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2014-07-08 3:55 PM
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Anyone doing the group ride on Saturday?  I'll be there along with a handful of people from my tri club.  Although some of them are doing 2 loops.  Bunch of show-offs I tell ya. =)

I saw a number of people doing the sprint course last time.  Looks like there has been good turnout so far.




What time is the ride? I assume it leaves from the transition area/park? Is 1 loop the 56 miles of the course?


2014-07-08 4:02 PM
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Right now I am planning on going with my friend, who is racing the HIM, and possibly my husband.

We tried it two weeks ago, for the first time, and were surprised that we needed to know the route.   Totally our fault, they gave us maps and warned us.  We thought we could just follow people and it turned out we followed people going the wrong way...  So, we made due with a few short cuts here and there and made it back in about 56 miles.  Pretty good luck! 

This time we'll bring our own cue sheet that we can read more easily.  We're determined to see the whole route as it will be on race day.  I am just happy for the excuse to ride!

Look out for a woman on a white Planet X roadie and a twin 6 jersey of some sort and say hi!

2014-07-09 10:37 AM
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The ride starts at 8:00 AM from paradise park (the race site).  And yes, you do need to know the route.

Some people will do the HIM route and others will be doing the sprint route.  So there will be plenty of company either way I believe.

After emailing with some of my tri-group members, I'm actually going to head out with a few others at 7:00 AM to be done a little earlier.  I think there are 3-4 of us at the moment.  So if others want in on that, the more the merrier.  We'll be doing the HIM route and probably be moving at a slower pace (16 mph give or take 1 mph depending on conditions).  I know the course pretty well so we shouldn't get lost or take wrong turns.

2014-07-09 7:15 PM
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Originally posted by jrensink78

The ride starts at 8:00 AM from paradise park (the race site).  And yes, you do need to know the route.

Some people will do the HIM route and others will be doing the sprint route.  So there will be plenty of company either way I believe.

After emailing with some of my tri-group members, I'm actually going to head out with a few others at 7:00 AM to be done a little earlier.  I think there are 3-4 of us at the moment.  So if others want in on that, the more the merrier.  We'll be doing the HIM route and probably be moving at a slower pace (16 mph give or take 1 mph depending on conditions).  I know the course pretty well so we shouldn't get lost or take wrong turns.




Would love to know what you think of the course. I am training for IMFL and am much SLOWER than I was last year. A little anxious about what my bike leg time will be.
2014-07-10 10:12 AM
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Overall, I think it's a nice course.  You are mostly on roads going through the countryside.  Traffic is generally pretty light.  Some roads have shoulders and others don't.  But it hasn't been a problem for me.  There is only one stretch of road that I don't care for.  There is about a 3 mile stretch of road on Hwy 16 that is bumpy.  That stretch also has the biggest descent in the whole course, which makes it not so fun.  Outside of that, the roads are in pretty good shape.

In terms of difficulty, I don't think that it's too bad.  It's mostly flat with mild rollers.  There is one section near the river where you have some significant elevation change.  The climb out of Taylor's Falls will definitely slow you down for a bit.  There is a lot of up-hill for the better part of 3 miles.  But it's not constant.  You tend to climb and then flatten out, climb and flatten out, a number of times.  But I'm usually in my granny gear having to push it a bit on the climbs.  It's not terrible, but it takes the wind out of my sails.

If there is wind, that can get annoying.  Most of the time, winds are mainly out of the West.  So you would run into that early in the course for a little bit, and then for most of the last 1/3 of the course.  So after the climb out of Taylor's Falls knocks you down a peg and you are ready to get moving faster again, the wind can be a bit demoralizing.  I'll admit to cursing it more than once.

Taking the wind out of the equation, the first half to 2/3 of the course will be pretty fast.  Very little climbing and then some good down-hills down to the river.  Then there's is the big climb that will be really slow.  Then the next 15 miles will a bit slower than average due to more rollers and false flats.  Then it finishes up with a few flat miles.  So just know that it's going to be a slow last 1/3 of the course.  You'll be really happy with yourself for the first 2/3 though.  Negative splitting is probably not in the cards.

2014-07-11 9:38 AM
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Originally posted by jrensink78

The ride starts at 8:00 AM from paradise park (the race site).  And yes, you do need to know the route.

Some people will do the HIM route and others will be doing the sprint route.  So there will be plenty of company either way I believe.

After emailing with some of my tri-group members, I'm actually going to head out with a few others at 7:00 AM to be done a little earlier.  I think there are 3-4 of us at the moment.  So if others want in on that, the more the merrier.  We'll be doing the HIM route and probably be moving at a slower pace (16 mph give or take 1 mph depending on conditions).  I know the course pretty well so we shouldn't get lost or take wrong turns.

I have to bow out of the group ride tomorrow.  My wife had something come up at the same time.  So I'll be doing my ride later in the day.  I am planning on doing one more ride of the full course next weekend though.  Once I figure out when, I'll post so others can join if they want.



2014-07-13 2:57 PM
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My friend and I made it around the route correctly this time!  We noted an annoying false flat on Oasis and then 11 on the first half.  The hills were pretty fun!   I don't mind trading a few climbs for the fast descents.  Although, the road surface on Wild Mountain Rd was a bummer.  I really wanted to stop for the alpine slide, but my friend is a party pooper.  All in all, that's a really good HIM bike course. 

2014-07-14 10:19 AM
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I remember doing a Rugged Maniac race (obstacle course race) at Wild Mountain on a hot day and really wanting to jump into the lazy river as I was running past.

I did my loop probably just after the official ride was ending on Saturday.  It was encouraging.  My legs felt better at the end than last weekend (thanks to a little more fitness and less wind) and my rear end definitely held up much better.  I think it may have been a swearing-free ride =)   One last week of hard training for me and then a taper week.  Hoping that it all comes together on the 27th.

2014-07-15 9:39 AM
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Is this the NEW COURSE that you have all been riding or is it the old course. My friend (racing with me) sent me an email yesterday
saying the new course looks fairly flat?? I am excited to hear that. Looking forward to seeing all of you in less than 2 weeks! I am not
sure I am "ready" since I am training for a full IM and feel SLOW, but it will be fun and I hope to finish at a respectable time. hee hee. What
does that even mean? ))
2014-07-15 12:57 PM
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Originally posted by midwesttrimom Is this the NEW COURSE that you have all been riding or is it the old course. My friend (racing with me) sent me an email yesterday saying the new course looks fairly flat?? I am excited to hear that. Looking forward to seeing all of you in less than 2 weeks! I am not sure I am "ready" since I am training for a full IM and feel SLOW, but it will be fun and I hope to finish at a respectable time. hee hee. What does that even mean? ))

We've been riding the current course - what you'll be riding in two weeks. I would call it reasonably flat, but there are definitely a couple climbs. No gut busters, though.

Have fun!

2014-07-16 11:08 AM
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I am officially registered for the Half. Hopefully it will go much better then my first one.

My two oldest kids are doing the kids triathlon on Saturday so we'll see how that goes.

Looking forward to a beautiful day and a great race.


2014-07-18 10:16 AM
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Originally posted by TooTallRunner I am officially registered for the Half. Hopefully it will go much better then my first one. My two oldest kids are doing the kids triathlon on Saturday so we'll see how that goes. Looking forward to a beautiful day and a great race.

Good luck, Tom.  I'll be cheering for you!

2014-07-18 10:56 AM
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Originally posted by TooTallRunner I am officially registered for the Half. Hopefully it will go much better then my first one. My two oldest kids are doing the kids triathlon on Saturday so we'll see how that goes. Looking forward to a beautiful day and a great race.

Good luck, Tom.  I'll be cheering for you!




Thanks Emily. It will be great seeing you again.
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