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Waterman's Half roll call
CREATED: 09/26/13 by tgalbert REPLIES: 20
tgalbert's ravatar tgalbert    JOINED: 9/30/10    POSTS: 401
Waterman's Half roll call
POSTED: 9/26/13 10:38 AM

Anyone else racing Waterman's Half on 12 Oct?

Thinking of riding the course next weekend to scout.

Trevor

Jeliza's ravatar Jeliza    JOINED: 4/2/13    POSTS: 10
RE: Waterman's Half roll call
POSTED: 9/26/13 6:43 PM

I'm doing the sprint. Is the route similar?

-Jordan

tgalbert's ravatar tgalbert    JOINED: 9/30/10    POSTS: 401
RE: Waterman's Half roll call
POSTED: 9/27/13 8:26 AM

I'm not sure, haven't compared the two... I'll be racing the half, so I'm going to ride the course (or at least a portion of it), you're welcomed to join. Should only be a couple hours.

eshu    JOINED: 1/26/13    POSTS: 8
RE: Waterman's Half roll call
POSTED: 9/27/13 3:40 PM

I'm doing the Sprint too.

tgalbert's ravatar tgalbert    JOINED: 9/30/10    POSTS: 401
RE: Waterman's Half roll call
POSTED: 10/08/13 3:23 PM

Trying again, is anyone else racing the HALF on Saturday?

Nate's ravatar Nate    JOINED: 2/23/10    POSTS: 68
RE: Waterman's Half roll call
POSTED: 10/08/13 3:30 PM

I am! My first HIM.

Kevin's ravatar Kevin    JOINED: 7/15/10    POSTS: 3
RE: Waterman's Half roll call
POSTED: 10/08/13 8:59 PM

I am doing the half. Kevin

tgalbert's ravatar tgalbert    JOINED: 9/30/10    POSTS: 401
RE: Waterman's Half roll call
POSTED: 10/09/13 10:28 AM

Excellent! Anyone headed there from Arlington? I have an extra seat and rack.

Jordan, good luck on Sunday!!

Nate, good luck with your first HIM!

tgalbert's ravatar tgalbert    JOINED: 9/30/10    POSTS: 401
RE: Waterman's Half roll call
POSTED: 10/09/13 1:25 PM

high of 65 and rain. Dress appropriately.

Jeliza's ravatar Jeliza    JOINED: 4/2/13    POSTS: 10
RE: Waterman's Half roll call
POSTED: 10/09/13 1:36 PM

I love cold water...helps motivate me to get out the water as quickly as possible!

Good luck to Kevin, Nate and Trevor for Saturday! be sure to post how it goes for y'all!

I'm still figuring out my gear- any recommendations on cold weather stuff?

-Jordan

Jeliza's ravatar Jeliza    JOINED: 4/2/13    POSTS: 10
RE: Waterman's Half roll call
POSTED: 10/09/13 1:37 PM

I love cold water...helps motivate me to get out the water as quickly as possible!

Good luck to Kevin, Nate and Trevor for Saturday! be sure to post how it goes for y'all!

I'm still figuring out my gear- any recommendations on cold weather stuff?

-Jordan

eshu    JOINED: 1/26/13    POSTS: 8
RE: Waterman's Half roll call
POSTED: 10/09/13 1:40 PM

Oh wow - yeah, I second Jordan's call for cold weather/rain advice. What to wear on bike?

tgalbert's ravatar tgalbert    JOINED: 9/30/10    POSTS: 401
RE: Waterman's Half roll call
POSTED: 10/09/13 2:07 PM

the bike will only be your place of "concern" - this also depends on your own body.

For me: on the bike in a tri kit with toe covers is perfectly fine if it's "sunny". This ends up balancing my temperature well enough. However, when adding rain into the equation it get's a bit more complicated to determine if I need a long sleeve, gloves, or arm warmers. By the time I get to the run I want it to be 55 degrees to keep me cool.

For you racing on Sunday: Expect better weather. You'll probably deal only with clouds, later sun, and low probability of rain. At most you might throw a cycling jersey on over your tri top, but then again, you're only riding for 11 miles - if you get cold, pedal harder :)

If you're prone to getting cold: toe covers will make the difference (if you're going barefoot). Full finger gloves may also help (be sure that won't impact shifting). Remember, keep yourself restricted to LIGHT rain/cold gear, as you WILL HEAT UP. The trick is, start your ride "comfortably chilly".

Practice riding in similar weather over the next few days to find out what suits you.

For swimming, expect wetsuit legal. I'm probably rocking a sleeveless, but if you have both, bring them both. I'm expecting mid-60's for water temps.

tgalbert's ravatar tgalbert    JOINED: 9/30/10    POSTS: 401
RE: Waterman's Half roll call
POSTED: 10/09/13 2:17 PM

also, if the road is wet, be careful on the descents. I scouted the course and there are a few steep downhills.

Also, also, watch out for glass. I saw plenty of that, too.

Jeliza's ravatar Jeliza    JOINED: 4/2/13    POSTS: 10
RE: Waterman's Half roll call
POSTED: 10/09/13 2:21 PM

Thank you!

I'm defintely going to use these recommendations! Hopefully no rain on Sunday, (fingers crossed), although it adds to my tri-street creds to do a race in cold rain.

and yes, pedal harder : ) it's 16 miles. my heart leapt with joy at the thought of 11, then i checked...

i have to say- this furlough thing has been great for my training!

Best of luck!

-jordan

Jeliza's ravatar Jeliza    JOINED: 4/2/13    POSTS: 10
RE: Waterman's Half roll call
POSTED: 10/09/13 2:39 PM

Thanks...glass? as if falling off isn't bad enough...

tgalbert's ravatar tgalbert    JOINED: 9/30/10    POSTS: 401
RE: Waterman's Half roll call
POSTED: 10/09/13 2:48 PM

Ah! 16! I heard sprint, so I figured only 20K :)

Rule #9
// If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.

Fair-weather riding is a luxury reserved for Sunday afternoons and wide boulevards. Those who ride in foul weather – be it cold, wet, or inordinately hot – are members of a special club of riders who, on the morning of a big ride, pull back the curtain to check the weather and, upon seeing rain falling from the skies, allow a wry smile to spread across their face. This is a rider who loves the work.

Jeliza's ravatar Jeliza    JOINED: 4/2/13    POSTS: 10
RE: Waterman's Half roll call
POSTED: 10/09/13 2:55 PM

great words that will comfort me when i'm climbing up a hill on a wet road smothered in slimy leaves and i'm debating how much of my health insurance deductble i've used up this year...

tgalbert's ravatar tgalbert    JOINED: 9/30/10    POSTS: 401
RE: Waterman's Half roll call
POSTED: 10/09/13 2:59 PM

Don't worry, the vast majority of the roads didn't have leaves on the course. For training around town, that's another story...

I've got a good PT who takes most insurances. You'll be alright!

Jeliza's ravatar Jeliza    JOINED: 4/2/13    POSTS: 10
RE: Waterman's Half roll call
POSTED: 10/15/13 11:23 AM

How was the race for everyone?

I did the sprint on sunday. It was raining up until about 5 minutes before the first swim wave. The water was pretty cold and very choppy- not my best swim by any means...I'd venture to use the words "pure awfulness," "thought I was going to drown," and "what was i thinking?"

After doggy-paddling most of the course to keep from drowning, I ran out of the freezing water to my soaking wet towel and soaking wet bike jersey, and oh yah, soaking wet shoes. the bike ride wasnt bad at all and I definetly shaved some time off during that. the run wasn't bad either- although my sneakers made this awesome "squish" and "squeak" sound most of the time. that was rather awkward.

they fed us BBQ at the end. I'm a vegetarian.

All in all- it was a great last race of the season that confirmed my *badass-ness.*

I did learn:
1. Crisco spray makes wetsuits slide off.
2. I will never do a race with a wetsuit again because that means the water is cold.
3. when your sneakers are soaking wet, socks dont make a difference.
4. asking if anyone has sunblock when there is no sun out and it's raining makes people laugh.

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