Races

Back to all races
Race Details Ratings 102 Discussion Reports 118

Race Reports for Ironman 70.3 Vineman

[1]
Reported by:
Race rating (5)
User photo
  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Despite the dearth of on-course toilets and poor hydration packaging on the bike course, this race was great! I can see why it is so popular - the beautiful location and variable course make this really special - truly an iconic race. Thanks to Ironman and the Vineman crew for putting on an excellent event. I feel like I could not have picked a better option for my first Ironman 70.3 experience!!
[2]
Reported by:
Race rating (5)
User photo
  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I've calculated that I took in about 550 calories on the bike when I think I should have been north of 1000. Nutrition was my demise during this race. Although I failed big time on my run, I'm happy with my performance on the swim and bike. I'm hoping I've identified the areas where I need improvement to have a stronger run. I learned a lot during this race. I'm more motivated than ever to hit the ground running and begin training for my next race.
[3]
Reported by:
Race rating (5)
User photo
  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: So there you have it. A race I barely cared about lead to my first AG award at a WTC 70.3 and just off the podium. Also a 7 minute PR at the distance which I don't put a lot of stock into because triathlon times are such a product of the course and conditions. I look more towards times and placing over several events as a truer indicator of your ability. We had the MOST epic conditions I have ever raced in. It really set up for some fast times. I do feel for the folks out on course after Noon as the temp literally skyrocketed in a 30 minute period to mid 90's. They had it rough. Gotta thank Wattie Ink and all our great sponsors. Herbalife24, Reynolds Cycling, ISM, blueseventy, Spidertech, Power Bar, TBT, Rudy Project, Speedfil, Hypoxico, and of course 10 Barrel Brewing Co Corporate Sposnors, Kurt Orban Partners and 101 Pipe and Casing, Inc Bike shop sponsor, Wins Wheels. Thanks to Brian Stover of Accelerate3 for these last few years of guidance as my coach. Also thanks to
[4]
Reported by:
Race rating (4)
User photo
  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This race is harder than Oceanside 70.3! Who told me Vineman 70.3 was going to be easier??? I guess they only mean the bike segment? =P I may put this race again on my race calendar next year. :)
[5]
Reported by:
User photo
  • Organised?
  • Events on time?

  • Lots of volunteers to help?
  • Plenty of drink stations?

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability:

  • Comments: Love the race. 3rd time doing it ... but will probably do Wildflower next year instead
[6]
Reported by:
Race rating (5)
User photo
  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: So, looking at the data, it's difficult to say if I would have gone faster if I had let up a little on the bike. The power numbers were certainly within an acceptable range and I don't know how fast I could have run even if I soft pedaled the bike. I'm going to lean more towards more run fitness and not letting up on the bike. I've been running a lot and am super happy with the progress I've been making. I just think it's going to take some time before it shows up in a half. I've already seen great progress at the Olympic distance. Speaking of which, AG Nationals is next and I'm excited to see how well I run there. Goal for that race is a top 18 in AG for a spot on the Worlds team. Looking at past results, it will take a really solid performance for me to do that well. I'm ready for the challenge. Special thanks to all my sponsors Wattie Ink, blueseventy, KSwiss, Reynolds Wheels, Scott Bikes, ISM Saddles, Power Bar, Kask Helmets, FuelBelt, 454 Tattoo and Speedfil. Corporate Sponsors
[7]
Reported by:
Race rating (4)
User photo
  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Good race with great volunteers. It lacks some of the vibe of the other larger races mostly likely due to the transitions being 17 mi apart.
[8]
Reported by:
Race rating (5)
User photo
  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Beautiful race through the Sonoma Wine Country, very well organized and with lots of great volunteers. I was travelling with my family and the race was even better than we expected. It is a must do and I plan to do it again sometime in the near future.
[9]
Reported by:
Race rating (4)
User photo
  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?No
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Thanks you Volunteer lady at T1!!
[10]
Reported by:
Race rating (5)
User photo
  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: The Vineman staff and volunteers were awesome and very helpful.
[11]
Reported by:
Race rating (4)
User photo
  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: overall a great race, I would recommend it for others. I personally am not sure if I would do it again. Just due to the fact that I try to avoid hotter races and I got lucky that the weather was relatively tame in comparison to what it could have been. Had it been 90-100 degrees I would have been hurting much more.
[12]
Reported by:
Race rating (4)
User photo
  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Below average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Awesome race! Swim is great. Bike course is beautiful. Run is a little hard, but totally doable. Volunteers were absolutely amazing! The only thing I didn't like is the post-race festivities and the expo. The expo seemed sparse (I've had 5K races with better booths and freebies). The post-race was a little lacking. I would've been nice to have volunteers hand you water as you crossed the finish line like they do at other races. Instead I had to find the water on my own, find the cups (which they were low on) and continually walk back to the water jugs to get refills.
[13]
Reported by:
Race rating (4)
User photo
  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This was a perfect race for my first 70.3 -- everything was on time and organized, and the volunteers were amazing and plentiful!
[14]
Reported by:
Race rating (4)
User photo
  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I loved their variety of drinks and food at each aid station during the run. The finish line also had a good variety of food but unfortunately the chicken that I got for my chicken sandwich was pretty dry. :( Other than that, I would definitely recommend this race to my friends and I wouldn't mind doing it again to get a faster finish time.
[15]
Reported by:
Race rating (4)
User photo
  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: The volunteers at the run aid stations were amazing. I carried one of my bike bottles with me because I am terrible at drinking out of cups. Every time it needed to be refilled I would have the lid off on the way up to aid station and the volunteers would start pouring multiple cups of water into it before I even had to ask.
[16]
Reported by:
Race rating (5)
User photo
  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Perfect race, amazing volunteers - but fix the roads, or I probably won't be back. They are THAT bad.
[17]
Reported by:
Race rating (5)
User photo
  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Highly recommend. Well organized with 1000 volunteers - they were everywhere. Course was well marked and staffed with law enforcement for traffic control.
[18]
Reported by:
Race rating (4)
User photo
  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: What a great experience!! But this all wasn't done by myself alone. Thanks to all who helped me prepare for this race, supported me through the process, got me into this race, cheered me on through the race and have given me kudos for my race performance. I am a lucky girl to have all of you...
[19]
Reported by:
Race rating (5)
User photo
  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Great Event, great volunteers, very organized. I would definatly reccomend this as a great 1st race: challenging but not crazy, especially for poor swimmers - shallow water boosts confidence.
[20]
Reported by:
Race rating (5)
User photo
  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: i love love love this race. the swim is good, the bike and run courses are hard and technical but totally doable with the right training, and it's so beautiful. the only thing i hate are the unpaved roads which can be extremely dangerous. a friend of mine crashed because of this and it almost makes me mad at vineman for allowing those things to be part of a race course, but i know we all do this with our own consent and anything can happen.
[21]
Reported by:
Race rating (4)
User photo
  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: It would be easy to be down about having a mechanical on the bike, but I am actually pleased with the way things turned out. Nothing is for sure, and sometimes, these things happen to make us stronger. I will return with some unfinished business!!!! Great race, well organized, great volunteers, perfect weather, bumpy roads (still). :)
[22]
Reported by:
Race rating (5)
User photo
  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: I love this race and I'm still happy with a sub 6 hour overall time. But losing about 50 or so places in my age group on the run is not sitting well with me. I'm not a great runner, but I'm not horrible either. A sub 2 hour 13.1 should always be atainable. I'll be back next year God willing.
[23]
Reported by:
Race rating (4)
User photo
  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Good
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Gina, Thank you so much for being my sherpa, my support, my cheering section. How did I get so lucky?? I love you
[24]
Reported by:
Race rating (5)
User photo
  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: Good race with lots of volunteers. I was extremely happy that the weather cooperated and remained cool. I can see this race being brutal with the temperature 90+, like they've had in the past couple of years.
[25]
Reported by:
Race rating (4)
User photo
  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: First off, I really appreciate all the volunteers - that is a lot of hard work and long hours that are being put in for free. However, if the race director puts the call out for volunteers - make sure you have something for them to do! There appeared to be a lot of clusters of orange volunteer shirts just standing around and doing nothing. There was limited space this year, especially at Windsor High, and the vols seemed to be unnecessarily taking up room. Most of them looked to be high school age and I suspect the more senior people were reluctant to actually give them anything responsible to do. That's too bad because they showed up and looked bored standing around. Also, one volunteer at mile 10 aid station threw water on me as I went by. This was a direct shot that went forcefully into my right ear. I am sure this volunteer was well meaning but really, no mater how hot an athlete looks do not throw water on them without their asking and don't aim for the face/ears/head...aim
Show Per page
 
 
of 5