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Jupiter, Florida
United States
Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce
85F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 30m 32s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 6/24
Pre-race routine:

Up at 3 (!) to walk the dogs and pull ourselves together before making the hour drive to Peter's house. From there 10 minutes to the race site. Got to the site early so we could pick up our packets. Had a cinnamon and raisin bagel.
Event warmup:

The swim was supposed to be 660 yrds, but I heard from others that it was changed to a half mile. That made the start even further down the beach then normal. So, my main warm up was the long walk in the sand. I did get in the water for a very, very short swim.
  • 17m 59s
  • 880 yards
  • 02m 02s / 100 yards

As I said, the swim was longer than it was supposed to be - at least according to a number of guys who based that on their Garmins. I believe they are right as it looked and felt longer than 660 yds and the swim times looked more appropriate to a longer swim. I'm guessing that the start was moved further south than normal because of the nesting loggerhead turtles.

Each wave had about 150 swimmers which made the swim quite crowded and caused me to get caught in the washing machine despite starting way right and hanging back a few seconds. Also, the current and chop were pretty strong on the way to the first buoy, so that plus the crowds plus my high heart rate b/c of lack of warm up made this section very hard and slow. I actually came to a complete stop on at least 2 occasions. i don't recommend that technique if you want to score a good swim time!
After the first buoy things still had not opened up and, in fact, I spent a good period of time with women swimming sideways into me, cutting me off and then slowing down. At least 3 times they came from both sides of me causing me to come to a stop to figure out a way around them. I felt like i was playing bumper cars without the cars. These women didn't seem to care where they were swimming and no matter how many times they hit me they kept their heads down and kept swimming. I guess that is what they should have done, but I can't do that - when there is a lot of contact rather than getting aggressive and swimming on top of others, I change my course.

After playing with the bumper women, i found some clear water and got into a nice rhythm. There was a bit of a side current that somewhat helped. After making the turn to shore I was able to catch a few waves. That's always fun.

Oh, I only know my time in the swim because I looked at my watch as I ran up the beach.

ETA: since they found me in the records, I now have a time, unfortunately it is slower than I thought. The swim time is almost a minute slower than I saw on my watch, but the new time includes the run up the beach, stop to hose off my feet before hitting the timing mat time. So, it is not quite as horrible as it looks :)
What would you do differently?:

I really need to warm up more as my heart rate does not settle down for at least 100 yrds and it makes me feel like I am going to drown. Not a good feeling. I could also benefit from swimming in the ocean more often. Finally, I need to take control of the bumper women.
Transition 1
  • 03m 12s

Since the timing was messed up by the officials and I do not have any time - I am completely missing from the results!, I have no idea how I did; I assume it was slow and that I need to move faster.

ETA: I continue to be slow in transition. Really need to work on this as cutting out a minute or two would help make me look faster overall!
What would you do differently?:

I'm guessing move faster.
  • 40m 15s
  • 13 miles
  • 19.18 mile/hr

Because of my lack of training over the last almost month, I knew my run and to a lesser extent my bike would not be great. As a result my mantra was "don't burn all your matches". The first leg south was slightly uphill into a wind of about 15 mph. Each time I looked at my watch my pace was between 18 and 18.5 mph. The leg north was a lot of fun as the wind was at my back and there was a slight down hill. Still, I didn't want to blow up, so I kept the pace around 20 mph.
On the start of the 2d
lap i was passed by a woman -not in my AG, who I thought shouldn't be passing me. I was going to pick up the pace and keep with her or pass her, but then I remembered my mantra about not burning all my matches, so I decided just to keep her in sight. Then I got distracted and when I remembered her, she was no where in sight. oops.

Just as I was about to make the u-turn for the final north leg I decided that no matter what I did on the bike, the run was not going to be pretty, so i may as well enjoy the last bike leg. I picked up the pace to about 22 mph. Still not crushing it, but pushing a bit harder than the other legs.

ETA: pace is a bit slower than I expected, but what are you going to do?
What would you do differently?:

All things considered, I'm fine with this bike.
Transition 2
  • 01m 39s

Again, I have no idea how slow this was. I did, however, finally figure out that I don't have to stay at the rack to put on my hat and race belt and actually did those things as I moved out of transition. So, that had to make this transition a little less pathetic than normal.

ETA: not too bad for me, but still room for improvement.
What would you do differently?:

Who knows.
  • 27m 28s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 51s  min/mile

I know this pace because I reset my Garmin -which I had somehow screwed up and didn't get a proper reading for the rest of the race.

I knew this was not going to be my finest run, but was surprised by how well it went. I am definitely out of running shape and my hamstring and glute were not really happy with me, but everything went better then I thought it would. I think what helped is that it was overcast the entire morning, so we did not have to deal with 90* weather with pounding sun. Also, things are healing, so my hamstring is not as angry as it has been.

Remember that woman who I didn't think should be passing me on the bike and who I lost sight of despite my directive to myself to keep watch her? Of course you do. Well, I found her - around the mile mark. She was really struggling. I tried to encourage her, but she didn't acknowledge my helpful "embrace the suck" exhortation.

Right towards the end of the run 2 women in my AG passed me. The second one said "let's go" to me. I just waived her on. - at least acknowledging her exhortation :) I had nothing left to give and was already on the verge of puking. I usually can pick things up a bit at the end, but that was not happening this race. While disappointing, it at least told me that I gave the race my full effort. This lack of response cost me a podium spot. At least that is what I think based upon figuring out my time as a function of the race clock (what it read when I crossed minus how many minutes passed from race start to my wave start). I've conservatively estimated my time, but may be off by as much as 2 minutes.

ETA: this is the one official time I am happy about - it is a bit faster than my Garmin time. I'll take it :)
What would you do differently?:

Nothing except maybe puking on the women who passed me :). I did what I could do given my injury situation. I am disappointed only because before the injury I was following a "get faster" plan and was curious to see how that plan would effect my race. I was going to compare last year's time to this year's. Of course, with the longer swim, the comparison would not be very helpful anyway.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

injury and the accompanied lack of training. Oh, and lack of ability.

Event comments:

I really like this race. I am a bit disappointed that they messed up the timing, so I don't have a very accurate accounting of my race, but I still had a lot of fun. I hope they can straighten out the timing issues - I mean can they really think people ran 6+ minute 5ks? There was one woman who finished a place or 2 above where I think I finished who ran a 12+ minute 5 k. I don't think that is accurate :) She was 2d in the AG. Assuming that is an inaccurate time, she probably finished well out of 2d place. This doesn't affect my performance, but I like checking out times and seeing how I do or do not stack up.

Once again, it was nice to do this race with 3 of my siblings. I really thought my sister Carol would beat me this time because - although she hadn't biked or swum more than 4 or 5 times in the last year (those times coming in the last month), she is a natural athlete and stays in shape in other ways. Plus she is a former swimmer, so she normally crushes my swim time even though she swims breast stroke. Unfortunately, she had a tough start to the swim when a couple of people held her under the water. She only does tris maybe 1x a year, so she is not used to the contact and this caught her by surprise and shook her up a bit. She swallowed a ton of water and almost abandoned the race. Very proud of her for pushing on and finishing the race quite strongly.

ETA: now that I have my official time, I am no longer disappointed by not being able to compare my results against others. Now I'm just disappointed that the official results are 2 minutes slower than I thought! One good thing about the slower time is that I don't have to regret those 2 women passing me at the end of the race - even if I held them off I still would have been of the podium. So I've got that going for me :)

My brothers also had great races, especially Peter who hadn't done anything since our last race in early May because his work has been crazy. He also drove 20 hours over the 2 days before the race - going to Atlanta and back before the race.; getting home the night before I don't know how he does it.

Last updated: 2013-05-17 12:00 AM
00:17:59 | 880 yards | 02m 02s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/24
Overall: 0/
Course: Rectangle course, started at the south end of the beach and headed north before making the turn back to shore.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 85F / 29C Current:
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:12
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:40:15 | 13 miles | 19.18 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/24
Overall: 0/
Course: 2 lap course - first straight south, then back north; rinse and repeat.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:39
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:27:28 | 03.1 miles | 08m 51s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/24
Overall: 0/
Course: North into a park, turn around and head to the finish.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2013-08-05 11:57 AM

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2013-08-05 12:13 PM
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Englewood, Florida
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I'm not sure that I advise the puking method to slow down others, but it sure is funny to read as an option I hope the leg is doing OK and that you are feeling better.
2013-08-05 12:29 PM
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3 AM? Are you kidding me? I can't comprehend ...

Great job! I think it sounds as though you really raced this to your potential. I'm looking forward to seeing how things go when you are able to train and compete the way you would like.

That's too bad the timing was all messed up.

2013-08-05 2:45 PM
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Austin, Texas
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I loved reading your report! 

From the bumper women in the swim, to getting distracted on the bike (which totally happens to me all the tim... squirrel!), to using puking as a method to slow down your competitors - though next time I suggest tripping them, that seems to be much more effective.  Not that I would know or anything...  Innocent

Congrats - I think you did a fantastic job at the race!!

And kudos to your sister too - I'm glad she pushed through what was a tough start. 

2013-08-05 3:42 PM
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Way to put it all out there!  Having timing messed up is dang annoying. Update RR if it gets fixed, so we can cheer again Laughing

And I know I've said it before, but it's SOOOO cool that you do this with your siblings.

2013-08-05 4:27 PM
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Great RR :)

Bike leg sounds really solid, and a great effort on the whole dang thing! That's the way we should all feel at the end of a race:)

I'm with Salty on the 3am thing. Dang. I'd be a mess.

The timing thing would have me apoplectic, but you seem to be handling that with a ton of grace.  That's lovely.  Super cool that you do this with your siblings.  

2013-08-05 5:16 PM
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2013-08-05 9:57 PM
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Western Australia
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Great job Ann-Marie.

I hope the glut and hammy are still feeling good and that you eventually get some accurate times.
2013-08-06 4:25 AM
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Caerphilly, Wales, uk.
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I'm getting a pain in the a$$ also ( no comments). Think I may be aggravating my piriformis. Could that be your problem too? Nice race though, defo should have barfed on that women

Edited by Richardsdrr 2013-08-06 4:26 AM
2013-08-06 4:32 AM
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Originally posted by Richardsdrr I'm getting a pain in the a$$ also ( no comments). Think I may be aggravating my piriformis. Could that be your problem too? Nice race though, defo should have barfed on that women

Thanks!  No piriformis, I have hamstring tendonopathy. 

2013-08-06 8:57 AM
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over the rainbow
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Love the motto to not burn any matches.  Hard to be cautious in a race day but the wisest call.  Pretty speedy even in the caution!

2013-08-06 12:15 PM
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Rio Rancho, NM
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Great job! I stop to go around people too. Maybe if I was a stronger swimmer I'd go over them (nah, probly not).

Congrats to your sister, too, for continuing on!


2013-08-06 3:18 PM
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Raleigh, NC area
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Great race report!  I'm glad that you had fun Smile

I hope that they straighten out the results for you!

2013-08-07 10:10 AM
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Melon Presser
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Finishing on the verge of puking is outstanding execution regardless of how you came to the race.

Top quarter is insanely good especially on less training than you would have liked.

Grow some sharp elbows for the swim.

2013-08-07 12:20 PM
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Love how you keep things in perspective such as having fun during the race and enjoying the ability to race with your siblings, how cool!!  Puking on your competitors does seem like a way to get an advantage, that is, until they catch you and beat the tar out of you.   Kidding!  Congrats on a good race.
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