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2012-04-16 11:27 AM

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Subject: American Triple-T Ohio - Race #1: Super Sprint : Official Thread
has anyone started a race thread? not just for the mini sprint!


2012-04-16 11:32 AM
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some info here but its thin:

http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=424559

2012-04-16 11:44 AM
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no better time than now! 4 weeks!
2012-04-16 12:09 PM
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this is my first ttt. im doing it solo. my parents are in their 70s and i was thinking of asking them to come out and sherpa but not sure how that will go. thoughts?
2012-04-16 12:33 PM
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me too. I'm doing it just for training's sake, but the load to get ready for it is killing me. I'm scared of the courses...
2012-04-16 1:21 PM
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this is my first as well but my brother, cusetri,  did it last year and getting a world of knowledge from him. Very hilly. This is an intense training weekend for me as Placid is my nemesis this year.

I think your folks will have a good time watching you race but from what I hear there is nothing for miles from this place. Any experience with parents/loved ones is a good one but not 100% sure that this venue would be best as the place is very 'old school'.  ie, food, bathrooms ,etc

And just because it is early May in Ohio it is still hot being Souther Ohio close to Kentucky. Bringing both my aero and regular bike helmets. also, No manned aid stations etc. There are vols there but not on the course from what I hear. They help us get into our wetsuits after the bike portion of race 2 Saturday... the old plastic baggy on the feet trick to get the suit on a sweaty body.

any help and ideas are great but it seems this thread is not like the Placid thread.



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BooTri - 2012-04-16 2:21 PM

this is my first as well but my brother, cusetri,  did it last year and getting a world of knowledge from him. Very hilly. This is an intense training weekend for me as Placid is my nemesis this year.

I think your folks will have a good time watching you race but from what I hear there is nothing for miles from this place. Any experience with parents/loved ones is a good one but not 100% sure that this venue would be best as the place is very 'old school'.  ie, food, bathrooms ,etc

And just because it is early May in Ohio it is still hot being Souther Ohio close to Kentucky. Bringing both my aero and regular bike helmets. also, No manned aid stations etc. There are vols there but not on the course from what I hear. They help us get into our wetsuits after the bike portion of race 2 Saturday... the old plastic baggy on the feet trick to get the suit on a sweaty body.

any help and ideas are great but it seems this thread is not like the Placid thread.

True the location is not in town but it is at a Beautiful State Park, there really isnt much for them to do but in most triathlons there isnt much for the spectator to do.  The lodge is very nice and has a nice restaurant and town is about a 15 minute drive and there are some places to eat that I could recommend depending on what type of food you are looking for - Great steak and chicken = Scioto Ribber,  Nice Italian = Melini's, Pizza, Beer and Wings = Brew Pub,  Pizza buffet = Mr Gattis, Nice Dining and Assortment = Oscars located inside The Holiday Inn.  

About the course and aid stations- during the bike course of the half ironman day you come back thru for a 2nd lap, there you will be able to swap out your bottles and get any other nutrition you may have left there.  On the run course there is manned stations It is an out and back course so about 3.27 miles out 3.27 miles back....there are 3 water stations out on the course plus one right when you leave transition.  However, in the past on the last day they have been known to be out of water etc at times and it has been hot during this time of the year here.  I would almost recommend a fuel belt on the half ironman day as a just in case they run out of fluid and its super hot kinda day.  If there are any other question send me a message or post them here, I live here and I've done this race 3 times. It's a great great weekend!!

2012-04-17 10:44 AM
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The camaraderie is amazing.

It is a decent spectator race for a young person, even someone with kids because there is the beach and the creek. But the only bathrooms are porto-johns or the concrete ones by the beach. Everything is muddy. It's not impossible to find a shady spot to put a couple chairs, though. I guess it depends on your parents.

If they think they are going to see a lot of you, that won't happen. The courses are remote and spectators only see athletes in transition. In between races you will become increasingly exhausted, hungry and grumpy.

But it's great! I swear!

2012-04-26 11:41 AM
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So are most people using this as an actual "race" or a training wknd on here? it's going to be hard to hold back from going 110%. I'm afraid of the water temp because I have circulation probs in my toes and fingers. Does anyone know the total feet gained for climbing on the bike for the half iron distance???
2012-04-26 11:48 AM
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I actually have this as my A race this year and I am only doing it to finish. Seems strange but everything I read tells me to be smart.

Found this and it really helped:

http://www.fexycoaching.com/blog/?p=290

2012-04-26 1:49 PM
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I am only doing the little smokies half on sunday as I have work friday and saturday. I am pumped and am only doing it for training and to nail down some nutrition. good luck to all and hopefully I will see everyone on sunday!


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for those of you using TTT as a training wknd, will you taper or rest up the week before or just go along with your normal plan??? I will def be taking thursday off.
2012-05-02 12:50 PM
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so just how cold is 60 degrees in a wet suit??? I'm skeered for my hands and feet!
2012-05-02 12:58 PM
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its not too bad. i did imcda last year at 53 degrees. some said 55. either way, i thought it was cold but not unbearable in a wetsuit. i swam in it for 2 days beforehand to get the feel for it. there are videos online about how to handle cold water. trick is to get your face wet. pee in your suit not before the swim in a port a  loo. some people film some vaseline on their exposed face skin. you can also buy a neoprene cap for like 20$.

as to taper, there wont be much of one. a few days tops i imagine.

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SEADOCHA - 2012-05-02 1:50 PM so just how cold is 60 degrees in a wet suit??? I'm skeered for my hands and feet!

 

it's definitely cold.. but not wicked bad. we swam in 60 for an oly last year... just keep moving



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2012-05-13 9:44 AM
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y'all seen the nasty hot forecasts? 87 on Sunday!


2012-05-13 10:38 AM
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I always wanted to die doing something I loved....woohoo 87!
2012-05-14 6:58 AM
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from ADollar79, who did this once:

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We can talk in more detail this week if you like. 

IMO, here are the keys.  First, respect it.  Don't try to kill it.  Treat it like a challenge.  You will emerge victorious...it will just suck along the way. Second, respect it.  The course (unless it changed) is brutal. 

Race #1:  It's too short to get too caught up in racing. Just prime the legs. 

Race #2:  If you are going to overdo it, this will be the race.  You will feel great in the morning and amped up.  But you body will hate you 8 hours later when you aren't amped up but need it to respond.  Hold back just a bit especially on the hills and the run. 

Race #3.  Bike-swim-run.  Your legs will feel beat up to start the bike.  IIRC, this course was easier.  Putting on a wetsuit in T1 is hard.  Have someone zip you up.  Your legs might cramp when you hit the water.  Prepare for it.  The run sucks.  Every minute of it.  You body will NOT want to run 


Race #4:  Half--You know the course by now.  Use the swim as an easy warmup.  You probably have ridden all the roads and can anticipate the climbs.  You will likely start struggling on the climbs.  Take them easy and enjoy the descents and flats.  Run--will make you want to cry.  And you have to do it twice.  You will know EVERY rock on the fire road. 

Tips:  Unless you are trying to kill it and be on the podium, enjoy the weekend.  It is really one of the coolest events around.  You will get to know everyone so make friends.

The biggest key is fueling yourself and recovering.  Expect the first race on Saturday to take you ~2:30 give or take.  That means you are done around 10:00 am.  What can you put in your body that is agreeable and allow you to race again at 3:00. 

Use the stream that leads to the lake as an ice bath.  And I mean immediately.  Cross the finish line, grab food and eat in the lake/stream.  This will help keep the swelling down. 

Eat like a pig on Saturday night.  Your glycogen is non-existent at this point and you need to top off your reserves for the next day.  Even consider a large breakfast.  I think I broke all the rules by this point. 

Sunday is just a survival fest.  Don't expect to be fast.  If you need to walk the hills, walk the hills.  The body has taken a pounding. 

Post race--SERIOUS recovery.  Given the terrain you might roll an ankle or have inflammation in odd areas.  Address these immediately and don't let them linger for a few weeks. 

 



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2012-05-14 7:42 AM
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phatknot now I'm skeered! This is my first tri!!! I attempted one last year, but the swim was canceled
2012-05-14 9:11 AM
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I am totally scared, but excited to have fun too. Prepared to walk all the "runs'.  Thats this turtle's plan.

What do people do about drying stuff out for the second Oly? bring extra bras/s horts? I know you have to wear the top the whole time.

btw the fexycoaching.com is my coachy. Smile  We have a bunch going that go every year, say its the greatest thing going, but still am scared Surprised 

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for race 1, do you wear a garmin? It's too big to pull my wetsuit off and over (I think). This will be my first triathlon race. I'd like something to tell me my time for the mile run. My concern is when should I put it on. t1 or t2?  I could always wear a small timex and pull my wetsuit over that one. what do you do?


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Making the drive down from WI to OH tomorrow.  This will be my 3rd TTT in a row and I love it.  The past 12 months have been a down period training-wise for me so this will be just a long training weekend to bump up my volume for my IM Mont-Tremblant (Aug) prep.

Not much to add from other posts.  One tip for getting your wetsuit on in T1 after the bike in race #3 is to bring some of those plastic grocery bags with you that you can slip over your feet just before you put your foot into the leg of your wetsuit.  You'll be all sweaty after the bike, so the bag helps to slide your foot in.  Also, be prepared for the cold water after the bike in that race....some people experience leg cramps.

Weather sounds like sunny and around 85 most of the 3 days....which means it will probably hit 90 LOL.   Hope the horseflies aren't too bad in the woods!  Good luck everyone!

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Looking forward to seeing everyone. I'll be in the triple t jersey. Wink  probably bringing up the rear in every race, and walking the hills. Say hi!
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Birkierunner - 2012-05-16 1:41 PM

Making the drive down from WI to OH tomorrow.  This will be my 3rd TTT in a row and I love it.  The past 12 months have been a down period training-wise for me so this will be just a long training weekend to bump up my volume for my IM Mont-Tremblant (Aug) prep.

Not much to add from other posts.  One tip for getting your wetsuit on in T1 after the bike in race #3 is to bring some of those plastic grocery bags with you that you can slip over your feet just before you put your foot into the leg of your wetsuit.  You'll be all sweaty after the bike, so the bag helps to slide your foot in.  Also, be prepared for the cold water after the bike in that race....some people experience leg cramps.

Weather sounds like sunny and around 85 most of the 3 days....which means it will probably hit 90 LOL.   Hope the horseflies aren't too bad in the woods!  Good luck everyone!

 

Thank you so much for just answering my question before I asked it. I was debating on wearing OFF for them damn flies! I bought some type of sport OFF and will try it out. Maybe it's not a good thing. they normally increase my speed because I'm trying to run like hell to get away from them.lol

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how did everyone do??? I got way behind on water and salt on Saturday pm....went to bed with a headache, woke up with the headache Sunday, swam and biked with the headache, and had to pull out of the run sadly b/c I had a migraine starting.
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