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2011-08-06 6:37 PM
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Everyone psyched up yet?!!! Smile  Smile

 

I emailed the organizers and they haven't answered.  I haven't been able to find any info on this.  Last year I went with a group and they dropped/picked me up close to the park.  This year I'm using the shuttle they provide in the AM to get there.  But I didn't see any info in the schedule re: taking folks back to Whirlpool business park.   Anyone knows how we can get back?

 

 

 



2011-08-06 6:40 PM
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lbpaas - 2011-08-03 3:15 PM This is my first half IM. Can anyone provide input for wetsuits? I have been doing most of my training without a wetsuit and would choose to not wear one. Do most wear them for this race? I see the water temps are quite variable.

Most people did last year.  I'd recommend you practice OWS before next weekend with it.  GOOD LUCK on your first!!

 

2011-08-08 4:40 AM
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any idea on parking availability?  I am driving from 80 miles north, very early.
2011-08-08 10:27 AM
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Does anyone have links or advice for people who are WATCHING the race?  My wife will be cheering me on.  For her marathons, I've always found decent spectator guides for where/how to watch the athletes.  Having trouble finding info for Steelhead on the best way to have her watch me compete.  Any advice or sites would be appreciated!
2011-08-08 11:51 AM
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ChicagoHoosier - 2011-08-08 11:27 AM Does anyone have links or advice for people who are WATCHING the race?  My wife will be cheering me on.  For her marathons, I've always found decent spectator guides for where/how to watch the athletes.  Having trouble finding info for Steelhead on the best way to have her watch me compete.  Any advice or sites would be appreciated!

My wife has spectated the past two years at Steelhead.  She told me that compared to other races, this one was particularly tough for viewing locations.  Having said that, here is what she did:

Watch the swim from the beach near transition.  You'll only see the last few hundred meters of the swim as the course heads down Lake Michigan north/south, but from the beach, spectators can line the sides of the path from the water to transition.  After you exit the water, she can watch you in transition out to the bike.

The bike:  this is the tricky one.  The course is one large loop, and most of it is miles away from Jean Klock park.  If she's not afraid of driving rural roads and crossing the course several times, your wife can get to the furthest parts of the bike course.  But it's not ideal.  My wife actually watched from the Whirlpool corporate campus, which is up Rt 63 a few miles north of Jean Klock Park.  You can see the racers at approx mile 50 of the bike.

The run:  if she chooses to watch the last portion of the bike from the Whirpool campus, she'll be positioned well to see you multiple times on the run.  Most of the run course is contained within this campus, and if she goes to approx mile marker 5, she can watch the end of the bike as well as the run.

The problem with this plan is if she stays to see you on the second loop of the run (approx mile 10), it will be tough to make it back to the park to see you at the finish line.  Parking is a bit rough near Jean Klock park.  If you'd like her to see you at the finish, tell her to leave the run course after you pass her at mile 5.

Hope this helps.

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2011-08-08 1:58 PM
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will there be parking within a reasonable distance to jean klock park for me early?


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For past racers (or anyone else who has done a race with the option to check your bike the day before) what do you suggest? Check it in on Saturday morning when I get my packet or on Sunday morning?
2011-08-08 4:13 PM
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lbpaas - 2011-08-08 5:09 PM For past racers (or anyone else who has done a race with the option to check your bike the day before) what do you suggest? Check it in on Saturday morning when I get my packet or on Sunday morning?
Check it in on Saturday. Then you won't have to worry about it on Sunday.
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Finally signed up for this. Going to use at as a nice training day. Weather is looking perfect.
2011-08-09 7:14 AM
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Water temps are looking perfect too:

http://www.coastwatch.msu.edu/michigan/m52.html

2011-08-10 4:13 PM
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Just checked the weather and it is showing 30% chance of rain.  Hopefully it clears out quickly.  Have fun everyone!



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leftrunner - 2011-08-08 2:58 PM will there be parking within a reasonable distance to jean klock park for me early?

the Whirpool business center where athletes are shuttled to the park in the morning.  But you can't ride the shuttle with your bike.  Are you raking it the day before?  If not, you may have to park at WP and ride to the park.  It's like 1-2 miles away from the business ctr.  Check the athlete's guide.  I left mine at work.

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2011-08-12 9:13 PM
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I'm here!!!! and i'm slumming it in motel 6 lol. ready for the expo tomorrow!
2011-08-13 6:22 AM
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Anyone else freaking out about RIP currents? The risk is high Sunday. 4-7 ft waves. Plus 50% chance of rain. Now I'm more worried about survival than my time. Help!!!
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YEEEEEEES!!!!

I grew up in a tropical island and was caught up in one when I was a child.  Absolutely TERRIFYING!!!

There were two rip c related deaths in the last week in MI.  I will be shocked if they don't cancel the swim.  And if they don't, I'm turning in my chip!  Surprised  I did the race last year so I guess it won't be that unethical to wear this year's t-shirt. LOL

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011-08-13 6:55 AM
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Do they do that? How can I say I did a HIM if I don't do the swim? What is the risk of death if there are kayaks and boats all around? I hope it goes off as planned. Somehow 69.1 does not sound as good as 70.3.


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It does happen.  It happened at New Orleans this year.

RC are very dangerous.  Even the kayaks can be swept away.  And the worst part is that some RCs are not visible at the eye level (i.e. from the beach.

I don't know on that one.  IMO, if that happens and you finish the event you're still a HIM.  I'm sure many others would agree.   

 

 

 

 

 

2011-08-13 7:14 AM
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Anyone up for a 5k and make it a DU?
2011-08-13 9:20 AM
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if they cancel the swim i'm going to be pissed!!! this is my first 70.3. I'm gonna be upset that i drove 8 hours just to a bike/run. Please go away waves!
2011-08-14 4:18 AM
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Effing swim cancelled. Anyone in Spring Lake, I'm swimming 1.2 this afternoon. Message me.
2011-08-14 4:34 AM
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And this effing wind is going to make one painful bike ride. Good luck!


2011-08-14 10:35 AM
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Looks like the field is laying down some pretty good bike times. Lot's of sub 3 hour riding.
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jezzieswims - 2011-08-14 10:35 AM Looks like the field is laying down some pretty good bike times. Lot's of sub 3 hour riding.[/QUOTE

that was a fast course, even with all the wind and gust. So glad i bought a speed concept. They built it just for conditions like today. i put down a 2:28 in my first 70.3 ...eh i mean 69.1 Can't even put a sticker on my car. 

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I found a 69.1 sticker at cafepress.comI need something. It was still a lot of work.
2011-08-15 10:45 AM
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I might have to get that sticker!  Thanks for the heads up.

Here is the link:

http://www.cafepress.com/+691_sticker_oval,282376688

 

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