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2012-06-14 4:45 PM

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Just wondering from those that have done this race in the past how the run course is laid out?  I was able to ride the bike course the last 2 days since I was in town on business but just curious about the run course layout from the past.  Seems like a pretty decent bike course with the Avent Ferry section being smokin' fast.  Thanks in advance.


 


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2012-06-14 7:27 PM
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The run course is mostly on the trails in the park. 

 

On the ride, the right turn onto 55 has to a bit hairy. Anyone with thoughts?

2012-06-15 9:56 AM
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The run is, as far as I can remember, pretty "standard". No big hills (actually no real hills at all) but a lot of wide trails (think dirt roads through the woods...not single track but you wouldn't want to run this one barefoot unless you have very leathery feet!). The bike is the interesting part to this race- fairly challenging for a sprint.
2012-06-15 10:14 AM
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Are any parts of the run on a technical trail?  Techinical trails are dangerous ground for me (I am in the process of strengthing my ankles to support trail runs, but....I have am doing IMFL this year and don't care to take any chances on being put out of training by an ankle roll).  I just registered for this race, but I will rethink it if it's not a road/dirt road run.

 

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2012-06-15 10:16 AM
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louiskie - 2012-06-15 10:56 AM The run is, as far as I can remember, pretty "standard". No big hills (actually no real hills at all) but a lot of wide trails (think dirt roads through the woods...not single track but you wouldn't want to run this one barefoot unless you have very leathery feet!). The bike is the interesting part to this race- fairly challenging for a sprint.

 

I did see the above, but looking for a little more info.  Thank you, Louiskie.

2012-06-15 10:17 AM
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Thanks for the responses, just did not know if they had you run back out the road of the park to the main road through those rollers.  Having ridden the bike course a couple of times now I think it will be a lot of fun although the one section of about 2 miles on Friendsville (?) was a little rough in places, especially the bridge at the bottom of the first hill.


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brade - 2012-06-15 11:16 AM

louiskie - 2012-06-15 10:56 AM The run is, as far as I can remember, pretty "standard". No big hills (actually no real hills at all) but a lot of wide trails (think dirt roads through the woods...not single track but you wouldn't want to run this one barefoot unless you have very leathery feet!). The bike is the interesting part to this race- fairly challenging for a sprint.

 

I did see the above, but looking for a little more info.  Thank you, Louiskie.

Nothing technical about the run at all. You are on a mix of asphalt and dirt service roads. There are stones on the dirt roads but certainly not technically difficult. Have you ever run on the american tobacco trail? It is about that technical (i.e., not at all).

2012-06-15 10:38 AM
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dandr614 - 2012-06-15 11:17 AM Thanks for the responses, just did not know if they had you run back out the road of the park to the main road through those rollers.  Having ridden the bike course a couple of times now I think it will be a lot of fun although the one section of about 2 miles on Friendsville (?) was a little rough in places, especially the bridge at the bottom of the first hill.

No, you run within the park and almost in the opposite direction to the bike route.

And yes, that first downhill on Friendship Rd is fast and a bit rough in spots, with a bump at the bottom that might dislodge things (water bottles etc) if you hit it. Worth watching out for it. Also, the bike course has a net elevation gain on the front half, and a net loss on the back end...so you finish fast :-)

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Good to know.  Sounds like it will be a great run.  Thank you!
2012-06-15 12:07 PM
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Like Louiskie said, you run inside the park and the first 1/2 mile is tricky with lots of turns.  I don't particularly like the gravel parts, but I would not call the run technical.  For me, the worst part is that the turn around on the out & back section seems to never come!!!!!!
2012-07-06 1:54 PM
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A couple of questions for those who have done it before:

1. I have heard parking can be tricky. How early should I plan on arriving?
2. My wife and kids were planning on coming to cheer me on. Where will they have to park?
3. After the event, I was thinking about letting my kids go for a swim. Shouldn't be a problem?

Looking forward to seeing a bunch of BTers next weekend. I'll be in an OSB tri top... J


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Ubear97 - 2012-07-06 2:54 PM A couple of questions for those who have done it before:

1. I have heard parking can be tricky. How early should I plan on arriving?
2. My wife and kids were planning on coming to cheer me on. Where will they have to park?
3. After the event, I was thinking about letting my kids go for a swim. Shouldn't be a problem?

Looking forward to seeing a bunch of BTers next weekend. I'll be in an OSB tri top... J

1. I don't know. I arrived late 3 years ago and parked at the Shearon Harris visitor center and biked over (easy little ride). To get into the park I think you have to be pretty early.

2. This is my main   complaint with this race- my wife came late last time and couldnt even get to Shearon Harris because the road was closed (unannounced). So she sat there for 30 mins and went home. They might have sorted it out now but might be worth checking with setup on this one.

3. Assuming your kids can get there (see #2), the park has an AWESOME playground right at the finish and the lake is nice there. So yes, they can swim and chill. Dunno how old they are but the playground is great for 3-8 yr olds as far as I remember. It would be a nice race for your wife since they kids will be entertained while they wait for you.

2012-07-07 7:32 AM
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Going to make my first post here, rather than start a second thread.  I am thinking about signing up for this race as my very first triathlon.  What advice can you all give me for this first race and in general transitioning to triathlons? 

Background: I'm 26 and did collegiate / USA cycling for past 2 years until early this season (Dec '11) when injury prevented me from training/racing, but now fine.  For the past 3 months I've been swimming with RAM and slowly ramping up run training, with the goal of racing Triathlons is aug-sept.  I think I'm ready to test the waters now and get a feel for a triathlon.

This transition has been really tough for me since I don't know anyone in the tri scene and have been going it alone for so long.  I'd love to meet some of the BT members, develop a base of friends to train with, race with, and just hang out.  Part of this may be the age gap (avg tri racer age is 41!?) and not many racers in their 20s. Coaching has been tough for me - I don't think I can swing $160/mo for tri coach just to write me a biweekly plan.  The cost of races is also 2-3x that of a cycling event (why?).  I have many questions and generally just looking to get into the triathlon scene and make some friends.  If there are good triathlon meet-ups, training groups, socials, please let me know.  I'm on the cusp of really getting into this sport or losing motivation and regressing due to lack of support.

Help guys / gals!

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2012-07-07 7:36 PM
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Fissionx - 2012-07-07 8:32 AM

Going to make my first post here, rather than start a second thread.  I am thinking about signing up for this race as my very first triathlon.  What advice can you all give me for this first race and in general transitioning to triathlons? 

Background: I'm 26 and did collegiate / USA cycling for past 2 years until early this season (Dec '11) when injury prevented me from training/racing, but now fine.  For the past 3 months I've been swimming with RAM and slowly ramping up run training, with the goal of racing Triathlons is aug-sept.  I think I'm ready to test the waters now and get a feel for a triathlon.

This transition has been really tough for me since I don't know anyone in the tri scene and have been going it alone for so long.  I'd love to meet some of the BT members, develop a base of friends to train with, race with, and just hang out.  Part of this may be the age gap (avg tri racer age is 41!?) and not many racers in their 20s. Coaching has been tough for me - I don't think I can swing $160/mo for tri coach just to write me a biweekly plan.  The cost of races is also 2-3x that of a cycling event (why?).  I have many questions and generally just looking to get into the triathlon scene and make some friends.  If there are good triathlon meet-ups, training groups, socials, please let me know.  I'm on the cusp of really getting into this sport or losing motivation and regressing due to lack of support.

Help guys / gals!

Thanks,

Dan Barnhardt

Hi Dan- I would suggest taking this and posting it in the general NC forum as well- you will get a bigger response. There are a lot of people in your boat and some very nice, supportive people who come check the NC forum out. USA cycling? Yikes, that probably means you're gonna ride away from some people in the tri world!! Basically, there are loads of singles and groups that are triathletes that ride around here. If you are looking for similar-paced people to train with then it helps to post your workouts in the training log or mention them here ("I am Dan and I am looking to ride 40 miles tomorrow at X pace). That might help guide folks a little. Good luck. Oh, and triangle is a very nice race, esp. for a strong cyclist, since it has a long ride for a sprint triathlon.

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louiskie - 2012-07-06 4:43 PM

2. This is my main   complaint with this race- my wife came late last time and couldnt even get to Shearon Harris because the road was closed (unannounced). So she sat there for 30 mins and went home. They might have sorted it out now but might be worth checking with setup on this one.

3. Assuming your kids can get there (see #2), the park has an AWESOME playground right at the finish and the lake is nice there. So yes, they can swim and chill. Dunno how old they are but the playground is great for 3-8 yr olds as far as I remember. It would be a nice race for your wife since they kids will be entertained while they wait for you.

Louiskie-

Thanks for the info.  I'll email SetUp and if the answer is helpful, I'll post it here.  The kids are 6 and 4 so the playground (I remember it now from the Old School Aquathon) would be great...

Thanks again.

2012-07-11 7:38 AM
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Just signed up last night...should be a fun race. Hope to meet some of you out there.


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Bib # 73.  Going off in Wave 2.  Good Luck everyone!
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japarker24 - 2012-07-12 7:30 AM Bib # 73.  Going off in Wave 2.  Good Luck everyone!

Go Alan!

2012-07-12 6:14 PM
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I am signed up for this race as well.  I swam the course this week.  Seems like a lot of small shells and some rocks as you exit the lake.  Will Setup put down a mat or something to protect our uncovered feet?

 

 

Also swimming under/by the electrical lines was kinda weird. 

 

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japarker24 - 2012-07-12 7:30 AM Bib # 73.  Going off in Wave 2.  Good Luck everyone!

Bib 525 or 535 (can't remember). Wave 4...I am an old guy now. Its actually not a bad wave- anyone I pass from earlier waves is younger than me (those 30-39 yr old young'uns...and clydesdales) and I have an excuse when I get passed because the next wave back is the 29 and unders...:-)

See you out there. Dont worry about the gravel at the swim exit- pretty sure Setup will have something there. Now, they won't be able to help you with the leaches and any "nuke u lehr" waste...

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Bib #54, cashed in some points from my many road trips with work and staying in Holly Springs tomorrow night and not going to drive up Saturday morning.


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Bib 423, wave 2.  Alan -  see you out there!
2012-07-13 11:38 AM
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Bib 274, wave 10!
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483 wave 8 for me.
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311, wave 2.   Is it tomorrow, yet?

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