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South Surrey, British Columbia
Crescent Beach Triathlon
15C / 59F
Total Time = 8h 40m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Got there quite early--chatted with Vivian and we both decided we didn't want to ride. The roads were wet, and not closed to traffic. She is a nervous cyclist to begin with, and I just wasn't feeling it. So we agreed to just swim and run.
Event warmup:

Wrapped a blanket around my shoulders while putting my wetsuit on...
  • 38m 28s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 34s / 100 meters

I wanted to do this race because it was a grassroots, community kinda race. They had timing clocks, but no awards or anything. I think there was probably less than 50 of us, and many of them were doing just the swim (there was a swim race within the triathlon race). I was not concerned about pace or anything, Vivian and I were just going to complete together. My shoulder is still giving me trouble too, so I just wanted to take it easy.

We got about 300m out. Vivian had just told me to go ahead. She is quite a bit slower than me as she is nervous/cautious about her ability, so just wants to go easy enough to finish comfortably. I wasn't about to 'ditch her' completely, but swam ahead some, then breast/back stroked for a bit. So, back to about 300m out. We come upon another woman who turns to look at us and say "anyone else freaking out about the water?". Uh oh. So we asked her why she was freaking out, told her to just go slow/easy, take deep breaths, and that we would swim with her. She was actually quite a strong swimmer, just really nervous. This was only her third OWS; her friend was supposed to swim with her, but backed out on her at the last minute. So, for the rest of the swim, I would swim freestyle awhile, then turn and make sure she was ok. Vivian brought up the end, with her very own paddle-boarder :)

With about 500m to go, everyone was doing fine, so I finished, then turned and went back out a bit to cheer in Masako and Vivian. Viv beat her previous Oly swim time by 5min, so that was awesome!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I thanked all the volunteers out there keeping us safe, swam all 4 strokes (yep, I threw in some fly!) and just had fun, despite the rain. Oh, the one thing I would do different is remember to put lube on my neck so I didn't end up chaffed to chit...
Transition 1
  • 15m 19s

Haha 15 minutes! It was so cold, it took awhile to get the hands to work. Well, and the walk--we went back to the bench where we had left our stuff, walked to the cars to get changed to run.
What would you do differently?:

nuthin'. Masako thanked us--she said she would have quit if it wasn't for us encouraging her.
  • 00m
  • 0 kms
  • 0.00 km/hr
Transition 2
  • 00m
  • 53m 24s
  • 8.5 kms
  • 06m 20s  min/km

This was a nice, albeit wet, run. Flat to the trail (just before the trail, we had to cross the train tracks--just as we got there, the arms came down, and a train crossed! We had to wait about 5min), then big uphill, including the staircase, up to Crescent drive, then mostly flat to the turn around. Back to the trail, back down the big hill and stairs, then flat to the finish. It rained most of the time. Vivian is a bit faster than me, but I was able to keep up. I don't usually run with anyone, and it was quite fun to chat.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing much.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretched a little, then needed to get warm!! Got changed and headed for home.

Event comments:

I chatted with Vivian's friend after the race, he had biked. He was shivering and shaking he was so cold. I am so glad we didn't do the bike! I saw some people coming in off the bike as well, and some of them had very red-looking skin. Yikes!

I needed a coffee, so stopped at the shop up the hill. Grabbed some change, went in, and there was a woman looking through her wallet. I didn't hear what she said, but then saw her pull out her credit card. I told her don't do that, and paid for her coffee. She said "that is very nice, thank you". I said "no problem, happy birthday", which I often say when someone is grateful for something. She looked at me COMPLETELY shocked and said "how did you know it was my birthday?!". I was as shocked as she was ;). She said I had made her day, which made my day.

Last updated: 2013-08-11 12:00 AM
00:38:28 | 1500 meters | 02m 34s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Along the shoreline, under the pier, out to the second channel marker and back.
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Time: 15:19
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:00:00 | 00 kms | 0.00 km/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 00:00
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:53:24 | 08.5 kms | 06m 20s  min/km
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: My Garmin had this at 8.5km rather than 10km. Each along the beach trail, around the dog park, through Blackie Spt and around Dunsmuir gardens, acorss to Beecher street park and through the short trail there. Then along Maple street, across the railway tracks. Up the trail to Crescent drive, along 124 to 17 ave, then turn around. Back down to and down the trail, then left towards the beach. Beach trail back to the start.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2013-08-12 12:22 AM

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2013-08-12 6:40 AM
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Englewood, Florida
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You have to be one of the kindest people I know. Thank you for being you. I'm glad you had a good day, and a good "race".
2013-08-12 7:00 AM
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West Chester, Ohio
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You are awesome.  Hanging with your friend and a total stranger in a very cold swim then buying coffee for a complete stranger---pure awesome.  Thank you for showing us once again that it'w the PEOPLE we do this with who make our days.
2013-08-12 8:01 AM
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Western Australia
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So glad that you had a great "race" and that you got to make the day of two people. You are a true treasure.
2013-08-12 9:20 AM
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Totally agree with what everyone else has already said! That was and you are awesome
2013-08-12 12:23 PM
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Raleigh, NC area
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It was super nice of you to stay with Vivian and to help Masako and then you topped it all off with the birthday girl!  Cool

2013-08-12 12:35 PM
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Thanks y'all.  Honestly, staying with Viv and Masako on the swim just made it more enjoyable for me Laughing
2013-08-12 12:36 PM
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Rio Rancho, NM
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I love how you took a cold, rainy race day and made it awesome! I love the story about the swim and how you stayed with the other two to keep them strong. So awesome! Then to make the best of the rainy run is great too. And the birthday girl. I laughed out loud when I read that. What a great RR!!!!!!!!!

You. R. Awesome!

2013-08-12 12:46 PM
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You are like, the sweetest thing ever. Of course, I already knew that though so no surprise there.

Great Du! Errrr aquathon? Is that what it's called? 

2013-08-12 12:52 PM
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Way to bring the sunshine on a rainy day! :D
2013-08-12 1:24 PM
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Austin, Texas
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Even just reading your RR made my day!! 

I have to laugh though... how the heck is your overall time for this over 8 hours???  Cool

2013-08-12 2:04 PM
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Originally posted by blueyedbikergirl

Even just reading your RR made my day!! 

I have to laugh though... how the heck is your overall time for this over 8 hours???  Cool

This ^^^ :)

I love everything about your approach to this day.  Quality time, quality people.  Awesome!

2013-08-12 2:48 PM
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Lots and lots of kindness, consideration and good karma points in your RR!  Kudos, to you Kirsten, for just being awesome!!  The world needs more folks like you.
2013-08-13 12:30 AM
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Great race report and great sportsmanship. Very nice of you to help them out like that.

I don't blame you for skipping the bike. I didn't find it cold at all since I was working hard, but it was crazy rainy and with the hills, many turns, and it not being closed to traffic it was a little hazardous. This was my first time ever on a road bike in the rain, thankfully I made it through safe and sound.

"Happy Birthday" lol, that was awesome.
2013-08-14 9:23 AM
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Caerphilly, Wales, uk.
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You are so great for helping others out during a race. I'd like to think I would have done the same, but suspect I wouldn't have . Well done.
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