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2012-03-23 2:18 PM
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Sounds like we have a bunch of people rehabbing and doing the race.  I injured my lower back 3 weeks ago and understand the craziness that gets in your head when you can't train.  I was worried then about not being ready.  Luckily I've been able to get the run going again but still have topped out at 12 miles.  That messes with you!  This is my first Half also.  Just looking to finish.  If it is well, that is a bonus!



2012-03-23 2:27 PM
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kz9jvq - 2012-03-23 12:18 PM

Sounds like we have a bunch of people rehabbing and doing the race.  I injured my lower back 3 weeks ago and understand the craziness that gets in your head when you can't train.  I was worried then about not being ready.  Luckily I've been able to get the run going again but still have topped out at 12 miles.  That messes with you!  This is my first Half also.  Just looking to finish.  If it is well, that is a bonus!

As long as you finish one second behind me.  lol 

2012-03-23 3:36 PM
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I will be happy with a finish even if I end with the D.A.L. trophy. I was doing this race for the 2nd time last year, and crashed the bike near the turnaround... ao yes, ANY finish will be good!

I hope everybody remembers to ENJOY the day! Beats the heck out of the desk jockey work during the week.

As long as I am here, I want to mention that if any of you know any military veteran-athletes that would be interested in participating in the Austin Triathlon Camp with Team Red, white and Blue, send them to www.AustinTriCamp.com to sign up. We do have some slots still open. The camp is April 12-15.

2012-03-23 4:03 PM
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kz9jvq - 2012-03-23 2:18 PM

Sounds like we have a bunch of people rehabbing and doing the race.  I injured my lower back 3 weeks ago and understand the craziness that gets in your head when you can't train.  I was worried then about not being ready.  Luckily I've been able to get the run going again but still have topped out at 12 miles.  That messes with you!  This is my first Half also.  Just looking to finish.  If it is well, that is a bonus!

Bummer to hear, but congrats on the 12!  My longest run was only 10 last week, but it was pain free and spot on my 10:30 pace!  4 miles last night resulted in very mild ankle pain....just never know when it's gonna want to act up.  Race day is gonna be a mystery....adds to the excitement!  LOL!

Oh, and an on course bike wreck sounds horrible!!  Here's to a safe venture for all of us next weekend!

2012-03-24 8:19 AM
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60% chance of rain next Sunday.  :-(  Still a week out, a lot can happen.  Hoping for the best, but better pack your rain gear.
2012-03-24 8:29 AM
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Mrs Bru - 2012-03-24 6:19 AM 60% chance of rain next Sunday.  :-(  Still a week out, a lot can happen.  Hoping for the best, but better pack your rain gear.

So in my mentor group is another guy racing the HIM in CA the same weekend and he is obsessing about the weather.  I pointed out to him that I don't have to cause I have countless friends in Texas watching the weather for me.  lol  Rain will make for a long day, but so will the sun.  The rain will make for better stories.  The more important thing with the rain is to watch the temps.  That will dictate if you need to do anything different with clothing.  But for folks like me who are flying in, regardless of the forecast, do be ready to race in anything really.

This is probably the start of the real reduction in activities for everyone (well, I still have to make it through weekend training) and the taper madness will really start.  And the questioning and freaking out and the stressing.  When it starts just remember to take a deep breath and let it out slow. 



2012-03-24 6:18 PM
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What is everyones taper looking like? There will be a bunch of locals who are racing Galveston as a tune up for IMTX in 8 weeks (including me). I suspect the 5 hr ride today which caused me to ask the question of myself 'was I a man or a muppet', isn't ideal so close to the 70.3.
2012-03-24 7:47 PM
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pvollands - 2012-03-24 6:18 PM What is everyones taper looking like? There will be a bunch of locals who are racing Galveston as a tune up for IMTX in 8 weeks (including me). I suspect the 5 hr ride today which caused me to ask the question of myself 'was I a man or a muppet', isn't ideal so close to the 70.3.

haha .. Just watched that movie with the family last night. I got in 4 hours/80 miles today and now its recovery week leading to Galvestion. I am doing IMTX as well and planned the recovery week going into Galvestion so I would feel somewhat fresh on raceday

2012-03-24 7:50 PM
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pvollands - 2012-03-24 6:18 PM What is everyones taper looking like? There will be a bunch of locals who are racing Galveston as a tune up for IMTX in 8 weeks (including me). I suspect the 5 hr ride today which caused me to ask the question of myself 'was I a man or a muppet', isn't ideal so close to the 70.3.

Most of my training looks a lot like some peoples taper.

I did a little less than a mile swim today, hope to do about 40 on the wheels Sunday afternoon.  This week will probably be one or 2 short runs, maybe a spin on the trainer and a trip to the pool.  I want to do 30 mins in the salt water on Saturday morning on the drive to galveston.

2012-03-24 9:27 PM
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My Taper - Sun 40Mi Bike, Mon P90X X-Stretch, Tue 2000M Swim, Wed 5Mi Run, Thu 1500M Swim - 15Mi Bike, Fri 3Mi Run, Sat Rest, Sun 70.3 Galveston
2012-03-24 11:15 PM
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Mrs Bru - 2012-03-24 8:19 AM

60% chance of rain next Sunday.  :-(  Still a week out, a lot can happen.  Hoping for the best, but better pack your rain gear.


Rain is OK but lightening is a whole other issue.... That's a race stopper!


2012-03-25 12:33 PM
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Mrs Bru - 2012-03-24 8:19 AM 60% chance of rain next Sunday.  :-(  Still a week out, a lot can happen.  Hoping for the best, but better pack your rain gear.
Rain is OK but lightening is a whole other issue.... That's a race stopper!

I'll just put in my request now for no lightening!!  Since I've laid out what I'll need if it rains, it should be a nice sunny day.  Isn't that how it works?  If you're prepared for rain, it won't happen!  LOL!

I rode 40 easy today on my road bike, 6 mile tempo run yesterday averaging 9:30 min/miles, which I'm really excited about since I've just stuggled with my running for the past 2 years.  Packing has started, I'm laying things out.  My week is going to be pretty light, 2 2k meter swims, 2 30-45 min easy spins on the bike, 2 30-45 min easy runs.  Will take Sat off completely.  Gonna make sure I keep up with my PT, rolling, stretching, etc...

Let the games begin!! 

2012-03-25 2:37 PM
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Dumb question... What rain gear do you guys use?
2012-03-25 4:42 PM
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ironultrared - 2012-03-25 2:37 PM Dumb question... What rain gear do you guys use?

I don't have "rain gear" to wear, but I'm doing things like bringing plastic bags to put my running shoes in while they are laid out in transition so I can at least start the run with dry shoes.  Bringing a bag to cover my bike seat, which I also don't normally do.  Will put one on my handle bars as well if it's allowed to keep from starting out with soggy bar tape.  Just things like that.  I'm wearing all the same things I would normally wear.  I actually really like running in the rain, snow, sleet and whatnot!  :-)



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2012-03-25 4:52 PM
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If it is warm I won't wear anything extra.  If it is colder I might throw a jacket on in T1, I have a rain coat I wear.  But I spent a lot of time biking in Portland, OR.  We live in rain.  Odds are I will take that off for the run, again, depending on temps.  I might try and keep my shoes/socks for the run dry but that is more for a mental thing more then anything cause if it is raining hard enough everything is going to be wet anyways.  I might put some extra body glide on my feet though to help prevent some blisters, cause wet and running is a good way to get some.
2012-03-25 4:58 PM
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bzgl40 - 2012-03-25 4:52 PM  I might put some extra body glide on my feet though to help prevent some blisters, cause wet and running is a good way to get some.

Oooo...good call!!!  I always get blisters on my feet.  Race season last year was horrible for me.  I tried all the fancy socks that people suggested, different shoes, baby powder, vasaline, you name it and nothing really seems to work.  And you are totally right, it's MUCH worse with wet feet!!  It's just odd...I used to run without socks for years and last year this flare up with the blister issue.  Not sure why now. 



2012-03-25 4:59 PM
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ironultrared - 2012-03-25 2:37 PM Dumb question... What rain gear do you guys use?

I probably won't do anything extra, other than maybe some ziplocks for the shoes, if it is wet.

 

BUT I have to point out that yesterday morning the weather forecast showed thunderstorms Sat/Sun and rain on Monday.  By yesterday afternoon it showed Thunderstorms on Sat and Mon, but Sunday was clear.  Today it shows Sunday on as mostly sunny or sunny.

I'm not trusting enough of the 7 day forecast to make plans based on it, but right now it looks like the roads might be wet, but the sky clear.

2012-03-25 5:02 PM
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NewClydesdale - 2012-03-25 4:59 PM

BUT I have to point out that yesterday morning the weather forecast showed thunderstorms Sat/Sun and rain on Monday.  By yesterday afternoon it showed Thunderstorms on Sat and Mon, but Sunday was clear.  Today it shows Sunday on as mostly sunny or sunny.

I'm not trusting enough of the 7 day forecast to make plans based on it, but right now it looks like the roads might be wet, but the sky clear.

 

LOL!!  Typical Texas!  It is going to be a totally different forecast on Friday than it is today.  You know what they say..."It's Texas....wait 10 minutes and the weather will change!" 

2012-03-25 5:47 PM
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ironultrared - 2012-03-25 2:37 PM

Dumb question... What rain gear do you guys use?


Ya, it looks like the weather forecast now says mostly sunny with very little chance of rain. Since it won't be cold even if it does rain I won't wear anything extra or change a thing. No real reason to cover seat, bars, or shoes as they'll just get wet anyhow if it is raining.
2012-03-27 10:13 AM
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Now it says 75 degrees for a high temp and winds SSE 17-30 ... rock on!!!! It may be a little tough going out but that ride back into town after the turn is not going to take long at all!
2012-03-27 2:33 PM
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se7930 - 2012-03-27 10:13 AM Now it says 75 degrees for a high temp and winds SSE 17-30 ... rock on!!!! It may be a little tough going out but that ride back into town after the turn is not going to take long at all!

NICE!!  I actually love that feeling of fighting the wind on the way out because you feel so fast on the way back....like you're flying!!  We did a ride a few weeks back with 15mph winds on the way out.  I only averaged about 14mph.  On the way back in I averaged almost 19mph!! 

How's everyone's taper going?  I woke up this morning feeling like my head had been run over by a Mack truck.  Allergies are horrible here lately!!  Doesn't help that I'm allergic to every type of tree and grass pollen AND my normal meds have been on backorder for 2 months.  Missed work today so I could pop some more Benadryl and get some sleep.  Headache is finally going away and I'm going to head out for a run here in a bit.  Doesn't quite feel right missing work and still going for a run and getting a workout in.  I never take sick days....just feels weird!  LOL!



2012-03-28 9:04 AM
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Not sure if this has been discussed, but what's the over/under on wetsuits? Are we wearing them or not? Consensus? I'm leaning towards "no..." Thoughts?
2012-03-28 9:06 AM
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Wetsuit legal other years, will be again. Plan on wearing it.

 

2012-03-28 9:14 AM
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If it is wetsuit legal I am wearing it, unless it is right on the edge of legal since I overheat pretty badly.  My times with and without are not that radically different, but it is better with.
2012-03-28 9:43 AM
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I'm going with the wetsuit if at all possible.  Less exposure to the abrasive saltwater the better for me!  Sensitive skin here!

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