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Started by Erin Garrett Jul 2, 2011. 0 Replies

I would love to hear people's stories from this year. Any tips or just plain stories would be greatly appreciated. Links to race reports would also be fantastic. Thanks!Continue

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Started by Erin Garrett. Last reply by Erin Garrett Jul 1, 2011. 1 Reply

I saw this is another group, and thought it was a great idea. Since we'll all be here for the next 10 months or so, I think it would be a good to get to know a little bit about each other.Continue

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Comment by Brad Thompson on March 31, 2012 at 10:45pm

Good luck to everyone tomorrow!   Be safe and happy racing!

Comment by Brad Thompson on March 28, 2012 at 10:23pm

Four days away.... weather looking good!    The wind is shifting around a bit from forecast to forecast.   Expect some wind, looks like a cross wind from the S or SSE.    As long as its not an E or NE wind,  I'm happy.   (I try to mentally prepare for that just in case :)    Hope everyone is having a good taper week..... 

Comment by George Mendes on March 26, 2012 at 7:46pm
Stewart Beach (http://www.galveston.com/stewartbeach/) which is located on the island about 3-4 miles from Moody Gardens. You can do an open water swim there. There is an $8 charge to get in.
Comment by Mike Wolfgram on March 26, 2012 at 7:20pm

Does anyone know where I can get in an open water swim near Galveston before the race?  I'm flying in from Wisconsin on Thursday and I haven't been in open water in months.  It would be great to get in a swim or two before the race.

Comment by Brad Thompson on March 16, 2012 at 4:29pm

I am planning on an OWS in the wetsuit at Lake 288 on Sunday morning. Anyone interested in joining me,  let me know and we can coordinate the time.

Comment by Robert Key on March 16, 2012 at 11:06am

@Brad, unfortunately I don't believe there is. I do know that you are able to vote once per day (so please vote every day if you can remember to), but I believe you must be either signed into Facebook or Twitter to vote.

Comment by Brad Thompson on March 16, 2012 at 10:56am

@Robert - Is there any way for you to know how you are doing against the rest of the field in the voting for your video?  We would all like to see you make it to Kona !

Comment by Robert Key on March 16, 2012 at 10:12am

Hi all. I'm a bit late to the party. This will be my 8th HIM and 4th consecutive year doing this race. The biggest piece of advice I can give is regarding the bike course. Pay attention to the wind direction the morning of the race. It's either going to be in your face for 28 miles going out, or vice versa, almost no getting around it. If it's a tailwind going out and you hammer it, you are going to suffer coming home. As for the swim, go down to where the exit is and walk back up to where your bike is to get a feel for the distance and what you have to cover. Since 99% of us will be wearing wetsuits, if you are new to this and haven't practiced it yet, be sure you get accustomed to getting your wetsuit down around your waist before you get to where the wetsuit strippers are. Also, pay attention to your timing chip when they pull your wetsuit off. Last year mine got pulled off because it was stuck to the inside of my wetsuit and I did not pick up on it until I was out on the bike and looked down and didn't see my chip. I found it when I got back to T2 and finished the race with it on. Even with the course being changed to only a 3 loop run, it can still get quite tedious weaving in and out, so prepare yourself mentally for that. Other than this, just have fun, and if it's your very first 70.3, just remember that no matter what your time is, you are going to PR!

 

@George, thank you so much for posting the link to my video. I am very excited about the prospects of being able to race in Kona this year.

Comment by George Mendes on March 16, 2012 at 9:43am
Average water temp is 72 degrees according to athletes guide. According to NOAA weather site, water temp on March 16 was 69.5.
Comment by Aparna Jue on March 16, 2012 at 7:13am

Hi, Anyone have an idea of what the water temp may be this year?

 

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