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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.


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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Florida Double ANVIL

We have had to move the race from Tampa over to Lake Louisa State Park, Clermont, FL. This is where the Great Floridian Full Distance triathlon takes place, Lake Louisa is about 10 minutes south of the GF course. Race dates are 17-20 March, 2016.

Dated 23 Nov 2015: we are in the process of working to get a few hotels to accommodate our athlets as the cabins at Lake Louisa are all sold out. We are also looking for a pre-race pasta dinner venue and the awards lunch for Sunday post race. We will update the Florida information page as these are known.

Virginia Ultra Weekend

The next Quintuple scheduled at Lake Anna State Park, Spotsylvania, VA will be 9-16 October 2016 (we will be doing both the normal and 1x5 format), the Triple will be 12-16 October 2016 and the Double will be 13-16 October 2016. On the specific race page itself you will find more infomation about the race, the lake and park we use for the event and other helpful tips.

Oregon Double ANVIL and Bad Ass Single ANVIL

Race dates will be July 14-17, 2016.

BUT be ready for a tough course. As two time finishter Johan Desmet says: yep that smooth lake swim has no place in that event :) how nice when an event stands on its own like the Oregon Double! there's plenty of "fast and flat" already, this can be the Double with the hot sauce :)