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9/13/10 10:24 A

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yeah, that would be nice.

the aquabike was a good way for me to see what the race would entail and to gauge myself. i felt better than expected getting off the bike. i guess i have to run 13 miles to get the glory!(and the bottle of water!)



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9/13/10 10:11 A

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Thanks for the info. The stuff you guessed was standard, is. Unfortunately, every race I've seen has the aquabike finish almost exactly the same way. Ironman races don't allow aquabike, so it's good that other organizations still do. Although, the race I did yesterday - they had a special 'finish line' in transition, and did at least give the aquabike finishers a bottle of water!

2010 Goals:
Get under 6 hours for a half Ironman triathlon
Get under 8 min/mi for a 5K - DONE 4/3

2010 Big Races:
Jan 15-17 Bermuda Half Challenge (8:15 Mile, 1:01:20 10K, and 2:11:32 half marathon)
June 6 Mooseman 70.3 triathlon (6:30:25)
Aug 22 Timberman 70.3 triathlon (6:10:14)


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9/13/10 10:04 A

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this was a new race for REV 3. i have not IM races to compare it to. since you have done some of these the events leading up to the race would problably make more sence to you. there was stuff going on friday night to monday morning(full IM rewards). we had to rack our bikes saturday by 5pm. the logistics of having the race start and finish in the park was also confusing. But i found if you just know where you need to be and when and just trust that the promotor knows what he is doing, the race is less stressfull.
i thought overall the race went very well. they had certain controlls like cant put your stuff in the transition area raceday untill you are body marked, had to have wristband on to enter and exit(probably typical but i am guessing). but this all helped things run smoothly.
there were no wet suit peelers, which i think he has at other races and also seemed to be expected by some people. he said since this was only the first race at cedar point he needed to put the volunteers on the course vs peeling suits. he added maybe next year depending on how the race grows.
the transition inclued bike stand type racks that i hadnt seen and your spot had you name and number on it(i thought this was cool)
course was well marked, arrows painted and signs and lots of volunteers.
medical tent, massages afterward ice bath.

healthy post race food(pulled chicken-add own sauce, fruit, pasta salad, potato salad, soda, water ect...

swag-cotton shirt, visor,post race finisher shirt, nice TYR bag,(technical long sleeved), medal.

awards included a plaque and some training stuff(transition bags,belts, water bottles, other stuff..)1st AG'ers got entry to rev 3 costa rica..

my only beef was at the finish of the aquabike(which was a very small number of participants) there was no glory. you just enter the transition area and you are done. no one gives you a pat on the back, nice job, or even gives you a bottle of water. it was deflating. i felt a little unvalidated. : ( like aquabike doesnt really count for anything.

but otherwise i thought everything was really great, and i expect next years race to be even better.

i would say give the Rev3 a try.



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Nice job! The half distance is my favorite. It's a long, but rewarding day.

How did you find the Rev3 in terms of organization, volunteers, etc? I've only done halfs that were Ironman branded, and am not a fan of WTC (the company that produces them). I'm looking at a Rev3 race in CT next year.

2010 Goals:
Get under 6 hours for a half Ironman triathlon
Get under 8 min/mi for a 5K - DONE 4/3

2010 Big Races:
Jan 15-17 Bermuda Half Challenge (8:15 Mile, 1:01:20 10K, and 2:11:32 half marathon)
June 6 Mooseman 70.3 triathlon (6:30:25)
Aug 22 Timberman 70.3 triathlon (6:10:14)


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9/13/10 9:22 A

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I did the REV3 1/2 IM distance aquabike yesterday. thats 1.2 mile swim and 56 mile bike, then done(vs the 1/2 Iron man includes a 13 mile run) My running just hasn't come along this year and i also havent done anything longer than a sprint so figured this would be a nice intro to long course racing. I have fairly good endurance and am able to hold a steady pace, but am not superfast. so long course is prob more my race.
i actually didnt even do any on road racing this year, only off road tris(xterra races), which take me around 3-3.25 hours due to technical features of the courses. I didnt even do many long bike rides this year, a couple 30-40 mi and one 60mi, which is much less than my regular summer/spring activity. i did do a lot of lake swimming, at least 2x per week since the spring. i did bricks (bike-run) every week with the local tri club. but rides were 15-18 miles.
so anyway that was the extent of my training.

the race:

the race was held at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky OH. there was a full and half iron man distance tri and also aquabikes. there were 800 participants for the 1/2, 400 for the full and only 24 for the 1/2 aquabike(the race i did). but i figured doing the aquabike would give me a good intro into long course racing.

the swim-the full IM went off in a mass start early in the morning, the 1/2 IM went off in waves, with the last wave being the aquabike, relays and women 45 and up(my AG anyway). the buoys really looked far away! the water was a little choppy, not flat but less than 1 footers. the night before, when we racked our bikes, it was windy, raining on and off with 3 footers. so i was glad to see the improvement. it was cloudy and prob 65 degrees at the race start, and water temp was also around 66 degrees. i was feeling calm and confident at the swim start. i stayed to the outside of the group and started off easy, and sped up as i went. my swim time was 48 mins at transition(run up the hill and took 1/2 my wetsuit off on the way, so prob out of the water in 44 mins is my guess). i was surprised how disorienting it was out there, we were sighting off yellow square buoys and orange triangles. our wave wore yellow caps so all i saw was a wave of yellow, it was difficult to site the buoys, but i think i didnt swim tooo much out of the way. i actually felt great getting out of the water, and was excited to get to the bike.

Transition-lol. long transition. 5 mins. i got my wetsuit off pretty quick, towelled off, had some trouble getting my gloves on wet hands,i usually dont wear gloves during a short race, but figured i needed to wear them. decided not to wear my long sleeved jersey, even though it was cool, but the sun was starting to shine..so left it in transition. for some reason t1 is always a black hole for me!

the bike: really nice scenic route staring on the causeway so it was windy. locals were out on lawnchairs cheering us on, the best were a senior group on the corner about 20 miles in wearing tinsel wigs and dancing! the cleveland tri club also were stationed on the course about 1/2 way through cheering us on(i had my tri club gear on so got some extra moral support along the way) the course was flat to rolling hills, the biggest obstacle was the headwinds, 15 mile an hour winds pretty much all morning, but prob 15 miles of the course was along the lake, so the wind was much stronger there. i had just gotten areobars last month, and this was my second long ride with them and boy do they make a difference as far as comfort and wind resistance. BUT also a difference in which muscles you use, but round mile 30 i was having lots of pain in my groin muscles and some pain in my glutes, this is different than my usually quad pain. it was then deciding fight the wind or fight the burning pain..so i sat up when i wasn't going into head wind, then back on the bars in the wind. the prob was we were in the wind most of the time. i was able to ride hard the last part of the bike, since i didnt have the run following. i finished the bike in 3:10, 17.7 mph. and finished event in 4:04 which i was very happy with as i expected to finish somewhere between 4.5 and 5 hours.

i felt good getting off the bike as far as energy level, but my legs were sore in unusually place and i had trouble bending over and had to have help getting my timing chip off! i was really happy that i didnt have to run, i was having pain just walking.

i am going to guess that if i did the fully half IM i would have needed to walk most of it, and prob would have taken me 3 hours to do the 13 miles. but i guess i wont know!
so i am going to get more time in with the areobars and do some running and there may be a 1/2 IM in my future for next year.





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