Let’s get the list started for who is signed up for Augusta 70.3 on September 27.
I am in this one!
I'm in as well.
Training plans have been updated for weeks 5 and 6 on the member's page
I am in too is some body is interested in shearing a room let me know
driving down Friday mourning coming back Monday will be 3 nights is around 8 hours driving
I'm in. Any ladies interested in carpooling/room sharing?
Some of us started looking into hotels and realized how many were sold out. So, we picked the Candlewood Suites in Augusta, GA.
If anyone else wanted to book a hotel, this is where all the COOL DC tri people will be. HA!
I am pushing my body with lots of brick workouts to get ready. Does anyone want to do group training to get the bike/run portion down pat??
I hear parking downtown is very difficult. I got a room at the Ramada which is two blocks from the transition shuttle.
M girl friend and me have a room at the Jameseon suites I call the a month ago and they told me there was going to be transportation to the start if its true will see that was they told me will see if its true if any one one to share let me know Eric
I'm also booked at the Candlewood Suites, which looks like a good alternative to the host hotels. (I think all of the close ones are all booked up) Good for you guys that got into those hotels! Way to think ahead.
I just signed up for the race last Friday and made the reservations for the Ramada on Saturday. The hotel has a race discount even though its not listed on the lodging section of the race page. My rate is $92/night. Its the one on Broad St.
I just got a spot into 70.3 Augusta (long story) and now I'm looking for a place to crash Saturday. If anyone has a room already booked and wants to split I would be interested. I don't even need a bed...happy on the floor!
I acutually have a reservation at the Ramada on Broad street (.5 mile from the host hotel and shuttle). My reservation is check in Friday and check out Monday if you wanted to stay additional nights.
Please contact me offline at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
I saw this on beginner triathlete dot com and thought it was a nice write up of the bike course.
Just back from riding the Augusta 70.3 Bike Route (1 loop, 56mi.)
Right off the bat, let me say this. I have been doing Tri's for 5 years now and have lived and trained in Georgia for those 5 years, so those people reading this from other states please remember I write this from a "Georgia" training on hills, point of view.
People who live and train in Georgia are going to LOVE this course. Its nothing you haven't seen or trained on already. Let me say that again, ITS NOTHING YOU HAVEN'T SEEN BEFORE!!
On a Georgia difficulty scale of 1-10, I gave it a 5!!! Fun, challenging, but wont kill you.
If you have done the West Point Lake Oly, that 24mi course is HARDER then this one.
Who ever laid out the route, Congrats!! There is something for everyone. Flats, short leg burner climbs 6-8%, longer grinder climbs 2-3%, slight downhill sections to max out the big ring -1-4%, etc.
I did the ride with my wife Ann and she is still building for Augusta as this will be her first attempt at a 70.3.
So we just took it easy and made it an enjoyable ride/day.
We stopped twice. Once at the Hot Spot on Whiskey Rd at about mile 24, and again at the quickie mark on Pine Log at about mile 40.
Total Distance 55.28mi (from transition at the rowing club)
Avg Speed: 15.1
Avg HR 119
Max HR 153
Now for some details:
* Your first real climb isn't until mile 17.2!!
* Heading out of T1 its mostly flat and Old Jackson Hwy is mostly flat and big ring funable. Only a few slight 1-2% rollers. But don't take it out to fast suckers!!!!
* First climb is once you turn on Rt 1 at 17.2 miles. Short 1/4mi climb at about 5-6% Then again at about the 20mi mark.
* Rt 1 is also a bit chippy road surface wise.
* It's mostly flat/rollers thru Whiskey Rd, Old Whiskey Rd, Cherryville Rd, and Woodland.
* Your next hills begin on Gray Mare Hollow, couple of nice grinders at 3-5%, about 1/4 to 1/2 mi long.
* Once you make the turn off Gary Mare onto Silver Bluff there is a good grinder at about 6-8%, short 1/4 mi. Wife threw the chain downshifting.
* On Boyd Pond I say open it up. Nice downhill, twisting sections of - 3-5%. You can easily hit 40mph.
* Biggest longest grinder is on Horse Creek, 2-5% that goes on and off for 2-3 miles.
* New blacktop on Herdon Dairy, nice and smooth.
* Pine Log is mainly flat and can be Hammered. But it is also choppy surface wise with lots of little bumps. We had a slight wind in the face.
* There is a nice, short, downhill section on Pine Log JUST before you hit Atomic. Take advantage of it as it ends into a BIG grinder of 8-12% for about 75-100 ft.
* The first 1-1.5 mi on Atomic heading back into T2 is on rollers then it flattens out and you can really Hammer it or use it as recovery time before crossing the bridge back into Georgia.
* From miles 49 thru 56 is a drop of about 300 ft in elevation.
So there you have it.
Print it, copy it, study it and come prepared!
Also, there are a lot of cool little restaurants in downtown, 2 blocks from the Marriott.
Its going to be packed and I can tell the vibe is going to be great, cant wait.
Thanks for the post Amanda! Very helpful.
I'm still looking for a place to crash Saturday before the race if anyone one is looking to split the cost of a hotel room. You can email me at email@example.com
So it's not going to be as big as Nation's, but it's pretty big:
Billed as the second-largest Ironman event in the world, ESi Ironman 70.3 Augusta will begin at 6:57 next Sunday morning with the national anthem at the Fifth Street Marina. At 7:30, the event will start with the first wave of 3,400 competitors beginning the 1.2-mile swim in the Savannah River.
I also saw this on a message board and had to share:
I just read an article that their is a sewage leak upstream from where we will be swimming. They have already done one test and found e-coli and fecal matter in the water...but they have chlorinated where the source of the leak is and all seems fine now, however, two more tests are scheduled before they will declare the river safe to swim in. This info comes from the Savannah Riverkeepers. Can anyone in the area confirm this as well or update the info?
From Bill Burke regarding whether or not part of the River where we're swimming is contaminated: "Yes it is. If the water is not clean like any event we don't swim. But I have been told by city oficials and river officials that the water will be clean. And by the way if they place chlorine in that section of the river to clean it and it works then we are swimming."
4 days baby! You can do it!!!
Believe in Mother Nature. Trust the taper.
Have a great race and HAVE FUN!
See ya down there!