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Port Moody, British Columbia
20C / 68F
Total Time = 1h 24m 28s
Overall Rank = 27/55
Age Group = F40-44
Age Group Rank = 3/9
Pre-race routine:

We arrived at about 7:30. Found S and V, got checking in, got cap, chip, body marked. We found some grass and had a bit of a sit.
Started getting into our wetsuits around 7:50 for 8:10 briefing and 8:35 start (S at 8:30, V at 8:50).
Event warmup:

They led some dynamic stretching. We got in the water at 8, swam out to one of the boats and back. Paddled around a bit, then it was time for S to start. Saw him off, then got over to start line.
  • 1h 24m 28s
  • 4000 meters
  • 02m 07s / 100 meters

Made sure to get my wetsuit up, up, up. Makes a huge difference in being able to breathe properly. Got a good warm up in as well, which also makes a difference.

I started off towards the back, as per usual. I have no desire to be in the washing machine for a few extra seconds off my time! About 100m in, I breathed to my left at the same time as the woman beside me kicked, and I took in a lungful of water. I had a brief moment of panic, but told myself to just relax and take it easy, through it ok.

As per usual, didn't get comfortable until around the first buoy, but once past that, was fine. Settled into a nice smooth rhythm. (Looking at my splits, first 600m 10:58. Rest of race was 12:30 to 13:15 per 600m. Surely there is a happy medium!) The only issue was the sun came up over the trees as I was on the second side of the triangle, and I had to remember to close my eyes when breathing to the right, or I couldn't catch the buoy when I went to sight. Oh, man, sighting. I swim relatively straight, and I am quite good at sighting. But when you see a bunch of people moving off to your right, you start to wonder if they are all on the right track, and it is you that is off! I was going in a straight line from corner buoy to corner buoy, and I think they were actually going corner-intermediate-corner, which was less than straight. I ended up with 4.07km, so I think I was pretty on track.

On the third side of the first loop, I had someone on my feet. I tried speeding up and kicking--still there. They kept toe tapping me, so then I tried to slow right down in the hopes that they would go by--nope, they just stayed. Fine, I'll haul your ass around you lazy SOB!
Of course, at this point, I am wishing I only signed up for the 2km, but I knew that the second loop would be much easier, it always is. I was still feeling really comfortable, I still had my drafter, all was well!

On the second side, I was really trying to focus on my pull, finishing my stroke. I'm not sure it made a huge difference, but it gave me something to think about :)

Last leg, yep, the drafter is still there. Well, you are going to work now, my friend. I picked it up what I could. I was feeling fatigued, but wanted to finish strong. Still seeing a few people off course...Came into the finishing chute--and I got up to soon. Running in water is way more difficult than swimming!! Oh well, crossed the mat, and was met with high fives from S and V. They both had good races as well!
What would you do differently?:

I need to continue learning to push myself a little more. I am happy with the effort, but suspect I have more to give. I also need to get better at pacing.
Post race
Warm down:

Not much, just grabbed some food.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Me. :)

Event comments:

Second time doing this race, and I will do it again. Well put on.

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Last updated: 2014-06-28 12:00 AM
01:24:28 | 4000 meters | 02m 07s / 100meters
Age Group: 3/9
Overall: 27/55
Performance: Good
Course: Two loop triangle.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 20C / 68F Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
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? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2014-07-01 4:16 PM

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2014-07-01 4:39 PM
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Denver, CO
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Hey, you didn't mention that you podiumed!!!  WOOOOOOT!!  Looks like the weather was great, water wasn't miserable cold, and you had an all-around great race (except for the pesky drafter).  Super job.

2014-07-01 5:28 PM
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Way to go!  Sounds like you had a great race and are really ready for your IM!!!

2014-07-01 8:03 PM
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Englewood, Florida
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Awesome job!!! 

2014-07-02 9:33 AM
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Wow, great race, Kirsten!!!  Congrats on the 3rd AG, that's super! 

Dang drafter aka slacker.

2014-07-02 12:42 PM
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Rio Rancho, NM
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Congrats on the podium and a great swim!!!!!!!!! Love the pix too!


2014-07-02 12:44 PM
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Raleigh, NC area
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Nice work out there! 

2014-07-02 3:25 PM
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Bellingham, WA
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Congrats on a great swim.  That looks like a fun event and a beautiful setting.

2014-07-02 4:34 PM
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Austin, Texas
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Great job out there Kirsten, and with lugging a slacker around with you... did they at least thank you afterwards for hauling their lazy azz around??  

2014-07-02 8:38 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
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Well done!!

Congratulations on the podium spot!

That is a great swim  in preparation for IMC!

2014-07-04 11:48 PM
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Melon Presser
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Heya CHAMP! That is a long damn way to swim. There's always more to learn, for everyone! but you executed really well and smoothly, and you've come a long way, too.

Nice suit. I've got the same one.

2014-07-08 8:25 AM
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Austin, Texas
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Podium!  Congrats!!!

Nicely swum, for sure.  That is a loooooong way.

As for the drafter, you have to learn to "go on the go."  


2014-07-15 4:20 AM
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Caerphilly, Wales, uk.
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Hmmmm, perhaps you should be drafting someone ;-)
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