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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.

   

 

 

Staff and Volunteers

 
 

Listed below is the staff and volunteers for the Virginia Double and Triple ANVIL. Some volunteers might change come race time but the ones listed below are hoping to be at the race. This list is provided to help you know who will be around that you can ask for help or advice during the race. Also, as these are volunteers, it would be appreciated if you give them a thanks - it will go a long way.


Steve Kirby ~ Race Director


Teri Smith ~ Co-Race Director


Cindy Kirby ~ Chef/Food Prep


George Wortley ~ Race Doc


Tina St Pierre ~ Race Staff/Volunteer Coord


Lauren "Laurenaki" Toxavidis ~ Junior Vol Team Leader


Tristan Penley ~ Pre/Post Logistics Support


Marie Riggle, Lifeguard


~ Facilities Management


John Wall ~ Race Management/Timing


Caroline Brosius ~ Swim Safety/Timing


Jim Figlik ~ Race Management/Timing


Sara Rennie ~ Race Staff/Massage Therapist


Melani Penley ~ Race Staff/Hemoglobin Checks/Food Prep


Sean Kelly ~ Photographer


Kim Totten ~ Race Staff/Timing


Donna Figlik ~ Race Staff/Food


Sandy VanValkenburg ~ Race Staff/General Duties


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