It's my understanding that metro isn't open early on Sunday, September 8. In the past, how have DC Tri-ers from the Arlington area made it down to the Nation's start? Trying to figure out the best way so as not to be tired by the time I get down there.
The race site states transportation to the transition area (maybe a shuttle bus) will get posted. Your bike with lights & a backpack for your running shoes, etc. is a straight-arrow way to get there & back.
In the past I've used my commuter bike to get down there with my backpack and a lock and picked it up later in the day.
Another good option I may do is Capital Bikeshare.
The best way is to ply one of your best friends to wake up ass-early and drive you down there. I've been the one driven and I've been the one driving. Just be sure you are dropped off in allowable areas and do it before 530, as roads completely close shortly thereafter.
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Wait, Metro isn't opening early? Dear lord, I was going to post this thread but thankful you already did.
How on earth are people supposed to get there?
Ply your friends with the promise of gratitude and happiness. Or beer. Beer goes over well.
In the past I've had friends drop me off at transition (kind of a tuck and roll), which worked swimmingly.
You can also walk. Ride a spare bike. Call a taxi. Navigate yourself to the host hotel and take a shuttle. Magic carpet. Have a large man named Sven carry you, human cannonball.
I highly encourage the former option of asking a friend to do that. I'm sure you have some favours to cash in with some of your buddies...
Speaking of which, anyone want to give me a ride down there from Arlington?
Remember to not get dropped off on Independence. Something about getting DQ'd if they catch you. Better safe than sorry.
In past years, Ive been dropped off on 23rd St.
Drive early and park on 23rd street near Constitution - very easy and I do it every year for that race. Then nap in your car. Easy exit from there as well after the race.
You could just cab it over there. Or Uber it.
Bikeshare people. There's a station right on Ohio Dr. It's a nice warmup/wakeup and I can almost guarantee it won't impact your race performance.
The only problem with Capital Bikeshare is that the nearest station (West Potomac Park) is likely to fill up quickly that morning. Check the Spotcycle phone app before heading out. There are other stations at the Jefferson Memorial, the Smithsonian Metro and north of the Mall.