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2013-11-06 2:03 PM


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Subject: Lake Logan for 2014
Just saw this race on Setup's schedule for next year. Who's done that course before. I'm partial to the idea of mountain air combined with a tree-canopied run for either international or 70.3, but I'm skeptical of a bike and run course in the mountains being called flat.

I'm thinking that means, "flat -- for the mountains" but not White Lake-flat.

Interested to hear who's raced this course before and what their thoughts are.


2013-11-06 5:18 PM
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I was curious about the flat description as well.
2013-11-06 6:12 PM
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Definitely not White Lake flat, but only one real climb that you have to do twice on the international course (leaving and coming back). There's some rollers but nothing significant or intimidating. It is a pretty fast course for the mountains! And beautiful scenery too.
2013-11-08 6:13 PM
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I have done Lake Logan 4 times. Absolutely my favorite Oly for a numer of reasons. Here are a few thought:
- Stay in Waynesville. Great town with good restaurants. My wife loves the shops in downtown.
- Lake Logan is beautiful and the water is crystal clear
- Always wetsuit legal but not too cold
- The bike is relatively flat as it goes through the valleys of the surrounding area. There is a BIG hill going out of and back into the transition area. If you attack it on the way back in, your legs will be shot for the run. Just spin up it. That is the only hill.
- The run is NOT flat. After leaving transition, you immediately start climbing for 3 miles, but it is just a 1% incline. Not too bad if you include hills in your training. You can fly going back down to the finish.
- Set-Up does a great job. Food is good.
- If you have time, plan a family vacation around the tri. Tons of outdoor activities in Western NC and Waynesville is a great base.

I grew up in the area and went to college 1.5 hrs away. I'll will be glad to answer any specific questions about the tri or the area

ETA: I saw you mention a Half so I went to the site. No idea that they were adding a HIM in 2014. Dang!!! I was planning on going to Milwaukee for AG Nat'ls. Now I don't know. That area will be great for a half!!!!

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2013-11-09 8:19 PM
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I am SO excited about Lake Logan adding a 70.3. Anyone have course details? I'm guessing the run will be double out and back.
2013-11-10 8:54 AM
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yes, the half course,at least for bike and run, appears to be two loops and change from the oly course. It'll be a pretty fast half. I love Lake Logan, and I'm lucky enough to live 45 minutes away. I'll be back to do the oly again, and it'll be fun to hang out after to cheer on the halfers


2013-11-11 11:06 AM
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I wasn't planning on doing a HIM distance race next year until I saw Lake Logan! Now I don't know how I can resist, especially since I was already planning to do the olympic that day anyway. The only downside to the race for me is the run. Out-and-backs are fine, but doing it twice gets boring. While the scenery is beautiful, it's pretty much road and trees the whole way. And running uphill for three straight miles from miles 7-9 will not be fun by that point in the race, especially if it is really hot. The only good things will be that you can look forward to the downhills, and doing the same road over and over means you will see lots of people, which is always fun and provides encouragement.

The swim is a bit of a shock at first because it is so cold, but it's really only too cold when you first get in and at the very end when you go under the bridge and it drops 5 degrees. You get warmed up pretty quickly. It's a fast swim that is current assisted for some of it. And it's gorgeous. The bike course is great and I look forward to doing that one twice. When you go down the big hill at the beginning, you just fly for a long time. Don't think I can pass this one up.
2013-11-13 12:20 PM
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We have done the Oly the last three years and will be back for the HIM this year. The course is great. Weather is great. Waynesville is great. And the night after the race in Asheville is awesome.

Not big fan of doing that run incline twice but it should be significantly easier at HIM pace compared to Oly pace. Glad to see the NC series pick this up after it always got a backseat to Stumpy Creek (no idea why as that course is the pits).

2014-01-13 11:19 AM
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The bike course is going to be a single loop, it will not be a two loop bike course. Don't etch this is stone, but I also don't believe the run is going to be two loops, but I can't remember precisely if thats what he said. But last I heard they were still working out the bike course. It will utilize the olympic course but will veer off. Sounds like there will be one more steep climb, but for the most part will be relatively flat the rest of the way. Should still make for a very fast bike course.
The run is beautiful as it travels along a mountain creek the entire way, and you can usually hear the sounds of the backwoods as there is a gun range on the other side of the road...nothing like gunfire to keep your adrenaline high!
2014-04-14 9:45 AM
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What exactly is the usual water temp? I don't like using a wetsuit; I train in a cooler pool every other morning so I am used to cooler water. That said, I don't want to freeze my tail off for 1,500 meters. Thx
2014-04-14 9:49 AM
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Originally posted by Theotis What exactly is the usual water temp? I don't like using a wetsuit; I train in a cooler pool every other morning so I am used to cooler water. That said, I don't want to freeze my tail off for 1,500 meters. Thx

I've done the Oly there twice.  According to my notes, it was 67 last year and 74 in 2010.



2014-04-14 12:26 PM
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Thanks, although I would rather that you said around 75!
2014-04-17 2:36 PM
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Courses for the half have been posted

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