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Race Reports for Ironman 70.3 Steelhead

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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?No

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

  • Comments: The race is good. The venue is weird and probably only there because Maytag/Whirlpool is a major sponsor. Hotels are scarce and far, well ours was not but I got really lucky. The bike course was fun the run course was not good for me. I think they need more aide stations on the run. 2.5 miles apart on an 89 degree day is a bit much. Even now 8 days later I am unsure why the run went so horribly wrong. I was in a good mental place about it was all stoked up to not completely suck and I fell apart hard and fast. No idea
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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: I graded myself as follows: Swim: B, T1: B, Bike: A-, T2: B-, Run: C. I beat my goal time of 6 hours, so I'm definitely happy about that. Very well organized event. Ironman branded events have a reputation of being very well put together and this being my first lived up to my expectation.
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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 as usual. Well organized. Well run. Great competion. Super volunteers and nice crow support on the run. A race that is definitely worth doing. I want to make sure that I mention my coach, Steve Johnson, AKA DarkHorseTri. He has taken me from a guy who wanted to break 5:00 for a HIM to a guy that is disappointed that he didn't break 4:40 and that has a goal of getting to 4:30. Steve is really good at what he does and had made me a much more complete and better triathlete. I was mentally thanking him for all of the work on the bike while out there on Sunday. This is the first time that I remember thinking that I was really prepared for the bike (while I was out riding it).
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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! Lots of volunteers, well organized, great courses - weather was terrific on race day. While not a PR, I did move up in AG percentile. Swim 46:15 AG 19/44, Gender 288/553, OA 1166/1756 Bike 3:21:38 AG 31/44, Gender 395/553, OA 1486/1756 Run 2:12:24 AG 23/44, Gender 277/553, OA 1154/1756 Points 2234
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  • 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: I know what I am capable of. A shame not to be able to take advantage of it here. This will keep me hungry for next year. Extremely happy with my swim and bike performance. Next year I will put it all together. I am right there with IM 70.3 WC contention if I run to my potential.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

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

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

  • Comments: Not a great spectator race. Overall I'm pretty happy with my time. Didn't have stomach issues. Have to improve on the run. I was happy with my mental toughness. Felt like throwing in the towel in the middle of the run but kept going.
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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: Race site does not have group rank for individual disciplines. Was DQed because I stopped running at mile 7, and walked back via a short cut. I had a plane to catch in the late afternoon in Chicago, so I had to hustle back to the race ending. I'll never ever schedule something later in the day of race if at all possible. Really hampered my ability to try and gut out the end of the race.
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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: As always, the race experience is made for me by racing with my friends. There were 12 Fraser peeps and 2 ATCK peeps racing... that made the weekend and race. Nell, Joe and Sara all completed their first 70.3's and Sara burst into tears of joy afterwards during our hug. That was awesome to share with her!!! I had big goals for the race: tiny pr in all disciplines and try to earn a slot to 70.3 World Championships. I'd said it outloud to my training partners. A first. So when birthday boy Steve showed me Iron Trac for my race, and it said 1st in my division I was ecstatic, and in disbelief, especially since I didn't feel like I'd raced well and was far from a PR. I was so geeked to believe ( mistakenly) that I'd earned the slot! Heaven for an hour! LOL. Then the error was corrected and I was 2nd in AG. BUT...the gal who was first did not take her slot, and I got the roll down. It's hard to be disappointed when you get what you'd hoped for and land on the podium! Steve,
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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 will be doing this race again next year. I liked the course and the area. I be sure the get more long brick workouts in the next time around. Training this year had been really hard with a newborn and other things going on here. I'm confident that I can greatly improve on my time.
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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: This was a very hard year for this race, maybe next year it will be better.
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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: I really love this race and the RD puts on a great show. Awesome volunteers, plenty of stuff, but I really hope there is some road resurfacing in the near future. Looking forward to getting back at it for October's HIM and finding some strong redemption.
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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'd do this race again, heavenly temps, good support, pretty surroundings. I'm scared to death of the water, but fears are to be conquered.
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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 really enjoyed this race. I do love hills on the bike course, I find they make time go a lot faster. One nasty hill on the run, which we had to do twice. But very well organized race.
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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: I absolutely LOVED this race. Next year I'm thinking about doing either Racine or Steelhead. I'd love to come back to this one, but a mate of mine alreday signed up for Racine, so....we'll see. I will be back, though.
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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: First WTC event. Really enjoyed 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: Loved the venue! The beach setup is absolutely gorgeous (though, as it turns out, sand is bad if you want to shift)! Very family friendly. My boys (3 and 6) enjoyed playing in the sand and in the lake all day on Saturday. Race is well organized, on time, great volunteers, would love to do this again :)
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  • 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: Very good race, I can't compare it to many tri's or HIM's since I haven't participated in many. But I was really surprised of the lack of food and goodies at the end of the race; maybe I missed it all?!?! Did we have to pay for the Pizza Hut or was that free to participants? I guess I should have walked that area more to find out. But overall, I enjoyed every moment from start to finish and I think I have enjoyed this more than any of my marathons and that is saying a lot considering I've done NYC, Chicago, St. George, etc....but I think I have fallen in love with HIM's!!
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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 cannot say enough good about the Steelhead race venue and organization. Granted this was my first event but even my gf, who has done numerous WTF HIM and IM along with countless other triathlons, commented on how well organized everything was. From packet pick up to aid stations to the volunteers it was all first class and without a single hiccup.
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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: This is my first 70.3 so I have nothing to compare it to but I thought it was great; there was the store and massage and other things to do. I look forward to doing it again in the future.
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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: Really enjoyed the experience. Was able to check off that I completed a full 70.3 Bummed about the run since the weather conditions overall were spectacular. Really had no outwardly excuses not to end strong. Better luck next year, I hope.
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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: Overall, great race.
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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: Thanks to everyone for cheering me on. To all you turds who used your I pods and I phone in the back with me. I secretly wished bad things on you for cheating, but I know now you can't help it because rules don't apply to you.
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  • Comments: First half ironman!
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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: very well organized. Aid stations were great.
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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: good race...does have a chance of the swim going south for the event ....twice in the last 5 years....but still was a great event
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