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2012-07-22 4:21 PM
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You ARE a triathlete!  Good luck in your prep for Steelhead.  Stay Positive.


2012-07-23 1:04 PM
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2 Logistical questions for anyone who has done this race:

1. You have to take a shuttle from the parking area to the start/finish/transition area.  The shuttles close at 630am.  Does anyone have advice for how to get your family there later in the day?  My wife and two little ones want to arrive later in the day to see me finish and the prospect of getting them up early enough to catch the shuttle is not appealing.  Is there parking available nearby that is not "official" race parking?

 

2. Same type of issue:  You have to take a shuttle to get to transition, so what do you do with your bike pump?  I intend to pump up my tires race morning, but you are not supposed to leave the pump in the transition area and they will not take it in the morning check bags.  Do I need to just pump them up the day before and chance it race morning?

 

Sorry for the new guy questions, this will hopefully be my first full HIM following the Muncie 37.2.

 

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2012-07-23 8:16 PM
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2012-07-23 8:35 PM
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jons901 - 2012-07-23 2:04 PM

2 Logistical questions for anyone who has done this race:

1. You have to take a shuttle from the parking area to the start/finish/transition area.  The shuttles close at 630am.  Does anyone have advice for how to get your family there later in the day?  My wife and two little ones want to arrive later in the day to see me finish and the prospect of getting them up early enough to catch the shuttle is not appealing.  Is there parking available nearby that is not "official" race parking?

 

2. Same type of issue:  You have to take a shuttle to get to transition, so what do you do with your bike pump?  I intend to pump up my tires race morning, but you are not supposed to leave the pump in the transition area and they will not take it in the morning check bags.  Do I need to just pump them up the day before and chance it race morning?

 

Sorry for the new guy questions, this will hopefully be my first full HIM following the Muncie 37.2.

 

Thanks,

 

Jonathan

There is plenty of parking south of the race site and your family shouldn't have any problem finding a spot after the race has started.  There is a large industrial park with several large lots.  It's about 1/2 mile from the race and walkable on sidewalks through a neighborhood.  No need to rely on the shuttle, I've taken my bike in on race morning both times with no trouble.  There are usually pumps floating around the transition areas and are supposed to be supplied by race staff.  Finding one should be easy enough if you leave it over night.

Go to bing maps and take a peek at the satellite view of St. Joseph/Benton Harbor.  The parking areas are directly north of the St. Jospeh River and are along Upton/Momany/Renaissance/Momany drives.

Good luck!  PM me if you need any other info.  I live in the area and have done the race 2X.

 

2012-07-26 1:33 PM
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Hey!  I was just wondering if you could provide more insight on the bike course.  The elevation looks like it is fairly flat, similar to Muncie, but you mentioned a few hills for the last 18 miles.  Have you done Kansas?  How does it compare? 
2012-07-26 4:35 PM
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Never have done Kansas.  Most of the hills on the course are on M-63/Blue Star Hwy.  They're not difficult and it's pretty similar to Muncie, or at least the shortened version of Muncie this year.  The middle 30 or so are pretty flat with a few hills, nothing that's a killer. 

Funny you mention Kansas.  My wife and I were eating out last year and some guys from WTC in town for Steelhead sat near us and were from Kansas.  I asked him about the bike course there and he said Steelhead is much easier.  Kansas was much hillier, in his words. 

 



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jgs733 - 2012-07-26 4:35 PM

Never have done Kansas.  Most of the hills on the course are on M-63/Blue Star Hwy.  They're not difficult and it's pretty similar to Muncie, or at least the shortened version of Muncie this year.  The middle 30 or so are pretty flat with a few hills, nothing that's a killer. 

Funny you mention Kansas.  My wife and I were eating out last year and some guys from WTC in town for Steelhead sat near us and were from Kansas.  I asked him about the bike course there and he said Steelhead is much easier.  Kansas was much hillier, in his words. 

 

 

Thanks!  Yeah, Kansas is fairly challenging.  A little over 2000 ft of climbing.  It's one of my favorite races.  I'm hoping to come to the area to ride the course beforehand!  It's so hilly where I live which is helpful for training, but sometimes you just want a good stretch of flat roads to really go fast!! Smile

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jgs733 - 2012-07-23 9:35 PM
jons901 - 2012-07-23 2:04 PM

There is plenty of parking south of the race site and your family shouldn't have any problem finding a spot after the race has started.  There is a large industrial park with several large lots.  It's about 1/2 mile from the race and walkable on sidewalks through a neighborhood.  No need to rely on the shuttle, I've taken my bike in on race morning both times with no trouble.  There are usually pumps floating around the transition areas and are supposed to be supplied by race staff.  Finding one should be easy enough if you leave it over night.

Go to bing maps and take a peek at the satellite view of St. Joseph/Benton Harbor.  The parking areas are directly north of the St. Jospeh River and are along Upton/Momany/Renaissance/Momany drives.

Good luck!  PM me if you need any other info.  I live in the area and have done the race 2X.

 

 

Thanks, jgs733  We appreciate it!

2012-07-28 12:05 PM
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2012-08-05 9:29 AM
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Good morning all! So we are exactly 2 weeks out from Steelhead and I'm getting really excited.

Is it too early to start checking about the conditions of Lake Michigan? I'm really concerned about the swim. I know the water can change in an instant, but does anyone know what it's like now?

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2012-08-06 9:52 PM
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i was just there this weekend.  saturday - the lake was calm and perfect for racing.  sunday - the lake was perfect for surfing and prob borderline swim cancel worthy.


2012-08-07 8:33 PM
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Amazing how fast it changes simply because of prevalent wind direction.  Just the other day it was littered with 60 degree temps and now they are showing high 70s!

 

http://www.coastwatch.msu.edu/michigan/m52.html

2012-08-10 6:31 AM
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I know better than to keep checking this...l work on a cruise ship half the month every month so I know things can change in an instant. I still can't help it. Lol.

I'm just hoping there is a swim.
2012-08-10 7:59 AM
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I'm strangely calm before the race Of course, we still have a week and a half, so the nerves still have plenty of time to ruin my cucumber-like cool..

Couple of questions (based on what I read about other 70.3 events):

1) Do we rack the bike on Sat, or do we have to drag it with on Sunday?

2) Do we set up transition as per usual, under bike, or do we have the transition bags and can't leave anything in transition?

3) when do they publish waves? I'm REALLY hoping i'm not in the 4th to last wave again (Racine last year).

The Athlete guide really doesn't seem to have anything about that.. unless i missed it? totally possible.

4) Are the course talks worth the time? If they are, are there some you'd recommend specifically? I'm coming in with my husband and our 2 little boys, and my MIL and FIL are meeting us there, so I kind of want to hit the meat and potatoes stuff and get going

thanks!!!

2012-08-10 8:59 AM
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Lyoshka - 2012-08-10 8:59 AM

I'm strangely calm before the race Of course, we still have a week and a half, so the nerves still have plenty of time to ruin my cucumber-like cool..

Couple of questions (based on what I read about other 70.3 events):

1) Do we rack the bike on Sat, or do we have to drag it with on Sunday?

You can rack it saturday or sunday morning I believe.

2) Do we set up transition as per usual, under bike, or do we have the transition bags and can't leave anything in transition? 

Not sure on this one, but from the athlete's guide I don't see anything about transition bags so I assume it's a fairly normal transition.

3) when do they publish waves? I'm REALLY hoping i'm not in the 4th to last wave again (Racine last year).

Waves are out already.  Check the web site they are posted here:

http://ironmansteelhead.com/files/2012/07/SteelheadSwimwaves.pdf

The Athlete guide really doesn't seem to have anything about that.. unless i missed it? totally possible.

4) Are the course talks worth the time? If they are, are there some you'd recommend specifically? I'm coming in with my husband and our 2 little boys, and my MIL and FIL are meeting us there, so I kind of want to hit the meat and potatoes stuff and get going   I've never attended one, but that doesn't mean they are not helpfull.

 

In order to fully jinx this race I'm posting the current prdiction for weather:

 

Aug 18

Mostly Sunny

Mostly Sunny

Hi:69°Lo:53°

Mostly Sunny. High 69F and low 53F. Winds NW at 11 mph. Air Quality:NA, UV Index:NA

2012-08-10 9:01 AM
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Bib numbers are posted in the participants list.  I'm 1094.......I'll choose the 1094 standard for my tax return.  I have a lot of deductions......



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ha!  is training time/equipment tax deductable?  looks like im #853, swim wave at 750 w pink cap (my daughter will like this)

btw, i grew up in this area and did the race in 2010 (swim included!) if anyone has last minute questions, i would be glad to try and answer.

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jv - 2012-08-10 12:56 PM

ha!  is training time/equipment tax deductable?  looks like im #853, swim wave at 750 w pink cap (my daughter will like this)

btw, i grew up in this area and did the race in 2010 (swim included!) if anyone has last minute questions, i would be glad to try and answer.

Wouldn't that be nice.  Especially since I bought a bike this year. 

You are not just pink you are FL pink.   I'm FL Orange and if I see you, you might be having a bad swim.....I usually take about 40 minutes for my swim so no speed demon here.

2012-08-10 3:23 PM
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Chris, thanks for the input!!!

I will rack my bike on Saturday, i assume the transition is secure? Then I'll just bring my pump on Sunday and leave with with MIL.

I'm 412, and I am SO happy to say I'm in the 6th wave, 7:20 start!!!!! I'm ecstatic.  Last year, I was in the 4th to last wave (i think we started at 8:16), and then I had that disastrous Tire Shredding on the bike and whew........ I'm VERY happy to see I'll start in the beginning.  I'm not fast (probably will finish between 7:10-7:30), so I need that extra time before the clock start ticking to cut off, in case of another mechanical nightmare.  Which won't happen.  But I'm still happy!

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...oh, and I have a super cool RED cap!!! I usually get weird colors, so not too upset about that

It's going to be a fun day, you guys!

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Hey guys. I'm racing as a relay, doing the swim and run. Kinda wish I'd gone to the pool more than 5 times this year! I grew up in Berrien Springs, two towns over, and happened to be visiting the family on race weekend so figured why not. The lake is all churned up today, I'm hoping for calm in my poorly trained state! Anyone know how the relay works? I've never done one and we're not listed on the bib list, which is odd. I haven't found any info on when the relay wave is either.


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1118, FL Orange cap, 3rd to last wave.  Grew up an hour north and headed home as well as racing on my birthday!  
2012-08-10 5:52 PM
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Transition will be locked down.  Your bike will be safe. 

See eveyone next week. 

I've sucked at training since Boise 29.3 (bike got cut to 15 miles)two months ago, but I'll be shooting for anything under 6 hours.  Good luck everyone and stay safe in your travels back to Michigan. 

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I'm bib number 562, which while I'm happy to have one, I cannot derive anything special out of those numbers! It just seems very run of the mill, but I guess that fits me I'll have a white cap, which gives me confidence I'll be easier to spot if I flounder out in the water! Just started my taper and mentally I am in good spirits; really looking forward to the 19th, good luck all!
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Something to think about...I hear from reading ST that they may be offering spots to IM Wisconsin 2013 at the athlete check in on saturday.  I'm already commited to IMCDA for 2013, but this could be a great oppertunity to get into a popular IM.
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