Ironman 70.3 Racine


Ironman 70.3 Racine

A group for those training for Racine 70.3.

Location: Racine, WI
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Latest Activity: Apr 17, 2014

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Coming up on 4 months out

Started by Steve Sharpe. Last reply by Roger Russell Mar 13, 2014. 1 Reply

And I'm starting to get focused on this race, my A race this year. Several things to get done before I really hit the full training plan, but working towards a half marathon at the end of April in…Continue

Anyone planning to ride the crose as the weather gets better?

Started by Jim Ristow. Last reply by Zack Welhouse Feb 4, 2012. 3 Replies

90 days away!

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Comment by Jesse Villanueva on April 24, 2012 at 10:11am

Hey y'all I just signed up for Racine 70.3! Will be heading up there from Houston! Pumped about going back to the Midwest! 

Comment by Roger Russell on February 16, 2012 at 7:29am
Thanks Jim, I've done some searching online and was looking more for recommendations for brand X fits a larger frame better than others. Besides, I hate the cold, so there is no way I'm not wearing a wetsuit :-)

The Louisville group is fantastic but I figured I would ask the locals around here. Maybe even a recommendation for a local shop.
Comment by Jim Ristow on February 15, 2012 at 3:36pm


Depends on how much you will be using this wetsuit. I would say 90 to 95% of the people do use a wetsuit on race day for Racine but there are those brave and perhaps foolish enough that don't. Are you racing anywhere this year to help justify the cost of one? I had a wetsuit stripper rip my 5 year old wetsuit last year at the Augusta 70.3 and I needed a new one before IMFL. I simply searched sites like Trisports.com and found one that fit me for half the price. It was clearance time and I purchased a Zoot (sorry don't know the model #) but it was a $400 suit and I got it for $200. My other suggestion is ask the same question on the Louisville site. Bob and his large group of followers should be able to help.

Comment by Roger Russell on February 15, 2012 at 2:45pm

Does anyone have any recomendations for wetsuits?  I'm doing Racine as prep for IM Louisville at the end of August which is not wet suit legal.  I'm more of a clydesdale sized guy although I'm hoping to be smaller by race day if that makes any difference in brand recomendations.

Comment by Juliet Sanders on February 5, 2012 at 11:45am
Exactly! I used a sleeveless wetsuit last year and was fine after a minute or so.
Comment by Jim Ristow on February 4, 2012 at 6:39pm

For me I would be less worry about the water temp and more worried about the 95+ degree, 110 degree heat index the past couple of years. Unless your name is Jeremy Angle and finish this baby under 4 hours.

Comment by Liz Vander Velde on February 4, 2012 at 6:31pm

This will be my third attempt at Racine having completed Beach2Battleshipl 70.3 and New Orleans 70.3 in 2011. Heat was the killer of my last 2 attempts at Racine. I will kill this race this year.

Comment by hedgehog on February 4, 2012 at 3:17pm

The fastest one I ever swam this event was when the water was 54F... So, yes, go for it if you can deal with some chill...in my opinion some head protection is more important than the sleeves :)

Comment by Zack Welhouse on February 4, 2012 at 2:42pm

yeah me!  Well, it will be great motivation to get out of the water.

Comment by Jeremy Angle on February 4, 2012 at 1:28pm

I guess it all depends on your definition of cold water.  We are swimming in Lake Michigan...so if we are lucky water temps will be in the mid 60s. 

I personally will be wearing a full sleeves wetsuit.  I am sure there is at least one person that will be wearing sleeveless...


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