Hello Peasant Class Citizens,
The Freshest Prince of Saigon here with a message that all you public school educated folks can surely understand, during billable hours. You know what's the #1 email signature line for managers at Fortune 500 companies is? It's "You might want to finish reading this email before updating your Facebook status." Word, people. Word!
There has been numerous inquiries about camping at Lake Anna. Why you people think Vietnamese Royalty would know where to go to reserve a piece of dirt to sleep on, I have no idea. The last time that Vietnamese Royalty slept on dirt was never, but I digress.
Below are info that might help you. Just like last year, we are planning to have open water swim/swim clinic, bike rides from 11-112 miles, BBQ, and much more on the day before the race. Last, year, we had about 100 people who attended the festivities the day before the race. It's a very social atmosphere with lots of folks in spandex. If you are planning to for the festivities, getting a place to say the night before might be a good idea. However, Lake Anna is also drivable and many athletes did that on both Saturday and Sunday on race weekend.
ON SITE CAMPING
For those who have not done so, please consider reserving your campsites, bunkhouses, and cabins now. Last year the entire Lake Anna campground was fully booked by PeasantMan participants. It was actually pretty cool to see people sleeping on dirt at $25 per weekend while their $10,000 carbon bikes were safely stored away in a cushioned car, under a warm blanket.
Due to the wild barracuda population at Lake Anna, I'd asked that you open up your led heart and take in fellow PeasantMan campers. Each campsite can take at least 4 tents. The website says that it could take in more. It's no fun camping alone, especially with wild barracudas on the loose. Just post a message on our Facebook page if you have space to spare. Or, just go there if you are looking for spots. Post that you are looking for spots, if you need one.
If you are afraid that a single woman from the Clarendon/Court House/Ballston area might accidentally end up at your campsite ... have no fear. We will be distributing barrels of holy water during PeasantMan weekend.
You can reserve an on-site spot by either calling Lake Anna or through the below URL. Spots will go quickly since there are many of you and not many spots at Lake Anna. I encourage you to book quickly.
There are three camping options available.
1. Campsite: This is pitching a tent old school. There are restrooms and showers nearby. Each campsite can easily fit 4 tents.
2. Camp Cabin. This is just a cabin with bunk beds. The restrooms with showers are in a different building nearby. It can accommodate 6.
3. 2 bedroom cabin suite. These all are gone but you can periodically check to see if they have any that just became available. That's how I was able to get mine.
All other details about the camping can be found in the URL that I just provided.
Christopher Run Campground - 540-894-4744
About 15 minutes from the race site. Located off of 522 on the Kinetic Half bike course.
Sleep Inn-Located at I-95 and US 1
5400 Southpoint Blvd
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
6409 Dan Bell Lane (Exit 118)
Lake Anna Lodge-(At the lake)
5152 Courthouse Road (Rt. 208)
Spotsylvania, VA 22553
High Point Marina & Lighthouse Inn-(At the lake)
4634 Courthouse Road
Mineral, VA 23117
Shenandoah Crossing Resort
174 HORSESHOE CIRCLE
GORDONSVILLE, VIRGINIA 22942
There are multiple lake houses for rent this time of year.
Lake Anna Realty-800-830-2662
Will people be arranging carpooling down there? Will there be info on that?
If you need a ride to Lake Anna, post here. We always seem to have kind hearted folks picking up other athletes for carpooling down to Lake Anna
WaveOne Open water swimming opportunity. This email was sent out to the PMan registrants several days ago. Sign up for it now or risk get eaten alive by barracudas. Enjoy the read. This is the kind of flavor that you are missing by not joining the PeasantMan Revolution. Sign up now.
Hello Peasant Class Citizens,
The last email (also posted on Facebook), we presented you with sleeping on dirt lodging accommodations. This email will deal with walking on water, but first, some pleasantries to get out of the way.
You know what's a much better way to thank Vietnamese people than to fertilize the Mekong with Agent Orange? Well, there's really no much better way. You've done enough. Our 2nd middle finger, on the same hand, thanks you. No, we're not giving you the business. That's just our 2nd middle finger trying to scratch the first one ... sons of bitches.
Many of you have expressed concerns about Lake Anna being too deep to stand in. You are either afraid of drowning or that your bathing suits may come apart in public. In this episode, we will discuss those two issues and how to resolve them. Those are the little services that we offer, at PeasantMan, to make your lives better.
Issue 1: Fear of Drowning.
Back at the re-education camp, just outside the outskirt of Majestic Saigon, we used to have a saying,
A. The only person that enjoys drowning is a Viet Cong.
B. Which one of you mother F-ers told headmaster Quang that we were Viet Cong?
We understand that many of you are neither Viet Cong, Viet Cong sympathizers, nor the first born of Uncle Quang. Headmaster Quang had more first born than a Vietnamese rice farmer. Dude had a knack of telling all his mistresses that he was sterile. His mistresses had a knack of telling him that, "sorry doesn't fix anything, you son of a bitch!"
Anyway, while sleeping on dirt is an aphrodisiac for many of you, drowning does not offer the same je ne sais quoi. To assist you in not drowning, we've partnered up with WaveOne. They are the premier open water swimming company in the region. During the summer, they hold weekly open water swims at the National Harbor. They also hold several open water races throughout the summer.
WaveOne is run by Denis Crean. He is an avid open water swimmer and competitor, with an accomplished race record to include the following long-distance achievements:
1st place (overall): 24 mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim (2004)
2nd place (male), 4th place (overall): 41k Lake George Marathon Swim (2007);
2nd place (male), 3rd place (overall): 28.5 mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (2006);
1st place (age group), 5th place (overall): 5.85 mile Little Red Lighthouse Swim (2009)
1st place (age group), 5th place (overall): Swim Around Governors Island, NYC (2012)
Denis’ calm and approachable demeanor, combined with his motivating coaching style,
have led him to be one of the top coaches of choice for Washington, D.C.’s open water
swimmers and triathletes-in-training.
WaveOne will be holding an open water clinic and open swim session at Lake Anna, the day before the race. They have done this for us the past 5 years. This event ideal for people with little or no open water swim experience and those training for IMs. After the clinic, buoys will be set up for registrants to swim for up to 2 hours. The swim is fully supported by kayaks for extra safety.
No matter who you are, the chance to swim in an open water environment, with buoys, kayaks, and other swimmers, do not happen every day. Please take advantage of this whether your A-race is an Ironman or Ultra Ironman (PeasantMan). We pull people out of the water, at Lake Anna, every year due to panic attacks from the unfamiliarity with swimming in the open water with folks around them. The best way to counter this is to get in as much open water swimming as you can.
To sign up for the open water swim, please register at the below URL. There is a discount code for PeasantMan people. Use "PMAN" and pay pocket change for the swim. Please sign up and support them. They are in charge of looking after your safety, in the water, on race day. Last year, there were 100+ people who participated in this organized OWS. Let's repeat that this year.
Sign up -->> https://waveone.webconnex.com/openwater
True Story: My first sprint swim (and first with a wetsuit in the open water) took almost as long as my first Half Ironman swim. This was a result of panic attacks and clinging onto every kayak and buoy that I could find. Don't be a Tuan. Come to the race as prepared as possible.
If you want to know what it's like to swim without the assistance of pool buoy lines (or bulkheads) prior to hitting the open water, WaveOne is organizing a swim to benefit the Special Olympics. They will put you in a 50m pool, remove all buoy lines, set up stationary buoys, and let you swim. This will give you an idea of what it's like to do a OWS without actually hitting the open water. To learn more about this event, go to www.alohasplash.com
Issue 2: Bathing Suits Coming Apart in Public
Solution: Don't borrow your bathing suit from women living in the Clarendon/Court House/Ballston area. They think clothes coming apart in public is normal. They don't think that's a design defect. They think that's how 8 year olds, in the factories outside of Hanoi, sew it. Holy water has little effect on them, unless done with a barrel at a time.
Until next time America, remember that the Mekong is not the Potomac. Don't pee in it.
Will there be snow.
In lieu of snow, we'll throw icecubes at people
Price increase after this weekend. Sign up now and save money
PeasantMan swag has arrived at the Royal Castle. Beautifully handcrafted and encased in a box worthy of diamonds. Since we are not Nike, we can't really give you diamonds, these will have to do for now. Who are we kidding, of course we can, but we chose not to. Today is the last day to register before prices go up.
All NTPers as well as folks doing their first triathlon at PeasantMan will get the below race belt for FREE as part of the swag giveaway.
Our Happy Hour/Raffle/Packet pickup info is below. More info will be in the Athlete's Guide. Yes, you can also pick it up at Lake Anna, but come and join us for the festivities. There will be 100+ like-minded triathletes at the Happy Hour. Come to pick up the bib and leave with a sister wife/brother husband. It's a win-win.
Tuesday, April 29
Meridian Pint (Metro Accessible)
3400 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Just signed up for Peasant Man as my first race with DC Tri and of the season. Very excited!!
For logistics, does anyone have a campsite that they would want to share? I will have a 2 person tent. Or, I can organize a campsite if there is need and interest.
And, I'd be interested in carpooling down Friday night to make the Saturday ride, if someone has room for an extra person/bike that would be great. Shared travel costs and snacks would be provided...
I have a campsite for Sat night. There are 3 of us there now, there should be room for more.
Rachel, you've already met Holli who's 1 of the other 2 Dena mentioned.
Pretty cool long-time clubber Dave Cheek has pulled off the fourth PeasantMan Afghanistan, held, for logistical reasons, indoors:
DC Tri has graciously donated 2 free entries to the Black Bear Triathlon, for the PMan raffle, packet pickup & happy hour.
At DC's fun Meridian Pint pub on the evening of April 29:
Among the items to be raffled:
1. Brand new road bike with aerobars from Bicycle Pro Shop, Alexandria
2. Bike Tune Up from WheelNuts
3. $35 voucher from Pacers Logan Circle
4. 2D bike fit from FreshBikes
5. Bike Tune Up from Tri 360
6. Virtual gait analysis from Pursuit Athletic Performance
7. Raffle prize pack from Under Armour
8. Wine basket from Lake Anna Winery
9. Wine tasting vouchers from Lake Anna Winery
10. Gait analysis from Sport & Spinal Physical Therapy
11. One day pass for June tour Bike Virginia
12. Transition bag from X-Terra
13. Three $35 voucher for shoes at Potomac River Running
14. Gait Analysis from Sport & Spinal Physical Therapy
15. Thursday night sunset swim pass from WaveOne
16. Entry into Swim across the Potomac from WaveOne...
Fellow Peasants: Ashley Elles and I would also love a ride to/from saturday's swim clinic and Sunday's race...Neither of us is from the Clarendon/Court House Ballston area so you don't have to worry about us causing any trouble.