Monday, March 25, 2013

KICK OFF TO TRIATHLON SEASON


Red Hills Triathlon is known for being Florida's toughest sprint triathlon. The swim is held in Lake Hall (current temperature is 62 degrees), the bike travels through some of the most beautiful canopied roads Tallahassee has to offer, oh yeah, with a good mix of hills, and the run takes you both on asphalt and onto trails throughout the park.

Swim .33, Bike 16, Run 3.1
 
  • Date: March 30, 2013, 7:30 AM
     
  • Location: Maclay Gardens State Park
     
  • Address: US HWY 319 (Thomasville Rd), Tallahassee, FL 

  • Things to know about Red Hills Triathlon.

    Park open at 5:00 am. Get there early! Parking is about .5-1 mile away from transition, plan for this. Bring a flashlight as it is very dark walk to transition. Cars - watch for athletes walking!!

    Packet Pickup
    Friday
    , March 29, 2013 noon-6pm, Hampton Inn and Suites, 3388 Lonnbladh Rd Tallahassee, FL, (800) 426-7866, (850) 574-4900
    Saturday, (race day) March 30, 2013, 5:00am-7:00am, Maclay Gardens (Race Site), PACKET PICKUP ONLY-NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION
    Athletes may only pick up their own packets. Under no circumstances may an athlete pick up a packet for another person. USA Triathlon will insist that you require every athlete to attend packet pickup so their membership status and photo ID can be verified.

    ATHLETES!
    • Get body marked
    • Rack your bike according to race number
    • Pick up your timing chip (bring bib number!)
    • Set up transition
    • Get in a pre-race warm up.
    • Example warm up:
    • WU: 5-10 min easy, 4 x 20-sec pick ups at race effort (1-min easy), 5-10 min easy.
    • Use the facilities before you get wetsuit on
    • Do final check on your transition set up
    • Grab wetsuit, goggles, cap, have chip on your left leg (opposite from chain ring on bike), head to water
    • GET in the water before start!! VERY IMPORTANT!
    • Example WU for swim: Swim for 5-10 min. Try to think about keeping good form like you're in a pool. Little head movement, good body roll, long follow through, high elbow recovery, etc… Practice sighting too - pick a point and try to get to it sighting as little as possible. Look at the course, make sure you know the route and direction.
    • Walk: easy walk to loosen the legs and then some light stretching
    • Wait for your wave start
    • RACE! - HAVE FUN!
    Bike Route: CLICK HERE
    It is not safe to ride the route outside of Red Hills Triathlon. Unsafe roads. However, if you don't know the route or haven't done it before, DRIVE THE COURSE before the race!


    TRIATTIC Athletes to watch for: Murray (First Timer!) and Heidi Baker, Brian Bazinet, Al Curry, Brad Diesburg, Leisa Eastman, Ron and Michelle Harrison, Michael Holt (CEO of Triattic), Sandy Holt (Head Coach for Triattic), Marty Hufstetler, Charlie Johnson (Coach for Triattic), Hilary Joyner, Fred Kinch (First Timer!), Monica McCullion, Steve Mnookin, Karen Munoz, Keith Rowe, Mike Stiles, Brad Taylor, John (First Timer!) and Melissa Thompson, Wayne and Alison Thumm, Robby Turner, Lori Westphal, and Melissa Wood (First Timer!)