Friday, October 30, 2009

Blogger Meet-Up???

Hey Everyone,

Just wondering if anyone has heard of a blogger meet-up at B2B. I have NOT, yet I know there are a number of bloggers doing the race (half or full). Assuming nothing has yet been set up, here are some possibilities I see:

Thurs, 11/5, 5-8pm, Kick Off Dinner @ Convention Center
Friday, 11/6, breakfast somewhere
Friday 11/6, lunch somewhere
Friday, 11/6, dinner somewhere
Friday, 11/6, Athlete meeting 12 noon, 2pm or 5pm
Sunday, 11/8, breakfast somewhere
Sunday, 11/8, 11am-2pm, Awards Ceremony Cruise

If you know of a blogger meet-up, please do tell. Otherwise, if you're interested in meeting other bloggers, which of the above do you prefer? Feel free to make other suggestions and also share info about when you are getting in, leaving, and where are you staying if you want.

Those interested in meeting up should attend the NOON athlete's meeting on Friday, 11/6. We will meet just outside the entrance/exit after it (see comments for more info).

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

2009 course maps are up!

The newly revised course maps for the full and half iron distance triathlons are now posted at

Saturday, August 22, 2009

2009 course updates

Just received from the organizers today (August 22):


The 2008 Beach2Battleship event was a huge success. The City of Wilmington and the Town of Wrightsville Beach embraced the event and made it a pleasure for the 1,000+ athletes involved. The 2008 edition also opened the eyes of the city to the scope and magnitude of the event. Very few anticipated the traffic gridlock caused by the winding courses that circled the entire city of Wilmington.

With that in mind for 2009, Beach2Battleship and City officials have finalized the implementation of several changes to the courses. While the Swim course will remain unchanged, the bike and run courses will undergo significant changes in order to lessen the impact on movement in and around Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington.

The new course maps will be posted to the Beach2Battleship site very soon, but in the mean time, here are a few of the changes athletes will see in 2009.

* The bike course will no longer start by coming into Wilmington via MLK Blvd. from the Beach. Rather, athletes will make a right hand turn off of MLK near the beach before heading onto a closed lane of Interstate I-140, then onto Hwy 421 as shown on the current map. This change will eliminate one bridge crossing and create a much safer route for motorists and athletes alike.

* The run course will change from a 13.1 mile loop to a 6.55 mile out and back run, utilizing the first 6.55 miles of the 2008 run course. The new run course will also eliminate a bridge crossing creating a much faster and safer course. This change will also eliminate traffic gridlock by providing a free flowing exit from the downtown area via the Memorial Bridge. Also, trolleys will be able to move in and out of the Battleship Memorial to supplement the river boats in transporting athletes and spectators from downtown to the finish line area.

Make Your Athlete Function Reservations Now!

So, you are registered for the event. Great! Your training is on track and you are looking to have a great time. Well, don't foget the events outside of the event itself. Part of what makes Beach2Battleship so great is the chance to enjoy the scenic City of Wilmington with your fellow athletes while you are racing AND while you are relaxing before and after the event.

In addition to the race itself, athletes have a chance to take part in the Athlete Kick-Off Dinner (Thursday November 5, 2009) and the Full Distance Awards Cruise (Sunday November 8, 2009). But we need your reservations to hold your spot.

To make any and all reservations for these athlete functions simply email us at . To learn more about these fuctions visit the Special Events section of the web site HERE

Athlete Kick-Off Dinner: Thursday 11/5/2009 (5-8PM)
FREE to all athletes. $10 for all guests (pre-registered - 10 and older) and $15 for all guests (at packet pick-up - 10 and older). Guests under 10 are free.

Full Awards Cruise: Sunday 11/8/2009 (11AM - 2PM)
A 3 hour tour of downtown Wilmington via the Henrietta Riverboat. The Full Awards Cruise is for full or half athletes, their friends and family members. Cost is $15 for each pre-registered passenger ($20 at packet pick-up if space is still available). Space is limited to the first 400 reservations.

Hilton to Transition 1 - Event Morning Buses
For those athletes without a ride to Transition 1 on event morning, we will be running 3 buses from the Hilton to Transition 1. These 3 buses will all leave at 5AM on event morning from the downtown Hilton. There will be no buses leaving later than 5AM. This bus will be for athletes only (NO spectators). You must have a reservation to ride this bus.

Again, reservations for the above must be made by emailing us at . Please include in your reservation email which function you are making a reservation for, how many athletes and how many guests will be in your party.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Sunrise, sunset

The following information is provided for Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina (longitude W77.9, latitude N34.2):

Saturday 7 November 2009 Eastern Standard Time

Begin civil twilight 6:11 a.m.
Sunrise 6:37 a.m.
Sun transit 11:55 a.m.
Sunset 5:13 p.m.
End civil twilight 5:39 p.m.

Moonrise 8:43 p.m. on preceding day
Moon transit 4:11 a.m.
Moonset 11:32 a.m.
Moonrise 9:53 p.m.
Moonset 12:16 p.m. on following day

Phase of the Moon on 7 November: waning gibbous with 72% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Last quarter Moon on 9 November 2009 at 10:56 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

B2B bike route

I tried mapping out the bike loop elevations for B2B full and unfortunately I don't seem to be able to save the file, but as far as I can tell:

There's a fairly gradual climb to 115 ft elevation at mile 55, then it dips to 60 feet at mile 59, climbs back up to 115 feet at mile 62, then drops very gradually back to the baseline at the starting point.

In other words, it's about as pancake flat as you'll get anywhere, with a little bit to wake up the legs around the midpoint. I only got 104 miles on the course I did quickly, because I skipped the part between T1 and T2 (which I believe includes a couple taller bridge crossings) but that's the gist.

Just be ready for wind!!

The route is also on MapMyRide.

Monday, July 6, 2009

It's 7:15 AM

And this Beach to Battleship triathlete needs to stop reading blogs/facebook/email and head out for a ride.

How is your training coming along?

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hotel Options for out of towners

I was just looking into the different hotel options for B2B and thought a post might help. I am gathering from the forums and other blog posts that there was some considerable issues with transition are locations and getting back to hotels post-race last year.

Anyone have insight to the problems? Any indication there are changes for this year?

The main hotels appear to be the Hilton Wilmington Riverside and the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort. Thoughts on the benefits of either one? Issues?

I will also have some spectators staying with me (as most racers will, I'm sure). Any ideas for how the different hotels may be better/worse for that long spectating day?

Thanks!! Happy training...

Friday, January 16, 2009

10 Most Annoying People At The Gym - Page 1

This is why I won't workout at my YMCA (other than the pool) until after Groundhog Day...

10 Most Annoying People At The Gym

After that, it's usually safe to go back as all the temporary resolutionists have quit. The parking is better too...

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Marathon swim

Ironman Tony... The nicest guy in the sport is going all out for charity

Marathon swim

26.2 mile swim, in a pool.

The dude abides!! Check out his site, and kick in some coin for an awesome charity!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Registration numbers

Just to update those of you who may be sitting on the fence about B2B 2009 - don't delay! It's about 38% full in 2 days of registration.

Entrants as of December 2, 2008, 7:36 PM EST:
HALF: 293
FULL: 285
I believe I saw that they were capping it at 750 athletes in each (1500 total), if I'm not mistaken.
As of Tuesday morning, December 9 (registration open 8 days), it looks like the signup rate has slowed:
Full - 317 registrants
Half - 348 registrants
If they cap it at 1500 total (750 each) like they indicated, that looks to me like it's 44.3% full.

Update: December 31st, 2008:
Half - 412 registrants
Full - 365 registrants
51.8% full

Update update: January 8, 2008:
Half - 492 registrants (65% full)
Full - 392 registrants (52% full)

Update update update: March 3, 2008 (69% full overall):
Half - 588 registrants (78% full)
Full - 442 registrants (59% full)

Who is attending the party?

Here's my list of folks that I know who are attending Beach 2 Battleship, so far. There are several additions whom I hope to add soon!

Shawn -
Stefanie -
Calyx -
Donna -
Ken -
Wife of Kevin at
Nancy -

Linae -
Pam -
Nancy's training buddy Dave
ShirleyPerly -
IMAble -
Waddler26.2 -
Tri-Sharkie -
Kevin -
Jim -
Ron - relay bike -
Dread Pirate Rackham -
Holly -


Monday, December 1, 2008

B2B weekend schedule

Unofficial schedule for planning purposes!

Thursday, November 5, 2009
Packet Pick Up: 12 to 5 PM, Coastline Convention Center - 501 Nutt St. - Wilmington, NC 28401
Kick Off Dinner: 5 to 8PM, Coastline Convention Center - 501 Nutt St. - Wilmington, NC 28401 (we will have a special tri-blogger table or group somewhere together - please join us!)

Friday November 6, 2009
Packet Pick Up: 10 AM to 7 PM, Coastline Convention Center - 501 Nutt St. - Wilmington, NC 28401
Bike Check In: 12 to 8 PM, T1 / Wrightsville Beach Town Hall - 321 Causeway Drive - Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Pre-Event Meetings: 12 PM / 2 PM / 5PM, Coastline Convention Center - 501 Nutt St. - Wilmington, NC 28401 (All athletes must attend one of these meetings)

Saturday November 7, 2009: Race Day
Hilton hotel shuttles to T1: Begin 5:00 AM
Beach shuttles from T1 to swim start: Begin 5:45 AM
Full distance start: 7:00 AM
Half distance start: 8:30 AM
Full swim cutoff: 9:20 AM
Half swim cutoff: 10:00 AM
Half bike cutoff: 2:15 PM
Full bike cutoff: 5:15 PM
Half finish cutoff: 5:30 PM
Full finish cutoff: Midnight

Sunday November 8, 2009
Awards Cruise: 11 AM to 2 PM, Henrietta Riverboat - 101 S. Water Street #1 - Wilmington, NC 28401

I'm in!

Are you in!?
Don't wait or you may be shut out! This one will sell out fast, I believe! Note: registration is via Paypal.

Thank You
Invoice: R-I-XXX98-YYYY
Payment Status: Completed
Registration type: Individual
Registrant: Nancy Toby
Event: Beach2Battleship Iron Distance 2009
Event Category: Age Group

I also booked a room at the Holiday Inn Resort on Wrightsville Beach, which is about 1.7 miles from T1 (where there will be parking, and I understand there will be beach shuttles from T1 to the swim start in the morning). They have the special B2B rate of $119/night available for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights if you call up their reservations line at 877-330-5050 (but not for Sunday night, that's the regular rate of $142 for a king nonsmoking room). Here are some hotel reviews - it sounds like a solid 3-star place but not terribly fancy.

Friday, November 14, 2008

2009 registration opens soon!

Information about the 2009 events are posted!

Full iron distance ($325 individual, $450 relay; limited to 750 athletes)

Half iron distance ($165 individual, $250 relay; limited to 750 athletes)

Registration for both events begins at 8:00 AM on Monday, December 1, 2008. Be ready! The 2008 event sold out in 12 days.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Race day tides

Just for the record, here is the tide table for Wilmington Beach, NC for the inaugural Beach to Battleship triathlon on November 1, 2008 (just for comparison of swim times in future races - can't find one for November 2009 yet):

Tides for Wilmington Beach starting with November 1, 2008:

Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
_____/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 1 Low 3:22 AM 0.4 7:32 AM Rise 11:04 AM 7
___1 High 9:49 AM 4.8 6:18 PM Set 8:41 PM
___1 Low 4:32 PM 0.6
___1 High 10:06 PM 3.4

Tides (nearly identical!) for Wilmington Beach for Saturday, November 7, 2009:

Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
_____/Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 7 Low 3:40 AM 0.2 6:37 AM Set 11:31 AM 79
___7 High 10:11 AM 5.2 5:13 PM Rise 9:53 PM
___7 Low 4:54 PM 0.3
___7 High 10:36 PM 3.8

The high tide will be 22 minutes later than for the 2008 race and very slightly bigger magnitude. If my calculations are correct, peak flow should occur midway between the tides at . . . *drumroll* . . . 6:56AM!

There will be a 3/4-full moon to run with starting at 9:53 PM on the run course, as well. Hopefully most of us will only have an opportunity to see it after crossing the finish line!

Here's a YouTube video where you can see how the swimmers were absolutely FLYING down the channel:

Sunday, November 2, 2008

News coverage of 2008 B2B

Results from the 2008 iron-distance event are posted here! 56 female finishers, 324 male finishers (380 total). The slowest swim was about 1:34. Median finish time for women was 12:49; for men median finish time was 12:22. DNF rate of those who finished the swim was 4.2%.

From the half iron distance results, there were 122 female finishers with median finish time 6:19; 250 male finishers with median time 5:49 (372 total finishers). DNF rate was 2.7% of those who finished the swim.

Locals report some significant traffic backups for the inaugural race (especially around the bridges and T2/finish area). Plan ahead to avoid these as much as possible in 2009! Also the water taxi service from T2/finish to the spectator parking areas had reported waiting times in line of over 2 hours.

Congratulations to Debi Bernardes on her 3rd place finish in the half-iron event!!

Iron competitors show mettle in Beach2Battleship triathlon


Here's some photos and a report from the 2nd-place women's relay team for the half-iron distance. Congratulations, podium girls!!

Rebecca DeWire took second place in the full iron distance in 10:44 after having a baby in January 2008!

A thread from Beginner Triathlete is up, about 2008 participants' experiences and results. Here's a BT race report for the half iron distance.

Here's a very detailed race report from a 14:52 full iron distance B2B finisher.

Here's another with several photos of the area (pdf).

The post-race participant reviews on Slowtwitch seem quite positive. "Nippycrisp" posted a nicely detailed race report on the full iron distance as well which sounded excellent.

Here's a spectator/triathlete report that confirms most of the good things people have said elsewhere about this race.