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2014-08-19 11:56 AM
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I'm still here just nothing new to add about the course. I did see the final run course is posted today with aid stations. And the comment that "special needs bags will not be returned". http://www.ironman.com/~/media/f7260949c01c40d59907fba1621c8ad0/cha...
That's really crappy that we can't retrieve our bags in some way. I'm not going to put dry socks or a long sleeve in my bag if I can't get back my tri top and other socks. How hard is it to leave the bags there so at least our family member can pick up after we pass by? I can't tell you how much it ticked me off to see some random person post on FB the photo of their haul from IM Boulder run special needs. She took home a year's supply of gu, nice bottles, sunglasses, etc. She said they dumped out all of the bags and took what they wanted. That's just wrong.


seriously! WTF!!

I know when we did B2B last year - I did the half, friends did the full - all the bags were just piled up and you grabbed them if you wanted the next day - everything else was donated to charity - volunteers couldn't just pick through them - makes me really consider what I am going to put in them for sure - like, if its cool, do I want to start with my light-weight/long-sleeve bike jacket, that I may have to take off half-way through - especially if I won't get it back


2014-08-19 12:33 PM
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I agree they should at least leave the bags there until a certain specified time. Last year at IMFL, I went to retrieve my bag the following day. The special needs bags were being held until 1pm, then "discarded." We went by at 1pm and the volunteers were opening all the bags. They stated that they were collecting items to be donated to charity. There were tires, tubes, pitstops, shirts, bottles. It was unbelievable the amount of stuff left behind that no one claimed.
2014-08-19 1:03 PM
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Originally posted by austhokie
Originally posted by runswithcrazydog I'm still here just nothing new to add about the course. I did see the final run course is posted today with aid stations. And the comment that "special needs bags will not be returned". http://www.ironman.com/~/media/f7260949c01c40d59907fba1621c8ad0/cha... That's really crappy that we can't retrieve our bags in some way. I'm not going to put dry socks or a long sleeve in my bag if I can't get back my tri top and other socks. How hard is it to leave the bags there so at least our family member can pick up after we pass by? I can't tell you how much it ticked me off to see some random person post on FB the photo of their haul from IM Boulder run special needs. She took home a year's supply of gu, nice bottles, sunglasses, etc. She said they dumped out all of the bags and took what they wanted. That's just wrong.
seriously! WTF!! I know when we did B2B last year - I did the half, friends did the full - all the bags were just piled up and you grabbed them if you wanted the next day - everything else was donated to charity - volunteers couldn't just pick through them - makes me really consider what I am going to put in them for sure - like, if its cool, do I want to start with my light-weight/long-sleeve bike jacket, that I may have to take off half-way through - especially if I won't get it back

Oh, I know.  My husband waded into that mess at B2B and got my SN bags.  I like most of the changes made at B2B but the "no morning cloths bag" and the "pile o' SN bags" are not improvements, IMHO.

At Vineman, our bike SN bags were not returned but it was super easy to get your run SN bag as you were leaving. 

2014-08-19 8:06 PM
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Okay just going to throw this out there. I am not concerned about getting my special needs bags back.

We have access to them during the race. If you want what's in there just take it when you go by. We know this now so we can plan our day.


2014-08-20 12:23 PM
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Originally posted by godekjames Hey aushokie, it looks loike we are the only ones left on this thread. From one Hokie (VT '87) to another, good luck!

I'm still here, just feeling way too much like a slacker and unworthy to participate in the conversation  My training has been lackluster at best, and I'm hoping just to survive!  Ok, pity party over.

2014-08-20 9:13 PM
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Ive been dormant as well. Just coming off racing Toughman in Alabama and I have to say it went fairly well. I nailed the swim and bike like I wanted but really faded on the run as usual. Wasn't hurting or cramping, just didn't have the mental energy to give it any more. Not sure what that was about. No GI issues, or mechanicals. It was positive energy overall though for the next runnup to the race. If I can just get this last discipline down. The run is such a mental blockade for me. A few weeks to get it together. Its been hot here in Chattanooga, upper 90s next couple days. Hope it cools down a bit over the next month.


2014-08-21 5:45 AM
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Originally posted by godekjames Hey aushokie, it looks loike we are the only ones left on this thread. From one Hokie (VT '87) to another, good luck!

I'm still here, just feeling way too much like a slacker and unworthy to participate in the conversation  My training has been lackluster at best, and I'm hoping just to survive!  Ok, pity party over.




we all have those days/weeks - one day at a time - let's rock it!
2014-08-21 5:46 AM
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37 days! this time September 28th, we will be tackling each other in the swim line trying to get the best positioning
2014-08-21 7:07 AM
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Have all of you been following the various Facebook forums?  How many are there?  The official page and then two or three groups and then there is a local to the Raleigh area IM Chat FB group.  I was trying to tell someone about the main story lines and freak outs.  There have definitely been times that I cannot even look at them -- all that negative energy.  Now I just find it to be funny

Story summary:

  • OMG!  The bike is 113.5 miles!  Do you think that WTC knows?!  (Uh, yes.  That cue sheet that you are looking at?  Yeah, they made it)
  • OMG!  The swim starts at 7:30 and the race ends at midnight!  That's less that 17 hours!
  • OMG!  The PROS start at 7:30 but the Age Groupers start at 7:40 AND it's not a mass start.  The last swimmer to enter the water will have 16 hours or less!
  • OMG!  What if it's not wetsuit legal?!
  • Little Debbie (it's own category)
    • I'm OFFENDED that a JUNK FOOD MANUFACTURER wants to be associated with MY EVENT
    • Then there are the folks that are putting Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pie on random cars of people who are previewing the course.  (funny!)
2014-08-21 7:17 AM
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2014-08-21 7:38 AM
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Originally posted by jmkizer

Have all of you been following the various Facebook forums?  How many are there?  The official page and then two or three groups and then there is a local to the Raleigh area IM Chat FB group.  I was trying to tell someone about the main story lines and freak outs.  There have definitely been times that I cannot even look at them -- all that negative energy.  Now I just find it to be funny

Story summary:

  • OMG!  The bike is 113.5 miles!  Do you think that WTC knows?!  (Uh, yes.  That cue sheet that you are looking at?  Yeah, they made it)
  • OMG!  The swim starts at 7:30 and the race ends at midnight!  That's less that 17 hours!
  • OMG!  The PROS start at 7:30 but the Age Groupers start at 7:40 AND it's not a mass start.  The last swimmer to enter the water will have 16 hours or less!
  • OMG!  What if it's not wetsuit legal?!
  • Little Debbie (it's own category)
    • I'm OFFENDED that a JUNK FOOD MANUFACTURER wants to be associated with MY EVENT
    • Then there are the folks that are putting Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pie on random cars of people who are previewing the course.  (funny!)



they are soo hilarious to watch - even as a first-timer - some of the stressing going on...

I would add

OMG special needs drop off isn't noted in the schedule of events, that needs to be changed
what do you mean, I can't check-in on Saturday


2014-08-21 7:41 AM
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Originally posted by austhokie
Originally posted by jmkizer

Have all of you been following the various Facebook forums?  How many are there?  The official page and then two or three groups and then there is a local to the Raleigh area IM Chat FB group.  I was trying to tell someone about the main story lines and freak outs.  There have definitely been times that I cannot even look at them -- all that negative energy.  Now I just find it to be funny

Story summary:

  • OMG!  The bike is 113.5 miles!  Do you think that WTC knows?!  (Uh, yes.  That cue sheet that you are looking at?  Yeah, they made it)
  • OMG!  The swim starts at 7:30 and the race ends at midnight!  That's less that 17 hours!
  • OMG!  The PROS start at 7:30 but the Age Groupers start at 7:40 AND it's not a mass start.  The last swimmer to enter the water will have 16 hours or less!
  • OMG!  What if it's not wetsuit legal?!
  • Little Debbie (it's own category)
    • I'm OFFENDED that a JUNK FOOD MANUFACTURER wants to be associated with MY EVENT
    • Then there are the folks that are putting Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pie on random cars of people who are previewing the course.  (funny!)

they are soo hilarious to watch - even as a first-timer - some of the stressing going on... I would add OMG special needs drop off isn't noted in the schedule of events, that needs to be changed what do you mean, I can't check-in on Saturday

It really is funny!

2014-08-21 11:04 AM
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Subject: RE: Ironman Chattanooga : Official Thread

Still following this group and training for the race, between training and work havent had a lot of time to post or really much to add.

I do find some of the FB posts humorous, but I guess that everyone approaches the race with thier own anxiety and nervousness. 

Keep training strong, we are almost to the starting line!!

2014-08-21 11:09 AM
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Hi, everyone!

I am new here, but I've been lurking for a while. IMCHOO is going to be my first IM. I am using Don Fink's Competitive Program plan. So far so good. The only thing I am really stressed about is the weather And wetsuits. And the swim start at 7:40. And the bike course being 113.5 miles. And about Little Debbie being a sponsor for IMCHOO. That's it
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