Tuesday, April 12, 2011

NOLA 70.3 2011

For 2011 I wanted to do an updated New Orleans 70.3 race course preview. Due to PT school deadlines and my demanding clinical schedule, I wasn't able to pull through. Feel free to reference the 2010 race course preview if you like. Not too much has changed. INSTEAD: I'm presenting the quick and dirty top 10 things to know about the NOLA 70.3. Enjoy!

1. Don't forget the tinted goggles on the swim. You will need them.

2. The swim course is more confusing than it appears- Make sure you understand it before you hit the water. The lake currents are tricky.

3. Be cautious on the bike. Although it's flat beware of gravel, railroad tracks, grates, bridges etc. And cones too. They are killer!

4. Sunscreen is a must.

5. DO NOT underestimate the humidity in NOLA. It will rock your world.

6. Cherish the shade on the run. There isn't much of it.

7. We don't have hills in NOLA, but there is wind.

8. If you need to swim, bike, and run before the race hit up Lakeshore drive. You can do all 3 there. There is also a river levee and Audubon Park for biking/running.

9. Post race please reward yourself with an adult beverage: preferably a hurricane or hand grenade. If you would rather ingest solid calories try some classic Cajun food or some homemade ice cream to cool you off. And don't forget the beignets at Cafe Du Monde. 10. Meet Kim and I in the French Quarter for the continued post race festivities!
Let me know if you are racing here this weekend :) !

18 comments:

  1. Sounds awesome. I hope I do that race one day. Have fun.

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  2. Maybe I'll sign up for next year ...if just to do number 10!!! Humidity and wind, definitely makes up for not having any elevation.

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  3. Can't wait to see it with my own eyes!! :)

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  4. Would love to see you in the French Quarter but that isn't going to happen any time soon...

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  5. Just found your blog through a friend! I will also be racing in New Orleans this weekend for the second time. I would love to have a drink with you guys afterwards! My # is 205-492-9230, and my name is Jen West. My blog is www.thejenwestquest.com

    Hope to see you there! :D

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  6. Good tips! Now if only you could put up tips for the races I'll be doing :)

    Have a great time and good luck!

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  7. You are going to kill it! I just might have to drive over to hang out with you and Kim post race!!!

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  8. i would LOVE to do this race - well maybe just drink with you girls :)

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  9. Have a great race this weekend! I wish I was going to be there but it just didn't work out for me this year.

    Please have a hurricane for me post race!

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  10. Wishing we were there with you Heidi for NOLA! Best of luck.

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  11. Can't wait to see New Orleans, meet you, and race!! Very cool preview :)

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  12. good luck this weekend girl and congrats again on the job!! can't wait to hear about it when you have some time email me!

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  13. Thank you Thank you Thank you! Big Daddy Diesel sent me to your blog and I'm racing NOLA70.3 this year (my first 70.3) Really appreciate it the tips :)

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  14. Great tips! It's always good to have the necessary preview and course knowledge.

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  15. HAVE a great great race, Heidi!!!!! GO GO GO

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  16. Have a great race Heidi... I'll be stalking you Sunday... even though I'll be at work! Oh and I'll be up in Pittsburgh May 13 to 16 for the Pittsburgh Marathon... let me know if you'll be around that neck of the woods that weekend! Good luck girl!

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  17. I hope everything went well! I was out cheering around 10.5 on the run but people were coming by so fast it was mostly a blur. And hand grenades are a GREAT way to rehydrate. ;)

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