This Saturday, June 1, is our club’s first Long Pond Practice Triathlon of the 2013 season. While the majority of our teammates have participated in these, our biggest team events, we do have a number of newer members who need to know a few details. So here we go…and veterans, this is worth a read to pick up some new wrinkles in the SOP:
1. Informal! This is an informal workout that allows some to race hard, some to go easy, and and some simply the chance to go over a few race-like scenarios. While the official distance this Saturday mimics the Hyannis Sprint Triathlon on June 8, athletes are welcome to go longer. Or skip a leg. Or practice a transition over and over again until they get it right. Get the point? Informal!
2. 7:30am! This is the start time of the event. It is not the time you arrive. Please get there early enough to set up your transition area, put air in the tires, sign the waivers, etc. Location is Brewster’s beach on Long Pond (not Harwich’s Long Pond! Not Wellfleet! Not the Vineyard, Plymouth, Tewksbury or Barrington!). Here’s the map:
3. Legal! Only paid-up 2013 Cape Cod Athletic Club members or Baystate Triathlon Team members may enter. This is important for insurance reasons. Membership forms and renewal forms will be available prior to the race. We ask for a donation from participating adults (free to athletes under 22) to help pay the lifeguards. Suggested donation is $5-$7. Look for the big cookie jar. And remember: there are no volunteers or police details on the course. Use the same caution you would exercise during any training workout.
4. Awards! Thanks to our sponsor of this weekend’s race — the New England Tri Tour — we will have awards for top finishers in 6 categories. AND there will be swag for all. PLUS you will earn your first “points” for our team-wide “Six Pack” contest. The more of these NETT-related races in which you participate (LPT 1, Hyannis Sprint 1, LPT 3, Falmouth Triathlon, LPT 6, Hyannis Sprint 2) the better the chance you have to win prizes up to and including a $100 Legal Seafood gift certificate!
5. Go short or long! While this week’s LPT doesn’t have an “official” Olympic distance (future races will), those who wish to go long are welcome to do so. The lifeguards will be out there as long as there are swimmers out there. Bike guarding will continue until 9:30…if you plan to be out running later than 9:30 please secure your bike before hitting the run course.
6. Course notes: Pavement is getting marked this week. Swim is triangular (1/4m) around big orange buoys. Wetsuits suggested. Bike (10m) is all right turns with no major intersections. When looking at the map, note the final bike leg along Route 124. We suggest taking the bike path from the Pleasant Lake General Store to the next Route 124 crossing, then turn right onto 124 for a short stretch to Crowell’s Bog. Run (3.6m) is out and back along the bike path. Beware of casual weekend cyclists.
See you Saturday!