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Dells Half Rev Bike Course Recon

August 1, 2012 01:24PM EST
Dells Half Rev Bike Course Recon

Training Ride, Wednesday July 4th, Daily High Temp: Over 100 degrees.

We started our day at Devils Lake State Park which is at ~mile 16 of the course. The ride started out with a few long climbs and we quickly fell in love with the tough climbs, long descents, quality roads, and low traffic. The most challenging part of the ride is definitely the middle miles (~mile 16-32) and we were happy to get these tackled right off the bat. Bluff road was the longest/toughest climb that stuck with me, but the 6-8% grade for most of the climb made it just a steady bit of work. After the last big climb at mile 32 there is a nice long flat/fast section where you can really cruise. Again, we found ourselves appreciating the quality of the roads compared to other races we have done! The final miles of the course into Lake Delton take you through some nice undulating neighborhood roads on the coast of Lake Delton where you can use your momentum from each downhill to make it up the next one.

 Things to note:

  • Comparable to: IM Lake Placid, with the long steady climbs and fun descents.

When starting the race at the actual bike start it will be important to pace the start somewhat conservatively to be able to have the power left to get up the hills and finish the ride strong. On that note, if you are not used to or are not a climber, a compact crank or 27/28 cassette would be a smart idea. I did the training ride on a 25 and was ok, but am considering racing with a 27.

Not many water stops along the ride, and it was a hot day….this is why we started at Devil’s Lake. This ride is very much in the country. We filled up with a farmer’s hose, then again when we got to Lake Delton. We had to ride a bit off course in Lake Delton, but there are plenty of gas stations there (closest is: Left out of the Tommy Bartlet entrance, ~400m down the road on the opposite side of the street)


LOVE it!! Everyone in our group that wasn’t already signed up is now planning on signing up!

~ Jackie Arendt

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It all started on a bet. In 2008, a 23 year-old former collegiate swimmer, cross country runner and cheese eater from Madison WI was swindled into taking on the biggest endurance challenge of her life, the Madison Wisconsin Ironman®. At the time of the decision she had only casually raced sprint distance triathlons and was lured to the Ironman distance after watching many friends compete. Outfitted on a steel lugged road bike, she spent many of her early training days riding the beautiful country roads of Wisconsin and running off of the bike. “[Triathlon was a new and exciting sport to me, I really didn’t consider myself much of a cyclist, so I had to train hard….’] [“Looking back, ‘training’ as I put it, was more of combination of just riding all of the time with no real plan…"]. Jackie, a natural athlete, crossed the finish line in Wisconsin, first in her age-group with a new age group record. When asked about the experience today, she often remarks a single response [“shocking”]. Since that day, Jackie has posted some amazing career progression, over what only seems to be a few short years. As an amateur she placed numerous top finishes and quickly moved into the professional ranks. Jackie decided to take the plunge and ‘go professional’ during the long Wisconsin winter of 2010, ultimately signing up for her second St. George Ironman® [“ I remember signing up for my first St. George to maintain my fitness throughout the tough winters in Wisconsin, the second, to set my first goal as a professional triathlete.”]. Jackie has achieved much success in her first year, competing in the professional ranks with two 2nd place Ironman distance finishes, one each in St. George and Louisville, and a 4th place finish in Lake Placid. Up until this year, Jackie juggled her career as a pharmaceutical scientist with rigorous training, coaching, and time with friends and family, to maintain her developing passion. With the support from her friends, family, and even former coworkers, Jackie has decided to pursue triathlon on a full time basis, [“getting serious”] she usually remarks. With the extra time, Jackie can finally sleep late, train hard, recover by snuggling her cats, and run her coaching businesses. Jackie has also had the opportunity to work and build relationships with many local businesses and charities. Her time as a coach for TEAM in Training, an organization that raises money and awareness for Leukemia, has proven to be invaluable, developing her as a role model in the community. She has also partnered with Speed Cycling, a business that provides access to structured indoor cycling, by providing open water coaching and training camps geared towards triathlon. Jackie is always hungry for ways to improve herself, to aid others… and generally for any kind of food laying around. You’ll find her pinning and posting motivational quotes to walls, mirrors, and twitter to help her focus goals, and for use as mantras during races. She values support from her friends, family and fellow athletes. [“During award speeches or in times of reflect, you’ll often here people say “I really couldn’t have done it without out the support of my family, friends and sponsors”, this statement, is so often, labeled as a trivial canned closing to an often emotional speech. However, during my short and growing career, for the athlete, and everyone involved, it couldn’t be truer”] “Life is too short to be anything but happy. So, kiss slowly, laugh insanely, and forgive quickly. Take chances, give everything, and have no regrets.” ~Unknown


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