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2012-10-10 7:20 PM
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Weather looking great for the race.  Anybody swim in Hartwell tonight/this week?  Wasn't sure how the water temp was looking. 


2012-10-10 10:04 PM
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went for a swim today, and it has cooled off significantly over the past two weeks.  i would not want to swim in it without a wetsuit.  water is still down though. curious how that will affect the swim.  the cove we swim back into looks pretty... shallow. 
2012-10-12 8:07 PM
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Arrived today and checked-in.

The lake looks really low - is that normal?

 

2012-10-13 7:58 AM
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Not normal.  Well, I guess in the past couple years, you could consider it normal.  It's been a rough year drought wise and the levels are low.  Not sure how Rev3 will handle the loss of yardage at the start/finish.   

Suggestion:  If you can buy/bring a cheap towel you're OK with leaving behind, it'll help wipe the orange clay off your feet in T1.  Not sure if Rev3 will have a carpet that extends all the way down to the water.  You may have to run through some mud. 

2012-10-13 5:27 PM
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someone working the event today mentioned that the second to last buoy is in only 3 feet of water.  keep those elbows high on the pull...
2012-10-13 6:28 PM
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I did the 1st half of the swim today, so I don't know anything about the other side of the point, but it definitely stayed shallow for a long way after the start. You could definitely just wade for 20 meters or so if you wanted. 


2012-10-13 6:29 PM
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Oh, and I hope they finished marking the bike course today. I drove it and lost the route completely about 1/2 way through on a turn that wasn't marked. It was about 3 miles before the next marking showed up. 
2012-10-15 7:37 AM
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anyone notice how long the olympic swim was?  I did the swim portion on a relay team and wore my 910.  My watch had me at 1.14 miles when I finished.  I checked garmin connect and had no weird zig zags or anything like that.  I was told they took out one of the turn bouys from the start area but obviously that wasn't close to enough.  I know everyone had to swim the same course but this seems pretty poor on REV3's part.  Since I was in a relay I was the last wave and I swam up on the men's olympic individuals pretty quickly. I saw quite a few struggling and adding this kind of distance is definitely going to cause poor swimmers problems finishing.  Heck, it is dangerous to add this kind of distance to an advertised race since most AGers have the hardest time with the swim portion of the race and many would only have practiced up to the 1500m advertised distance.

 http://connect.garmin.com/activity/233579079#.UHwBFRd-KuA.email

 



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2012-10-15 8:42 AM
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im glad someone posted about this.  i got to thinking about it afterwards and if we were supposed to swim 1500...  there was no way those two buoys they removed at the start made up the difference.  everyone i overheard talking about the oly swim times were disappointed by their pace calc based on advertised distance and time.  a few said the overall time more closely matched their half splits.

i understand the lake was down and they were trying to do what they could, but this is one of quite a few things i thought were poorly managed.

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2012-10-15 5:51 PM
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Clempson - 2012-10-15 9:42 AM im glad someone posted about this.  i got to thinking about it afterwards and if we were supposed to swim 1500...  there was no way those two buoys they removed at the start made up the difference.  everyone i overheard talking about the oly swim times were disappointed by their pace calc based on advertised distance and time.  a few said the overall time more closely matched their half splits.

i understand the lake was down and they were trying to do what they could, but this is one of quite a few things i thought were poorly managed.

Yeah, I'm glad to hear this too! My split at my last race was just under 2, and I was glad to see some progress in my swim times, but then I got my results yesterday and was at 2:20, and I definitely didn't feel slower. This seems to happen a lot with race distances...The Greenville Tri had a weird run distance, the Dam Tri had a weird run distance, and now the Rev3 seems to have a swim that's slightly off. It's not the biggest deal, but it does change how I look at my performance from race to race.

2012-10-16 11:59 AM
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I did the Oly last year, and actually thought the swim was a little short.  In looking at your GPS mapping, I don't remember the end of the swim being like you have it.  Looks like you went past the finish, and had to go around another buoy before you turned toward the finish. 

I don't think we had that final buoy last year.  We turned toward the finish a lot sooner than you did, if any of this makes any sense to you.



2012-10-16 1:29 PM
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I'm glad you mentioned the course being different than last year. I did the half last year but the Olympic this year. I swam what I thought the Olympic course would be on Sat without going around the last red buoy that was down by the bridge. I ran into a mud bar and it was less than a foot deep. I think they left the last 1/2 buoy in to make sure everyone stayed in the channel. Having a couple hundred people swimming over a mud bar would have been more dangerous than adding a few extra 100 meters to the swim. If someones training is only good out to 1500 meters they need to reconsider the event. I was told that this was mentioned at the "mandatory" pre-race meeting but honestly I didn't attend.

Overall I thought it was a very well run race with nice SWAG. The awards were nice and included a box of Powergels.

I hope the race returns next year



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2012-10-17 6:54 AM
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Runner Rick - 2012-10-16 11:59 AM

I did the Oly last year, and actually thought the swim was a little short.  In looking at your GPS mapping, I don't remember the end of the swim being like you have it.  Looks like you went past the finish, and had to go around another buoy before you turned toward the finish. 

I don't think we had that final buoy last year.  We turned toward the finish a lot sooner than you did, if any of this makes any sense to you.

 

I did the olympic last year also and the course was different.  The second to last red bouy (the turn point up and to the left of the finish on my garmin map course) was definitely not there last year.  Peter may be on to something with keeping the swimmers in the channel because the lake was much further down this year than last year and turning home where we did last year would have put us on a sand bar.  I didn't attend the "mandatory" meeting either so I am not sure if it was mentioned or not.  If it was then shame on me for not knowing.  I was just very frustrated with my total swim time until I realized how far I had actually swam.  My swim split on the website shows a 1:53/100yds while my watch has me at a 1:24/100yds.  A 30 second per hundered difference is pretty crazy.

2012-10-18 6:22 PM
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In reference to oly swim distance;it was covered at both pre race meetings and was announced briefly at another point race morning.It was due to the lake level being 15 ft. low and that the distance was a bit longer to be able to keep swimmers in "safe" water.

I think Rev3 did an awesome job with that and with the overall race.TOP NOTCH!!

2012-10-19 4:13 PM
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I definitely was impressed with Rev 3's management of the race.  Very well done. 

I will say, I was extremely disappointed in the change of the Half Rev run course.  In my opinion, to change the run course 2 days before the race to make it more "spectator friendly" is kind of crappy.  I think it's great to make the races better for spectators, but have that built into the race from day 1.  It's not like this was the first year they've done the race.  They knew the layout of the land. Also seemed a lot hillier than the original plan.  Did anyone get a good elevation on the run?  It was tough since it wasn't on actual roads.

I wasn't at the athlete meeting to know if they gave a different answer for why they did it, but it just seems like it was bad planning. 

2012-10-19 5:59 PM
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I kinda like the loops for the spectators but I doubt that was the only reason. Getting to and running through downtown last year really messed up the traffic pattern in Anderson. With most of the course off road in a smaller area, it is easier to manage logistically. It was also cool being lapped by the pros. Especially the tall,  fairly hot female pro.


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