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I'm in! Who else is going?


2013-11-01 11:10 AM
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I'm a first round draft choice

Bryan Dunn is also in



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2013-11-01 2:11 PM
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I'll be there!

Second time for me!

Can't wait!
2013-11-01 4:51 PM
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Originally posted by JamieS Second time for me!

 

Any words of advice for the first timers? Specific things to work into the training, etc??

How tough is the Sand Ladder, etc...?

2013-11-04 11:55 AM
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I wish I was, this is my second year failed lottery attempt...........Maybe next year!!!
2013-11-10 10:17 PM
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I'm in.

First time doing the race...I'm so excited.

Hopefully the swim is warmer than the arctic enema from my Tough Mudder race yesterday.


2013-11-10 11:07 PM
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Originally posted by cgregg

Originally posted by JamieS Second time for me!

 

Any words of advice for the first timers? Specific things to work into the training, etc??

How tough is the Sand Ladder, etc...?




The first piece of training advice I have is ride hills, then ride some steeper hills and finally ride some steeper hills. The bike course is short (for an oly) at just 18 miles, but it is almost all up and down and many of the downs have sharp turns at the bottom.

The sand ladder is just a long staircase after a 2 mile run on the sand. I fast walked up it and used the cable for help. I passed a few people and a few people passed me. Just pace yourself and don't try to win the race on the ladder.

The swim is all about the weather conditions for the day. In 2010 when I did it the weather was great. The water was cold (for me) about 51. But there was very little chop or wind and clear skies. You just need to swim "across the current" and it will push you down to the exit.

These videos on the race website are pretty helpful. http://www.escapefromalcatraztriathlon.com/Race_Info/Race_Tips.htm Pay close attention to the sighting for the swim. It really helped me to know what to look for.

I can't wait to get to it again!
2013-11-10 11:11 PM
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Originally posted by dakota1013

I'm in.

First time doing the race...I'm so excited.

Hopefully the swim is warmer than the arctic enema from my Tough Mudder race yesterday.

It is! I did the TM yesterday too! Loved it. I had a great team and we had a blast! The Arctic Enema is much colder, but also a much shorter distance! And, you can wear a wetsuit in Alcatraz!
2013-11-11 3:24 PM
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Haven't done the race, but I've swam Alcatraz 3X.  My two tips would be don't do all your OWS in the early glassy flat morning.  Wait until the wind comes up and swim in the chop.  And for sighting, depending on the current you will be directed to sight to various landmarks, they usually set these things to start just before slack tide towards an ebb tide (ie. towards the GG bridge).  You'll adjust the landmarks during the swim the closer you get.  i.e., start sighting off the fine arts palace, then go to pier such and such, then sight off the yacht club, etc....

three tips, hold your goggle onto your head as you jump off the boat.  You may need them.

2013-11-19 4:56 PM
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What about neoprene caps?  Needed, not needed?  

 

Would a silicone cap under the race's latex cap be enough?

2013-11-19 5:00 PM
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I brought a neoprene cap for the last swim I did (alcatraz challenge swim/run).  I had it on on the boat, but after an hour my head got so freaking hot, I took it off and stuffed it down my wetsuit.  I believe I may have used two caps, not sure.  For Escape I'll use a silicone cap under the race cap, that's always worked for me.



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I've seen where the run is described as a trail run.

Obviously there is the run on Baker Beach and the Sand Ladder, but how much of the rest of it is trail and how much is road?

Should I be giving consideration to using a trail shoe?  

2013-12-04 5:41 PM
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Originally posted by cgregg

I've seen where the run is described as a trail run.

Obviously there is the run on Baker Beach and the Sand Ladder, but how much of the rest of it is trail and how much is road?

Should I be giving consideration to using a trail shoe?  



I used my normal road shoes last time and it was fine. All of the "trail" is hard packed dirt. A trail shoe wouldn't be bad, but definitely not needed.
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I'm in. My second time. Did it last year...amazing experience. Course conditions were very difficult last year in the water. Hopefully the move back to June will help.
2014-04-16 3:51 PM
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Bump, next race up for me.  Trying to get down to goal weight, got close for NOLA 70.3 last weekend, but post (and pre race) gastronomic opportunities put a dent in that.....   Time to start getting in some rough water!

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