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2012-08-31 11:43 AM

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Though I'm an out-of-towner for this race, I lived in Raleigh for seven years in the '00s.  I'm really excited about WTC bringing a race to the area and hope we can generate a lot of good discussion about the course, share some tips for newcomers, and offer encouragement to all.


My name's Kent, I have done half a dozen or so HIMs and look forward to this race as a chance to visit friends, see some familiar sites and to tune-up for Ironman Lake Placid in July.  If you get a chance, introduce yourself and let us know your name, experience and goals.



2012-08-31 12:28 PM
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Very excited about this race coming to our neck of the woods! Just finished IM Louisville 5 days ago and swore it was my last race for a while but its hard to pass up the inagural year. Already know tons of locals that have signed up and love that some out of towners are already excited.Should be a great race!
2012-08-31 12:31 PM
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Excited to wake up n race an IM in my back yard! Woohoo!
2012-08-31 1:34 PM
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I live in Concord and we should have quite a few or our triathlon club members sign up for this race since it's so close.  We'll also field at least one relay team, hopefully more.  Here's our website if you want to check us out:  www.h-ctc.com  
2012-08-31 2:02 PM
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I'm excited to have an IM race so close to home, but not so sure about racing in the heat that time of year!  White Lake "Bake" Half is bad enough in May.  But this is most certainly exciting news!!!
2012-08-31 2:03 PM
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hi Kent and all others,
This will hopefully be my third HIM,( I need to finish B2B again this year) after only doing 1 Sprint and 1 Oly since starting triathlons last year. I'm from Scotland but lived in NC for about 4years now. I know it's corporate but v-excited the Ironman brand is putting a race on in my new hometown. I've heard they are really great events.
Looking forward to the chat, stories and adventures we can all share in the forthcoming months.

Donnie


2012-08-31 8:15 PM
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I'm in! Very excited to have a race literally in my backyard. I'm going to train hard and have a lofty goal of under 5:00. The bike coarse isn't terrible but there are some hilly sections for sure.

Daniel



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2012-08-31 8:49 PM
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Crap.

I drank the WTC Kool Aid.

2012-09-01 3:02 PM
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I am in Charlotte and am excited about a race so close. 
2012-09-03 2:43 PM
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anyone have any insight as to when they start to show a participant list?.. I'm interested as to what kind of support the race has drawn so far.
2012-09-03 2:59 PM
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donwah - 2012-09-03 3:43 PM anyone have any insight as to when they start to show a participant list?.. I'm interested as to what kind of support the race has drawn so far.

It is there.

click the link http://www.active.com/triathlon/pittsboro-nc/ironman-703-raleigh-2013 and then click on "search participants" on the pop up screen just hit the search key (do not type anything).

as of this writting there are 1408 entered.



2012-09-03 3:15 PM
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cheers qrkid, I'd been looking on the official site...doh!

dang it, I just end up with an almost blank page... hit the search and it appears not to load.. oh well, my noseyness shall have to wait.

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2012-09-03 4:58 PM
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donwah - 2012-09-03 4:15 PM cheers qrkid, I'd been looking on the official site...doh! dang it, I just end up with an almost blank page... hit the search and it appears not to load.. oh well, my noseyness shall have to wait.

There are 1424 people registered.

2012-09-04 12:43 PM
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For a good preview of the swim and part of the bike, come do the Finish Strong Half on 9/23.  Same swim venue, similar bike for the first dozen miles or so.  Be ready to go uphill for 3 miles right out of the water!
2012-09-05 8:47 AM
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fgump - 2012-09-04 1:43 PM For a good preview of the swim and part of the bike, come do the Finish Strong Half on 9/23.  Same swim venue, similar bike for the first dozen miles or so.  Be ready to go uphill for 3 miles right out of the water!

fgump, if you or any other locals ride the Raleigh course and map it, please post your file so we can get a look at the hills.

2012-09-05 9:53 AM
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klassman - 2012-09-05 9:47 AM

fgump - 2012-09-04 1:43 PM For a good preview of the swim and part of the bike, come do the Finish Strong Half on 9/23.  Same swim venue, similar bike for the first dozen miles or so.  Be ready to go uphill for 3 miles right out of the water!

fgump, if you or any other locals ride the Raleigh course and map it, please post your file so we can get a look at the hills.

Haven't ridden it yet, plan to in a few weeks, but here's a sneak preview.  Looks like about 2500 feet of climbing.

http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/training/map.asp?routeid=180917



2012-09-11 8:36 AM
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Just saw a FB post-only 100 general entry spots left open as of 9/11, 9am.
2012-09-11 3:29 PM
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fgump - 2012-09-11 9:36 AM

Just saw a FB post-only 100 general entry spots left open as of 9/11, 9am.


I had considered waiting to enter this race but that post forced my hand - I pushed my chips in and signed up.

I've completed some longer races before (mary, ultra, HIM, etc.) but flamed out at IMLOU last month. Seems I overhydrated and ended up with hypovolemic hyponatremia.

I'm eyeing IMFL 2013 so I plan on using Raleigh as a bridge to get started with my training for that event.

I've got a cousin who lives in Raleigh and with whom I'll be crashing for the race. I've done the Krispy Kreme Challenge before but that's my only race I've done in the area.
2012-09-11 3:45 PM
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fgump - 2012-09-05 10:53 AM
klassman - 2012-09-05 9:47 AM

fgump - 2012-09-04 1:43 PM For a good preview of the swim and part of the bike, come do the Finish Strong Half on 9/23.  Same swim venue, similar bike for the first dozen miles or so.  Be ready to go uphill for 3 miles right out of the water!

fgump, if you or any other locals ride the Raleigh course and map it, please post your file so we can get a look at the hills.

Haven't ridden it yet, plan to in a few weeks, but here's a sneak preview.  Looks like about 2500 feet of climbing.

http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/training/map.asp?routeid=180917

the one posted on the event website says 1230, are they typically off that much?

2012-09-11 8:27 PM
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Clempson - 2012-09-11 4:45 PM
fgump - 2012-09-05 10:53 AM
klassman - 2012-09-05 9:47 AM

fgump - 2012-09-04 1:43 PM For a good preview of the swim and part of the bike, come do the Finish Strong Half on 9/23.  Same swim venue, similar bike for the first dozen miles or so.  Be ready to go uphill for 3 miles right out of the water!

fgump, if you or any other locals ride the Raleigh course and map it, please post your file so we can get a look at the hills.

Haven't ridden it yet, plan to in a few weeks, but here's a sneak preview.  Looks like about 2500 feet of climbing.

http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/training/map.asp?routeid=180917

the one posted on the event website says 1230, are they typically off that much?

 

Having ridden on pretty much all the roads on the course I think the 1230 from the IM Raleigh site is more accurate.

2012-09-11 9:33 PM
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qrkid - 2012-09-11 9:27 PM
Clempson - 2012-09-11 4:45 PM
fgump - 2012-09-05 10:53 AM
klassman - 2012-09-05 9:47 AM

fgump - 2012-09-04 1:43 PM For a good preview of the swim and part of the bike, come do the Finish Strong Half on 9/23.  Same swim venue, similar bike for the first dozen miles or so.  Be ready to go uphill for 3 miles right out of the water!

fgump, if you or any other locals ride the Raleigh course and map it, please post your file so we can get a look at the hills.

Haven't ridden it yet, plan to in a few weeks, but here's a sneak preview.  Looks like about 2500 feet of climbing.

http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/training/map.asp?routeid=180917

the one posted on the event website says 1230, are they typically off that much?

 

Having ridden on pretty much all the roads on the course I think the 1230 from the IM Raleigh site is more accurate.

Hmmm, I don't know.  I just reran it again, resetting elevation.  Usually that cures any hiccups.  But it came back at 2507 ft for the same route.  I'm looking at the climbs, and here's what I see:

250 feet from T1 to 64

180 feet over the next 10 miles

Big downhill pretty much to the end of Pea Ridge

Start the long sucky uphill on Old 1 and climb 175 over about 6-7 miles

100 feet of random ups and downs down by Harris Lake

250 feet of BIG climbs back up Avent Ferry (remember the backside of Triangle?  Get to go reverse up those)

300-400 at least until about mile 48

Big downhill and big uphill about mile 49, about 100 feet

More big down and up on Lake Wheeler (around Yates Mill area), 100-150

That only adds up to about 1700, but I'm sure I'm missing a lot of the 50-100 foot climbs. 

I won't discount that 2500 feet until I ride the course.



2012-09-12 8:53 AM
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fgump - 2012-09-11 10:33 PM

Hmmm, I don't know.  I just reran it again, resetting elevation.  Usually that cures any hiccups.  But it came back at 2507 ft for the same route.  I'm looking at the climbs, and here's what I see:

250 feet from T1 to 64

Have not ridden in the park, but I believe the 3mi from T1 to US64 is a solid climb

180 feet over the next 10 miles

Once you cross the bridge on 64 it climbs decently to the right turn onto Beaver Creek. Then there are a couple of solid ups on Pea Ridge till the park entrance where Duke HIM used to start

Big downhill pretty much to the end of Pea Ridge

Start the long sucky uphill on Old 1 and climb 175 over about 6-7 miles

Pretty much a consistant uphill on old US1

100 feet of random ups and downs down by Harris Lake

250 feet of BIG climbs back up Avent Ferry (remember the backside of Triangle?  Get to go reverse up those)

Pretty much what I think looks like the toughest 5mi stretch of the race once you cross the bridge over Harris lake until you get to Avent Ferry.

300-400 at least until about mile 48

Solid rollers on Optomist farm

Big downhill and big uphill about mile 49, about 100 feet

More big down and up on Lake Wheeler (around Yates Mill area), 100-150

Yep. Solid climb from Yates Mill pond up to Tryon Rd.

That only adds up to about 1700, but I'm sure I'm missing a lot of the 50-100 foot climbs. 

I won't discount that 2500 feet until I ride the course.

 

Yep you could be right Bill. When you break it up like that.

2012-09-12 6:42 PM
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I'm in! 2025 registered as of 7:30 today!
2012-09-12 6:52 PM
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I'm in with three others. Three of us have done Colleseum Rock& Roll Half Iron, IM Augusta 70.3 and IM Louisville 140.6 together. Already looking forward to training for and participating IM Raleigh 70.3.
2012-09-12 8:19 PM
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In since day 1, excited
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