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2007-07-17 8:20 PM
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Speaking only for myself, I'm as ready as I will ever be - but the taper thing is killing me!!! Thanks for checking in.

What's everyone doing for dinner Saturday night??  I have a very early swim wave (6:30 AM, right behind the pro's) so I will be keeping a pretty low profile Saturday - and I just made dinner reservations for 7:00 at the Dawn Ranch Lodge (where we are staying).  I'm sure it won't be the best food in Sonoma county, but as freaked out  nervous as I will be by then I will probably want to stay close to the hotel. 

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2007-07-18 12:05 AM
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Speaking only for myself, I'm as ready as I will ever be - but the taper thing is killing me!!!



Hey Dennis: This is my first real race where I have had to (or been told to) taper. Not sure if you are struggling with the same thing, but I feel like I should be training and getting miles and getting wet with long sets......I've been trying to follow my training plan, but if you are referring to the same struggle, I can totally relate to what you are saying!

We arrive Friday afternoon from LA.....Saturday Night Dinner will probably be at Maria's or Mary's Pizza Shack.....we checked it out during our training weekend....good eats! Advice from our team mates, definitely lay low......get in and out of where other triathletes are and veg out. Make sure to get a good long night's sleep on Friday night......you won't sleep on Saturday night due to nerves and adreneline. Us old guys go off an hour after you do......luck of the draw I hear seeing they rotate the start times each year.

Have a GREAT and safe race!

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2007-07-18 10:36 AM
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My taper has been forced on me. Wound up cutting the side of my foot last week and then strained something behind my knee from the hobbling around. I have been going for physical therapy for the behind the knee issue and putting liquid band-aids on the foot. Not exactly what I was hoping for leading up to my first HIM. I'll be out there on Sunday gving it my all!

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2007-07-18 3:26 PM
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Slowandsteay, I'm in your wave on Sunday. Couldn't ask for a better spot this year. It will really benefit our age group on the run, though it will be pretty chilly on the bike for while. I did this race last year and loved it. (My first HIM) Good luck and enjoy.

Good luck to all. See you there.
2007-07-18 8:17 PM
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pchcruiser - 2007-07-18 12:26 PM Slowandsteay, I'm in your wave on Sunday. Couldn't ask for a better spot this year. It will really benefit our age group on the run, though it will be pretty chilly on the bike for while. I did this race last year and loved it. (My first HIM) Good luck and enjoy. Good luck to all. See you there.

I love my wave - if for no other reason than to watch the pro's zoom away from us.  If you see somebody flailing their arms around in a pro-motion wetsuit, near the back of the first wave, that will be me!!! 

The other real fun thing was to figure out just how many people will have to pass me - I'm sure that is going to be real intimidating.

If you have a significant other that will be with you - PM me, maybe I can introduce my wife to them - so that she will have some company for what will likely be a pretty long day!!! 

  

 

2007-07-18 8:19 PM
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AbbieR - 2007-07-18 7:36 AM My taper has been forced on me. Wound up cutting the side of my foot last week and then strained something behind my knee from the hobbling around. I have been going for physical therapy for the behind the knee issue and putting liquid band-aids on the foot. Not exactly what I was hoping for leading up to my first HIM. I'll be out there on Sunday gving it my all! Abbie

Abbie, that's terrible!!!  I've kept myself locked in my room for the last two weeks, so that I was sure not to hurt myself!!!!

Good luck Sunday, hope your PT fixes you up good.

Dennis 

 



2007-07-19 9:46 AM
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Dennis-
I am on the mend. Just the irony of months of training injury-free and I randomly fall and hurt myself.

Anyone else out there wearing their BT tri-suit on Sunday? I'm in swim wave 5, women 30-34 starting at 7:02. So when everyone is later waves passes me on the bike be sure to give a shout out!

My hubby and parents are coming to watch the race. Where is everyone else telling their friends & family to watch the race from, other than having people at the swim and then at T2?
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2007-07-19 9:10 PM
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Abbie,

I have no idea where to tell my wife to hang out - since we have not been there before - I will try to hand my swim stuff off to her, then she is pretty much on her own I guess.  I gave her a VERY rough idea of how much time in between bike and run - plus or minus an hour or two.

No B/T tri-suit - since I do not own one yet.  I will be in the boring black shorts, with grey/blue top to help blend into the background as everyone passes me.

Question for anyone that has done this race - how well is the bike course marked???  Do I need to take the map (and write the directions on my arm)?  Or will it have markers at every turn/decision point?

 

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2007-07-19 10:00 PM
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A place my cheering section has waited for me to pass on the bike is under the 101 overpass right before you turn right to get on CA 128. If you drive the bike course, which I definitely reccommend, you will come down a hill on Canyon Road and you will see the overpass right before you dead end into this big red barn looking thing in Geyersville and have to turn right. You can't miss it. It is about half way thru the course I think. Then they can boogie over to the high school and wait for you at T2.

There is a pic of it on www.ironmanlive.com website just to give you an acutal pic of the red barn building. Just go to the website and click on Events, scroll down to Vineman 70.3 and click on it. One of the pics that disolves in and out at the top of the page is of riding approaching the red barn.

It's a good spot and it's never been crowded the two times I've used it.
2007-07-19 10:56 PM
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Donna,

Thanks for the tip - that looks like as good a spot as any - and should be easy to head back to Windsor School afterwards.

Thanks,

 

Dennis 

 

 

2007-07-20 7:37 AM
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FYI - I'm going to try to attach the NWS's cool new weather chart - looks like temperatures will be perfect on Sunday!!



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2007-07-22 8:06 PM
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So, how did everyone do??????
2007-07-22 8:09 PM
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How did you do!!??
2007-07-23 12:43 AM
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Hey Slow and Ready:

I think the best word was: I survived the heat! Yikes..... a local told me that Windsor was 95, but don't know how accurate that is! All I know, it was HOT during the run course.

My main goal was to stay out of the medical tent (I'm diabetic)....that was a success with my new nutrition plan from my sports nutritionist. (Being a diabetic, these types of longer races have added complications due to heat and heart rate creep that uses up glycogen....with insulin resistence and high heart rates, glycogen production is inhibited....not good during a Half-Ironman unless nutrition is dialed in and heart rate controlled tightly....makes it for a slower pace ....especially on the run.)

But hey! I made it, had a great time (not race time, but in general) and met a lot of fun people!

2007-07-23 9:16 AM
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Gale4s - 2007-07-22 5:09 PM How did you do!!??
  This was was the best race I have ever done - My focus was on finishing and having a great time, and I did both.  I was a little warm on the run, and I was a little dehydrated by the last mile, but I was able to hobble thur the chute in 6 hours and 9 minutes, which was way faster than my goal of 7 hours.

This was my first race of this size (both distance and number of contestants) and I am amazed at how many volunteers they had, and how well it was run.

A little stiff today, but otherwise, no real issues.

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2007-07-23 9:23 AM
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Cyclingmaniac - 2007-07-22 9:43 PM Hey Slow and Ready: I think the best word was: I survived the heat! Yikes..... a local told me that Windsor was 95, but don't know how accurate that is! All I know, it was HOT during the run course. My main goal was to stay out of the medical tent (I'm diabetic)....that was a success with my new nutrition plan from my sports nutritionist. (Being a diabetic, these types of longer races have added complications due to heat and heart rate creep that uses up glycogen....with insulin resistence and high heart rates, glycogen production is inhibited....not good during a Half-Ironman unless nutrition is dialed in and heart rate controlled tightly....makes it for a slower pace ....especially on the run.) But hey! I made it, had a great time (not race time, but in general) and met a lot of fun people!

Hey Rich,

 Sounds like you had a great race - good work dialing in the nutrition.  We had 92 degrees in my pickup thermoneter on the way out of town at 1:30 PM - so you are right, it was pretty warm.  Speaking of meeting great people, we are having a drink at the outside bar and our hotel Saturday night, and start talking to a couple of guys next to us with green wrist bands on - come to find out one of them was Chris Lieto, who is a pro, and has won the Vineman 70.3 before. 

Great job finishing, I can't wait to read everyone's race reports.

Dennis



2007-07-24 2:08 PM
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Finally got my RR up! How's everyone feeling?
2007-07-24 2:44 PM
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slow&steady - 2007-07-23 9:23 AM

Speaking of meeting great people, we are having a drink at the outside bar and our hotel Saturday night, and start talking to a couple of guys next to us with green wrist bands on - come to find out one of them was Chris Lieto, who is a pro, and has won the Vineman 70.3 before. 

Great job finishing, I can't wait to read everyone's race reports.

Dennis



Very cool, Dennis! All of the pros seemed so laid back and gracious! It was great to see them as real people instead of the Madison Avenue glossy picture advertising! They are REAL people and that is (and I'm sorry to use this word) NEAT!

Rich :p

2007-07-24 2:47 PM
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Congratulations to everyone!!! I'm proud of all of you guys!
2007-07-24 3:48 PM
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If I take Dennis' race report comments and Abbie's times, you have my race report! Abbie, I was 7:16 and change. The only thing I didn't experience was the washing machine affect, Dennis. Before the 50 to 54 Male group set off on the swim, everyone just said have a great race, have fun, and be gentlemen! I had clear water all the way up and back. I lined up front and on far side of the river. Had a good straight line right out to turn around and then lined up on bridge pillar that set me up for perfect alignment into finish line! The only real traffic I ran into was 1 person walking down the river and one of the lifeguards' kayak! I probably could have gone faster (hind sight) and shaved a good 3 to 4 minutes off the time (i.e. closer to 36 minutes.......I'm not a GREAT swimmer!) .

The heat slowed me down tremendously on the run! I hit the run course about 11:30 AM ...ouch!!!! .......I ran the course about 4 weeks prior to the race at 2 hrs 30 minutes in a full race rehearsal to test my nutrition....being diabetic adds some little complications to completing this distance..... the heat just added to the complication because I needed to keep my HR down to avoid zapping the availability of all of my glycogen.

I'll have to do this race again....it was a very good learning experience for this first time 1/2 IM racer.
2007-07-24 4:34 PM
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Rich-
I ran the course a few weeks back and things went well....too bad they did not go so well on race day for me. Congrats on your race!!! I think I would do it again next year!
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