If you stay in the Wyndham near el Morro, the hotel has really large closets. Perfect for bikes. Enough room to sleep in, too. It's not the best Wyndham in the world, but pretty convenient for the race. There's also a good youth hostel near el Contado. Make sure you get air con.
ok count me in. registered today...!
The maps courses are up
Base on them the bike have 2 rollers at the beginning and the end nothing major
The run will be tough because of the time of the day the course At least some shade will be available. Also should be fun and scenic
I'm in for SJ 70.3 and new to DC Tri as well. I'm also from Puerto Rico and will be going there in 3 weeks. I will train with some local friends and we are going to do about 40-45 miles of the 56 miles. Can't do the full ride b/c of traffic. I've ridden a good portion of the bike course and it is flat like Hains Point with the exception of a couple of small bridge overpasses (2-3 in total). It should be a fast course. The way they designed the 8.2 mile loop system helps limit the time you are against the wind. FYI-Winds prevail from the east along the coast, so going out will be deceiving with higher speeds. If the winds are blowing, beware on the way back.
Run course should be "fun" in the heat. I''ll take my garmin and get info. I will report back and good luck with training.
Hi guys, I'm down for this race too! So glad to find this group of people and thank you all for the good info. Guess we can throw a big group birthday party to the lucky ones there. I got my tickets already and plan on staying at one of the host hotels. Please keep the updates coming, especially Jorlie about the run!
hey Julia The run will be hot humid and hilly. Be prepare for short steep hills (1/4 to 1/3 of a mile) that are going to be hard on you after 56 miles, add the hot humid weather and will be tough on you. The views that will be seen on the run will be great so be prepare to enjoy.
Thanks Eric, that's good to keep in mind. Do yo happen to know what kind of incline (degree or %) they're like? Oh I bet the view will be fantastic. I've been to Old San Juan once, but only drove around there.
Here is part of the course around 8- to 10 miles o so you can check it out it wont be nothing out of this world maybe 2%or3% grade. But with the weather will be tough
That looks awesome! Makes me want to get a GPS watch...
I'm in for San Juan as my first 70.3 and I just joined the club. Hope to meet and train with you all soon! Btw staying at the Sheraton event hotel, anyone else?
For those thinking of building a vacation around the race, any suggestions on fun places to visit on P.R.? Especially beaches, rainforests, night life, historical sites? El Morro, El Yunque, Ponce, Guanica, Rincon, Arecibo Observatory, Las Cabezas Nature Reserve, islands of Vieques, Culebra, and Isla Mona, Mayaguez, Camuy Caves ??
For the visting places you will need a car on less you plan to stay at host hotel and go walking to old SJ.
My personal favorite places are Culebra and Rincon.
Going to Culebra is a whole day event as you need either fly (really small plane tha turn off the engine to land is fun) there or take a ferry 90 minutes. Once there you can rent a bike for 20 $$ and explore the Isaland or take cab to flamengo beach and spend the day there.
Rincon is consider de Hawaii of the caribean as is a famous surfing spot. It will be at the end of the surfing season so there may be a chance that you can see or surf a nice big wave. Also there is a chance that you can do whale watching durning the afternnon
Going to Isla the Mona is a great trip but is hard to make it personanlly I have not done it.
El Yunque hike is also a great palce to it will take 3 to 4 hours to get to the top but the views are beautiful on a clear day
Cabo Rojo light house and the beach is also a really beatuiful to watch
Ed send me an email if you want to know more details
I have that Sunday open for sightseeing. Thinking about snorkeling/scuba diving or just chill. Culebra looks good to me.
BTW, I booked Sheraton.
Cool, see you there Julia. Ed it sounds like you already know a lot.. Thanks for the tips Eric. Anyone else interested in surfing? I'll be at Rincon doing that for part of the week after.
So glad to see so many people doing this race.
I found a facebook page for this race and the race director has been posting some messages on it. If he isn't pulling our chain the Caribe hotel is 90%+ full, so if you were planning on staying there but haven't booked yet, you better get crackin!
Perhaps after the holidays (or before) we should schedule a group run or bike so we can all meet? I'm new to the group so I don't know any of you. It would be good to know a few faces before race day.
I'm up for a group run/bike after the holidays.
BTW, for those looking to a post-race vacation, there's even ferries and short plane rides, I think, to the Virgin Islands from P.R.
I'd be down for group workouts of any kind, swims too. I'm new too and it'd be great to meet you guys.
well, this written essay can probably help you out a lot more over ehre as well