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2010-06-24 7:50 AM
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t3coach1 - 2010-06-23 9:45 PM

what about actually ride my bike...say around 2pm? Thanks again!

2PM try to ride the course.  I'd say it's a bad idea. 

I rode the course at 6 AM a few weeks ago and it was a bad idea.  I never realized how much of the course runs on one way streets in the opposite direction into oncoming traffic.  A lot of blind turns and not very nice roads on the shoulders of the road.  Makes for some really scary times.  I consider my self to have excellent bike handling skills as I can toss my 700LB harley davidson around just as well as my TRI bike.  I had a few "close" calls out there a few weeks ago. 

Not to mention there are barricades in all over the park that make some of the roads not easy to access.  You have to get off your bike, etc... 

IMO it's much better to try it early AM.  2PM in the city is not a good idea. 



2010-06-24 9:44 AM
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Subject: RE: Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon - Olympic Race : Official Thread
gadzooks - 2010-06-24 8:50 AM

t3coach1 - 2010-06-23 9:45 PM

what about actually ride my bike...say around 2pm? Thanks again!

2PM try to ride the course.  I'd say it's a bad idea. 

I rode the course at 6 AM a few weeks ago and it was a bad idea.  I never realized how much of the course runs on one way streets in the opposite direction into oncoming traffic.  A lot of blind turns and not very nice roads on the shoulders of the road.  Makes for some really scary times.  I consider my self to have excellent bike handling skills as I can toss my 700LB harley davidson around just as well as my TRI bike.  I had a few "close" calls out there a few weeks ago. 

Not to mention there are barricades in all over the park that make some of the roads not easy to access.  You have to get off your bike, etc... 

IMO it's much better to try it early AM.  2PM in the city is not a good idea



I agree with this. Try to get out there early tomorrow morning. I was on part of the course this morning and saw a few people out there.
There are indeed quite a few one way streets in the park where the ride goes against the flow of traffic. Some are are some decent hills and you're going opposite of traffic. Other spots are flat but technical and there are softball leagues and picnickers out there, cars parked on both sides and people stopping to pick up, drop off, or just chat. One time I rode through a cloud of pot smoke as a softball team was doing their pregame "warm up".

I've ridden the course during afternoon rush hour. That was fun. I'd say go on a weekend morning, but there aren't any left before the race so early (5:00am) Friday would be the best option you have left. Just make sure you have lights and reflective gear and don't try to set an speed records.

ETA - Just noticed you're coming in from NY. I guess Friday am may not be an option for you. Maybe later in the day Saturday, just before dusk. It will be cooler then too.

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2010-06-24 10:32 AM
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All great advice... Yes, headed down from NY Saturday morning... was hoping just to ride the loop once to get familiar with the turns at least once. Not looking to ride fast at all, just simply see the course... Maybe I will push my time back some based off your recommendations. Thanks!

2010-06-24 1:56 PM
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good luck everyone racing this weekend. hope you're hydrating now looks like a hot race this year!
2010-06-24 2:48 PM
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2010-06-24 3:54 PM
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rpcv - 2010-06-24 12:40 AM I've been reading all the posts with great enjoyment. I don't really post that much anymore, but I was looking through craigslist and I found this...I thought some folks might know someone who would be interested: an olympic slot for the race on Sunday.

See everyone out there this weekend! I'll be volunteering on Saturday, so please say hi!

https://post.craigslist.org/manage/1808057266/bafei



It looks like you pasted the link to your listing edit/delete page, not the actual listing...
2010-06-24 4:14 PM
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Aww dang, I guess I'm busted. That's what I get for trying to be slick.  Yea, the info is all true however; I'm trying to get rid of my slot. Shoulder problem.

Here's the proper link: http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/1808057266.html

 

2010-06-25 7:34 AM
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http://www.phillyrivercast.org/

Big storms last night... Current RiverCast is RED: "Water quality is not suitable for activities involving direct contact with the river."  Anyone know how long it takes all the debris and crap to move it's way through so it's suitable for swimming again?  Is it hours or days?
2010-06-25 8:17 AM
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billsorg - 2010-06-25 8:34 AM http://www.phillyrivercast.org/

Big storms last night... Current RiverCast is RED: "Water quality is not suitable for activities involving direct contact with the river."  Anyone know how long it takes all the debris and crap to move it's way through so it's suitable for swimming again?  Is it hours or days?

I saw that this morning.  I would not be to alarmed.  We have today and over night for it to clear.  I think the big problem is the water temp right now however a lot of trees down and stuff in the water is probably not helping.  Water flow was much faster eary this morning.  It's slowed quite a bit.  I'd check it tonight and see what it says. 

This race turns into a Duathlon...I'm going to pound a few beers before I do it....I'll easy my pain.

2010-06-25 8:31 AM
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billsorg - 2010-06-25 8:34 AM http://www.phillyrivercast.org/

Big storms last night... Current RiverCast is RED: "Water quality is not suitable for activities involving direct contact with the river."  Anyone know how long it takes all the debris and crap to move it's way through so it's suitable for swimming again?  Is it hours or days?

I saw that this morning.  I would not be to alarmed.  We have today and over night for it to clear.  I think the big problem is the water temp right now however a lot of trees down and stuff in the water is probably not helping.  Water flow was much faster eary this morning.  It's slowed quite a bit.  I'd check it tonight and see what it says. 

This race turns into a Duathlon...I'm going to pound a few beers before I do it....I'll easy my pain.



I like the way you think.  Regardless, have a great race.


2010-06-25 8:45 AM
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billsorg - 2010-06-25 8:34 AM http://www.phillyrivercast.org/

Big storms last night... Current RiverCast is RED: "Water quality is not suitable for activities involving direct contact with the river."  Anyone know how long it takes all the debris and crap to move it's way through so it's suitable for swimming again?  Is it hours or days?

I saw that this morning.  I would not be to alarmed.  We have today and over night for it to clear.  I think the big problem is the water temp right now however a lot of trees down and stuff in the water is probably not helping.  Water flow was much faster eary this morning.  It's slowed quite a bit.  I'd check it tonight and see what it says. 

This race turns into a Duathlon...I'm going to pound a few beers before I do it....I'll easy my pain.



I think it should be fine by Sat am.  Certainly for Sunday.  24-48 hours is typically enough for the river to "cleanse" itself after a storm.  This one was bad, but not in terms of rainfall which would wash more debris into the river.

Can't imagine this one will be wetsuit legal, however.
2010-06-25 9:14 AM
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I think the condition is RED because of the debris in the river. Not because it's 'dirty'.  Give it a day for the branches and stuff to flow out and it'll be fine.
Last night's storm was a doozy.  I wouldn't be surprised if there were whole trees in the river today!
2010-06-26 7:09 AM
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Still RED this morning :-(
Anyone know if the sprint turned into a duathlon?
2010-06-26 7:33 AM
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Don't know for sure but heading to packet pickup at 10:30-11:00 AM.  I heard from a reliable source that wet suits are pretty much a no go.  However I noticed water temp is now 81-82 which does allow for people to put the "life jacket" on if they don't care about awards.

I'm trying really hard to understand how the water went from 86 yesterday to 81 today.  I know there's been a lot of flow but it was 1200 cfs yesterday at this time now its 700 cfs.  

Looks like someone with a computer science degree may be getting paid some overtime...?!

2010-06-26 8:47 AM
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Just out of curiosity, I've never done an Oly that turned into a duathlon.  Does it become a run/bike/run or just bike/run?


2010-06-26 9:10 AM
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Question about bag tags...

I went on friday for packet pickup and did not get a "bag tag" mentioned in the athletes guide (for the bag you drop at the swim start), did anyone else get one?  If so, what's on it?  I figure i can write the info right on my bag if worse comes to worse.

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2010-06-26 9:42 AM
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I haven't picked up yet, but at previous Lifetime races the bag tags are just a blank piece of white tape that they had us write our bib number on.  You could do the same thing with a piece of masking tape.
2010-06-26 11:11 AM
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cool.  thx for the info... good luck tomorrow all....stay cool out there
2010-06-26 1:19 PM
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Just got home from packet pickup.  No bag tags in there.  They did have the swim during the sprint today.  No wetsuits, but as the previous poster said, they did allow them if you didn't care about awards.  But I believe the USAT rule is that there are no wetsuits allowed whatsoever if the temp is over 84 (you'll overheat).  And the lady at packet pickup said they were at 83 degrees earlier today and it's supposed to be a scorcher today.  She thought they wouldn't allow any wetsuits tomorrow.  You should see all the massive trees that are down in Fairmount Park.  That storm the other night must have been wicked!

Just picking up the packet has the juices flowing and the heart pumping... I'm PSYCHED!!!  Have a great race everyone!
2010-06-26 1:21 PM
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And I just checked rivercast.org and it's still RED... but the swim shall go on!


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be careful out there. the river has possibly taken one person this triathlon!

http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local-beat/Crews-Search-for-Missing-Swimmer-in-Triathlon.html

Crews are searching for a swimmer who went missing during the Philadelphia Triathlon early Saturday morning, according to officials.

The search is taking place along Montgomery and MLK Drive.

Officials say the swimmer is a white man in his 40’s. Police are not releasing his name at this time.

“As this morning's race was in progress, we determined through our protocol that there was an athlete who had not completed the swim.  We immediately notified the Philadelphia Police Department and Marine Unit who are conducting a search of the course for the missing athlete,” said Richard Adler of the Philadelphia Triathlon, LLC.

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Sorry to hear about that.  Unfortunately, sometimes things like this happen.  Lets hope everyone is safe tomorrow and everyone can complete the distance with or without the wetsuits.  

Good luck to all racing tomorrow.  

2010-06-26 8:11 PM
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Let's hope and pray that there was some kind of mistake or miscount and that the racer in question actually never showed up for the race. 
2010-06-27 6:10 AM
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just saw the news.. according to them the swim portion of the oly today has been cancelled.
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