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Subject: Richmond Tri Club Sprint Presented by Bon Secours : Official Thread
This event changed venues last year and swimmers were privy to an awesome, olympic-caliber, 50-meter pool during the first leg. For those of you who did it with me last year, I'm wondering if the RTC is planning to utilize the same swim start format as last year. Anyone heard any rumors?

For those of you who weren't there, the swim consisted of 4 long-course laps for a total of 400 yards. Racers completed a hairpin turn around an open water buoy anchored about 5 meters from the end of each lane allowing for an 8-times-up-and-back snake from one side of the pool to the other. That was well and good, but the start format created a chaotic churn for the duration that rivaled anything I've ever experienced in an open-water wave. 10 racers at a time performed a deepwater start every 30 seconds. 10 racers scratched and clawed their way for the holeshot only to be stymied by slower swimmers in the group ahead who were themselves stymied. I crawled over people (and was crawled all over) for 400 yards. It was easily the least civilized pool swim I've ever experienced and as much as I'm looking forward to the event itself I'm dreading the swim.

That said, given what a great swim venue it is it has the potential to be awesome if they rethink the start. So how about it, RTC? What's the word on the swim start this year?


2014-03-19 6:46 AM
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Subject: RE: Richmond Tri Club Sprint Presented by Bon Secours : Official Thread
SetUp Events website sounds like it will be the same as last year. As much as I hated it last year, I'm looking forward to conquering the beast this year!
2014-04-13 4:20 PM
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Subject: RE: Richmond Tri Club Sprint Presented by Bon Secours : Official Thread
I hope it is the same swim course. It sure beats the old snake swim up and down each lane and under the rope. I rode part of the course this afternoon. it was very windy so not very fun. I did Cogbill to Iron bridge to White Pine to Belmont and the rode surface was pretty good except one large pothole right after the right turn onto Belmont. It is a down hill portion and I was gaining speed when I hit it. Lost my water bottle.

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2014-04-13 4:54 PM
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Subject: RE: Richmond Tri Club Sprint Presented by Bon Secours : Official Thread

It's the same weekend as my daughter's Senior Prom....the last one....(sniff) I will spend race day catering to the Prom princess.  Next year--when I don't have anyone going to prom!!

 

Who is in for the Powhatan Metric Century ride the day after this race?

2014-04-14 7:01 AM
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Subject: RE: Richmond Tri Club Sprint Presented by Bon Secours : Official Thread
Judi,

Enjoy the prom primping. I didn't even know there was a metric century in Powhatan. I am far from ready for that distance. Training for the CAP2CAP 50 mi and the Tour of Richmond 102 mi. Got a lot of miles to put in before that. Be safe out there.

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