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2013-06-03 1:42 PM


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Subject: Ironman 70.3 Racine swim
Hi, I am doing my first Ironman 70.3 in Racine 7/21/2013 and I can't find anything online about volunteers on water during the swim portion. I am assuming there are volunteers along the swim portion, but I am used to doing Sprint tris with plenty of volunteers on water. It would be comforting to know that as I swim in Lake Michigan for the first time ever, there will be people there in kayaks or boats. Anyone ever done the Racine 70.3 and can tell me your experiences? Thanks!


2013-06-03 1:48 PM
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99.999% of Tri's will have people on paddle boards.

The racine swim will have paddle boards/life cards as well. Its also very close to shore and in some cases you can touch the bottom.
2013-06-03 1:49 PM
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That swim is fantastic. A straight line from North to South a few hundred yards off shore in clear water. You can see the bottom the whole time. The water temp is nice too in Mid July. I remember there being plenty of volunteers. Definitely one of the nicer tri swims that I have done.
2013-06-03 1:59 PM
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Thank you so much! That really helps ease my mind.

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2013-06-03 3:04 PM
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do not worry about the swim be ready for a hot day. I think its 3 or 4 straight years they have had 90+ temps on race day. However since this is the first time in years I am not racing that race. expect 65 cloudy and no wind
2013-06-03 3:25 PM
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haha I totally understand that logic


2013-06-25 10:39 AM
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Hi, I'm doing Racine also. This is my FIRST Tri. Not a strong swimmer either but heard from MANY people the swim is awesome! Entire event is very well organized
2013-06-25 11:54 AM
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I've done the race thrice before IM bought it out.

Yes, there are lifeguards and persons on paddleboards.

You will need to walk from T1 to the start of the swim on the sandy beach.

There usually is a current and it kind of helps your swim time, from what I remember.

The water temperature was in the low 60s one year, so be prepared to check the water temp before race day, and if it is colder than normal be prepared to have a neoprene swim cap to wear under your race cap, if you can.

You will need to run about 200 plus yards from out of the water to get to T1. Be ready!

They provide a few buckets/some kind of containers filled with water before you get into T1, but by the time I got there the water was pretty much gone. I would have a water bottle in T1 to rinse your feet off.

There is a hill that you will need to bike up after you mount - have your bike in a lower gear so you don't have problems.

You will encounter the hill about a 1/2 mile or less from out of T2 and as you head out on your second run loop. The rest of the course is quite flat, and then there's some elevation by the "out turn-around".

Good luck. It's a good race!

Here's my RRs:
http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/forums/thread-view.asp...
http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/forums/thread-view.asp...
http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/forums/thread-view.asp...

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2013-06-25 1:43 PM
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Subject: RE: Ironman 70.3 Racine swim
Originally posted by BuckHamilton

do not worry about the swim be ready for a hot day. I think its 3 or 4 straight years they have had 90+ temps on race day. However since this is the first time in years I am not racing that race. expect 65 cloudy and no wind


I won't be out there either this year so it's going to be a perfect day for a race.

To the OP, remember to put your bike in a lowwwwww gear when you rack it. That hill out of T1 is a monster. GOOD LUCK!
2013-06-27 10:39 PM
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Racine is hands down the best swim course I've ever done. Although I've never swam in an ocean. I love this swim, so nice and clear but pretty chilly. Great way to start the day, and when you are running in 90+ heat, you look at that lake wishing you were back in there.
2013-06-28 8:01 AM
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Originally posted by buckeyeguy77

Racine is hands down the best swim course I've ever done. Although I've never swam in an ocean. I love this swim, so nice and clear but pretty chilly. Great way to start the day, and when you are running in 90+ heat, you look at that lake wishing you were back in there.


x2. I couldn't believe how crystal clear the water was. I could see 15-20 feet down to the bottom easily and could use the lake floor for my sighting. Also, there are plenty of paddle boats, jetskis and volunteers all over in the water, so don't worry about that. It's a great venue for your first swim.


2013-06-28 5:56 PM
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I swam the course today. VERY cold!! crystal clear water though!! I'm not a strong swimmer but felt pretty comfortable to day
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