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Perth, Western Australia
City to Surf
16C / 61F
Total Time = 1h 53m 50s
Overall Rank = 10572/11173
Age Group = F30-39
Age Group Rank = 1432/1520
Pre-race routine:

Well. I got unceremoniously booted out of my own country after I was promised my work papers WOULD DEFINITELY be ready Aug 29 (we'd submitted them early June!) Lo and behold, Aug 29, they are not ready. So I had until the end of THE NEXT DAY to get out. Here I am in Perth with my beloved husband Kingsley! (I'm shattered, can you tell? What I am is extremely tired, though).

Last December, one week after Ironman, Stace Face made me do a sprint tri with her. Now, one week after Metaman (which was harder than Ironman!) she says, Oh, you're coming to Perth? Well there's this little 12K run I'm doing ...

This is how I find myself surrounded by seven giant Mastiffs at 7:30am on a perfectly sleepable Sunday morning. (Here's a small sample).

Event warmup:

Bundling up in approximately 2 dozen articles of clothing. Everyone else is in normal running clothes--but hey people, it's WINTER here in Oz and I just came from the equator!

I drove from Kingsley's to Stace Face's, and she drove us to her friend's place; she and her husband and a pack of grown kids were doing the 12K walk. Warmup was walking 1km to the train station (public transport free that day for the race! Stay classy, Perth!) With 45,000 signups for the races, they really couldn't have people parking downtown.

Stace Face and I in our starting corral (the race was really well organized, has to be with so many participants). Lots of people dress up for it; it's a fundraiser and like a kilometers-long carnival.

  • 1h 53m 50s
  • 12 kms
  • 09m 29s  min/km

Takes a long time for a large wave of runners to get over the start line and thin out, so we waddled for a while. This is a very cool course through downtown, by rivers and through parks. Just gorgeous!

I guess you could say the course was rolling--people were complaining about the hills--but I honestly didn't notice them! (When you run/walk as slowly as I do, it's pretty much the same pace downhill, uphill, or regardless of distance. No, I don't slow down, even in a marathon--I'd be going backwards!)

Stace Face was actually running (as you can see). She left me in the dust around km 8--I was so offended. Why didn't she do that before, so I could waddle in peace and not try to keep up? ;)

Notice awesome cheerleaders on the median. All sorts of characters, groups, super volunteers, music along the course--as I said, a run-course carnival. Stace is so good about thanking the volunteers and spectators and I joined in. It's more of a triathlon rather than running thing, though, I've noticed. Always thank the volunteers!

The run itself was lovely. We ran on a 4:1 at a (VERY! :) ) comfortable pace. My muscles and joints were fine but I could still definitely feel the fatigue from the brutal half-iron last week (and all the travel and crazy lifeness that is me). I'm still also on antibiotics for an infection, working with hypothyroid issues, and unbeknownst to me was also coming down with a nasty cold.

What would you do differently?:

Bring good drugs. See Post Race.
Post race
Warm down:

Ran a little ways past the finish line--Stace Face was cheering me in! We then walked to go get water and apples (they were out of bananas). And asked a piglet to take our picture.

Pretty much everyone passed us--old people, stroller people, heavy(er) people--this guy was not merely big but a big inspiration as he kept passing us too! We'd yell encouragement back and forth and they found us after they'd finished for high-fives all around.

Then we waited for Stace Face's friends. I started getting intense pain in the left sinuses--I thought it was just the infection acting up from cold and exertion, but unfortunately it turned into a full-blown migraine. The lovely park that was a finisher's area had doggy poop bags, so I took a couple as we boarded the shuttle bus back to downtown in case I needed to spew. A very nice man gave me his seat on the bus. I was pretty miserable.

Stace Face hustled me around a pharmacy and we got okay drugs, which at least made me consider living as a viable alternative and I was able to sit at breakfast with the group and only go to puke once. :P I was covering my left eye because it was all blurry and that was making me more nauseated. Stace Face insisted she should drive me straight home instead of going to her house to pick up my car.

I think I gave her the doggy-head-turn WHY face because she said firmly, "You can't DRIVE if you can't SEE!" This had not even occurred to me and I thought it was very funny. As it turned out, I slowly got better and by the time we'd gone backwards in the journey (breakfast to train, train to station by friend's house, walked to friend's house, driven to Stace's house where my car was) I felt nominally alive and could see well enough again.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

This is a really fantastic race and as it's for charity I was really happy to even get a medal--things like Tshirts and post-race buffet aren't important. After driving home, there was a truly glorious sunset.

Last updated: 2014-08-29 12:00 AM
01:53:50 | 12 kms | 09m 29s  min/km
Age Group: 1432/1520
Overall: 10572/11173
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2014-09-01 9:26 PM

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Melon Presser
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2014-09-01 9:50 PM
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My buddy Eric Watson won the race! The marathon distance in some silly time like 2.30
2014-09-02 6:11 AM
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Miami, Florida
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Sorry you had to leave Indonesia, and on such short notice too! Glad you get to be with Kingsley though. And it sounds like at least the day of this race your training went up a notch! I'm trying to get back into it but pretty busy. But at least no traveling besides Seram. And I ordered a hybrid bike today from Polygon to be shipped to Ambon. It's for getting from the harbor to the village on Seram. That should create some excitement! I got a hybrid rather than a road bike due to going through a river and very rough dirt road just before and after going into the village.
2014-09-02 9:29 AM
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Denver, CO
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Awesome report and pictures!!  Sounds like the race was lots of fun.  That's what it's supposed to be about, right?  In my race, I noticed there wasn't much volunteer-thanking either.  You must be right, it must be more of a tri thing.

I'm really glad you decided to stay in the land of the living despite the sinusitis/migraine/creeping crud onslaught.  Hopefully you'll get a chance to recuperate a little while you're in Oz, even if it IS colder than *bleep*. 

2014-09-02 9:37 AM
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Your races, like the rest of your life, are always an adventure!!  Well done, especially considering - um, everything !   

2014-09-02 10:04 AM
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Raleigh, NC area
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It sounds like you had fun up until the icky migraine after the event.  I'm really glad that you were able to have a Manatee Meetup -- and that you are spending time with the K-Man.  Way to make lemonade...

Thanks for sharing the lovely photos! 

2014-09-02 10:26 AM
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Great pics, Yanti, the Mastiff one really made me chuckle, in addition to your comment about them!  Sounds like a very fun race and how cool that you were able to do it with Stacey and friends.  Sorry about the *#$% migrane.

2014-09-02 2:59 PM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Glad you had fun and  hope you feel better soon

2014-09-02 7:42 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
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Time with Kingsley whether planned or not sounds perfect for you two.

Holy moly a 12K a week after a crazy HIM?  You and Stace face are a dangerous duo

2014-09-03 8:07 PM
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Englewood, Florida
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Awesome as always. Take care of yourself!

2014-09-04 1:40 PM
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Rio Rancho, NM
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Good story and great pictures! A 10k carnival is exactly how I would describe the Bolder Boulder so I know exactly what you are talking about. That one has about 50,000 participants too.

Glad you had fun, mostly. Glad you got to see Kingley and Stacey. NOW GET BETTER DAMMIT!!!!!!!!!

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