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Canandaigua, New York
United States
Canandaigua YMCA
Total Time = 30m 26s
Overall Rank = 177/280
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 12/24
Pre-race routine:

Arrived in Canandaigua the night before, had dinner at the hotel, relaxed in the pool.

Got up around 6:35, washed up, put on my running attire, ate a Bonk Breaker and drank some iced tea. Walked, yes walked the short walk to pick up bib # and T-shirt to registration from my hotel room and back. Best race bathrooms ever, ha!
Event warmup:

Slow jog around the parking lot, stretched, lined up! Spoke to a lady in the crowd who appeared to have a shirt on from last year (she did, it was purple, this year's was turquoise), made a little small talk.
  • 30m 26s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 47s  min/mile

Racers lined up in front of the New York Wine & Culinary Center. In very short order we heard the 5-4-3-2-1 GO! Did a quick out and back by the pier then continued along the walking paths by the lake.

I was able to quickly pick out some pacers/carrots/whatever you want to call them: the lady I spoke to in the purple and a lady in a blue tank top. My plan was to keep within close sight of them, which worked out nicely. I tried to take in the beautiful morning and the lake scenery which was so very easy on the eyes. At the first mile there was a water stop but I did not partake and kept moving. Not long after the water stop the run went past a beach-ish area where I saw 2 people swimming in wetsuits, they had to be triathletes! It made me wish I had brought my wetsuit along. Oh well, no time to think about that now!

Not sure mileage-wise when I overtook the lady in purple but we were in the wetlands. OK, we'll use blue tank top lady. Hmm, soon I passed her, too. Time for a new carrot, and there she was, running in jean shorts and a striped tank top! Nice pace, just keep her in sight as you ponder how she is doing what she is doing without chafing all to heck! Kudos to her, it really seemed like something she always runs in and obviously doesn't do terribly.

Up and over some lovely bridges as we ran through the wetlands marked with cattails, purple loosestrife, singing birds, dragonflies and shady trees amongst other flora and fauna. So enjoyable! Saw a big slug, an earthworm, and a little snail throughout the run, hope they avoided getting crushed by the giants above.

Kept checking my Garmin to make sure Jean Shorts (just ahead of me) wasn't falling off the pace. We came out of the wetlands and began roughly retracing the original path, minus some of the twists and turns. A young girl kept alternately walking then racing past, walking, racing past. Slowly I was reeling Jean Shorts in. With maybe 1/2 mile (I'm not really sure of the distance) to go, I passed her. The young girl was still walking/dashing, that was, until she/we turned the corner and she saw the finish line and she took off like a rocket! I glanced at my watch and saw the race was going to not be quite 3.1 miles. I kept up a steady pace and crossed the finish line.

What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed a Gatorade (water was gone), grapes and a banana and watched others finish. Hung around for the awards just because. Headed back to the room, cleaned up a little, put on my suit and chilled in the pool for a little.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not that I'm upset with my time, but I know if I could ever get properly motivated (and stay that way) to lose weight I would surely be faster. But I'm very happy with my time considering my extra poundage.

Event comments:

Very nice little race in a neat town on a beautiful lake, tied in with the Riesling Festival which is held along Lakeshore Drive. The timing company was top notch, posting results quickly on paper and also online. Goody bags were great - a wine tote and a shirt! AG winners (1st place only) each won a bottle of wine. Now there's inspiration to get faster! ;)

Last updated: 2013-04-10 12:00 AM
00:30:26 | 03.11 miles | 09m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 12/24
Overall: 177/280
Performance: Good
Course: First, let me state that the course was not quite 5K, but rather 2.96 according to my Garmin. This is not a complaint, just a statement! :) Run went along Canandaigua Lake, Lakeshore Drive, and on the paths through surrounding wetlands.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2013-08-12 4:09 PM

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Subject: Riesling Run

2013-08-12 4:30 PM
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Rio Rancho, NM
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Any race that has wine/beer/food in the name HAS to be good, right?

Nice job on reeling in the carrots! I, too, am curious how blue jean girl doesn't chafe.

Short distance or no your finish time was great. Glad you had a good time!

2013-08-12 4:33 PM
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Sounds like a great course and a fun time!  I always worry about the little critters getting smooshed too

2013-08-12 4:59 PM
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I wouldn't be so sure that the race distance was short - Garmin's are not really that accurate.  Of course, in my experience they usually show the distance to be longer rather than shorter, but still, the race could be exactly right.  Either way, you had a great race!  On another note, it always catches me by surprise when I read/hear about people wearing wet suits in the summer!  Definitely not my experience
2013-08-12 6:33 PM
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over the rainbow
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Great job!!  Awesome work passing by your carrots!

What a beautiful area!! I like doing races up there!   There are a lot to choose from too

2013-08-13 9:07 AM
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Originally posted by amd723 I wouldn't be so sure that the race distance was short - Garmin's are not really that accurate.  Of course, in my experience they usually show the distance to be longer rather than shorter, but still, the race could be exactly right.  Either way, you had a great race!  On another note, it always catches me by surprise when I read/hear about people wearing wet suits in the summer!  Definitely not my experience

Understandable coming from Florida!  I think the water temp in the lake was in the low to maybe mid 70s.  A friend did the Cayuga race (another Finger Lake) last week and the temp was 72, so I'm guessing this temp would be similar.  The Finger Lakes tend to be colder since they are large and very deep, although Canandaigua is one of the smaller ones.

2013-08-13 10:06 AM
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Raleigh, NC area
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Oh!  This race sounds so fun!  Great goody bag too!  Wine tote?  (do no let Monica see that!)  I take it that you like the shirt?

I love how you wrote that you checked your watch to make sure that Jean Shorts was staying on pace.   Too funny!

2013-08-13 10:14 AM
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Englewood, Florida
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Nice job, way to keep your focus, continue to find a new "carrot" and pace yourself off of that.


2013-08-13 11:00 AM
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Overland Park, KS
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Great race Melanie. That experience sounds like more fun than work! I've got to do a race named after an alcoholic beverage one of these days. I like the idea of having the hotel so close to the race start, nice!
2013-08-13 11:05 AM
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Nice, relaxing weekend...with a little 5k (complete with "carrots") thrown in for good measure. Good plan!


2013-08-13 1:48 PM
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Middle River, Maryland
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Well done, Melanie...sounds like a great weekend!

2013-08-14 9:18 AM
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Caerphilly, Wales, uk.
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Yeah, I'd like to know how she could run in cut offs without chafing. I can't even run in running shorts without some Lycra under shorts also.
2013-08-14 3:34 PM
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Canandaigua NY
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Glad you were able to enjoy one of our great local races!!  I have done that race the last couple of years and they always do a great job, although they keep changing the course.  I couldn't do the race this year as I have a race this weekend and needed a ride on the bike.  I did go through there after it was done though.

I hope you were able to enjoy the Riesling Festival and Pier Dance too, those are always a great time!!

As far as the lake, I was in it this morning and it is about 72 and cooling.  Any given day in the summer there are swimmers training for a variety of races.  I, as have others, swim occasionally without wetsuits, but it is almost always well below wetsuit legal temps and most races around here, even in the dog days of summer are generally wetsuit legal. 

Nice job on your race!

2013-08-19 5:23 AM
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Anything called Riesling Run is gonna be great ... and you were great in it!!!

Pacers, nope. Carrots, nope. = PACE BOOTY!!!

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