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zoom

Oct 25, 11 9:39

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Ironman 70.3 National Harbor

The 1st Annual Ironman 70.3 National Harbor will take place on Sunday, August 5, 2012 with an anticipated 3,000 registered participants making this race one of the largest 70.3ís events in the world. The race is located at the beautiful National Harbor in the Metropolitan Washington DC Area, home to the largest concentration of USAT regional triathletes in the country. With three major international airports close by, plenty of hotel space and a great course design, this 70.3 is destined to become one of the greatest on the Ironman calendar

I don't know the route, but I've ridden that area. It's rolling hills and narrow roads in many areas. The roads out there are not draft friendly, but with 3,000 participants it probably will be.

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Chris G

Oct 25, 11 9:41

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DC in August eh, wonder if that will be a tad warm?


zoom

Oct 25, 11 9:45

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can't be worse than Eagleman. At least there will be shades. There are paths and parks around there. There is a potential for lots of shades on the run. The bike route will be a lot more shady than Eagleman.

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dg8trs

Oct 25, 11 9:50

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I was just thinking that.
Holy humidity.
Not sure about Potomac temps at that time of year either - non-wetsuit swim?


klehner

Oct 25, 11 10:05

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zoom wrote:
can't be worse than Eagleman. At least there will be shades. There are paths and parks around there. There is a potential for lots of shades on the run. The bike route will be a lot more shady than Eagleman.

August in DC can't be worse than Maryland in June?
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Grant.Reuter

Oct 25, 11 10:07

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Good only 3000 people I was worried people wouldn't have anyone to race against.
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zoom

Oct 25, 11 10:41

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Re: Breaking News: Ironman 70.3 National Harbor date set [klehner] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I live in MD, work in DC, train in the summer in both places ... been living in the area for about 30 years. Maybe I'm jaded and have lost all feelings :)

I can't imagine an exposed course like Eagleman in June is worse than this new race in August. Either way, if it is or isn't, I doubt that the difference is noticeable since both places are as hot and humid as hell. Can you tell the difference between 90 degrees hot and humid vs 95 degrees hot and humid? I know I can't. Maybe the new race will be better since there are more shades for both the bike and run.

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ElGordo

Nov 10, 11 18:03

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zoom wrote:
Ironman 70.3 National Harbor

The 1st Annual Ironman 70.3 National Harbor will take place on Sunday, August 5, 2012 with an anticipated 3,000 registered participants making this race one of the largest 70.3ís events in the world. The race is located at the beautiful National Harbor in the Metropolitan Washington DC Area, home to the largest concentration of USAT regional triathletes in the country. With three major international airports close by, plenty of hotel space and a great course design, this 70.3 is destined to become one of the greatest on the Ironman calendar

I don't know the route, but I've ridden that area. It's rolling hills and narrow roads in many areas. The roads out there are not draft friendly, but with 3,000 participants it probably will be.

Just noticed this thread. The race is still not on the Ironman web site, so would be interested in seeing what other confirmation we have for this.

National Harbor is not in DC, it's just south of the city on the Potomac river, perhaps five miles downstream from the area where Nations and DC Triathlon are currently held. I guess it sounded more romantic than Ironman 70.3 Suburban Maryland, but that's what you got here.

This will be an interesting test of the Ironman brand. We now have plenty of 70.3 distance races in the area to choose from over the course of the year. We have everything from Eagleman, Kinetic, Set Up started a new one last October, Half-Full in Columbia, Md, and god bless Savageman out west in Deep Creek. Plenty more if you are willing to drive a couple more hours.

Depending on what rules they use, this will almost certainly not be wetsuit legal that time of year here. Interesting to see how many people will pay premium entry fees for this type of race.


masterslacker

Nov 11, 11 4:18

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If that's the date, it's perfect for my training plan for IMMT and being local all the better. Depending on the wave you start in, you could get wet with an afternoon thundershower that time of year as well.

But there's still nothing on the ironman.com site...and I wonder if it's a first day sellout?
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Tri3

Nov 11, 11 6:41

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Yes, it can be a lot worse than Eagleman. At least in Cambridge you get a good stiff breeze, a bike course free of traffic and relatively clean water.

DC in August is the pits. And you couldn't pay me enough to swim in the Potomac River just downstream of a large metro area. After a rain storm (which happens just about every afternoon in August). After the sewers have overflowed (because the DC system is outdated and over capacity). Yuck.

But that's just me. Won't swim in the Hudson around Manhattan either.


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ian moone

Nov 11, 11 6:58

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3000, fill up in 14 minutes, or less


GMAN19030

Nov 11, 11 15:55

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First impression: sounds like it could be a neat race.
After looking at the date: no way in hell. :-)


nhoya

Nov 11, 11 16:12

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Ran at Georgetown, currently live in Florida and train in our heat and humidity.

Sounds like the perfect suffer-fest homecoming!

just don't charge $350, and I'm in!


GMAN19030

Nov 11, 11 17:55

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nhoya wrote:
Ran at Georgetown, currently live in Florida and train in our heat and humidity.

Sounds like the perfect suffer-fest homecoming!

just don't charge $350, and I'm in!

I live in Houston so it would actually be cooler in DC but I still don't need to put myself through any undue suffering.


triannasaurus

Dec 2, 11 11:24

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National Harbor and the surrounding area would be a great venue for a 70.3. Plus, it's really close to home. So any idea if it's going to happen or not? There's nothing mentioned about it on the Ironman site--or anywhere else outside of this forum, for that matter.


godekjames

Dec 2, 11 12:50

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godekjames

Dec 2, 11 12:51

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masterslacker wrote:
If that's the date, it's perfect for my training plan for IMMT and being local all the better. Depending on the wave you start in, you could get wet with an afternoon thundershower that time of year as well.

But there's still nothing on the ironman.com site...and I wonder if it's a first day sellout?

You plan on a 70.3 2 weeks before IMMT, what training plan are you using?


Slowjim

Dec 2, 11 13:11

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"perhaps five miles downstream from the area where Nations and DC Triathlon ..."

Could impact water quality :-)


Billabong

Dec 2, 11 13:12

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Is there an acutal date set?

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kenb321

Dec 2, 11 13:25

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Re: Breaking News: Ironman 70.3 National Harbor date set [godekjames] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

godekjames wrote:
masterslacker wrote:
If that's the date, it's perfect for my training plan for IMMT and being local all the better. Depending on the wave you start in, you could get wet with an afternoon thundershower that time of year as well.

But there's still nothing on the ironman.com site...and I wonder if it's a first day sellout?


You plan on a 70.3 2 weeks before IMMT, what training plan are you using?

x2?


masterslacker

Dec 2, 11 15:31

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Last hard tempo workout prior to the 2 week taper...I probably wouldn't go all out during the run but just tempo it so the legs wouldn't be totally wrecked pounding wise. A 1.2 mile swim and 56 mile bike is a piece of cake by that time in the training plan, IMHO.

Perhaps I'm dumb but it's what I've done before via training which is always a little slower due to not having real transitions...

Anyways, I still haven't seen any real information on the race so it's still just a rumor I guess...
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DC Pattie

Dec 2, 11 17:39

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klehner wrote:
zoom wrote:
can't be worse than Eagleman. At least there will be shades. There are paths and parks around there. There is a potential for lots of shades on the run. The bike route will be a lot more shady than Eagleman.


August in DC can't be worse than Maryland in June?

I agree. Some years the second weekend in June can be quite pleasant but often (especially in recent years) it can be quite warm and muggy. What makes this so difficult is that its often the first serious heat/humidity of the season meaning athletes have not yet acclimatized...hello medical tents!

At least in August everyone has fully acclimatized.


Giant Steps

Dec 2, 11 17:47

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I guess as long as you breath through your nose on the entire swim you'll be okay.


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devashish_paul

Dec 2, 11 18:43

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Re: Breaking News: Ironman 70.3 National Harbor date set [masterslacker] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

masterslacker wrote:
Last hard tempo workout prior to the 2 week taper...I probably wouldn't go all out during the run but just tempo it so the legs wouldn't be totally wrecked pounding wise. A 1.2 mile swim and 56 mile bike is a piece of cake by that time in the training plan, IMHO.

Perhaps I'm dumb but it's what I've done before via training which is always a little slower due to not having real transitions...

Anyways, I still haven't seen any real information on the race so it's still just a rumor I guess...

My best Ironmans happened with a half IM 2 weeks out. I just ease into the run and dial back the final 7K. Plus ice quads with big ice packs from the 7-11 on the drive home (make a mess in the car, but recovery is much better). It also helps to be 136-140 lbs for the run vs being 180-200 (I just picked that range). LIghter guys recover a bit quicker in general from the harder runs.

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tcesni

Dec 2, 11 18:58

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National Harbor is just a mile or two downstream of the Blue Plains waste water treatment plant - 300 million gallons of wastewater treated daily. It's a reasonably advanced plant but its been plenty overburdened for years, particularly when it rains. Water temp in August on the Potomac will be mid-80's. For the spectators the bass fishing can be quite good.

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