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2011-04-19 5:25 PM
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kmac1346 - 2011-04-19 2:50 PM I see in the bike course description that there are two climbs, one short and steeper, one longer but more gradual. Can anyone provide more detail on what the climbs are like? Thanks.

 

The 2 big climbs that I recall from 2009 (they altered the course slightly but I believe these are still there) were heading up Gowen Road ~5 miles from T1. This hill is the longer gradual one and personally, I don't consider it to be that hard of a hill. It's relatively long but I've ridden up it in my big ring before. The 2nd big hill is on pleasant valley road. This hill is much steeper and shorter. This is a little bit harder of a hill, but if you live anywhere with any kind of hills it shouldn't be that bad. The worst part will be turning around on 10 mile creek and then riding back up pleasant valley road.



2011-04-19 8:07 PM
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JoshR - 2011-04-19 5:25 PM

kmac1346 - 2011-04-19 2:50 PM I see in the bike course description that there are two climbs, one short and steeper, one longer but more gradual. Can anyone provide more detail on what the climbs are like? Thanks.

 

The 2 big climbs that I recall from 2009 (they altered the course slightly but I believe these are still there) were heading up Gowen Road ~5 miles from T1. This hill is the longer gradual one and personally, I don't consider it to be that hard of a hill. It's relatively long but I've ridden up it in my big ring before. The 2nd big hill is on pleasant valley road. This hill is much steeper and shorter. This is a little bit harder of a hill, but if you live anywhere with any kind of hills it shouldn't be that bad. The worst part will be turning around on 10 mile creek and then riding back up pleasant valley road.

The website says that the swim starts from the Barclay Bay boatramp.  Is that on this side of hilltop?  I did Spudman last year and that started from Spring Shores so you had to do the big hill back to town.  Is Barclay Bay different from Spring Shores?

 

2011-04-19 9:15 PM
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elizabethk - 2011-04-19 7:07 PM
JoshR - 2011-04-19 5:25 PM

kmac1346 - 2011-04-19 2:50 PM I see in the bike course description that there are two climbs, one short and steeper, one longer but more gradual. Can anyone provide more detail on what the climbs are like? Thanks.

 

The 2 big climbs that I recall from 2009 (they altered the course slightly but I believe these are still there) were heading up Gowen Road ~5 miles from T1. This hill is the longer gradual one and personally, I don't consider it to be that hard of a hill. It's relatively long but I've ridden up it in my big ring before. The 2nd big hill is on pleasant valley road. This hill is much steeper and shorter. This is a little bit harder of a hill, but if you live anywhere with any kind of hills it shouldn't be that bad. The worst part will be turning around on 10 mile creek and then riding back up pleasant valley road.

The website says that the swim starts from the Barclay Bay boatramp.  Is that on this side of hilltop?  I did Spudman last year and that started from Spring Shores so you had to do the big hill back to town.  Is Barclay Bay different from Spring Shores?

 

 

Yes, Barclay Bay is right on the other side of the dam. You will ride over the dam immediately out of T1 and down HWY 21 towards Micron.

2011-04-19 9:42 PM
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got it.  Thanks.  Very distracted trying to read about the swim and serve the kids dinner.  So the bike course is really pretty flat and the biggest issue will probably just be the never-ending wind. 
2011-04-20 7:56 AM
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elizabethk - 2011-04-19 8:42 PM got it.  Thanks.  Very distracted trying to read about the swim and serve the kids dinner.  So the bike course is really pretty flat and the biggest issue will probably just be the never-ending wind. 

 

I wouldn't call it flat. It's a lot of roller style hills. It's not too bad though. Pretty standard Idaho riding.

2011-04-23 8:13 PM
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Does anyone know if they pass out water bottles or bottled water on the bike course drink stations?



2011-04-26 7:29 AM
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CodRed - 2011-04-23 7:13 PM

Does anyone know if they pass out water bottles or bottled water on the bike course drink stations?

 

Last time if I recall correctly, they had the Gatorade bottles with the twist top. I don't remember them giving out water.

2011-05-02 12:41 PM
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JoshR - 2011-04-26 7:29 AM
CodRed - 2011-04-23 7:13 PM

Does anyone know if they pass out water bottles or bottled water on the bike course drink stations?

 

Last time if I recall correctly, they had the Gatorade bottles with the twist top. I don't remember them giving out water.

They passed out bottled water last year.  No race is going to pass out bike-bottles with water - too much $$.

2011-05-03 7:33 PM
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2011-05-05 8:07 AM
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I did it in 09 as well and it was 5 minutes between waves. I don't know the order, except 18-29 was last.
2011-05-05 11:07 AM
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I was in Boise for work on Monday and ran some of the greenbelt run portion. I lived in Boise several years ago and really love the running there. I had one of those runs in which things seem really effortless. I know the next time I run will be a bit more suffering.

For those of you that are familiar with Boise, the greenbelt really is a flat bike trail which is pretty sheltered by trees but can get a nice breeze from the river. There are a few sections that it will go under the roads. There are some great places for family to watch in the shade and some nice parks for kids to play on while you suffer.

I think the only real problem is that the trail is pretty narrow and it will suck to go so close to the finish line and have to repeat.

Now for the dreamer, glutton in me. Wish that they would combine Robbie Creek and Boise 70.3. It would be an epic but brutal run.


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cbrave - 2011-05-05 10:07 AM I was in Boise for work on Monday and ran some of the greenbelt run portion. I lived in Boise several years ago and really love the running there. I had one of those runs in which things seem really effortless. I know the next time I run will be a bit more suffering. For those of you that are familiar with Boise, the greenbelt really is a flat bike trail which is pretty sheltered by trees but can get a nice breeze from the river. There are a few sections that it will go under the roads. There are some great places for family to watch in the shade and some nice parks for kids to play on while you suffer. I think the only real problem is that the trail is pretty narrow and it will suck to go so close to the finish line and have to repeat. Now for the dreamer, glutton in me. Wish that they would combine Robbie Creek and Boise 70.3. It would be an epic but brutal run.

You are a glutton for punishment if thats what you want. Last time I didn't find the crowding to be that big of an issue. By the time everyone hits the run, you're spread out enough it's not bad.

2011-05-05 7:08 PM
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Actually Utah half (Provo) passed out water bottles (very cheap ones)........ I would have preferred bottled water..... I didn't think it worked well.... water was warm, bad bottles etc.
2011-05-06 11:56 AM
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cbrave - 2011-05-05 11:07 AM I was in Boise for work on Monday and ran some of the greenbelt run portion. I lived in Boise several years ago and really love the running there. I had one of those runs in which things seem really effortless. I know the next time I run will be a bit more suffering. For those of you that are familiar with Boise, the greenbelt really is a flat bike trail which is pretty sheltered by trees but can get a nice breeze from the river. There are a few sections that it will go under the roads. There are some great places for family to watch in the shade and some nice parks for kids to play on while you suffer. I think the only real problem is that the trail is pretty narrow and it will suck to go so close to the finish line and have to repeat. Now for the dreamer, glutton in me. Wish that they would combine Robbie Creek and Boise 70.3. It would be an epic but brutal run.[/QUOTE]

That'd be awful!  I've run Robie several times...can't imagine doing it after coming off the bike!

2011-05-06 12:47 PM
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Agree that it would be brutal. Have done it twice. The pain would be amazing but can you imagine the reputation and pride that would be associates with being a finisher.

2011-05-10 12:25 PM
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Does anyone know how far til the turn around once you get on 10 mile creek?


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pastorjared - 2011-05-10 11:25 AM Does anyone know how far til the turn around once you get on 10 mile creek?

 

I rode it a few weeks ago and it's pretty far down. I'd guess around 3-4 miles. It was hard to tell because my computer quit working and it was so windy, on the way out it felt like an hour and on the way back it felt like 5 minutes.

2011-05-18 2:03 PM
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I was riding my bike on the greenbelt yesterday and I couldn't help but notice how incredibly cold the air is around the river. The difference was very noticeable. I think this means the swim (which feeds the river) is going to be much more on the chilly side than normal. I'd be prepared for that.
2011-05-19 10:48 AM
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I had the chance of running a lap of the run course this week and when the wind blows off the river, it really is cool.

What a great run!

I think you are right about the water temp. Snow this week in the mountains. The good news of the 12 PM start is that I won't be shivering until I hit the water.
2011-05-27 8:10 PM
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Is anyone renting Wheels for the race? I'm having issues with mine right now, and will be renting from racedaywheels.com so I don't have to worry about my own issues. I've heard good things about them, but don't know if they are going to be in Boise for the race or not.

 

Just curious.

2011-06-01 1:20 PM
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Athlete guide is out and had some information about race wheels. Sorry, can't be more help than that.

Starting to get very geeked up for the race. Race numbers are out! Starting to obsess about all the things I can't control, like weather, water temp etc. Trying to remind myself to focus on what I can control, taper right, and getting some good sleep.

Now, to stay focused at work for the next week until I fly out!


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In case anyone cares I'm #1258.
2011-06-02 12:33 PM
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anyone have the latest on water temp? I know we can't control it, but prepping for 60 degrees takes less out of me than thinking about 52 or 54! (I had a bad experience at St. George last year, so I'm sort of dreading this....but trying to turn it around into a positive challenge!)
2011-06-02 3:29 PM
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There is a thread on this, consensus seems to be somewhere in the low 50s. Here's hoping for some sun over next 9 days!
2011-06-02 3:50 PM
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The weather is supposed to be much warmer the next 2 weeks 70's-80's so hopefully we'll get some warming. The main problem is the water is coming straight from the snow melt right now.
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