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2012-11-06 11:35 AM

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Hey all my fellow BTers,

Starting to plan my 2013 race schedule and I really want to do a half this year.  I did 3 sprints and 2 oly's last year as well as 3 HM and a full marathon.  I know I still need to work on my siwm (working with a coach now), but was wondering which half would be better for a poor swimmer/descent biker/MOP runner.  I'm looking at either Rev3 Wisconson Dells or Rev3 Cedar Point.  I live in Illinois, so everything here is flat as a pancake.  any and all advice is welcome.

I also posted this on the main board, but figured all you Illinois folk could help a little more being as we're in the same boat travel and training (elevation) wise.



2012-11-06 11:50 AM
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The Dells swim will likely be a bit more calm since it's a smaller lake. It's also more of a time trial start, so you avoid the mad rush typical at the beginning of others. The run will be more hilly than Cedar Point. A good challenge, but not monstrous. The bike will be a lot harder at the Dells. They looked for the hills on that one. Smaller ones all over and three larger ones. One is near 2 miles long and is a Cat 3 climb. I find this way more entertaining than a flat race though.
2012-11-06 11:55 AM
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I'm doing Muncie 70.3 this year.  Racine is close too.  I've done that one a couple times.  You have a HUGE advantage!!  The roads by you are some of the best around for riding IMO!  I ride out your way all the time.  There are some nice little hills around by you.  It's not all completely flat.  There are some good hills in Ottawa, for sure.  Plus, what you lose in hills you make up for in wind!!!

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2012-11-06 6:11 PM
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I really liked cedar point. I plan on doing the dells this year. I like the rev3 races a lot. The people are great and the family environment is awesome. If you are thinking about ever doing a full I would go with cp. The half happens at the same time as the full so you can get an idea of what its like.. cp is a little more established so it might have a larger crowd. Dells is a great location though and i heard good things about the course. Cp swim can be a bit intimidating. The water isnt that real rough but that big triangle looks huge in lake erie. It is protected with a breakwall to keep the waves down. 1.2 is 1.2 though it looks big.

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2012-11-07 7:01 AM
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X2 or 3 for Cedar Point. Rev3 does a great job and you can't beat CP for the family and friends. The year I did the HIM there it was fairly windy and the waves on Lake Erie can be a bit intimidating, but nothing too terrible. Bike and Run are both pretty flat. September race gives you all summer to train which is nice.

 

Good luck with your planning, I find that part of the process very enjoyable. If you ever get down around Serena (north of Ottawa) and are looking for some company on a long ride drop me a line. I will be training for IM Wisconsin this summer and would welcome the opportunity to ride with somebody. Lots of great roads with very little traffic, unfortunately not very many other riders either.

2012-11-07 10:09 AM
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I did my first HIM this year. I completed the Steelhead 70.3 in Benton Harbor, MI, and can't recommend it enough. Check out my race report, I tried to be pretty detailed. Only about 2 hours from Chicago, it's convenient to boot.

I'm thinking about doing Racine 70.3 or a repeat of Steelhead 70.3 in 2013.



2012-11-07 11:32 AM
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I have done Racine 2X and Rev3 Dells this year.  Both are a lot of fun. 

Racine there is about 5X as many people.  The roads are pretty rough.  They are really bumpy for the last 20 miles of the ride.  The swim can be very cold and choppy/scary.  The run is mostly flat, except for a climb up the lake michigan bluff that you have to do twice.  Very enjoyable race.

Rev3 Dells - excellent venue!  The swim is as easy as it gets.  The bike is very hilly.  The run is hillier!!!  The cool part is that you start from the Tommy Bartlett stage.  The run goes right through downtown dells.  They hold up the traffic into single lanes through the whole downtown.  You have people watching you from their cars and chearing you on.  Bad thing is that it is really hilly and you are sucking car fumes.  You will not PR this race.  They let your kids run with you through the finish line and you get a free video of it.  Rev3 has better swag than Ironman.

You live in the flat part of Illinois.  :D  You should drive up an do some Barrington or Bull Valley hills.

2012-11-08 11:51 AM
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In your sprints, Oly's did you use a wetsuit?  They keep you bouyant and make swimming easier if you have a correct fit.

Some people mentioned Racine...Racine is god-awful cold if you are not used to it and as a poor swimmer you say, some people get paranoid in Lake Michigan and freak out.  If you can deal with that you can make the swim.  You swim out 100 yards, and swim straight for 1 mile without turning so if you breathe to one side more it makes it easier, then 100 yards in

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Decatur217 - 2012-11-08 11:51 AM

In your sprints, Oly's did you use a wetsuit?  They keep you bouyant and make swimming easier if you have a correct fit.

Some people mentioned Racine...Racine is god-awful cold if you are not used to it and as a poor swimmer you say, some people get paranoid in Lake Michigan and freak out.  If you can deal with that you can make the swim.  You swim out 100 yards, and swim straight for 1 mile without turning so if you breathe to one side more it makes it easier, then 100 yards in

 

I'd say the water the last 2 years has been perfect.  Cold enough for a wetsuit yet not cold enough to make your extremities numb.  Honestly, the water temp has been the best part of the raceday.  The bike and run have been God awful hot/humid!  The roads on the bike course suck, and the wind there is crazy stupid.  It seems like you always fight a headwind the entire course.  Support there is great and it's a fun race though. 

2012-11-08 11:32 PM
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Swimming in the lake doesn't scare me.  When I said poor swimmer, I'm just slow as molases.  I did the OLY at the Chicago Tri, and did about 3:20/100.  Its just very bad technique.  Im leaning more towards the Dells because I want to make a family vacation out of it also.  Seems like the best choice to do that.  Dont think my family want to spend their vacation time in Muncie

2012-11-09 10:15 AM
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Should be a nice day for the family. Start & finish are easy walking distance from each other.  Finish was literally in the parking lot for Noah's Ark, so that should keep them busy. Also lots of shops & places to eat a few minutes of walking away.

Took a quick look at your races, and would suggest getting to work on the bike as well. The hills there are steep in a few places.



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For Rev3 Dells we stayed at the Wilderness for 4 days.  My kids loved it.  We are going back next year.  The only issue was that check out time was 11AM and they would not budge on that.  So we had to pack everything up in the car before the race.
2012-11-09 3:03 PM
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Bike is also an area I'm working on but the races last year were on a 35 lb wall mart special mountain bike. My shiny new tri bike will be here by Christmas. Planning on a Thursday to Wednesday kinda trip plus we have a time share so lodging isn't much of a concern.
2012-11-09 9:27 PM
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That should help out quite a bit!
2012-11-10 7:54 PM
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I did the Door County HIM this year. It's a little further drive but an absolutely beautiful area. The water was crystal clear and perfect temperature, crowd support was amazing, volunteers were great, etc. Course was relatively flat except for two big hills on the run. I haven't done Racine, the Dells, Cedar Point or Muncie so I can't compare them.
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