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2006-05-09 2:38 PM

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Subject: Pelican Fest Triathlon
Who's going? Any of you Co tri people going to come out?


2006-05-24 12:57 AM
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I'm returning to triathlon at this race after a 16-year hiatus. I'm badly undertrained, but it will be a learning experience....

Scouted the bike and run course last weekend. Bike has a pretty significant hillclimb very soon after the transition area, up to about the 1-mile mark, then it's pretty flat and exposed (winds might be a problem if they're blowing hard). Since it's out and back, we'll be coming back down that hill right before returning to the vicinity of the transition area, so you might not be able to take advantage of the descent as much as you might like. (I hit 35mph on this descent without pedaling!)

The whole area around the lake is a construction zone, so hopefully they'll have the pavement swept before the race.

First mile (roughly) of the run looks pretty hilly as well. I really hope they're running us on the cement golf cart paths, because the grass is really spongy and is like running in soft, dry sand - very taxing.

Water temp seems milder than I expected. They're reporting 64 F. Highs on race day are forecast at around 90F, though my sense is that it's around 70ish to 80ish during the time we'll be on the course.

The web site for this race is pretty rough, but there's packet pickup on Friday 10am - 6pm at the Austin's Homestead restaurant at the golf course there, and then again on race day between 6 and 7 am at the registration desk. I assume chip rental will happen there, too, but I don't know for sure.

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2006-05-24 8:26 AM
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Subject: RE: Pelican Fest Triathlon
My wife and I are doing this race. We did one last Sunday and we might still be recovering but we're going to give it a shot.
2006-05-24 4:38 PM
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I'll be there.  Some annoying friend of mine is dragging me...
2006-05-24 5:51 PM
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Water temp seems milder than I expected. They're reporting 64 F.

Oh, dang.  And I have to go non-wetsuit to train for a cold OW swim later this season....brrrrr....

2006-05-24 6:31 PM
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Yeah, the official word is that wet suits are "suggested, but not required". I stuck a hand in the water right at the beach and it seemed mild, almost comfortable, but it's always considerably warmer in the shallows. On the plus side, there's no rain forecast to cool it down, and we've got hot days (highs in the upper 80's and low 90's) and mild nights (lows in the mid-50's) forecast through race day. So the water probably won't get any colder than it is right now.



2006-05-24 10:17 PM
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I am going up there for my first open water swim and my first swim in my wetsuit. Should be interesting.

The rest of the day should be fun for the family I am hoping.
2006-05-25 9:53 AM
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This will be my first swim in my new wetsuit! Jen and I are Hasing in Ft Collins in the evening
2006-05-25 10:59 AM
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I highly recommend at least putting the wetsuit on and jumping in the pool before actual race day......
2006-05-26 8:22 PM
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Subject: RE: Pelican Fest Triathlon
Waters warmed up some since the report. They were talking about it being 71 or 72 this morning. Bike course should be fast with the exception of the hill to start.

It should be a good day for all!!
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