Couples Tri

July 15th, 2012

Participant Guide
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& when with the handy schedule

11 Rules

not to break

on what to do once you arrive to the tri

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New events & free workouts



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800 m swim, 11.2 mile bike, 3.2 mile run

Weather Contingency Plan
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In the event of foul weather, the start time of this event may be delayed by up to 1 hour. Should the weather conditions be unsafe for the swim, this event will be changed to a bike-run with distances of a 11.2 mile bike and a 3.1 mile run. The duathlon will use a time trial start based upon the swim wave order. If the weather makes it too dangerous for cycling, the event will become a 5 Km run for all participants.

6 Welcome Letter 7 Free Workouts 8 Event Schedule 8 Wave Starts 8 Transition Info & Bike Check In 10 Equipment Check 12 Calendar of Events 14 USAT Rules 16 General Advice 18 Venue Info & Directions 18 Spectator Info 19 Aid Station Info 22 Course Maps

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Welcome to The Couples Tri

Dear Friends:
Welcome to the 2012 Couples Triathlon, the third event in the 2011Texas Tri Series! The name Couples Triathlon is a bit of a misnomer. The event is really a two person team triathlon, and obviously you don’t need to be a “couple” to participate. The event started out as a fun twist on the traditional triathlon so that friends & couples could compete together for bragging rights. The current categories are a bit more mainstream and “PC” than those first years, but the concept is the same. Everyone liked the name, regardless of what type of “couple” they were, and with the event now in it’s second decade the name is here to stay. For many of us, triathlon is our inspiration and motivation to continue to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. However, ultimately our ability to stay healthy is influenced most by the friends and loved ones in our lives. Some of you may be participating in Couples Tri because you were convinced to sign up by a friend or family member. Or you may be the person who did the convincing. Regardless, savor the experience of doing something together, whether your partner is someone you love, your best friend, or just an acquaintance. On July 15th, you will have both helped each other complete a triathlon, and that is something to be celebrated! Thanks for participating and we hope you have an amazing experience!
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Stacy Keese: She makes us look good Drew Wolff: Bike Course Mastermind Jocko Murray: Site Manager & Chief of Security Christine Graves: Expo & Registration Sweetheart Megan Ziemer: Design Goddess Brad Miller: Event Ranch Hand Mark Lindsay: Event Craftsman Dawn Cox: The Kerrville/CC Volunteer Connection Stacy Farrugia: Volunteer Home Slice Jen Nieman: She’s got the 411 Tim Stansbury: Bike Course Grease Monkey Richelle Criswell: Old School Rookie Nick Seidel: Transition Area Boomhauer John Chung: “This is the Run Course” Logan Delaware: The Big Mouth Mark Berthiaume: Run Course Wisdom Doug Gillenwater: Greatest Volunteer on the Planet James Thomas: Mr. USAT License James Ballentine: Chief Bike Mechanic Kathy Murray & Cindy Keese: Staff Wellness Kirk Blanchard: Let’s talk sponsorship! Jack & Adam’s Bicycles Staff: The Blue Crew


Dan Carroll: Race Director a.k.a Digits Jack Murray: Asst. Race Director a.k.a. The God-

Dan Carroll
Race Director

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Free Workouts at Jack & Adam’s Bicycles
Keep going with your fitness goals! Join Jack & Adam’s Bicycles for free workouts all year long! Check out the schedule: MON 5:30 PM: CORE/CALISTHENICS ~1 hr TUE 5:20 PM: Run Group - All levels training for all distances welcome. Starting at J&A’s WED 5:30 PM: CORE/CALISTHENICS ~1 hr Thurs 6:30 PM: TNT Spin Class, bring bike & trainer SUN 8:30 AM: SHOP Ride - Followed by tacos ~ 30-50 mile group at 17 to 20 mph. PLUS a 20 mile no drop ride. Mostly flat with some rolling hills and regrouping points. No drop 20 mile ride pace depends on the group. We wait for the final rider. for more info

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Sunday, July 15th 5:45AM: Parking Area Open (gates will be locked until then) 6:00AM: Transition Area Open (J&A mechanics on duty for minor needs) 6:00-7AM: Out of Town Packet Pickup 6-7:15AM: Body Marking & Chip Pickup (if you have not yet received the chip) 7:15AM: Yoga warm up by Wanderlust Live 7:30AM: Transition area closes 7:45AM: Pre-race meeting begins at swim start 8:00AM: Couples Tri Start 9:00AM: Finish Line Carnival Begins 11:00AM: Awards Ceremony (tentative) Bike Check In / Check Out
Bike Check In will only occur on the morning of the event. To enter the transition area each athlete must have (1) their race number affixed to their bike and helmet; (2) their athlete wristband on their wrist; (3) and they must be body marked. Body Marking will take place at the swim entrance side near transition. Bike Check Out occurs after the final cyclist has racked his/her bike and started the run. We expect this to be around 10:00AM. This rule is implemented to ensure safety and prevent theft.

Wave Starts Please wear the swim cap provided in your participant bag. 8:00AM: Friends - Male (red swim caps) 8:04AM: Friends - Female (pink swim caps) 8:08AM: Friends - Co-Ed (flo. green swim caps) 8:12AM: More than Friends (yellow swim caps) 8:16AM: Married (Combined Age <70) (purple swim caps) 8:20AM: Married (Combined Age 70-94) (silver swim caps) 8:24AM: Married (Combined Age 95+) (royal blue swim caps) 8:28AM: Parent & Child, Siblings, Relatives, Mostly Strangers and Relays (white swim caps) 8:32AM: Individual Male (red swim caps) 8:36AM: Individual Female (pink swim caps)

Transition Area Information


Transition racks will be ordered by swim wave. Participants may rack anywhere on the racks assigned to their wave. Bikes will not be allowed out of Transition until the final cyclist has completed the bike course. Participants will be allowed back into Transition after they finish, but bikes may not be removed from the racks. Please be courteous to your fellow participants while in transition during the race.
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Participant Bag Items These items should be given to you at packet pickup.
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Bib & Bike Numbers The large number included in your participant bag is worn after the swim and can be used with a race belt or pinned onto the front of your shirt. The small sticker with your number is for the front of your bike helmet. The other piece of paper with two numbers is for your bike and can be folded over the top of your bike frame. Please use each one of these numbers.


Technical Tee Shirt Latex Swim Cap Please wear the cap provided; it corresponds to your swim wave and serves as part of the event safety plan. Timing Chip & Strap Chip is attached to velcro ankle strap & secured to your ankle at all times during the tri. Safety Pins (not included in bag) May be used to secure your race number onto your shirt. They can be picked up at packet pickup.
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Wristband Gets you into transition & is used to get food & beer at the after party. Yellow is for those over 21 Red is for under 21.

Before your triathlon, have a system in place to check your equipment. It is recommended that you start with what you’ll use first in the tri and work through to the equipment that you will use last.
1. Check your goggles, check that the strap
and nose bridge are not going to break on the start line or during the swim, check that the seals have not perished. If the lens is scratched consider a new pair for racing and keep the old pair for the pool.

2. Check your wetsuit for potential tears, check

the seams are not frayed and likely to split, if so get it fixed in enough time. Also look for holes and cuts, these can be glued and stitched to prevent water entering the suit and to make the suit streamlined.

3. Check Your Bike. There is a lot to check here so if you don't know what to do, get down to your local bike store (and try to learn). Nothing is worse than athletes arriving at the pre race inspection needing a new frame or another wheel for safety. 4. Check your helmet, the plastic shell needs
to be firmly affixed to the foam and the strap should not be frayed and needs to fit firmly. Check that there are no cracks or dents as these will likely not pass in a pre race check. they are not worn out of alignment or that the midsole is crushed. Also check that the elastic laces or the laces and toggles are working well. Check that they are washed clean and dry.

5. Check your running shoes. Look to see that

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Jack’s Generic Tri, August 5
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No hype, no gimmicks, just a good old-fashioned triathlon. Jack’s Generic is one of the most wellorganized, safe and fun events in the state. The Texas Ski Ranch course provides a relatively short lake swim, completely free of boats. While the bike and run take place on backcountry roads with little to no traffic. Let us also not forget about the unforgettable finish line party. A Texas style cookout featuring food, beer, treats and thousands of dollars in free swag.

Land Rover TriRock Austin, Labor Day
Imagine a world class triathlon held in the front yard of one of the most active and outgoing cities in the US. Imagine a large event with the atmosphere and intimacy of a small hometown race. Imagine biking down the most historic street in Texas. Imagine the fun. TriRock Austin brings many of the features you’ve only dreamed of having at an event: a $5000 prize purse that pros and age groupers are eligible to win, live music on the bike and run course, and at the finish line, free post race massage and ART, with over 20 therapists, free post race food, drink, beer, and treats, technical clothing & hats free in your packet. A multi-sport expo with over 30 vendors, with interactive games and prizes. An incredibly spectator friendly course. A challenging urban race course completely closed to traffic. Plus a finish line party you won’t want to end!

Pure Austin Splash & Dash Series
This 6 event swim-run series held April through September at Pure Austin Quarry Lake is the ultimate mid week workout. Held once a month on Tuesday nights (4/17, 5/16, 6/19, 7/17, 8/21, 9/18), the event is a 750 meter open water swim followed by a 3 Km run. A no hassle race for $15 and dinner is included! Don’t wait to sign up. Every Splash-n-Dash for the last 4 years has sold out in advance.
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Kerrville Tri Festival, Sept 30 - 31
Come swim, bike and run on the most scenic course in the state. In the heart of the Texas Hill Country, Kerrville is a true triathlon destination. Choose from sprint, quarter and half distance events during the two-day festival. If you have any little athletes on your hands, don’t forget to bring them along for the kid’s fun run and activities.
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Dirty Du Weekend, Dec 1-2
The fall event we’ve all been waiting for is just around the corner - get ready for the Dirty Duathlon on December 1-2! This weekend event features: *Off-road Half Marathon & Marathon *10k Trail Run *Bike Toss World Championships *World Famous Dirty Duathlon *Dirty Duathlon Sprint Course There is something for everyone, so come spend the weekend camping, running, and riding at beautiful Rocky Hill Ranch. Don’t mountain bike? No worries, this event is perfect for relays!

Republic of Texas Tri, April 13-14th, 2013
The Republic of Texas Triathlon Festival offers sprint, Olympic and half-distance triathlons in one amazing weekend. Test the waters with the sprint or dive right into an Olympic or half-distance. When your eyes aren’t on the finish line, explore the health and fitness expo or cheer on the children’s fun run. It’s a weekend full of family fun and best of all, proceeds benefit the area’s largest multisport organization, the South Texas Area Runners and Riders (STARRS).

For a complete list of USAT rules, please refer to the most up to date version at:
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1. Helmets: Only helmets approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) may be used in USAT sanctioned events. Helmets must be worn at all times while on your bike. This means before, during, and after the event. Penalty: Disqualification 2. Chin Straps: Chin straps must be buckled at all times when on a bicycle. DO NOT unbuckle your chin strap unless you are off your bicycle. Penalty: Disqualification on the course; Variable time penalty in transition area only. 3. Outside Assistance: No assistance other than that offered by race and medical officials may be used. Triathlons and duathlons are individual tests of fitness. Penalty: Variable time penalty 4. Transition Area: All equipment must be placed in the properly designated and individually assigned bike corral. The wheel of the bicycle must be down on the side of the assigned space. All participants must return their bicycles to an upright position in their designated bicycle corral. No person shall interfere with another participant’s equipment or impede the progress of another participant. All bar ends must be solidly plugged. No participant shall bring ANY glass containers into the transition area. Penalty: Variable time penalty 5. Drafting: Drafting--keep at least three bike lengths of clear space between you and the cyclist in front. If you move into the zone, you must pass within 15 seconds. Position--keep to the right hand side of the lane of travel unless passing. Blocking--riding on the left side of the lane without passing anyone and interfering with other cyclists attempting to pass. Overtaken--once passed, you must immediately exit the draft zone from the rear, before attempting to pass again. Penalty: Variable time penalty

6. Course: All competitors are required to follow the prescribed course and to stay within all coned lanes. Cutting the course is an obvious violation and going outside the course is a safety issue. Cyclists shall not cross a solid yellow center line for ANY reason. Cyclists must obey all applicable traffic laws at all times. Penalty: Referee's discretion 7. Unsportsmanlike-Like Conduct: Foul, harsh, argumentative or abusive language or other unsportsmanlike conduct directed at race officials, USA Triathlon officials, volunteers, spectators or fellow athletes is forbidden. Penalty: Disqualification 8. Headphones: Headphones, headsets, walkmans, iPods, mp3 players, or personal audio devices, etc. are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race. Penalty: Variable time penalty 9. Abandonment: All personal equipment and belongings taken out onto the course must stay on the athlete the entire time. No garbage, clothing, etc. shall be thrown on the course. Penalty: Variable time penalty Continued on next page...

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10. Race numbers: All athletes are required to wear race numbers at all times during the run. Numbers must face the front and be clearly visible at all times. Numbers may not be cut or folded or altered in any way. DO NOT transfer your number to any other athlete or take a number from an athlete that is not competing. Penalty: Variable time penalty for missing or altered number. Disqualification and one year suspension from membership in USAT for transferring a number without race director permission.

11. Wetsuits: Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion, provided, however that participants who wears a wetsuit within such temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Above 84 degrees, wetsuits are prohibited.

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Here is a logical progression that you may want to go through when you get to the race site:
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1. Arrive Early! A half hour won't be enough


time to get everything done. Give yourself an hour, even more if you can, so that you won't be rushed. hand, make sure you leave registration with: Race Number and pins, Swim Cap provided by race, bike frame number, and helmet number. sure you pick up your Timing Chip and Velcro strap that gets worn around the ankle. You may choose to pick up your timing chip after you have racked your bike. gear with you to the transition area (the big fenced in area with the bike racks) and claim a spot of real estate for yourself. There's nothing worse than arriving with plenty of time to spare, but forgetting to rack your bike FIRST, and then ending up with little or no room to lay out your gear. You can 'rack' your bike by either hooking the seat over the top rail of the bike rack or by hooking the handlebars/brake levers over the top rail. The choice is yours whichever works better for you. Take a look around to see what others are doing, and then follow suit. Once your bike is racked, you can drop your gear next to it - there should be time to lay it out neatly later. You can pump your tires up beforehand, or in the transition area - the choice is up to you. Please be considerate towards your fellow participants and do not hog space in the transition area. There should be enough room for at least 6 bicycles on each rack.

Now that your bike is racked and you have your stuff from registration, andif you arrived early enough, you should have plenty of time to get ready to race. Here’s what to do next:

2. If you did not pick up your packet before-

3. You will need to get Body Marked. Make

1. First off, you need to do something with that race number. You have to finish the race with the number on the front of your body, so you can either use the pins you were given to pin it to the shirt you’ll wear during the race, or you can use a number belt if you have one. The number must be worn during the run. 2. Next, organize your gear next to your
bike. It’s a good idea to have a towel on the ground to lie out your stuff. Make sure you have your bike shoes and running shoes laid out in the open with the laces open so they are easy to get into. Have your helmet either on the ground near your shoes or on your handlebars, with the strap undone so it’s easy to put on. A good idea is to have your helmet sitting upside-down with your sunglasses in the helmet. That way, you put on your sunglasses and then follow that with the helmet and it’s hard to forget either. Next to or underneath your running shoes you may want to place a hat for the run because the sun can get pretty hot by the end of the race. Make sure you have your water bottle(s) filled before the race as well.

4. After body marking take your bike and

3. You should be pretty organized by now so you can use any spare time to familiarize yourself with the flow of traffic once the race starts. Figure out where the swim finishes and where you’ll have to run to get your bike. Locate a fixed landmark (garbage cans may get moved) or count the number of bike racks to your bike, so that you don’t get lost looking for your bike. It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack if you don’t have some idea where to start.
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4. After the swim, you will enter the transition at one end and leave at the other. When you return you reverse things. That is, the bike starts and finishes at the same side of the transition area, and the run goes out where the swim came in. 5. It's also a good idea to do a walk or warm-up run of the start of the run course and finish. That way you won't get lost starting the run and you'll have some good landmarks as you near the finish line. It's always nice to know when you are nearing the finish line, so if you have some visual cues you'll be more comfortable. 6. The best advice for any new triathlete is to get to the swim start early and do a good warm-up in the water. The swim is often the most daunting part of a triathlon and open water swimming is different than pool swimming. When you can't see the bottom and there are no lane ropes people often freak out a bit and then they have trouble swimming. Factor in any trouble navigating and you've got a long swim on your hands. Take some time to get comfortable in the water and with the fact that you can't see as well. Practice sighting the buoys so that you won't get lost. The more time you spend getting comfortable, the less time you'll spend panicking. If you are a weak swimmer or a beginner, please stay to the back of the pack. This not only keeps you from getting clobbered, but it also helps those stronger swimmers get out of your way faster. One more point about the swim. You may see people at the race with wetsuits. You don't need to have a wetsuit to race, so don't worry if you don’t have one. We will take the water temperature on race morning and let you know if wetsuits are legal. Check the USAT rule in this guide for more info.

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Directions & Parking

Parking is available at Walter E. Long Park for everyone arriving before 7:30 AM. Decker Lake Rd will close at 7:30 AM and there is no parking available onsite for any vehicles arriving after 7:30 AM. There is first come first serve parking along Blue Bluff Rd. south of the park if you arrive late. Spots are very limited.


Spectators are welcome to roam the site and cheer on their friends and family members. There are very few places that spectators will not be allowed. Please do not challenge volunteers or jump fences. The volunteers are there to help ensure the safety of the athletes. Spectators are not allowed into the transition area. Spectators are welcome to help themselves to water and PureSport from any of the coolers. Some of our partners will also be giving away free samples. Official race food and drink is for the athletes and volunteers only.

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Aid stations will be stocked with water and PureSport Workout drink. There will be an aid station at the entrance to the Transition Area that may be used before the swim, and before and after the bike. There will not be any aid stations on the bike course. There will be at least 2 aid stations on the run course. It is against USA Triathlon rules to discard trash at any point on the course besides an aid station.

Sustainable Events

It is a goal for each event that we leave the venue in a better condition than when we arrived. High Five Events and Jack & Adam’s Bicycles have put in place the following programs to keep the venues we use clean: • Plastic bottle drinking water has been replaced with reusable bike bottles and easy water filling stations. • Recycling receptacles are located next to each trash receptacle. • A waste crew is on duty for the full duration of the event to ensure the maximum amount of recycling. • The entire course is cleaned of trash after the event, even if the trash was there before the event. • A carpool program is available to encourage ride sharing. • 100% online registration for participants and volunteers. • Post event food and beverage options that reduce waste and maximize recycling.

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