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2007-12-15 12:36 PM

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Subject: Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon
Howdy!

Has anyone heard back from TriCalifornia on slots yet?
 


2007-12-15 1:11 PM
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shhh! They usually draw around noon PST
2007-12-15 4:29 PM
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*crosses fingers*
2007-12-15 6:14 PM
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Big bummer--no slot.  Hopefully I will strike gold in Feb.   However, congrads Aaron (AarronSmith).  You're going to Disney World the Rock!
2007-12-16 9:08 PM
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Hi! I got in, but now am freaking out!! I need a good training plan. Any suggestions? Thanks!
2007-12-16 10:16 PM
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Swim plenty. Besides being a somewhat hilly 18 mile bike course, and a mildly tough 8 mile run with about 1/2 mile in deep sand, the swim is difficult. Jumping off a ferry at dawn into 50 degree water is shocking- the swells last year were a couple feet so sighting was difficult too. Dont let me scare you though. Although its not an easy race its a LOT of fun and a very doable course. Have a great time and i'll see you there cuz I got drawn for the 2nd year in a row


2007-12-18 8:18 AM
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Yes I'm in and I heard back this past Saturday at about 6:30 PM. I entered as a Non-US citizen ( Montreal Canada) I guess there are not too many Canuks that want to do it.
2007-12-18 8:26 AM
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Does anyone have any recommendations for accomodations close to the transition without having to re-mortgage my house and life

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2007-12-18 11:02 AM
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Hi there are many hostels....but no privacy and with your race equipment - do not recommend this route. Plus you are the mercy of those who stay in the room with you....could be some party animals!? There are also some independent hotels/motels that are located on the peninsula that would be a good solution. May be 20-30 minutes from the race venue, but you will notice a big price cut. The hotels/motels in the area of the transition are PRICEY to say the least. Summer they also go up as tourism is big during the summer months at the Golden Gate Bridge/Ferry area. If you need more help pin pointing some of the cheaper peninsula hotels...I will be happy to throw some names out to you. Good luck...I look forward to watching this race - and maybe in a few years participating!
2007-12-18 11:23 AM
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There are quite a few little motels and inns along Lombard Street that are not far from transition.  I did a search on Hotels.com and found a bunch that are under $100 p/night.  Granted it's not the 4 Seasons, but you won't be sleeping much anyway Smile

Below is the link to the results, but in case it does not work, go to hotels.com and under the pull-down menu "Nearby Landmarks" select "The Marina". 

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2008-02-01 4:55 PM
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Got an email notification from them today....I'm in.

-ak- 



2008-02-01 5:52 PM
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Oh sure... Brian Hoogendorn gets in, but I, Brian Hoover, don't. It's a conspiracy!!! Someone must be told!

Anyway.... this way, I to cheer for my daughter which is a lot more fun.
2008-02-03 1:11 AM
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anyone looking to split room costs? i'll probably be flying in by myself to do the race.

let me know.
2008-02-08 1:29 PM
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I did not get  :-(  I'll be following you guys and cheering!
2008-03-05 1:03 PM
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Who else is Escaping? Rookie, where you coming in from? Me from Las Vegas, driving.

Anybody been on youtube? There's a swim club doing weekly open water swims from Marina Green, the 07 race is there too.

It's been a dream of mine to swim Alcatraz...some dream huh? LOL!!

Anyone gonna do sub 2:30?
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2008-06-02 9:53 AM
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hey!  I"m coming from MD to do this race! yippee!! anywhere we can go for a practice swim Saturday?
2008-06-02 10:02 AM
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Hey!  Don't worry about the sharks.   Similar to where I work, they are all bottom feeders.  The sharks stories were over exaggerated to mess with the prisoners.

I did the event last year. It was great. I used the BT intermediate olympic training plan and had no problems with conditioning. If I had to do it again, I would sight every 10 strokes instead of about every 3. I gave up too much time at the beginning before getting it down.

The hills on the bike are sizable, but if you have access to a computrainer you can down load the bike course! It gave me comfort knowing that I could do the hills.

The biggest challenge on the run is sand stairs. The secret is don't run them. Too many people do this and are cooked for the rest of the run. Frankly, I made-up time on tons of people after the sand stairs.

I did not get a slot for this event this year.  :-(  However, I have a couple of friends that are doing the event.  My wife is flying out on Sat or I'd be there swimming with you guys.  However, I'll be there on Sunday.   One thing you may wish to consider is that some of the local swimming club host pre-race swimming.  You can probably find them the internet.

Have fun. I'll be the guy cheering!

2008-06-02 10:38 AM
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Hello everyone,

They just merged the two different race listings for this race, so I've only seen your posts now.

I did this race last year and somehow got in again. I'll be doing the swim clinic on Thursday night through Water World Swim. If you can do it, it's well worth your money.

As for T1 - you get out of the water, strip off your wetsuit just at the top of the rock stairs, and then it is a loooooonnng run to the transition area on rough concrete. Last year I did not want to give up my warm shoes before the ferry so I only left flip flops. BAD decision. The run is just too long and the concrete too rough not to have running shoes waiting for you when you get out of the water. You could probably do just one pair of shoes and leave the ones you used for the t-run at your spot, but they may be wet as everyone is running around at water's edge stripping off their wetsuits dripping on them. Plus, you'll be running a mile in them when you are wet. If you want dry shoes for the run at the end, you probably want to bring an old pair for the t-run and your regular running shoes for the actual run leg.
2008-06-03 8:25 AM
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Everyone know your race numbers?

I am 432 and my buddy is 876 we need to find #5 and #1 and get our picture taken... Ha ha
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2008-06-04 12:09 PM
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About the wetsuit strip-off and mile run to transition... do you just run with your wetsuit in hand to get your bike, or do you just leave it and people get it for you?  How does that work, exactly?
2008-06-07 11:05 AM
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aestritx - 2008-06-04 10:09 AM About the wetsuit strip-off and mile run to transition... do you just run with your wetsuit in hand to get your bike, or do you just leave it and people get it for you? How does that work, exactly?
Once you exit the water, you'll enter a transition area. there will be bags lined up according to race #.

Look for your bag, put your wetsuit it in, put on your shoes  for the .05 run to T1 to get your bike.

-ak- 

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