Great Floridian Tri Intermediate Run Course 2012
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01 Aug 2012 05:39 AM

    Hello everyone, I'm travelling over to Florida from Liverpool, UK on a holiday and thought i may as well do the triathlon whilst i'm there. 

    I've seen the bike course on you tube, but i'm keen to find out what the run course is like - is it sandy or gravelly at all?

    I'm wondering if trail running shoes would be more appropriate than racing flats.

    I do plenty of trail runs at home so i'm not bothered either way, but it would be great to be prepaped.

    Any help would be great thanks.

    Colin

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    14 Aug 2012 08:44 AM

     Hi Colin,

    I cant answer your question Im afraid but just to let you know Im from Southport and Im doing the Ultra Distance Race on the same day. Are you a MerseyTri member? Have you seen the bike course on Map My Ride yet? Where Are you staying while you are there? If you want to hook up for a ride pre race let me know

    All the best

    Gary

     

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    18 Aug 2012 11:02 AM

    Hi Gary, yes i'm a member of MerseyTri, based in Formby (are you a member too?).

    I'm out in Florida on a two week disneyland holiday - will probably take my own bike as it's not extra with virgin apparantly and they want about $80 to hire one out there. 

    We're staying at Wilderness Cabins in Disneyworld itself.

    I got the answer to my query from the Organisers - it's a road and not a trail like down at Ainsdale/Freshfield.

    Are there any swims down there before the event?  Might get one of those in one night and MAY be able to blag a ride, but it'd take a bit of working as i'm well into the red on brownie points after Ironman UK this year.

    Will this be your first IM distance or are you a vet?

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    18 Aug 2012 11:32 AM
    Hi Colin

    I first joined merseytri in 1988 and have been a member on and off since then. Ive done 3 Ironman distance races so far-Lanzarote and the Longest Day in 2003 and IM Florida in 2006 so its been a while. We are staying at Orange Tree which is about 15 min from the race. I have been in touch with a chap from AAA Tricamps who says there is usually a swim before the race so I'll email him and check up on that.

    Originally my plan for this race was for it to be just me, my wife, son and sister in law but its kind of been hijacked and theres 11 of us coming over now.

    Do you get to the Crosby Swims?

    Ive been struggling a bit with injury in the build up to this one but did a long road run today with no real ill effects other than that training is going well.

    How did you get on at IM UK?
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    19 Aug 2012 09:35 AM
    I'll be at Crosby tommorrow night if I've shaken off this bug I picked up in Mallorca on Friday. Was supposed to do Allerthorpe Tri today with a few other members but i'm just not 100% and it was 124 miles away so just didn't fancy it in the end.

    Ironman was good but tough on the run. I've got a dodgy knee and that distance run in that heat was a killer. Did 13:40, on a target of 12:30 and all the difference was the run. Wouldn't do IM UK again as i don't like the course, but may do Australia in a few years when we go there on holiday. Will do a bit of research on the course first. Still recovering from IM as it was 4 weeks ago and i didn't listen to valuable advice regarding post race rest and recovery!!

    you going to Crosby soon?
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    19 Aug 2012 02:03 PM
    Hi Col,
    I cant make crosby tomorrow as its my day for a big morning swim and evening strength session.

    Im a bit concerned about the heat for G.F.T...I dont know why as when I did lanzarote in '03 it was 105 deg on the run and IM Fl in 06 was 95 deg. Ive been doing lots of turbo training in my conservatory in anticipation.

    Merseytri has changed a lot in the 6 years since I was last a member and I dont know many of the faces. When I first joined Tom Walker pretty much ran the club but its a lot lot bigger now.

    If you fancy hooking up for some training, maybe a run or bike my e-mail is gsmwilliams@btinternet.com

    I regularly use the trails around Formby/Ainsdale for training so Im sure we could find some mutually convenient time. I find it helps the miles to pass quicker if theres someon to talk to.

    All The Best
    Gary
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    19 Aug 2012 02:04 PM
    Hi Col,
    I cant make crosby tomorrow as its my day for a big morning swim and evening strength session.

    Im a bit concerned about the heat for G.F.T...I dont know why as when I did lanzarote in '03 it was 105 deg on the run and IM Fl in 06 was 95 deg. Ive been doing lots of turbo training in my conservatory in anticipation.

    Merseytri has changed a lot in the 6 years since I was last a member and I dont know many of the faces. When I first joined Tom Walker pretty much ran the club but its a lot lot bigger now.

    If you fancy hooking up for some training, maybe a run or bike my e-mail is gsmwilliams@btinternet.com

    I regularly use the trails around Formby/Ainsdale for training so Im sure we could find some mutually convenient time. I find it helps the miles to pass quicker if theres someon to talk to.

    All The Best
    Gary
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    20 Aug 2012 07:33 PM
    I've been a member since 2009/10 and it seems to grow all the time and has three sections for training now (wirral, liverpool, sefton) - i don't know if that was always the case. some good chaps doing training sessions these days. Loads of swimming, some cycling and running, but best sessions for all are in Liverpool really.

    Re: training, no problem, we'll sort something out. By the way, the marina has a Saturday 10am session too.

    I'm not running much at the moment due to a knee injury. I reacon i'll up the mileage a bit by mid September though.

    Do quite a bit of cycling though at the moment, do you get out over west Lancs lanes much?
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    21 Aug 2012 08:54 AM

     Ive only been to the Crosby swim twice this year-once was early on and very cold- and the last time was the day of the womens olympic race.

    I'm in the middle of ramping my training up for the GFT Ultra at the moment so Im getting plenty of miles in. my favourite bike route at the moment is from southport -apperly bridge ,haigh hall ,west haughton ,horwich, over the back of the pike to belmont, abbey village and back via eccleston, rufford.

    Its a really nice ride with a couple of hilly bits.

    Ive had problems with my running this year due to a level 3 calf tear in march that I have struggled to recover from.

    Im very fortunate that I work part time so I have time to get out in the week with the local rodies. The Tuesday/Thursday chaingang from bickerstaffe church is great training but dont use your tri bars if you give it a try!!!

    Im out on the bike this saturday if you fancy it it'll be a steady 4 1/2 hrs

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    21 Aug 2012 09:44 AM
    Went Crosby last night, was really good conditions and had a great swim.

    a few of us do sea swims too off formby beach at high tides. Nothing fixed due to changes in tide of course but if you want to be kept in the loop i can let you know. they've gone out today as i type, but i couldn't make it due to daughter being off school. do you remember Mike Lisle from the club?

    That bike route you're doing i did a lot of earlier this year before IM. Don't want to see sheephouse land again for a while methinks after doing it three times in one day. Like the sound of the Tuesday chain gang though as i also only work part time and i'm looking to improve my speed over middle distances. what's that about tri bars, did you get a few comments or something from the lads on the ride? Not etiquett or something?

    What time do you start on Saturdays?
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    21 Aug 2012 10:35 AM
    I remember Mike well, I have used him as a main contact for getting back into the club.

    That bike route doesnt do sheephouses (I hate that one myself after getting my backside kicked up and down it all through the winter as well as anglezarke) The route above goes over the pike at the south end and its a lot nicer.

    The Chaingang is usually 2 groups the first being made up of first/second cat roadies-this is the one wiggo sometimes goes with when hes home. The second group is a bit slower and includes a lot of vets and 4th cats. They will be cooling it down over the next few weeks due to the nights drawing in etc.

    Ive only been out with the chainy a couple of times this year and the last time I was out i went on my new tri bike. The problem is riding in a group on tri bars can cause the jitters in the bunch and when youve got 20+ riders doing 30 mph...well need I say more. Most of the lads on the chainy are great but then again most of them are my cycling buddies so I would say that I suppose.

    Saturday will be an 08:00 start for me.. if youre up for it email me at home gsmwilliams@btinternet.com
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