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Race Reports for Ironman 70.3 California Oceanside

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  • Organised?No
  • Events on time?Yes

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

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

  • Comments: Camp Pendleton had tons of military personnel that volunteered. However, actual race venue had little or no course volunteers and those that were wearing the shirts did not know simple items such as where to go to athlete check-in, where the swim leg starts, were to turn on run, etc..
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Race rating (4)
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  • 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: This is a wonderful race, and WTC does an excellent job organizing volunteers. It's a quality event, I love it, and it's become my main race of the year.
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Race rating (5)
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  • 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 kids volunteering could announce what they have in the glasses they are handing out more. On most of the run stations I had to ask what was in the cups. I'm not bagging on them, they were awesome in that they volunteered and it didn't kill me to ask what was in the cups, but it would've saved me 3 calories of breath expenditure on my run. HAHA
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Race rating (4)
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  • 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: Better equipment preparation and equipment preparation in all future races. No more malfunction to equipment before the races.
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Race rating (5)
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  • 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: Oceanside was my first 70.3 and I have to say that it will be the MOST memorable race that I have ever run. I sacrificed and trained since November for this race. I was lucky enough to be able to race it with Roland. I was blessed enough to have my 7 month pregnant wife and best friends to come cheer me on all day. I had the Tri-Rookies in my corner. When I was crossing the finish line I couldn't help but think how lucky I was. And, although I was hoping for a sub 7 hour race, to my astonishment I went sub 6!
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Race rating (5)
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  • 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: All in all this was a good race for me. Best I've done in a half and I finally feel like I can race this distance successfully. That's a huge confidence boost. Talking things over with my coach, he thinks I'll be much much faster by the end of the year. I would have to confidently agree with that. Next up is Wildflower and I'm excited to toe the line again. No Vegas slot obviously as I didn't even go to the awards for the roll down. This performance was not worthy of a Vegas slot and I don't want to earn it that way...I want to qualify straight up. Next shot for that will be Boise 70.3. Now all the thanks. First, sponsors: Wattie Ink, K Swiss, Power Bar, blueseventy, Scott Bikes, Reynolds Wheels, Kask Helmets, ISM Saddles. Corporate Sponsors 101 Pipe & Casing / Kurt Orban Partners / Wins Wheels. I'd like to say thank you to every single person who chanted/screamed/yelled my name and anything remotely encouraging on the run. It helped so much you have no idea (even fellow racers).
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Race rating (5)
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  • 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: Ton of volunteers, aid stations were loaded with people. The run course was crowded in some areas. I wanted a big event for my first HIM and was very happy that I picked Oceanside. It was run great, lots of cheering, and was overall a great experience. Also love the Ironkids run the day before. My 8 and 5 year old daughters did it and they are sooo proud of their medals.
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Race rating (5)
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  • 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 was an incredible experience and I would strongly recommend this as a first-time 70.3 for anyone who has the ability to practice the hills.
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Race rating (5)
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  • 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 WTC races, and really like the Oceanside course and venue.
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Race rating (4)
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

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

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

  • Comments: Last year I did 5:53. I was fully prepared to go 5:30-540 ish. I thought for sure I could go 5:40's. I felt good after swim and bike. Then my back seized up and I was not able to give a good effort in the run. I usally do very well in the run. Even though I couldnt run, i still finished 6:11. Not a horrible time but I will be prepared when i come back in 2014, i will promise that. It was a challenge to finish because I was in some pain. I am happy that I finished. Now to start mentally and physically preparing for Wildflower, Vineman, and Arizona IM. Big 2013 for me. A HUGE thanks to all the volunteers. Thank you!
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  • Organised?
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  • Lots of volunteers to help?
  • Plenty of drink stations?

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  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This really is an excellent race, and I finally feel like I was able to "race" it. Not competetively, as I am miles from the podium, but to feel as if I am in the hunt nevertheless. I know I can do more on the run, and look forward to seeing what may come of that.
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Race rating (5)
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  • 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'm impressed with how organized this event was. Plenty of volunteers! I wished there was a smoothie drink served at the finish though, hehe! I plan on racing this again next year. =D
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?No

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

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

  • Comments: Way stoked at my result. I was worried about finishing within 8:30, so crushed my time. Getting excited for Tahoe. I was a little disappointed with the swag (shirt, hat, bag) compared to that I've seen at other races. The run could have used one more water stop at the far end. Overall, the support was amazing. I loved seeing my family and Ironteam coaches & friends along the way. And when I finished I realized that Heather had been posting as me to facebook all day, so I got to feel the immediate love from around the world. I'm also happy that I finally got my fundraising up and running. Adventures & curing cancer, a great mix: http://pages.teamintraining.org/sf/irnmnltt13/conor
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Race rating (5)
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  • 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: Great venue and excellent event!
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Race rating (5)
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  • 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: Great race and an unreal experience! The volunteers were awesome, riding the base was unique, weather was perfect, and the run was right along the beach. Would recommend this race for those considering it.
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  • 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: Awesome volunteers, AMAZING fan support, and well run. I'm doing it again next year.
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  • 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: It was total fun and very satisfying to make progress over last year. I moved up in the field by 10% from about 54% down to 42%. I can't wait to do it again next year! My goal was to take 15 minutes off last year's 6:14, and I beat my goal by 5 minutes! Watching my Garmin, the run got easier and easier the last 10k. Results: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/ironman-70.3/california/res...
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Race rating (4)
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  • 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: Too hard

  • Comments: Good race. Will definitely be back to Oceanside for round two with this killer course. As usual Ironman runs a ship shape race. On time and well organized.
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  • 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: Too hard

  • Comments: They ran out of chocolate milk at the end. That was the only thing keeping me going on the run. It's their official post race beverage ;_; I'm making up for it by drinking some now.
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  • Lots of volunteers to help?
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  • Post race activities? Good
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  • Comments: Kind of shocked it turned out this great. I would attribute to: 1. Doing my first IM last November in AZ 2. Great conditions 3. Great coaching 4. Grace of God
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  • 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: Good race. Very crowded.
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  • 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 am very thankful for having this awesome race in my back yard and am already looking forward to 2013!!
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  • Comments: I'm of the mind that people primarily want to read race reports to figure out if they want to attend said race. To that end, I'm dividing this one up into sections, each progressively less relevant to that purpose and progressively more about me. Logistics and Race Support As with any M-dot branded race, signup was pretty straightforward, if one is well ahead of the curve. I don't know when this race sold out, but it did. Being proactive, perhaps as much as a year in advance, would certainly get one in easily. My wife got interested 6 months from the race, and wound up signing up for a Carmichael Training camp which came with a race signup so she could join me in Oceanside for her first 70.3. We drove to this race from Tucson, so I can't comment on air travel/car rentals. I rented a Zipp 808 Firecrest/Disc combo from Race Day Wheels. I'd hoped to get them sent to me at home before the race, but there was some confusion about shipping, mostly generated by me. They put them
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Race rating (5)
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  • 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 really like this race(which is great since it's close to home). The swim is mostly protected, but gets a few (or in this case more than a few) swells to keep it interesting. The bike course is scenic and challenging, and the beach atmosphere of the run course is fun. The volunteers including many Marines are great and the race is well organized. I felt the change to a two transition system was well communicated and went pretty well (alhtough it made the course less than optimal). I definitely plan to be back for a fourth time next year.
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  • 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 race cost $300 and I can see the value. Anything more and I personally can't see paying that much. There are local half distance races that are not the 'I' brand, which I suppose are just as fulfilling. Aside from that, I'll still do this race next year. Volunteer support is excellent. Organizers do a lot to make the race run well. Aid stations are well stocked. Drafting is going to happen. Sometimes they will get caught, sometimes they won't. I will not purposely draft but will call out those in my age division who do. I still beat the one guy in my division who I saw blatantly drafting.
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