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11 Days to San Diego ITU!  Are you ready? Anyone done this race before?


2013-04-10 4:55 PM
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I won't be this year, however I'm planning on doing either the Sprint or the Oly next year (depends on how my training goes).  Looking forward to a race report!
2013-04-11 12:40 AM
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I did the inaugural race last year, when it was held in conjunction with the Olympic trials. I had a good race and the fans and volunteers were the best. San Diego really did an outstanding job. I understand they took out Mt Soledad on the bike course. That was an interesting 16% climb that drew alot of criticism.

There were alot of problems that I will not detail here. I have let ITU and USAT know the issues. I have not paid much attention so other than the bike I dont know if the other issues have been taken care of. I know some things are beyond their control. The condition of the streets for instance. I spoke to someone from USAT who told they had volunteers out filling potholes so go figure.

I wont be doing the race again; which is a shame since San Diegans did a great job.

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Can't wait.  Coming all the way from Philadelphia!
2013-04-14 2:04 PM
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I'm not doing it but I'll be a volunteer. 
2013-04-16 5:46 PM
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Doing it and it will be my first olympic distance.   Pre race nerves are already setting in


2013-04-16 9:41 PM
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Good luck everyone.  I hope you all have the race of your dreams!  And special thanks to the volunteers.
2013-04-22 1:31 PM
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For those who participated, how was it?
2013-04-22 7:50 PM
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I did the Olympic distance.

It's a huge race, so you have to be willing to deal with the large number of participants.  I think there were close to 2000, which is a big number.  It caused some issues on the bike course which I'll discuss below.  The transition is pre-assigned and numbered, so everyone has a fixed spot.  Bikes had to be in the transition area the night before.  No big deal other than worrying a little about security.

Very fortunately for me, I was in the second wave to start.  So, I started swimming ahead of most of the competitors.  

The swim was quite nice.  Water was brisk but not cold.  Best of all, it was flat as a pancake, so there were no tides or waves to deal with.  It made for a great swim.  No issues at all there.

The bike course is two laps around Mission Bay and Fiesta Island.  Since I was in one of the early waves, I was out on the bike course early as well.  The result was on lap one it was wide open.  I was virtually by myself out there.  But when you return to the start to begin your second lap, you're now mixed in to share the course with all the people just starting lap one.  The result is a very crowded road.  Add in some very complex corners (a bunch of tight 180 degree turns) and "no passing" zones and you have one of the more dangerous bike courses I've ever been on. Anyone in a later wave will have a packed bike course for both of their laps.  I saw two separate riders down due to some type of collisions on the course.  I came within 12 inches of getting tangled up with other riders at least twice.  Maybe some people like this type of riding, but it's not for me and I probably won't do the race again for that reason alone.  There were also a few really nasty potholes and bridge joints that really whacked my carbon wheels.  On my second lap the two bikes in front of me both lost water bottles on the overpass when we all hit the metal ridge from the bridge joint that seemed like it was at least an inch high over the roadway.

The run course is two laps and has the same issue as noted above on the bike course.  However, the path was wide and passing multiple competitors while running is not nearly as dicey as doing it on the bike. It's pancake flat so it makes for an enjoyable run around Mission Bay.  There were three spots where they offered water, gatorade and gels which was nice.

I really enjoyed the course and the race.  There were plenty of volunteers and all the people were great.  Nice t-shirts and gear bags were given out and the expo is decent.  The post race food and drink was very basic and in my opinion a little weak compared to other events I've done.  Overall,  I'm glad I did the race. But that bike course...be prepared if you sign up next year.

If you can do it, make sure to watch the Elite ITU race.  I was able to watch the Women's race and it was fantastic.  Fabulous athletes and terrific to watch in the spectator area with the big screen TV and the commentators. 



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2013-04-23 12:02 PM
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Thank you for the write up, lutzman!

I will still keep this on my potential race list for next year.  My sprint Tri and 10k run training has been going well this year and I'm considering this one as my first Oly, especially with the mostly flat bike and run course.  I won't be racing competitively so I will probably try to "stay to the right and out of the way" in the crowded bike sections.  If anything the experience will be unique compared to the small local events that I mostly do. 

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