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Registration for the 2011 season is NOW OPEN!

The IOSDT Team has quickly grown to 180 members.  Perhaps you have seen our jersey at the races or out training. Learn more about us at IOSDT Team

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Sophie EvansI have been reluctant to write a “race report” … always struggled to believe anyone would actually want to read it  However, for those who know me and my horrific memory, I figure it would be something I may regret not doing.  So, I am writing it down so that I can always remember what it was like to complete my first Ironman….

My Ironman experience started several days before the actual gun went off at 7am July 25th … packing alone was stressful enough to get my heart rate up.  I did my best to create a list of everything I needed, but also benefited from the wisdom of those more experienced than me by checking out what I could find online.  I came across one particularly detailed list that included over 200 items … crap, I need a bigger car!  I was sure to pack a couple of days early, but the benefit of my advance planning was canceled out by the sleep I lost when one of those damn lists would pop in to my head and I needed to confirm I actually had packed everything I needed.

The car was packed up with three bikes (Blake’s, Nas’, and mine) in tow. Blake and I began our long 14+ hour drive up to Lake Placid Wednesday at 6am.  An uneventful trip with the exception of the lunch stop at Friendly’s (first time I had ever eaten at this fine establishment)…It came back to haunt me within 30 min of consuming it – nuff said!  We’re sticking to Subway next time Blake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday morning started with a quick walk over to Mirror Lake for a test-drive around the swim course with Blake and Nas.  I am not a fan of open water swimming to start with but this water FREAKED me out!  I panicked the first outing (30min) because the water was this deep black abyss.  The buoy line, a supposed “highlight” of the Placid course as it allowed swimmers to keep a straight course without regular sighting, actually made things worse because it skewed my depth perception … mid-swim hyperventilation was not in my race plan?!  The only way I made it through was to keep my eyes closed when my head was in the water and open to sight only!  This was not good and I was beginning to get a bit worried … at least I would get to share the experience with 3000 of my closest friends – not very reassuring!

Friday morning I went out for a short bike ride.  I didn’t get very far because my front derailleur wouldn’t shift out of the big ring and i was heading up hill from the start of the course.  I was pretty sure I was going to need all my gears for the hilly course.  So back I went down the hill to the house…so far this was not going well!   Bike went to the shop for a couple of hours while I did the athlete check in.  I managed to skip a station at check in and leave without my transition bags (of course I did!).  So back I went!  Stephanie, this is where I think your business model would work perfectly…for idiots like me!!!!!!  Later that day I went for a short run and I couldn’t help notice the way my fellow triathletes had suddenly taken over this sleepy town.  I also became very self conscious when every guy I saw had smoother legs than me! argh, I had a date with my razor later!  Friday night was the mandatory race meeting.  I don’t think I heard a thing because of the not-so-little voice in my head that kept repeating – “holy crap, all these people are starting at the same time in that small area at the start!”

Saturday morning started with a quick test of the bike… all good!  Then back to the water for one last pre-race swim, gulp!  Not quite as much hyper ventilating but still not comfortable!  Things were moving in the right direction!  Then back to the house to fill up my transition bags/special needs bags, which is more difficult and stressful than one would think!  Next it was time to drop off my transition bags and bike at transition area … bye bye bike!  I walked back past the pro section and gawked at the bikes … who knew you could fit that many gels on a single bike!  The rest of the day was spent eating, walking around town and relaxing.  Saturday night meant final preparations for the morning, including special needs bags then off to bed ….sleep was minimal!

RACE DAY:

My alarm went off at 4:45am, wow I did get a bit of sleep!  I forced myself to eat breakfast (porridge, 1/2 banana, and some coffee).  With some calories in my belly, I shifted focus to dressing and working on my race-day hair.  Yes that’s right I said hair!  I had just cut it significantly shorter a few days prior so the usual ponytail wasn’t going to happen and it was long enough that I couldn’t keep it down.  Elastics and hair clips is torture under a helmet for 6+ hours!  So some creative braiding was in order….not so cute but functional!  Blake and I left the house at 5:30 to walk the 1mi to the transition area to check our bikes and transition bags again.  Then it was another mile to drop off our special needs bags.  Yes, we were complaining about that 1 mile before heading out on our 140.6 mile adventure!  But before that adventure started, we had a challenge to find a port-a-potty without a 30 min wait (so we walked again)!  A few minutes before the start I put on my wetsuit, handed my bag to my mum and kissed her goodbye.  I was then walking into the starting shoot and there was no turning back!  We found Kerry Troester and we all swam across to far side away from the buoy line and closer to the front.  Coach Marty said this would be the best place for me to start even though every part of my body wanted to stand on shore until everyone else went in first.   It’s 2 minutes before the start and I am floating in the water, no treading water needed in the wet suit!  I am having some terrible thoughts at this point because I cannot figure out how I am going to swim when there are so many people around me that I cannot even stretch my arms out.  Then I notice I don’t see another woman other  than Kerry, just big muscular men….oh jeez this is gonna hurt!  Then it’s the national anthem and whoa was that the gun?!  I guess so because EVERYONE is going!  I dog paddle a few strokes and swim with my head above water for a while until I have enough room to stretch out.  It was rough and I was kicked in the chest, gut, and shoulders quite often.  I kicked much more than I normally would only to keep people from pulling at my feet!  But to be honest, it wasn’t nearly as horrific an experience as I thought it would be.  The good thing was i didn’t even think twice about the deep black abyss!  I came out of the first loop of the swim with the clock at 44 min.  Slower than I was hoping for but at least I was on track to make the cut off!  Then back in I went.  The first few meters I was excited because I noticed that i was swimming side by side with Kerry!  But it wasn’t long before I lost her while trying to dodge all the other swimmers.  The second loop was much more pleasant and significantly less stressful!  Getting out at the finish of the swim I looked up at the clock, 1:10 … whoa how did that happen?!  Big smile on my face as I head up to the famous wet suit strippers!  Side note:  I had bought a sports bikini bottom that ties up to wear under the wetsuit so that it would not be pulled off with the wetsuit.  However, when I saw the lengthy run from swim to transition area, I ditched the bikini and pulled on a pair of shorts!  Heard a funny story after the race about a Japanese man several years ago who clearly didn’t think through the process and wasn’t wearing anything under his wetsuit!!!!!

OK, back to the race…  I was running to transition with wetsuit in hand and belly nice and distended, I must have swallowed 1/2 of Mirror lake and a whole lot of air while I was hyperventilating!   I located my transition bag, ran into the change tent and found a chair in the dark to observe how everyone else transitioned!  And get this, they had ladies there to help you undress and dress!  Before I left I made sure to pop a couple Maalox to deflate my swollen belly.  Over 10 minutes later I went to find my bike.   Shortly after I mounted my bike I noticed Blake zoom by me down the hill!  Don’t think I’ll be catching him.  A quick wave to my amazing family and I was outta there!

I settled in on the bike and notice right away that I have to pee. Mirror lake has made it down to my bladder all ready, ugh?!  Oh well, let’s see how long I can hold it!  So, a bit of climbing out of town and it starts to rain, oh s*@#%!  I say that because I know what is coming …. the LONG and very fast descent (7 miles of it?!).  I have never been so scared and out of control in all my life.  I think I got a couple of looks because I was screaming the entire 7 miles!!!!  By the time I reached Keene (the bottom) my inner thighs, shoulders, and triceps were screaming from clenching so tight!  And to think I would have to do that again.  After Keene I tried to take in some calories but it was a struggle…maybe because I was bloated?!?!?!?!?!  Oh well, I forced it down.  I settled into my steady zone 2 pace and enjoyed the scenery immensely.  I was however having an inner conflict as I watched rider after rider pass me.   I kept referring to my mantra “zone 2 zone 2 zone 2″…. that’s what Marty says!  Good thing I had my heart rate monitor on because I would never have stayed in zone 2 without it!  By the time I got to Jay I was desperate for a port-a-potty.  I had seen a couple but not until I had passed them and it seemed dangerous to stop and turn around.  Luckily I did see one at the beginning of the out and back and decided to stop on my way back out.  That out and back took forever!!!!!  After dangerous weaving through several other riders I stopped and got off.  There was a sweet little old lady there to hold my bike and we exchanged pleasantries.  Back on my bike and I felt sooooo much better and ready to eat and drink!  I have had quite a bit of difficulty transitioning to long distance training after years of short explosive fast twitch training.  This is why I turned to a coach (Marty Gaal) in January to help me transition over.  I have also discovered that I am not mentally made for distance training.  I find it quite boring and I lose focus very easily.  During the race I found myself slowing down at times and sight seeing:  “ooh, that would be a great place to eat; those trees are beautiful; oh, i like her bike; Oli would love North Pole we should check it out; I cannot believe people ski off that jump!”…perhaps I have a bit of ADD?!  In any case, it’s a beautiful course with lots to see.  On the way back into town I noticed the wind really picking up.  This is also where the most climbing comes in.  The biggest of the climbs, Papa Bear, was fantastic because you could get a small sense of what the Tour riders must feel as it was lined with spectators cheering the entire way up.  Then it was back into town to find my special needs bag containing my own drink mixes and snacks.  It was a bit hairy to find the guy who had my bag.   I could have had a cocktail at this point with amount of time I spent setting myself up…I think the guy holding my special needs bag was beginning to get impatient with me!  Ok, downed a couple of Cosmo’s and off I went to start another loop!  This meant 2 things:  the good was that i was able to see my wonderful family again but the very very very bad was that I had to do the descents again!  This time it was dry BUT the wind had really picked up….I feared for my life and again I screamed the entire way down!  The second loop was fun because I found myself passing a few people especially on the flat out and backs.  I was experiencing some significant discomfort in both knees by mile 70 … not good!  I tried to recruit more hamstring through the pedal stroke to help reduce the pain.  However, I worried a bit that this might come to bite me in the you know what later during the run.  About 15-20 miles away from town I hit a small hole and heard a strange noise from the rear of my bike, oh no!  The biggest fear for me on the bike (besides the crazy descents!) was getting a flat on my tubulars.  So I stopped to check the tire…a bit soft but not flat.  Got back on and hoped for the best, which turned out to be good enough as I made it to transition with just enough air in the tire to keep me off the rim.

This part is a bit fuzzy but I think I remember giving my bike to someone and then went to get my transition bag.  I was out of there quickly with some help from a fantastic lady, thank you!  Stopped at the port-a-potty on the way out and walked a bit to stretch out my achilles, and don my watch and belt.  After a few minutes I was on my way.  Stopped half a mile out to kiss and hug my family.  The 10 mile section out of town was a bit lonely because there were few spectators.  On the way back into town I finally caught up to Blake and walked up the first big hill back into town.  I had met my goal on the run and that was to run the first 8 miles without stopping, yippee!  The run section in town was fantastic!  The spectators made it the most fun I have ever had running!  I love that our names are on our bibs so spectators can call out your name and make it more personal.  Reading my name, some of the French Canadians assumed I was French and would encourage me in french, awesome!!!  I skipped my special needs bag for the run and went back out for the second loop.  I stopped to hug and kiss my family and get in a little stretch!   I wasn’t looking forward to heading back out for another lonely loop; however, I was excited with the thought that I was almost done (in the grand scheme of things).  The second loop I planned to stop at all or every other aid station to hydrate.  At one of the first aid stations going out I decided I would try the cola.  I normally do not like the taste but at this point I was sick of sports drinks!  I have to say that it was yummy but it did not sit well in by belly.  Hmmm, I think I’ll wait for the last few miles to try that again!  Back to water, sports drink and Gu, blah!  I was surprised at how well my injured achilles was holding up.  What worried me was that the one on the other side was starting to get a bit angry. I shifted the timing chip and guess what…relief!  In the later miles my muscles were getting incredibly sore and tender (even to the touch) with my hips really fatiguing.  I was indeed doing the marathon shuffle!  I was amazed that this run was feeling soooooo much better than the marathon I had completed earlier in the year.  The entire way back I was trying to calculate what i needed to run to finish before the 12 hour mark…I felt confident I could make it assuming I could keep up the pace.  Coming back into town was incredible…I had a smile plastered to my face despite the enormous amount of pain I was feeling.  I had underestimated how the hills would feel the second time around and I was forced to walk them all, which set me off my goal for under 12 hours!  At mile 23-24 there was a young guy, maybe a coach, running along side a racer up ahead of me, cheering him on to pick up the pace slightly to make that 12 hour mark.  So, I decided to go with him!  Boy did that hurt but I managed to pick it up slightly until I reached the entrance to the speed skating oval at which point i ran as fast as my legs could go to get there before 12 hours….my time was 11:59:10!  Only 2 or 3 competitors behind me made it in under the 12 hour mark

I’m an Ironman and it hurts!  When I stopped running I could barely stand and every single muscle and those I didn’t know I had hurt!  I have to say that I seriously doubted I could complete this race while I was training for it.  My physical make-up is not made for distance racing (parts of which are paying for it now) and I lack the attention span for some of those long workouts (perhaps  a small case of ADD???).  Before July 25th, I was quite certain that I would never attempt another Ironman again. However, I will eat my words and say that I would love to do another when the timing is right and when my body is healthy going into it!

One of the main reasons for writing this is to give a very special thank you for everyone who help make a dream come true!  Thank you to my wonderful boys, Scott and Oliver, who have been so patient and supportive during the long hours spent training, I could never have done it without you!  Thank you to my wonderful family who came to support me during the race.  Thank you to a fantastic coach, Marty Gaal.  And of course a special thanks to the best training buddies: Blake, Nas, Mike, John, Sarah and Stephanie

photo borrowed from Pez Cycling

Ben King road away from the best pros in the U.S. and stole the US Pro Road Race Title.  He will be wearing the stars and stripes for the next year.

Here is his race report:

I counted myself one of the twenty odd riders who had a prayer of upsetting the cycling celebrities until I attacked in the first mile of the race. Too much coffee? Too much techno and dancing in the room with Taylor? Suicide. Scott Swisanski, Daniel Holloway, and I would bake into the asphalt and be crispy road kill when the field overcame us. We didn’t concern the peloton, and they gave us an enormous 17 minute leash. Suicide attacks have value in a team dynamic. When a select few caught us from behind, I could help Phinney- my only TLS teammate- or one of the RadioShack guys. My job was to delay that catch as long as possible. That’s why on the third of four times up Paris Mt. I left Swiz and Holloway. I felt guilty for violating the unspoken early breakaway code- stick together as long as possible- but our time gap had fallen five minutes to 12 minute in one lap. Those were my minutes, and I hated watching the field take them back. My style is to go out with a bang. Fight to the death. People on course seemed to think I could win, but they don’t know how these things work. With 50 miles to go, I would get caught. Regardless, I tried to match their energy on my bike. Each lap they cheered harder, more shirts came off, people holding “Go King!” signs for Ted King (http://www.iamtedking.missingsaddle.com/) began shouting “Ben King.” I took a beer feed from a fan the third time up Paris Mt.- I’m trying to steel Lance’s Michelob sponsorship- and the next lap they had a keg for me which I ignored.

Alone there is less to think about. Solo, there is no second place. You either win, or you don’t. At the top of the climb I had 9 minutes. I paced myself like a marathoner to certain check points. I told myself, “try to make it to the start finish again.” Announcer, Dave Towle, stirred the crowd into a frenzy. At sign-in before the race he asked me if I could make the selection. I said, “Either that, or do something crazy.” My coach told me to be patient. Then he told me, “everything you do is a time trial.” These thoughts and the people behind them brewed in my head. My dad and sister, Hannah, on course. Keep it going for them. I prayed and thought, “God must have something to do with the situation I’m in.” Keep it going for Him. At the base of Paris Mt. for the last time, I lost only one minute to the chasing pack. At the top of the climb, the gap was 6:25. Is that enough? I tried to do the math, but my brain stalled. My legs began to cramp. I tasted salty. I focused everything on turning over the pedals. Four cruel four mile circuits around the start finish waited. I labored onto the first circuit with just over three minutes advantage. Like a marathoner, I had paced myself to these circuits with nothing left to complete them. My legs cramped. I disintegrated in front of 80,000 people. The road blurred. My hearing blurred. Lactic acid filled in for the oxygen I needed. People leaned over the barriers and yowled with enough passion that veins bulged in their beet red necks and foreheads. It was a glorious nightmare.

Three more laps. Half an hour in the fire. Quitting never occurred to me, but I feared a loss of consciousness. Then the RadioShack team car pulled alongside me. They saw my agony. From the exhilaration in their voices, I know they wanted to pedal for me. The intensity of the pain felt unjustifiable. Jose Asevedo, the director, talked me through it. “They take thirty seconds from you per lap. You start the last lap with two minutes and you win.” Sports physiologist, Allen Lim, rode shotgun hyping me up. “You deserve this. This is for the jersey. Its yours. You’re making history. This is history!” History sounded pretty important to me at the time, and I visualized this moment as history to remove myself from it. I rounded into the finishing straight with 500 m to go, zipped up my jersey, and put my hands over my head.

It’s never been about winning for me. I said in my L’Avenir blog that I don’t do it for love of the sport. Its about the people. Reporters called this “the most inspiring human drama” they’ve ever seen in cycling. It didn’t start so inspired, and I think part of the reason it was inspiring is that I interacted with the fans throughout the race. When I won, we won. We did it.

IOSDT Team Update

Posted: September 22, 2010 in Information, News

Membership: The IOSDT Team is now at 167 members.

Party With Your Teammates: The next Team Happy Hour will be on October 15th at 6 pm at the Stonewood Grill in Cary.

Bike Clothing: Our second custom team cycling order is at Inside-Out Sports and ready for pick-up.   We ordered several extra pieces if you missed out.

Please come out to the Pedal 4 a Purpose Ride This Saturday: This fundraiser for the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center Ride will leave Inside-Out Sports in Cary at 8 am on September 25th. Day of registration starts at 7 am. You will have the option to do either a 35 mile or 65 mile route.  Held rain or shine. Sag stops for both routes.

Indoor Trainer Rides Start Soon: Coming soon, Inside-Out Sports will be starting our “Spin with the Pro’s” trainer sessions which were very popular last year. You will hear more on this topic as we nail down specific dates/ Pro instructors etc…. but you can count on them being Tuesday nights as usual.

Evening Mountain Bike Ride Starting; New this year will be a Thursday night Mountain bike ride. Ride details will be out soon.

Sweet Bike Deal For Team Members Only: Inside-Out Sports is offering our IOSDT members the opportunity to order a Scott Mountain bike or Cross bike at a significant discount of 15% off MSRP. This will be a one-time offer and orders must be placed by October 1st. We are not going to stock Mountain bikes so there is a sense of urgency if you want to take advantage of this deal and get in on some great winter training. You can call Mike Beaman at Inside-Out in Cary with questions and details.  The number is 919-466-0101.

These are the bikes:

http://www.scott-sports.com/us_en/product/10024/55474/217947

http://www.scott-sports.com/us_en/product/10048/55792/218129

Please Support Our Team Sponsors:


8 Week Beginner RunFit Program

There are differing and sometimes conflicting definitions of “best running form.”  I believe that this has much more to do with strength and structural differences of individuals than theories of biomechanics.  Athletes who participate in this nine week program will enjoy an integrative approach to run training that will first develop  muscular strength, power and endurance so that we can safely and effectively learn how to put our bodies into an efficient running form that doesn’t hurt.  If you are a beginner runner or have never run at all this program is perfect for you. The program runs from Sept 13 – October 30th (last coached session).  The cost of the program is $90.  Participants will receive discount coupons from Inside Out Sports for running shoes and attire.

Program Structure:
Athletes participating in the RunFit program will begin with a progression of specific exercises to do at home to strengthen primary and stabilizing muscles needed for proficient running.  At home exercises will be demonstrated during *coached sessions to ensure that they are being executed correctly.  We will explore the concept of “barefoot running” and learn how this practice may or may not be a safe approach for you.   In addition, athletes will be educated in the process of purchasing an appropriate running shoe which will help to prevent injury to the body (and the wallet). Eight weekly plans with specific workouts will be provided to ensure success in this program.  If you are interested in joining this program with a specific race already in mind I will be happy to provide a different template to help guide you toward a successful event.

*Coached sessions will be on the following dates/times/locations:  (please allow for some flexibility)
•    Sept 18th- 9:00am Bond Park Community Center Parking lot
•    Sept 25th- same as above
•    October 2nd- Same as above
•    October 6th- 9:00 am Umstead State Park- Parking lot on Harrison
•    October 16- TBD
•    October 23- TBD
•    October 30- TBD
•    Additional Shoe Clinic at Inside Out Sports – TBD

These sessions will last between 60-75 minutes.  We will work on muscular strength, power and endurance.  We will NOT be running at all during the first 2 weeks of training.

Coach Susan Pantlin is a 12 time Ironman Finisher including the World Championship Triathlon held in Kona.   She has an MA in Exercise Physiology with minors in biomechanics and sports medicine. Contact her at prcoaching@nc.rr.com for registration.  Deadline is Friday September 10, 2020.

IOSDT Team Update – August 2010

Posted: August 29, 2010 in News

Membership: The IOSDT Team is now at  158 members.

Stay In Touch: Follow us on facebook at IOSDT.

Party With Your Teammates
: The next Team Happy Hour will be on September 17th at the Carolina Ale House in Cary at 6 pm.

Win A Cervelo P3
: Be sure to submit your race photos in the IOSDT team kit to photos@deltatriathlon.com for a chance to win the Cervelo P3 at the end of season party in November.

Bike Clothing: Our second custom team cycling order has shipped from Sugoi.  We expect it to be ready on Wednesday or so.  We will keep you posted.  If you missed the pre-order, we ordered extra.

2011 Season Plans: We are busy making plans for next season.
•    Registration for 2011 will open on November 1st
•    We are developing a very attractive sponsor package and there is much interest from a wide variety of businesses
•    Most 2010 sponsors will be returning
•    Team member benefits will definitely be expanding
•    Most plans should be finalized by the end of October

We Need Your Feedback: The working plan is to have two registration packages for 2011.  We will keep the current Tri-top, LS Tee, bottle and such for new members and also offer a returning member package.  We have several questions for you.  Please, email me with  your thoughts.
•    The  2010 team registration was $79.  How important is it that this be about the same for 2011?
•    What would you like to see in this returning members package?
o    Hat/visor?
o    Triathlon bag?
o    Transition mat?
o    Socks?
o    Running singlet?
o    Running shorts?
o    Short-sleeve T-shirt?
o    Others?
•    Is there other custom clothing which you would like to be able to order ala carte?
o    Jacket?
o    Hoodie?
o    Beanie?
o    Other?

Advisory Committee: We are planning to establish an advisory committee which will consist of 2 sponsor appointed members and 3 teammates.  Email me with folks who would be good at this.  You can nominate yourself if interested.
Roles:
•    Advise Todd on cool factor
o    Clothing
o    Parties
o    Events
o    Other stuff

Please Support Our Team Sponsors:
•    Inside-Out Sports, Crazy cool Triathlon stuff
•    Knott Berger and Miller, Attorneys for Justice
•    Progressive Graphics, Seriously cool custom screen printing
•    Silver Dollar Design, Beautiful graphics and web design
•    Margaret Struble, Realtor
•    OSB Multisport Coaching, Marty and Bri Gaal
•    Finish Strong, Amazing event production
•    DELTA Triathlon, cool videos, great advice, complete multisport calendar
•    Todd’s Blog, yeah, that’s my blog and it’s kinda cool, too

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Race Description

The Washington Half Distance Triathlon is the first half distance race for FS Series.  The Washington Park community has embraced the triathlon and are very excitied to welcome participants from all over the US.  The town has many wonderful restaurants, fine dining and variety of activites for families.  This race will be spectator friendly, with family and friends, having multiple chances to see you on the bike and run course.

The 1.2 mile triangular swim will be in the Pamlico River, a river off the Pamlico Sound.  The water is salty and has little current.  The great part about the swim is the transition area is less than 50 feet from the water.  The average April water temperature is 68 degrees.  The swim is sure to be wetsuit legal.

The bike course will be a flat ride through Beaufort County.  The 14 mile turnaround will also be the water bottle handoff.  The bike will consist of 2 Laps, with participants coming all the way back to the transition area.  Participants will receive a custom band to after there first lap and they must wear the band when entering the transition area after the bike.

The run course is an flat out and back 2 lap course in Washington Park and River Road. The course will have some shade and some areas will be exposed to the sun.  The surface will all be asphalt.  Participants will receive a custom race towel that will be the towel they use on the run course.  Aid stations are provided at each mile mark on the run course.  The aid stations will have a variety of products including hammer gels, heed, and water.  More information about the aid stations will be available as we get closer to the event.  The finish line is across the street from the transition area.

The race course revolves around a transition area next to Washington Park Waterfront. The same transition area will be used for all phases.  The transition area will open at 5am; ALL bikes need to be placed in position before the transition area closes at 6:45am.

Cut off times:

Swim     1 hour and 30 minutes
Bike        5 hours from your start time
Total       8 hours from your start time

Race officials reserve the rights to pull anyone of the course that will not meet the time requirements.

Pricing Information

Washington Half Pricing:

Before 10/01/2010
Individual: $120.00
Relay: $175.00

After 10/17/2010
Individual: $140.00
Relay: $195.00

The last day to register online for the Washington Half is Sunday, October 17, 2010. On-site registration may be available if this event is not full, but your best bet is to register online.

A $10.00 fee (for USAT race day insurance) will be added if you are not a USAT member.

The Associated Press and other news agencies are reporting that Tour de France champion Alberto Contador will race for the Saxo Bank-SunGard team next season.

Bjarne Riis, announced on Tuesday that the Spanish rider signed for two years. Contador, who said last week he would leave the Astana team at the end of the season and study his options, confirmed the announcement on his website.

“I think I’ve chosen the best option and I have confidence in Riis to build a great team in 2011,” Contador said. “I’m eager to start this new adventure together with a team and sponsors who have placed their trust in me and I want to show that they have not made a mistake.”

Andy Schleck and his brother Frank announced last week they would leave the team.  There is no announcement yet as to where they will land.

Riis stated, “Alberto is a world class rider and it’s with great pride I can present him as a member of the team for the next two years,” the Dane said. “I believe we have not seen his full potential yet.”

“Contador is always in the game to win and I respect that and like his ambition to win the three great tours in one year,” Riis said.

He also announced that Saxo Bank would remain a co-sponsor of the team next year. The online investment bank had previously said it would end its support at the end of 2010.

“Bjarne Riis has delivered excellent results over the past couple of years and has an impressive plan for 2011,” Saxo Bank co-founders Kim Fournais and Lars Seier Christensen said. “We believe it’s important to recognize an unprecedented opportunity when you see one and therefore, we have decided to continue our sponsorship for one more year.”

This presents a significant shake-up in the 2011 bid for tour supremacy.  Will Jens Voigt and Fabian Cancellara work as hard for Contador as they did Schleck?

…THE NEXT GREAT RACE!

OUTER BANKS TRIATHLON FESTIVAL
September 18-19, 2010

Registration is now open for a weekend of “fun in the sun” at the Outer Banks Triathlon Festival!  Although this is one of Outer Banks Sporting Events (OBSE) newest events (we organize the Outer Banks Marathon and Half Marathon in November and the Flying Pirate Half Marathon in April), the triathlon was first held here over 25 years ago!  The swimming portion of the race will be held at a soundside park on Roanoke Island, with panoramic views of Croatan Sound and the Outer Banks.  The running portion will traverse in and around the island and the legendary Mother Vineyard, and the bike portion will travel over the Manns Harbor Bridge to the mainland.

Following OBSE’s style of putting on a great race, we will have a post race Pirate Jamboree with music, food and awards!  Join us for a great race and a “Party Like a Pirate!” good time….Arrrgh!!!

Half Distance
Saturday, September 18
1.2 Mile Swim / 56 Mile Bike / 13.1 Mile Run

Olympic Distance
Sunday, September 19
1500 Meter Swim / 24.5 Mile Bike / 6.2 Mile Run

Sprint Distance
Sunday, September 19
750 Meter Swim / 13.5 Mile Bike / 5K Run

For additional information and to register, go to www.obxtriathlon.org

Date

Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 9:00 AM local time

Address
Watauga Lake/Sugar Grove Baptist Church
838 Sugar Grove Church Rd

Registration Closing Date
Thursday, October 13, 2011 @ 11:59 PM

Brief Description
The 6th Annual Watauga Lake Triathlon is the last, best race of the year. Surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest, Watauga Lake is one of the nicest places you’ll ever swim. Entry fees are $50 for individuals, $40 for collegiate, and $90 for relay teams through August 15, then go up to $60/$50/$120 through September 30. Day-of is $70/$60/$135. Registration is capped at 250 individuals and/or teams so sign up now and don’t miss out on the last, best race of the year

Additional Information
The swim will leave from the banks of a family farm. It will be a triangular course, 1000 meters long. The water temperature should be between 70-75 degrees. USAT rules regarding wetsuits will apply, although wetsuits will probably not be required at this time of year! Kayaks and Seadoos will be in the course area to monitor swimmers. The bike ride will be a 35 km (22 mile) loop with several good climbs, fast downhills, and rolling to flat terrain following the contour of the lake and beautiful Roan Creek. This is an incredibly scenic ride and should be starting to show some good fall colors for the race. The run will be an out-and-back course of 8 kilometers (5 miles). The course will be in a pastoral farm setting out to the main road, where it will follow the perimeter of the lake for a short distance before the turnaround and back to the finish area.

More Information
Click here to view the event organizer’s website