It's been a long cold Winter, but it's finally here, Triathlon season! Time to break out the body glide, wet suit and hop in with both feet.
There is still time to sign up for the Leaning Tower YMCA Sprint Triathlon, a
450 yard swim, 18K bike and 5K run.
The Leaning Tower Triathlon is the best entry level triathlon I have ever raced in. Meaning, if you have been training and have yet to race, this is a great way to pop your old tri. cherry with out too much damage or stress.
The swim is an indoor pool swim where you share a lane with one other swimmer, no kicking, punching or general nonsense. The next wave of swimmers doesn't kick off until everyone from the wave before it has finished. Nice, civilized, even friendly.
Then you transition outside and off to bike in a loop and run a flat and fast out and back course.
There is still time to sign up, and get into the action. I have yet to finish my race schedule, but will be there
The Galena Triathlon/Duathlon is full, but they are still looking for volunteers. If you are heading out to Galena, the latest update is cold, very cold water.
Where there is no official USAT water temperature cut off, the race organizers agree that common sense has to come in to play at some point.
On the 4th of May the water was 59 degrees, cold, but not super cold, it has plummeted to 53 degrees, which is really cold. If it stays at 53 degrees they will possibly have warming tents or cancel the swim portion of the race. Above 60 it's still cold as hell, but if you choose not to wear a wet suit, knock yourself out.
Race officials will be updating the status of the water, they are hoping for 56 degrees. Click here to get updates.
Between 58 and 60 athletes have the option of doing the Duathlon and not entering the water, though race officials will have warming tents up for those brave few. At that temperature, wet suits are mandatory, so make sure to come packing, just in case.
If you have raced in The Leaning Tower Triathlon before, there have been a few
changes, if this is your first time here are a few things you all
There will be NO RACE DAY PACKET PICK UP. Friends may pick up packets
for athletes, provided they show proof of athlete's registration.
- Transition area will open at 5:30 a.m. and will close at 7:00 a.m. All late athletes will be turned away. No exceptions.
Packet pickup will be held on Friday, May 14th, between 2:00-8:00pm and
Saturday, May 15th, between 10:00-5:00pm in the Lower Level Fitness
Timing chips will be distributed with your packet. Please note: You are
responsible for returning your chip. A $25.00 fee will be assessed for
lost, stolen, damaged or unreturned chips.
You will be assigned a start time. Faster swimmers go first. The first
heat begins at 7:00am.
- Make sure your estimated swim time is accurate.
Plan to check in at least 30 minutes prior to your start time. Be on
deck and ready to go when the heat before yours is scheduled to start!
- Start times will be posted on-line at www.leaningtowerymca.org after 2:00 p.m. on 5/14/10.
- Body marking begins at 6am. Get your body marked before heading to the pool.
- Women will be swimming 8 laps in the EAST (metric) POOL
- Men will be swimming 9 laps in the WEST (standard) POOL