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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

To read the rest, click here for the document

   

 

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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.

   

 

 

Race Reports from Florida athletes or support crews

 
 

Lava Magazine Article written by T.J. Murphy July 2013 Issue  T.J.'s Article (pdf file)


Race/Training Report as submitted to Hammer Nutrition Endurance News from Suzy (Ultra Woman) Degazon  Suzy Degazon's Race Report (pdf file)


Race/Training Report as submitted to Hammer Nutrition Endurance News from Shane (Zenman) Eversfield who did the Virginia Double IRON Oct 2007  Zenman's Race Report (pdf file)


March 2016

Race Report from Maria Simone ~ Maria's Race Report (pdf file)


Race Report from Colleen Wilcox ~ Collen's Race Report (pdf file)


Race Report from Joey Lichter ~ Joey's Race Report (pdf file)


Race Report from Laura Knoblach ~ Laura's Race Report (pdf file)


Race Report from Michael Ortiz ~ Michael's Race Report (pdf file)


March 2014

Race Report from John Jenkins ~ John's "No Limits Endurance" Race Report (pdf file)


Race Report from Angie Wise ~ Angie's "The Virus" Race Report (pdf file)


Race Report from Wendy Orlando ~ Wendy's "The Turtle" Race Report (pdf file)


Race Report from Bobby Leong ~ Bobby's Race Report (pdf file)


Race Report from Kale Poland ~ Kale's ("Northern White Boy" Race Report (pdf file)


Race Report from Lisa Vega ~ Lisa's Race Report (pdf file)


March 2013

Race Report from Thomas Odom ~ "The Kids" Race Report (pdf file)


Race Report from Chuck Schultz ~ Chuck's Race Report (pdf file)


Race Report from Perry Gray ~ Perry's Race Report (pdf file)


Race Report from Paul Thompson ~ Paul's Race Report (pdf file)


Race Report from Bobby Leong ~ Bobby's Race Report (pdf file)


Race Report from Brad Kelley ~ Brad's Race Report (pdf file)


February 2012

Race Report from Daniel Grabol ~ Dani's Race Report (pdf file)


Race Report from Rebecca Hansen ~ Rebecca's Race Report (pdf file)


Race Report from Tammie Wonning ~ Tammie's Race Report (pdf file)


Race Report from Karen Alexeev ~ Karen's Race Report (pdf file)


March 2011

Race Report from Lisa "Trixie" Taylor ~ Trixie's Race Report (pdf file)


Crew Race Report from Pete Stevenson who crewed for David Jepson ~ Pete's Crew Report (pdf file)


Race Report from Jennifer "Pitbull" Vogel ~ Pitbull's Race Report (pdf file)


Race Report written up by The Sport Factory who sponsored Jen "Pitbull" Vogel ~ The Sport Factory's Race Report (pdf file)


Videos



2016 Florida Double Race Video done by 360 Images.  Arnold Wiegand Vid Mar 2015 on YouTube

Arnold Wiegand ~ Athlete made this video.  Arnold Wiegand Vid Mar 2015 on YouTube

Joe Terrana ~ Support Crew for Leslie Holton, and becoming part of our staff, made this video.  Joe Terrana's Vid Mar 2013 on YouTube

Laura Edwards ~ Support Crew for William "Ironox" Pruett, made this video.  Laura Edwards's Vid Feb 2012 on YouTube

Remo Eberle ~ Support Crew for Marcel Knaus, both of Lichtenstein, made this video.  Remo Eberley's Vid Mar 2011 on Vimeo

Chris Miller made this 23 minute video showing the Bike Path coming from the Ranger Station front entrance off Morris Bridge Road.  Chris Miller's video loaded 5 Sep 2012

Video made by ?? showing a herd of deer feeding near the bike path, one minute long.  Video uploaded 12 Aug 2012

Rinehart Productions made this 4 minute video showing parts of Flatwoods Park, starting from the back entrance/Bruce B Downs.  Video uploaded 17 May 2012