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2019 CT (Quassy) 70.3
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I didn't see any post about the race this year other than ones from several months ago when the race was still a bit up in the air. With a little over three weeks to go, bib lists are posted. I'm looking forward to seeing how the fitness is heading into an IM at the very end of June. It looks like the bike course has a few changes from Quassy last year and the run course is quite a bit different, but still has two smaller loops to make up the run.

Who else here on ST is doing CT 70.3 (we can still call it Quassy, right)?


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Re: 2019 CT (Quassy) 70.3 [natethomas] [ In reply to ]
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This race will forever be Quassy.

In advance -- bike is short. Thomaston, I think it was, wouldn't let Eric run the bike course earlier down to 254 to get the extra mileage in that was needed due to needing to run the bike course back in the way the Olympic used to. That said, the wall coming back up from East Shore Road in Morris will help knock times back down.

I just wonder how much of that run course will get the infamous Quassy sauna effect. The stretch bringing us back to Christian Road was always a massive PITA when it was run on the old, old run course -- and that was with it being downhill. Should be interesting, to say the least!

Give it hell!

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Re: 2019 CT (Quassy) 70.3 [natethomas] [ In reply to ]
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It looks like the new run course no longer has the climb up Highpoint road. I'd almost classify it as a headwall. A pretty big challenge and "highlight" of the old Quassy. Folks were gathered at the crest of Highpoint cheering with signs and stuff last year. And you had to get up and over it twice for the half. Not sure if the new run course has anything similar.

Good luck to everyone racing!

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Last edited by: Don_W: May 9, 19 2:44
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Re: 2019 CT (Quassy) 70.3 [Don_W] [ In reply to ]
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That run course has changed so many times over the years. I miss the 8 miles around the lake with the three mile dirt climb that felt like you were headed to the surface of the sun.

The three worst climbs should be (edited because I misjudged where one of them was in the OP):
  • The climb from Old Sherman Hill Road to Christian Road;
  • at the out and back at Timex (x2);
  • the climb back to Quassy.


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Re: 2019 CT (Quassy) 70.3 [rrheisler] [ In reply to ]
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Just because it comes immediately after the climb up to Christian Rd, I think that Timex climb is going to be a bruiser, at least mentally. Plus if it's a sunny/ warm day I'm pretty sure that stretch is totally exposed so it'll be toasty. The climb to Christian is at least somewhat shaded and comes after the only flat section so you have some time to prepare.
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Re: 2019 CT (Quassy) 70.3 [FishOutofWater] [ In reply to ]
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"Flat"

Bwhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhaaha. Don't you know the old joke about Quassy and how Eric even managed to put hills in the swim?

To be honest, I've had more issues on the "shady" parts of this course over the years, because there's usually so much moisture and it's still hot enough that those sections turn into a sauna.

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Re: 2019 CT (Quassy) 70.3 [natethomas] [ In reply to ]
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Is the run as hard as last year ? Only done it once

Ran a 1-28 last year and found it super hard and it was not even hot
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Re: 2019 CT (Quassy) 70.3 [rrheisler] [ In reply to ]
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rrheisler wrote:
That run course has changed so many times over the years. I miss the 8 miles around the lake with the three mile dirt climb that felt like you were headed to the surface of the sun.

Not racing this year; but raced Quassy half 4X -- just an epic, great course. It will ALWAYS be called QUASSY. I miss 2010 when they had the K-Swiss mile (mile 3.5 to 4.5) that went straight up that dirt road and it was timed separately. My kids who were super young then loved the games and rides. We got pictures with Craig Alexander and Miranda Carfrae, and they also signed all our hats. Rev3 really knew how to treat the pro's right and throw a truly family-friendly event. Also hit my fastest descending speed ever on one of the downhills there @ 49MPH.
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Re: 2019 CT (Quassy) 70.3 [UKINNY] [ In reply to ]
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The run should be significantly easier than last year's.

I'm not just saying that. It really should be.

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Re: 2019 CT (Quassy) 70.3 [BT_DreamChaser] [ In reply to ]
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BT_DreamChaser wrote:
rrheisler wrote:
That run course has changed so many times over the years. I miss the 8 miles around the lake with the three mile dirt climb that felt like you were headed to the surface of the sun.


Not racing this year; but raced Quassy half 4X -- just an epic, great course. It will ALWAYS be called QUASSY. I miss 2010 when they had the K-Swiss mile (mile 3.5 to 4.5) that went straight up that dirt road and it was timed separately. My kids who were super young then loved the games and rides. We got pictures with Craig Alexander and Miranda Carfrae, and they also signed all our hats. Rev3 really knew how to treat the pro's right and throw a truly family-friendly event. Also hit my fastest descending speed ever on one of the downhills there @ 49MPH.

My favorite memory of the run course from 2011 - 2014: the signs Charlie put out in 2012. A series of them "you're almost to the top!" where it looked like it flattened out. Come around the corner to see it pitches straight up again, and there's a sign with Nelson: HA HA!

I've never laughed that hard in a race. My best ever finish at Quassy.

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Re: 2019 CT (Quassy) 70.3 [rrheisler] [ In reply to ]
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I've not heard that one, but that's brilliant! I grew up in that area (spent quite a bit of time at the Pomperaug HS pool), and know that flat is a relative term. I should have been clearer, maybe "after not continually slogging up an illogically steep hill that still manages to have 100 ft of elevation drop over its rise, then trying to run down a vertical wall"
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Re: 2019 CT (Quassy) 70.3 [natethomas] [ In reply to ]
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I’m doing it this year. I’ve never done Quassy before, but hills is what I train on, no concerns there. The water will probably be cold, I hope it will not be my first OWS of the season.

I’m just coming from a good running-heavy cycle, so I should be in ok shape. Hope for a podium spot in M40-45, although I don’t want to go to Nice even if I get one.
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Re: 2019 CT (Quassy) 70.3 [rrheisler] [ In reply to ]
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Went past the park tues and see there are already IM trailers there. i havent checked yet, but is there
still a turnaround point in litchfield in White's Memorial/Allain White Way I believe? that's my usual spot on race day.

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Re: 2019 CT (Quassy) 70.3 [Twilkas] [ In reply to ]
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Tom!!! Hope all is well man.

So, yeah, there's still that turnaround point. The big change is that we wind up banging a right to go up East Shore Road back into the center of Morris versus the straight out and back.

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Re: 2019 CT (Quassy) 70.3 [rrheisler] [ In reply to ]
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Thx bud, if you're racing be sure to announce yourself, I believe you've gotten high marks on your turn steeze! Happy to support Eric and I have dear friends in the I'M family as well, so alls good.
Come down and race Usat State of CT AG Champs june 15th!

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Re: 2019 CT (Quassy) 70.3 [Twilkas] [ In reply to ]
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I would, but Kelly is doing Patriot over in MA with Mark Walter. Next year...

I'll be wearing either my light blue Owen Otter / Sonic Endurance kit, or the brand new none-more-black version. Yellow/black P3. I'll be impossible to miss.

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Re: 2019 CT (Quassy) 70.3 [rrheisler] [ In reply to ]
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Great you're still continuing the Owen_Otter cause, but ill not likely remember the kit...shout out a "hey" as you execute the 180 champ ;) good luck dude, hope to see you pre June 2nd!

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Re: 2019 CT (Quassy) 70.3 [Twilkas] [ In reply to ]
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Hah, of course! We just started a scholarship in his name for summer camp here, I'll be doing Quassy with IMF to donate to the Bike For a Kid program, and we'll figure out something else by the end of the year.

I'll be sure to say something snarky. Return it my way.

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Re: 2019 CT (Quassy) 70.3 [natethomas] [ In reply to ]
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I will be there, first 70.3 (67.8?), swim and bike should be fine, achilles issues will make the run adventurous. I'll be the one in the bruce lee game of death kit.
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Re: 2019 CT (Quassy) 70.3 [natethomas] [ In reply to ]
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I’m planning on using my tri bike this year - was forced to throw the disc wheel on my roadie last year when a shifter broke on race week a few days out from race day.


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Re: 2019 CT (Quassy) 70.3 [natethomas] [ In reply to ]
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My entire race strategy is predicated on beating you and Nick Logan out of the swim, and then attempting to hitch a tow rope to either one of you when you come by me on the bike.

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rrheisler wrote:
My entire race strategy is predicated on beating you and Nick Logan out of the swim, and then attempting to hitch a tow rope to either one of you when you come by me on the bike.

HA! The first part shouldn't be too hard - I'm swimming like crap currently, so most folks will be out of the water before me.


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Re: 2019 CT (Quassy) 70.3 [natethomas] [ In reply to ]
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This is a complete shot in the dark, but is anyone staying at the Comfort Suites Southington and could give me a ride to Quassy on race morning? Otherwise, I will get an Uber.


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Re: 2019 CT (Quassy) 70.3 [natethomas] [ In reply to ]
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I *think* we're going to be at the Courtyard or Residence Inn in Southington off of Exit 31. I'll let you know.

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Re: 2019 CT (Quassy) 70.3 [natethomas] [ In reply to ]
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This is going to be my first Quassy and also the first race of the season. And probably the hardest. Two weeks later I'll be in Mt. Tremblant for another hilly course. Wish me luck!
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