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The Creation of the AnVillage

The AnVillage term was penned by Maria Simone following the March 2016 Double ANVIL.

The Anvillage!!!

It would be a mistake to think of a Double Anvil as simply twice an Ironman. While the numbers do add up that way, the experience is so much more than just those numbers.

Representative of these differences is the very language used to described the center of the race. An Ironman has a transition area. The Double Anvil has a village. That’s more than just a semantic difference.

Within the confines of that Anvil village–what I’m going to call the Anvillage–lies the key to what makes this event so special: a sense of community that comes from pushing the edges of our comfort zones, sharing the belief that limits are for other people, and finding our strength not only as individuals–but also as a community of people seeking the extraordinary.

While I raced as a solo racer, this effort was hardly an individual effort for me – or for any of my fellow racers. It is not possible to cross the finish line of a race of this magnitude without the support of the Anvillage. The respect and support of the racers, their crews, and the race staff is like no other race I’ve ever done.

Not. Even. Close.

The commiseration or commendation of your fellow comrades-in-laps can lift you out of a hole or help you ride the high to the finish line. There were times when I was convinced that to go another lap would be a seemingly impossible, Herculean effort. But, then, a fellow racer or their crew would cheer me on, give me words of encouragement, and I was fueled and renewed by the knowledge that if I believed it – I would achieve it.

We may have started as individuals, but in passing through the Anvillage lap after lap after lap–and yeah, another lap–we crossed the line into family.

To read her complete race report, click here for the document

   

 

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December 2013 Poem

The following poem was penned by Sarah Speicher, who completed the October 2013 Virginia Double ANVIL. She's a poet and we didn't know it.

ANVILIZATION

Twisting and turning all through the night
Heart beat pounding through the invasive fright
Rising to eat hours before daylight
Foam rolling and stretching to avoid the dreaded tight

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Consider Helping Race Staff out or be a Support Crew for a racer

Are you thinking of tackling the Double or Triple ANVIL Triathlon. Have you upped your training which should consist of some overnight training and sleep deprivation. What else might be invovled in a successful finish for you? Think about coming out and helping either the race management OR crew for an athlete. Not all athletes can bring their own support crew, usually it's a money issue with having to travel a long distance.

But either way - you will see how the race unfolds, what atheltes are doing right, do wrong. Will answer some of your questions and make you think of other things you hadn't thought of. Email Steve Kirby at steve@USAUltraTri.com for more information and to be added to the list.

   

 

 

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  1. How do you compete in the Double and Triple ANVIL?
  2. Do I need a Support Crew?
  3. Are there teams in the ultra triathlons?
  4. Can I use a portable music device during the race?
  5. Can my support crew pace me during the bike or run?
  6. Can foreigners race?
  7. Do people sleep during the race?
  8. Do people wear wetsuits during the swim?
  9. Are lights required on the bike?
  10. Medical Form?
  11. Volunteering?

How do you compete in the Double and Triple ANVIL ... ?

The races are normally staged as the normal triathlon format with the swim all at once, then you complete the bike and finish with the run. However, there are a few that are staged with a FULL distance triathlon a day for so many days of that particular distance, i.e. you would start a FULL distance each day at the same time in the morning and when you finish with that days event, you get cleaned up, eat, sleep and get up and start all over again the next day.

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Do I need a Support Crew?

Technically No, you don't. However the ones that compete without a support crew are not really competitive. We term it like a NASCAR or INDY race where you have a pit crew that provides all the support for you so you only need to worry about competing. It is best to have a crew that you know (and they know you) as you will have certain things planned out ahead of time. How often you plan on a break, certain foods, chemicals, pills, etc at certain times; and as these races are really long distance, you might not know what certain foods you might want in the middle of it, so you can let your crew know what you are craving at that point and do another lap and they will have it ready for you when you come back around. That is one of the reasons we have shorter distances on the bike and run, so you are not gone that long from your support.

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Are there teams in the ultra triathlons?

Yes, the Double and Triple ANVIL has had teams compete in the past and there is usually room in each race for teams. The team can consist of two or three people and you determine how much (or less) someone races.

The old thought was one person did the swim, another did the bike and a third would do the run. However, you can have two or three people and each take a turn doing so many laps of the swim, the same with the bike and the run. The fastest times recorded in the Triple were done this way. We had two different teams (one in 2008 and the other in 2009) that comprised of a woman and man and they took turns taking a couple laps apiece to say as fresh as possible. They were smokin the course pretty good. So you can do the old traditional format with one person doing just the one event or split up the events between two or three people.

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Can I use a portable music device (headphone/MP3/IPOD Player) during the race?

During the Virginia race you may not use portable music devices. During the Tampa race you may use portable music devices on the run only.

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Can my support crew pace me during the bike or run?

No. This is a triathlon where you are competing against other athletes and it is supposed to be you against them and having someone pace you gives you an advantage. We used to allow it during the run portion only but for 2013 we have stopped that practice for a couple of reasons. 1) if a world record is being set, you must do it by yourself. 2) same with course records and the top finishers, they should be doing the race by themselves and not having someone else help them along. 3) our races are sanctioned by IUTA (International Ultra Triathlon Association) and people earn points for competing; some of the athletes are doing multiple events thruout the world to be competitive for top postitions in the rankings and having your crew help pace you give you an unfair advantage over them and for that athlete to come in behind you because you had help, costs them points and drops them in the rankings. 4) plus the more athletes we get racing, that means even more people on the course leading it to get congested.

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Can foreigners race?

Yes - athletes from foreign countries can race with us. We love it when we get a mixed group of athletes come together to race, the camaraderie they all show, the different languages being spoken in the race/support crew area, the friendship's made between athletes, is what makes this race special. However, depending on what country you are from, you must obey passport/visa rules and regulations. As long as you can get thru our customs legally, come and race with us. If you need a State Department letter of invitation, let me know and I will make one out and email to you, inviting you to our race.

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Do people sleep during the race?

Some athletes sleep during the race. The leaders will not sleep, even during the Triple ANVIL, they will race non stop. The race runs non stop, so if you decide to take a nap, the clock keeps ticking, so plan accordingly. Part of race strategy is when to take a quick power nap/rest and get the most out of it. Some athletes will stop at a certain point on the bike, sit and put their feet up and take in food/nutrition for a set period of time, change some clothes and get back on the bike, same thing with the run. They are planned stops that they have figured on in their race strategy and it is up to your support crew to help you get the most out of these rests.

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Do people wear wetsuits during the swim?

Yes, most athletes will wear a wetsuit at Lake Anna State Park, Virginia in the lake and also in the pool at Tampa, Florida. You can click here to view what wetsuits are allowed per the USAT (United State Triathlon Association). Click here for the USAT Website The lake is usually around 74-76 (23-24 celsius) and the pool is usually 77/78 (25/25.5 celsius) degrees.

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Are lights required on the bike?

Yes, you must have a white light on the front of your bike and a red flashing light on the rear of your bike. The white light in front must have enough light output to decently light the way in front of you. Both race courses are in parks and it can get dark at night, so you need to have sufficient light to show the road in front of you. With that being said, please don't get a light that is so bright, people thing it's a car coming. We have had this before and it is blinding and difficult for other racers. Also - please do not use flashing lights on the fornt of your bike.

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Medical Form?

Besides a few medical questions on the back of the application form, there is a medical form for you to have your doc sign off that you, from a medical aspect, are in good enough shape to participate in our races. We had a nurse, who has raced a few times with us, get one and found out she had a irregular heartbeat and needed to get further checkups to make sure there was nothing wrong with her. So you never know what the doc might find, better before the race than during the race. So please make an appt to see your doc (can do it even duirng routine checkups or when you are seeing them for a certain problem).

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Volunteering?

Our races can't happen without VOLUNTEERS. It is a great way for you to see what is going on, how the race unfolds, what do the athletes do right, do wrong and what they do to correct it. It can answer some of your questions and make you think of more questions. So if you are thinking of racing, consider coming out one year to help us out or help out another racer as their support crew. Let me know if you are interested.

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