Race date is June 12, 2011.
Who wants to bet on wetsuits allowed/not allowed on the swim?
The water temp rule goes down 2 degree next year so most likely that it's a non-wetsuit swim. The only question is whether they will pull the same safety card and say no wetsuit period or allow wetsuit optional up to 84. Either way they will get criticized. It's a no win situation. The race is so popular that it will sell out anyway so folks might as well sign up early if that's what folks intend to do.
How quickly did this sell out last year? Have a tiny tiny figment of thought in the back of my head that I might do it this year. But I'll be on vacation next week and may not have internet to register quickly even if I decide to lay down the money and motivate myself.
Don't book a room at The Tidewater Inn in Easton. They booted all the triathletes out this year. Did not matter that you had booked the room 10 months in advance! By the time I got another hotel it was 10p and I missed the race bc I was so tired of arguing all fricken' day!
What are these new temperature rules you are talking about? My google skillz are lacking 'cause I can only find stuff regarding 5mm wetsuit thickness rule, nothing about different temperature standards. I am a terrible swimmer and need all the help I can get.
Effective Sept. 1, 2010 all WTC or Ironman branded races Wetsuit temp will be 76 for all agegroup. now is 78 . I have not hear if USAT races will adopt this rule. As for now is only all Ironman Branded races
After the heat dibacle back in '08, I've put myself on a five-year hiatus from this event. But count on me chillin' at the club tent next year.
I think this will be on my race calendar next year. Been there twice to watch so I figure it is about time to finally do it.
Brian ... I believed that it took longer than two weeks to sell out last year but not much longer. If you are that concerned, I would email the race and ask.
Hugh ... I may be there next to you next year. IM Germany is non-wetsuit and if I do two races a year without a wetsuit, the Gods may think that I'm giving them the finger. We can't risk that kind of a misunderstanding.
Lindsey ... I take care of the people in the kingdom.
I was googling USAT wetsuit rule change, not WTC wetsuit rule change :(
I've raced it the last 4 year but am thinking about skipping it next year. The race has gotten too big, lacks adequate parking, race management dropped the ball on the swim, etc. Then again... it is a PR course with the right conditions.
For those who want to try a different half around the same time as EM, I HIGHLY recommend the REV3 Quassy in MIddlebury, CT. I had done EM the last few years and was looking for something different and it was just that. It is the opposite extreme (hilly or should I say mountainous) course-wise of the flat EM. The six hour drive was definitely worth it. Really have nothing bad to say about the event and you don't have to deal with the new WTC rules.
Thanks all for the heads up about registration opening. Must be feeling lazy this morning because flat sounds better than mountainous right now. I've heard good things about the Rev3 series, but it's Eagleman for me this year.
I promised my family that I'd do the REV3 Quassy next year after enduring some major teasing this year. Eagleman was too hot for me. As much as I'm not good at climbing hills, I'd rather do that then melt.
Eagleman '11: The Revenge
I think I will sign up for this, against my better judgment. I feel like I owe this course one after this year's event. Plus, it's the only local IM 70.3 race (which is crazy to me, but is what it is).
I thought about going for revenge next year, but after chatting with some club people, I'm out. No need to get revenge. I crossed the finish line and got my medal. It wasn't pretty. But I've been there, done that. No need to do EM again. :)
I'll look for another more scenic, less tortuous Half distance in the area around that time. I don't need it to be an official M-dot race anymore.
I'm in... my theory: third time's the charm! I am perfectly fine without a wetsuit - but worry about the sea nettles. We got super lucky this past year bc there were no stingers in the water. Without a wetsuit, if the conditions were like 2009, I would have been eaten alive.
If you haven't already, get a hotel. They sell out fast. I know that on Sat a friend booked at the Hampton Inn in Cambridge - but now that registration is open it may be hard to find a room - even in Easton (which, if you can't find anything in Cambridge, would be my recommendation).
FWIW, the HI Express folks in Easton were fabulous this year -- they had gatorade in a gift bag when I checked in, opened the breakfast bar early on Sunday morning, and had a table full of gatorade for us that morning at o'dark thirty... super cool. Although this year I'm going full on swanky and staying at the Hyatt to chill poolside and eat my weight in smores after the race!
Wow, do we really need to book a room now for next June's race? (she said incredulously). That said, any other recommendations?
It's definitely a good idea to book a room now. They do sell out fast. Or you can get together a group of people and rent a house (actually ends up cheaper for multiple nights than a hotel). A whole group of us did that back in June and stayed the whole weekend and kicked back and relaxed. Was really awesome.
Having said that the hotels sell out fast though, it can also be a false perception. Most of the hotels around there require a multiple night stay. So if you look for a room for one night, it might say none are available, but if you look for two nights, you'll find a bunch of available rooms at the same hotel.