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2016-04-11 10:30 PM
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Hey everybody, we're less than a month out from the 2016 edition of St. George 70.3 !!!  How's your training going?  Feeling excited yet? 

I'm woefully undertrained on the swim, but bike and run are okay.  I think if I squeeze in a couple short swims a week between now and May 7 I should be alright, though.  I'm just trying not to overdo anything at this stage so I can make it to the starting line more or less healthy with all parts of my body happy.

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2016-04-19 3:49 PM
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What kind of cassette are people using for this course?  On my tri bike I've got a 10-speed setup with a 12-25 on the back right now (53-39 up front), and I'm thinking very strongly of switching out to an 11-28.  I just did a race distance ride trying to simulate the profile somewhat by throwing in a 1200 foot climb at mile 40, and I was out of the saddle more than I'd like for the climb.  Another option is to just take my road bike which already has an 11-28 setup.  I like more road bike better anyway, and I'm definitely not going to be vying for any age group podium spot.  Thoughts anyone?

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2016-04-27 11:03 AM
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I did the race in 2014 on my road bike which is a 10-speed with a 11-28 but I'll be on my tri bike this year with an 11-speed and 11-28 in the back. I highly recommend switching out to the 11-28 or bring the road bike. Snow Canyon is tough especially with the heat so having the extra climbing capability with the 11-28 will make your legs a lot happier on the run.
2016-04-30 9:24 AM
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Thanks for your perspective on the gearing.  I installed the 11-28 this week on my tri bike and will try it out on some climbing tomorrow.  I think you are 100% right about making it a bit easier on the run, and believe me, if I need help anywhere it's on that run. 

I'm not sure if anyone else is keeping an eye on the weather forecast.  Current 7-day shows race day being partly cloudy with a high of only 65 degrees, and then a chance of showers arriving by Sunday morning.  From what I gather this is quite a bit cooler than the norm and a departure from past race conditions.  If it stays dry for Saturday, it sounds close to ideal to me.

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2016-04-30 6:49 PM
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Heading out on Wednesday from South Florida...hoping the bike and I are properly prepared!  Even so, it will be an epic race and weekend.  So excited!!

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2016-05-06 4:28 PM
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Hey Guys and Gals!  I started this thread three years ago--did St. George in '14, '15 but this year the race falls on my daughter's prom--not missing that for the world!  I'll be checking in this weekend to see how it goes!  It is one tough mother of a HIM--but so beautiful! Good luck to all! 

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2016-05-11 9:28 AM
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I was way under trained for this race.  I had several things working against me in training including a car wreck that resulted in a severe concussion, a job transfer from Texas to Oklahoma with, reduced time available for training each week, and reduced availability of training facilities in my new town.  I really felt the difference that that extra training makes.  I was about 80% trained but was well rested and healthy.  I think I could have done really well in a shorter race, but as is I really struggled. Going into the race I figured that if things went really well I would finish around 5 hours and if things went really bad (which they did) I would finish around 6 hours.  My finish time was 5 hr 54 min.  At the finish line my thoughts were that I should do a shorter race for my next Triathlon, but that after noon I felt really good.  I could go up and down stairs, I didn't have a lot of soreness or stiff muscles, etc.  My recovery has been a lot faster than my two marathons or my previous 70.3 triathlon so I may have been better prepared that I though I was. It was fun though and I am already wishing I had another race coming up because I learned a lot and know that I can shave another 30-45 minutes off my next race time.   The highlight for me was the first 42 miles of the bike course.  There were a lot of hills and I worked hard up the hills and flew down the other side.  My top recorded speed was 45.6 MPH.  We don't have any hills that are long enough or smooth enough for me to do those speeds in McAlester, Oklahoma where I live so for me the bike course was a blast and something I won't forget any time soon.  

 



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