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2012-04-11 1:20 PM

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Subject: Ironman World Championship 70.3 : Official Thread
Surprised to see there isn't a Vegas thread yet, so here is goes!  Who else is in?  Those from around the area or who have done it before, what kind of temperatures should I expect?


2012-04-11 8:15 PM
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2012-04-11 11:03 PM
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Got in at one of the early races.

Expect 100F. Not kidding around. I wasn't there, but that's what was reported.

A number of people here did last year and wrote up race reports. Check out what BryanCD and Gadzooks had to say especially.



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2012-04-12 8:39 AM
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NewYorkfan- Yeah, qualified at Syracuse last September...then realized that I have LP also like 6 weeks before Vegas, so should be a challenging season!

Brigby-What race did you qualify at?

I read some of the race reports from last year too, and I was kinda hoping it was a big conspiracy to scare me about the temperatures, haha.  I'm actually from north of Lake Placid, so I have a tough time in the heat because I'm not acclimated to it at all.  Hopefully these long island summers will help me though, although the humidity will be very different at Vegas.

2012-04-12 9:30 AM
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I qualified at Pocono, so will have to see if I can swim! It was cancelled due to flooding.

I'm in the Chicago area, so will have some work to do with the heat as well. I've heard of overdressing for workouts in the weeks leading up, and seemed to help others. Going to see how summer goes though.

2012-04-12 10:06 AM
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Subject: RE: Ironman World Championship 70.3 : Official Thread
brigby1 - 2012-04-11 10:03 PM

Got in at one of the early races.

Expect 100F. Not kidding around. I wasn't there, but that's what was reported.

A number of people here did last year and wrote up race reports. Check out what BryanCD and Gadzooks had to say especially.



Actually, no, it wasn't THAT hot last year. It was in the mid 80's on the run. Certainly warm, but not 100. It had been 100+ the week before but we got a break. Having said that, it certainly could be a very hot and windy race, so prepare accordingly. My RR is here on BT if you want to read more about the event and the course/conditions.


2012-04-12 11:08 AM
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Ok, thanks for the clarification Bryan! I'm going in with the idea of it being that hot, so anything lower will feel quite nice. I adapt to cooler weather more quickly than heat.
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2012-06-25 8:34 AM
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Just qualified yesterday at 70.3 Mt. Tremblant. Ten or so weeks to prepare now!
2012-06-25 8:56 AM
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Nice Nate! Here's hoping for our wave to start about where last year did.

And does anyone know how technical the bike course is? There is lots on the elevation changes, but not much on how this is. Does that mean fairly easy from that perspective? I'm getting in as much as I can on the hillier back-roads of Wisconsin, so I doubt anything there will be an issue, but it's nice to know and it's good to have an idea of what others might be doing.



2012-06-29 9:34 PM
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UGH! My swim wave is dead last...90 minutes of anxious waiting after the pros start before we can get in. Yuck!
2012-06-29 10:26 PM
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Waves are up already. Wave 7 for me. I'll take it. 19 waves this year, wow. 5 min between each too. Should help with possible course congestion.

2012-07-02 2:47 PM
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brigby1 - 2012-06-25 7:56 AM

Nice Nate! Here's hoping for our wave to start about where last year did.

And does anyone know how technical the bike course is? There is lots on the elevation changes, but not much on how this is. Does that mean fairly easy from that perspective? I'm getting in as much as I can on the hillier back-roads of Wisconsin, so I doubt anything there will be an issue, but it's nice to know and it's good to have an idea of what others might be doing.

 

I rode and ran the course last week.  The bike is not technical, imo.  The first 40+ miles are a straight shot on Lake Mead drive/North Shore road.  It contains lots of rolling hills, but no sharp turns or technical maneuvers.  The final ~10 miles (going into Henderson) contained the most turns, but nothing difficult. The rolling hills are more of a concern for me.  After riding the course, I'm definitely training on hillier routes.

2012-07-02 2:57 PM
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six_cubes - 2012-06-29 8:34 PM UGH! My swim wave is dead last...90 minutes of anxious waiting after the pros start before we can get in. Yuck!

Dang, I"m in the same wave! Pros will be halfway through the bike before we even start.

2012-07-03 7:47 AM
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My wife and I are both racing as well. We just qualified at Syracuse this year.

What day are people arriving? Do you plan to stay near the strip or closer to the race?

Dan


2012-07-03 9:08 AM
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In regards to housing, there is a thread going over on ST. The host hotel near T1 is sold out, but an option is to stay kind of near the finish, which is what I'm considering. Green Valley Ranch is a pretty fancy place within walking distance of the finish, but I'm thinking of a place that has a breakfast for the non-race days. It's going to cost quite a bit to get to Vegas from the east coast, so I'm probably going cheap on the housing. There are quite a few places like Best Western or Comfort Suites in between T1 and T2.

I'm a teacher, and taking off time at the beginning of the year is going to kill my two personal days for the year (can't complain about summer vacation, though). I'm planning on arriving in Vegas on Friday, then heading home on Monday, so three nights in all.

2012-07-03 12:21 PM
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Nate - thanks for the info.

Are you using tri bike transport or flying your bike? I am on the east coast as well (DC area).

I think we are getting in Thursday (bike drop off is Thur/Fri, no Sat allowed I think).

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2012-07-06 8:36 PM
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My plan is to borrow a bike box from a teammate and fly Southwest - $50 each way. We're staying right in Henderson right between the two transition areas, arriving Friday morning and leaving Monday morning. My wife will be shuttling me around on race day. Supposedly there is also a shuttle to get you back to T1 after the race. The area around T2/Finish has some shopping areas with large parking lots for spectator parking, then a walk to the finish/run area.
2012-07-08 11:31 AM
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I'm in!  Just qualified yesterday at the Muncie 70.3... um I mean Olympic...
2012-07-08 11:48 AM
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wbattaile - 2012-07-08 11:31 AM I'm in!  Just qualified yesterday at the Muncie 70.3... um I mean Olympic...

Very nice! And for your reward. Now you need to put everything together from your races, all the "fun" stuff. Combine all the heat and the hills from the two. And no wetsuit on the swim.



2012-07-08 2:49 PM
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Yeah, it looks like a pretty challenging course. Lots to figure out over the next month or so... Not just the race but all the logistics involved in getting to the start with all my stuff.

I almost can't believe I just committed to a race that's probably going to cost me more than all of my previous tri-related expenses combined.
2012-07-08 3:15 PM
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wbattaile - 2012-07-08 12:31 PM I'm in!  Just qualified yesterday at the Muncie 70.3... um I mean Olympic...

Congrats! What's the gearing in the bike in your avatar pic? I think you may need to change it for the hilly Vegas course!

Better start doing some training in the heat of the day (if you aren't already).

2012-07-08 4:03 PM
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natethomas2000 - 2012-07-08 3:15 PM  Congrats! What's the gearing in the bike in your avatar pic? I think you may need to change it for the hilly Vegas course!

It's a fixie.  Tongue out

On a serious note, I have a standard crank with 12-28 cassette.  It worked fine for me at Knoxville, but looks like Vegas may have slightly bigger/steeper hills.  Anyone have some feedback on the toughest climbs on the Vegas course?

2012-07-13 2:35 PM
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Question for those that have flown with their gear before- any advice on which airlines have better rates or may consider a bike case a normal piece of baggage?  

Looks like Southwest isn't the cheapest option for me, but I prefer to fly with them, especially if they do a better job with bikes.

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