Before we cover the course info, please note the following:
Remember, it’s not just about finishing! It’s about the journey, and part of that journey is handling the challenges and tribulations that come along with any part of life. You may have a flat, be tired, forget something, or have any other number of things happen. Don’t get frustrated and give up! Find another way and / or learn to laugh at the situation. This is not just about a competition, this is about having fun and making new friends as well. 🙂
The Transition Area for the race will be upstairs in the group work out room. You’ll exit the pool, head through the appropriate locker room ( change if you need to ) and then head up the stairs. We’ll make sure you know where to go during the race as well. We’ll have some music playing for you guys. Since you are riding stationary you should be more than warm enough. If anything you’ll want to dress light here and have a shirt/jacket, or something else to throw on once you head outside for the run. The run out exit is located down the stairs again and out the front exit.
Each athlete will be able to set up their transition area in a staging area 30 minutes before their wave starts. Volunteers will move athletes gear and bike and set them up on the Elite Wireless Trainer set specifically to their weight. This is where they will go immediately following the swim to begin the bike portion of the race. When the 30 minute bike is complete, athletes will put on their running gear and transition to the run and then Go! Go! Go!
Our transition areas are laid out according to USAT (even though this is not a USAT sanctioned event) rules, making sure everyone travels the same distance to get from one area to the next.
Swim Course (15 Minutes):
Waves of 8 athletes will start every 20 minutes. The first wave will start at the time noted in the event schedule on the “Event Details” for this event. Each athlete completes as many full laps (out and back) of 50 yards as they can within the given 15 minutes. If you do not think you can finish a full lap in the time remaining of your 15 minutes you should wait inside the pool at the end you originally started on. Once the 15 minutes are done, we will blow the horn and you will exit the pool and make your way to the trainer with your bike on it. There will be an official lap counter but each athlete is still responsible for keeping count.
If you are having difficulty at any point in the swim raise your hand and ask for help. There will be lifeguards on duty for your safety and to assist you. If you are tired and need to rest for a minute feel free to hold onto one of the lane guides or the side of the pool for a minute. As long as you don’t pull yourself forward using the sides or lane guides you can resume your swim any time you are ready.
Bike Course (30 Minutes):
Each individual MUST HAVE THEIR OWN BIKE. The athlete will stage their transition area, for after the swim, in a pre-staging area. During the athlete’s swim the race crew will move the athlete’s bike and any other staged belongings into the actual transition area, where the bike will be staged on an Elite Wireless Trainer (SUPPLIED BY THE RACE). Each trainer will be individually adjusted to the athlete’s weight. By doing so, athletes that weigh more must produce more wattage to travel the same distance as lighter athletes. Just like on the real road! When the 30 minutes are completed a race official will announce “FINISHED” and athletes will immediately start their run stage while we record distance traveled and transition the bike.
* If you participate in the race with a mountain bike you will need to have slick tires ( no knobs) on your mountain bike. Knobby tires damaged our trainers, so unfortunately we can’t allow them.
Run Course (2.85 Miles Total):
Its time to head outside. Three laps and to the finish line. Total run distance is 2.85 miles. There is a chance, just an itsy bitty little one, that it might be raining. Hence the name RainMan. 😉 Don’t worry It’ll feel great! And if you do get a little cold you can always take a nice hot shower at the gym or sit in the sauna afterwards. Now Run Forrest Run! 😉 For an interactive Run course map click on the following link, Run Map. The interactive course maps offer the best level of detail and information, so make sure you look at them.
Please make sure you READ the signs for the course. If you cut the run course short, unintentionally or intentionally we will have to DISQUALIFY your results. Out of all the things I get to do as a Race Director, this is my least favorite thing to do. Please don’t make me do so!
Hammer Aid Station Info:
There will be aid stations with water, Hammer Heed and Gels at the following locations:
- Right before entering the transition area.
- Right after leaving the pool heading for your bike.
- Right after you leave your bike heading for the run.
- After each lap on the run course.
All aid stations will have Water, Hammer HeedTM and some gels as well as light snacks.