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2011-07-18 2:17 PM

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Who's in for this race?  I'm curious whether we'll still have that LOOOOOOOOOOONNNG downhill that's on the sprint course.


2011-07-18 4:24 PM
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I signed up. Been a few years since I did the sprint. Don't remember the run, only that first hill.  Also, did you see the swim course? I am confused looking at the map, I am sure its going to be twice as bad in the water. 
2011-07-19 8:29 AM
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It sounds like it's mostly the same bike course w/ an additional bump out to increase the mileage.  I remember a couple nice downhills w/ one being at the end of the sprint.  The swim could prove confusing.  I'm glad I won't be leading the pack because who know where we'd end up.  Regardless, I'm excited.  This is my first race this year.  I've done the sprint the last 2 years and I've always enjoyed Setups Event races.  Technical t-shirts?  Post race pizza and Gatorade?  
2011-07-19 9:25 AM
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Looks like the swim starts off like the sprint, then swim further on the long leg in a U shaped pattern.

I think the long downhill (really 3 small downhills forming one long downhill) I was thinking on (last year I hit 38.5mph on it and some guy passed me!) is on Reva Rd., but not sure.  Looks like we get a lot more time on Rt 522 for some good ol' hammering in aero.

The first hill on the run, looks like we get to do it twice. Ugh.  Good view of the lake, though

2011-07-21 1:45 PM
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I plan to sign up before next Wednesday when the price goes up.

Never done this one before.

Overall - how hilly are the bike and run courses?  Rollers?  One big one and then flat?  I looked at last year's results and it seems like all but the fastest of the fasties were below 20mph avg so it must have some decent hills right?

2011-07-21 4:31 PM
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jeffdav - 2011-07-21 2:45 PM

I plan to sign up before next Wednesday when the price goes up.

Never done this one before.

Overall - how hilly are the bike and run courses?  Rollers?  One big one and then flat?  I looked at last year's results and it seems like all but the fastest of the fasties were below 20mph avg so it must have some decent hills right?

Bike course is pretty hilly, lots of ups and downs, but nothing unreasonable. 

On the run there is one BRUTAL hill after the levee by the lake, pretty much level w/ a few bumps once you get to the top of the hill (good news, though the Int'l race gets to do the loop twice).

Still, I love this race, it's a gorgeous venue.



2011-07-22 4:48 PM
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Sprint for me only, knee injury changed this weekend from a double race to being happy with being able to finish one of them.  I live in Culpeper, so its a hard race venue for me NOT to do.
2011-07-22 10:35 PM
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Was going to do the International this year, but have a few friends doing the Sprint, so it's the Sprint for me again which is fine given my training levels for the last month.  Always a good race (except for that darn hill at the beginning of the run).

2011-07-25 1:46 PM
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Anyone have any clue what the water temp is? I see they say typically over 80, and it has been hot, so I am guessing it will be warm.
2011-07-26 8:46 AM
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Yeah, I've been searching for sites to find the water temp but have been unsuccessful.  Sprint for me as well, just had a clavicle surgery 8 weeks ago.  This will also be my first Tri, so no need to go big just yet.
2011-07-26 10:46 AM
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I'm sure the lake will be really warm.  In fact I imagine the entire race will be really warm.  Oh well, it is the summer time...


2011-07-29 10:22 AM
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Setup posted the water temp - 85 degrees, so leave the wetsuit home and get ready for a warm bath

If they let us, I think I might just jump back in the lake right after finishing because the run is gonna be HOT

2011-08-01 7:05 AM
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Did anyone else notice that the t-shirt says "Culpeper, MD"...oops. 
2011-08-01 8:03 AM
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I didn't notice.  Maybe now the shirts will be collectors items.  It sure was a warm race.  
2011-08-01 8:15 AM
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Race report up.

heh on the Culpeper MD thing.  Maybe those shirts will be worth something someday?  The Tri equivalent of the "Inverted Jenny" postage stamp? 

Yes indeed - very hot. 

So were there any other folks who missed the turnaround on the run or was I the only person whose brain was so fried that they did so and ran an extra 1/2 mile?

2011-08-01 9:09 AM
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Despite the heat, I'm always amazed how beautiful the whole course is, and how well organized the race is by Setup Events.  Those volunteers on the run course were a life saver, I couldn't dump enough ice water on my head.

The best was the ice baths after the finish.  It probably would have taken me all day to drop my core temp if it wasn't for them.

 

ETA: Race report is up.



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2011-08-01 12:00 PM
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I agree. Ice bath was great as were the volunteers handing out ice water. If you count both sides of the road, there were 5 stops in 3 miles, thats impressive. It was so hot. I have not seen that many people walking in a race before. Hills were tough, but the heat was brutal.
2011-08-02 1:01 PM
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Really glad I opted for the Sprint, my injury leading in limited my training and the heat on Saturday was a real "doozie".
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