:02 AM
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Sorry to jump in here BUT....just to give you HIM folks a heads up---check out the B2B full thread too for info/planning a BT dinner/meet---just wanted to make sure we don't miss anyoneLaughing
2009-10-13 10:00 AM
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Did the full last year and am comming back this year for the Half......

2009-10-13 6:56 PM
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Did the Half last year as my first HIM.  I had such a great time, I'm going back for the Half again this year!

The two things I will do different this year:
1.  Bring booties for the swim
2.  Bring a jacket or vest for the bike in case it is freezing again this year.

Other than freezing for the first 1.5 - 2 hours of the race, it was awesome!  That said, I'll take cold over hot any race day.


2009-10-13 8:05 PM
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All this sounds great!  Now, I'm getting really excited.  I did a cycle century (actually 97 miles) this past weekend at Seagull in 5:33:45 and then ran 6 miles and wasn't sore at all the next day, so I'm feeling really ready.  Now, I just need to maintain fitness, run some hills, and get some booties.

We are staying at the Courtyard Marriott Wilmington somewhere in between the start and the finish.  I hope this will work out okay, since most things were full by the time I made the reservation.  Does anyone familiar with the area have any input on this? 

The logistics of getting around and where T1 and T2 are is still a bit fuzzy to me, but I'm sure it will be more clear once I get there.  We are going to travel down on Thursday, so I will have Friday to scope it all out and get in a little bike/run.
2009-10-31 10:13 AM
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I have a friend who is putting together a relay for Beach 2 Battleship Full Ironman. They need a runner (always hard to find at last minute!). Anyone know anyone?
2009-11-02 2:19 PM
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I'm officialy excited! 
2009-11-02 2:35 PM
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hrliles - 2009-11-02 3:19 PM

I'm officialy excited! 

Me too Harold...great way to end a year.
2009-11-02 2:39 PM
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Looks like we are in for another chilly start but, otherwise, a beautiful day for racing!

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2009-11-02 3:54 PM
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love2tri - 2009-11-02 2:39 PM Looks like we are in for another chilly start but, otherwise, a beautiful day for racing!

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Dang I am doing the swim in a realy team and doing it ina  Sleveeless wetsuit.Cold times here we come or KY warming jelly
2009-11-05 12:09 PM
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Anybody know what time T1 closes?  Seems like last year we had to be out before the start of the Full (7am).  I couldn't find anything in the event details that specified a time.  Last year I stayed at WB and went back to the house after I set up my transition.  This year I'm staying downtown so I'm stuck out in the cold until the start.   Bringing a big blanket to sit under.  Don't want to waste a lot of energy shivering before the race even starts.  There will be plenty of time for shivering on the bike!
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