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2012-11-14 9:54 AM

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Subject: Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas : Official Thread
Well let's get this thing started.  Pretty much my warmup race for IMTX.


2012-11-14 10:31 AM
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Was going to be my tune up race for IMTX but have opted for 1 more year on the sidelines for a full IM.  Now this race is one of my key races for next season.  See everyone there...
2012-11-14 4:59 PM
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Im in for my 3rd year at this race. I like the course, Moody Gardens, etc., and the family enjoys the area and the race. 

2012-11-14 7:17 PM
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I am in too. This will be my first HIM. Started with 3 sprints last year, doing my first HM in December and then going for it in April. I am using gold membership/BT training plan with online coaching. Running has been my weakness as I have never been a runner. My HM training is going well (injury free so far). 

A sane person would do an Oly first, but have you ever met a sane triathlete?

I look forward to the challenge!

2012-11-15 7:57 AM
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uhcoog - 2012-11-14 10:54 AM Well let's get this thing started.  Pretty much my warmup race for IMTX.

If by warm up you mean throw down . . .

2012-11-15 8:09 AM
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bobddsmd - 2012-11-14 7:17 PM

I am in too. This will be my first HIM. Started with 3 sprints last year, doing my first HM in December and then going for it in April. I am using gold membership/BT training plan with online coaching. Running has been my weakness as I have never been a runner. My HM training is going well (injury free so far). 

A sane person would do an Oly first, but have you ever met a sane triathlete?

I look forward to the challenge!

X2  Almost exactly, other than I did a "Home Oly" a few weeks ago.  Really looking forward to this race.



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kaburns1214 - 2012-11-15 7:57 AM

uhcoog - 2012-11-14 10:54 AM Well let's get this thing started.  Pretty much my warmup race for IMTX.

If by warm up you mean throw down . . .

Cool

 

Did I mention my goal is to beat my coach in addition to getting ready for IMTX?  LOL.

2012-11-15 9:21 AM
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bobddsmd - 2012-11-14 7:17 PM

I am in too. This will be my first HIM. Started with 3 sprints last year, doing my first HM in December and then going for it in April. I am using gold membership/BT training plan with online coaching. Running has been my weakness as I have never been a runner. My HM training is going well (injury free so far). 

A sane person would do an Oly first, but have you ever met a sane triathlete?

I look forward to the challenge!

 

Olys have too much swimming proportionate to biking and running.  Makes perfect sense to me why you'd skip over it.

2012-11-21 1:23 PM
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I'm in for my first HIM too!

I was planning on doing a HIM in 2012 … but I broke my wrist earlier this year. Spent 2 months in a cast and another month in physical therapy. It's taken three months to get back to the fitness level I was at before the accident. (crazy how fast I lost my strength) Ready to start training and racing after missing out this year!!

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I'm in also for my first HIM.
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Introducing myself to the group...this will be my first HIM...have one season of sprints/olys under my belt...used BT for all of my training thus far. My goal is a full IM by end of 2013...unfortunately, I didn't get a spot in IMFL...so maybe Cozumel...and I have been following the Bone Island full and half distance thread...it may also be an alternative.Looking forward to keeping up with everyone!


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New to the HIM distance and open water racing. Wondering what kind of tri suit is recommended for this race?
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New to the HIM distance and open water racing. Wondering what kind of tri suit is recommended for this race?
2013-01-08 11:12 AM
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For those who have done this one:  How bad is the wind on the bike?    thinking of doing this as a warm up for IM Texas

 

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mditfurth - 2013-01-08 11:12 AM

For those who have done this one:  How bad is the wind on the bike?    thinking of doing this as a warm up for IM Texas

 

The wind is pretty bad as it's an island.  You can pretty much bank on some kind of headwind the first half of the ride and some kind of tail wind home.

People like to use it as a "warm up" for IMTX.  That's fine if you're just looking to race.  I know a lot of out of towners come down thinking it's like IMTX.  Do know that there's nothing remotely similar about the races.

  • Salt water & wetsuit swim vs fresh water and non-wetsuit
  • Very windy and coastal bike course with no trees vs a more common country roads and tree lined bike course (with part through a national forest)
  • Both runs are flat... I guess that's similar
  • The weather will be much warmer come IMTX

Do the race because it's a good race.  Don't do it expecting it to be in anyway similar to IMTX.

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Anyone know of a coupon code for this race?


2013-01-14 10:44 AM
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This is my first half. I have done some sprints and I think I have a decent enough base for a 7 hour finish if all goes well. I'm 51 and 215 so I sort of clyde along in my own world of pain and joy. I will be using this as a warmup for my next event...a trip to the psych ward (hope to see some of ya'll there).

That's Tri humor...or something. Good luck to all fellow participants.

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mike14 - 2013-01-14 10:44 AM

This is my first half. I have done some sprints and I think I have a decent enough base for a 7 hour finish if all goes well. I'm 51 and 215 so I sort of clyde along in my own world of pain and joy. I will be using this as a warmup for my next event...a trip to the psych ward (hope to see some of ya'll there).

That's Tri humor...or something. Good luck to all fellow participants.

I am in a similar boat. 41, first HIM, done some sprints. I am trying to not hurt myself during training and trying to listen to the ol' body as I follow my BT training plan.

The salt water might help your psych condition.

2013-01-15 8:32 PM
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That's the key right there, to train without injury. I have been doing pretty good and I think my injuries are behind me, keeping fingers crossed. Off season cross training has helped. Good stuff. I am thinking of getting the silver plan here, which are you using and do you like it. Mike

2013-01-16 9:55 AM
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Trying to book a hotel. Anyone have anything bad to say about
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 Looking for cheap but nice. Taking my wife with me and staying 4 days so don't want to pay a fortune but don't want cheesy either


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Hi all-

I too, would be interested in lodging options...my husband is joining me, as well as another couple.  We will arrive Friday evening - and stay through Monday...

Has anyone looked at VRBO??  Any suggestions regarding location or past experiences are greatly appreciated!


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For some of you that have completed this course in the past, do you use a full wetsuit or sleeveless wetsuit?
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Studd Muffin - 2013-01-16 1:00 PM For some of you that have completed this course in the past, do you use a full wetsuit or sleeveless wetsuit?

Full.

2013-01-17 6:15 AM
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Hey all, I just finished my first HIM on Saturday (Bone Island TRI), which is on an island and windy. Looking for an Ironman 70.3 for 2014 when I "graduate" to a new age group. I'd like to find one though that has a closed bike course, or at least one that is partially closed since I wasn't thrilled about biking up U.S. 1 (two lane most of the way) on poor quality, sometimes narrow, shoulders.

Anyway, is this bike course closed or partially closed? If not, do you know of a Mdot 70.3 course that is?

Thanks and happy training. If I can do a HIM, you definitely can do it.

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topolina - 2013-01-17 6:15 AM

Anyway, is this bike course closed or partially closed? If not, do you know of a Mdot 70.3 course that is?

The first mile or two leaving the Moody Gardens complex getting out to the Seawall is closed.  The two lane road heading out has vehicular traffic in the left lane and cyclists in the right lane.  The lanes are separated by cones the whole way down.  The road is then closed over the San Luis Pass.  The way back is the opposite.  So my guess is 14-16 miles of closed road and 40-42 miles in a dedicated lane on a coned-off road.

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