I came up from ATL and did the race in '09 and it was one of my best and favorite OLY distance in my 10 years of racing. I have mostly positives to say about it....The swim is very fast due to the current in the Hudson (at least on my race day morning). The bike is rolling hills, but nothing too bad. It's all relative to where you train. The roads were slick due to rain for me, so I was a little more careful. The run is great due to the loud spectator support and you can't help but be psyched running around Central Park to the finish. The only negative I can remember is the long run to T1 after the swim, but at least there were plenty of river front benches to utilize to get out of the wetsuit... Good luck to you and enjoy your race !
Thanks Paul looking forward to.. Cannot believe that i got a lottery spot the first time. Thanks again for the reply....
I've done it a couple times, it's a great race in its way, but definitely has quirks! I am slow, so your mileage with this advice may vary...
- Bike course is incredibly crowded, including with first-time racers with no idea of cycling etiquette or safety. Ride safe! The ride up out of transition is treacherous and you will do better to take the extra time rather than coming off your bike, which I have seen happen to people both times I did the race. Couple hills as you get up north, but mostly it is flat, with fairly bad roads - also, lots of stray bottles and equipment.
- The swim, depending on your wave start time, really is incredibly fast. The second time I decided at the last minute not to wear my wetsuit - it was a warm morning, just couldn't face struggling into it, and with the huge current assist it doesn't give you a big boost on time. In short, if you have any temptation to skip the wetsuit, I say go for it!
- The run is likely to be quite warm! If you are expecting a fast time, make sure to train on hills and have good heat acclimation.
My other advice concerns arrangements for the finish. The first time I did this race, I got absolutely overwhelmed between finishing and getting back to transition: it's about a mile walk, I was already very hot and underfueled and I didn't have a good plan to manage this. They made us wait before going to retrieve stuff from transition (something to do with wave starts, can't explain it) and there weren't any drinks available over there; I was incredibly hot and demoralized by the time I got home. The second time I handled things much better and got a spot in the VIP tent! Either have friends/family to help you negotiate post-race complexities or plan to eat/drink properly BEFORE making the trek to retrieve your stuff - sometimes there are pedicabs that will ferry athletes from Central Park back to transition in Riverside Park, not sure if this is part of the plan this year.
I am doing the Nautica NYC Triathlon as well, and I very excited for the event! Paul and Jenny, thanks for the info, as well!!
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Thanks guys&Gals for all of the replies. I guess we are about 2 Weeks out now from race day. I guess i am ready as i can be. Good luck to all of This race season.....
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