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Marsh Creek, Pennsylvania
United States
Steelman Racing
62F / 17C
Total Time = 1h 10m 16s
Overall Rank = 27/34
Age Group = F40-49
Age Group Rank = 6/7
Pre-race routine:

Arrived at the race site in good time and was able to park in the closer lot. I like the drive to this site better than Nockamixon. This drive is mainly the turnpike, then a few miles off that is the park.

Just to stretch out I walked down to pick up my chip/cap, then walked back up to the car and did my routine of Nuun prime (pre-exercise drink), some food (applesauce and cheese stick), and a Hot Shot to prevent cramping. Hung out there for a little, then made sure I had what I needed and walked back down to the race area and bag drop.
Event warmup:

Stood by my bag in the bag drop area and did some windmills and arm circles to get my muscles firing and blood moving. I took my shirt and shorts off and immediately regretted it as the air temp was a bit chilly. Rather than re-dress, I got my towel out and put that around my shoulders until it was time to line up.

Self-seeding time-trial start every 10 seconds.
  • 1h 10m 16s
  • 3520 yards
  • 02m / 100 yards

Originally I was signed up to do the 3 mile race but lack of time in the pool recently made me decide to drop to the 2 miler which I did a couple weeks ago in plenty of time before race day. Transfer was successful and I felt better about 2 miles than 3. In hindsight, I probably could've completed 3 but oh well.

IMO, the water temp was perfect as was the air temp. I was very comfortable throughout.

I feel my navigation could've been much better, especially in the beginning. The swim was mostly uneventful and relatively low contact except for a handful of people.

Going in to the race I was concerned about my breathing. The past 2 weeks or so at the pool I was having trouble catching my breath especially when exerting heavily, I'm not sure the cause, probably a mix of my asthma and VCD. Thankfully this was not an issue race day - perhaps a sign I wasn't swimming hard enough or else the lack of 'triggers' like chlorine and humid air.

I chose smoke colored, mirrored glasses since it was a very bright and sunny day but I think I should've gone with my reddish ones. Most of the time sighting wasn't bad but in the final stretch it was near impossible to see. On the first lap it wasn't too big a deal to not be able to see since I'd be staying on the course for another loop but on the final lap it was much more important.

I really couldn't see. I outright stopped twice, one time lifting my goggles in an attempt to orient myself and find a target. Did it work? Not really. I kept blindly swimming for the area I thought we needed to get to while worrying about running into the field of white ball buoys they had set out presumably to warm people away from a grassy area. I don't think I ever saw them when I was in the water. As I approached the dock, volunteers were yelling at me (and others, not just me) of where to go to get to the finish. Cue another stoppage to figure out what and where I was doing and going. Finally I got to the finish area and stood up much sooner than I normally would've, mainly because people were still shouting directions at the athletes.

I managed to get up the bank and over the finish line without falling. Final swim event of the year done.
What would you do differently?:

Swim faster. Seriously, I think I've lost the feel of how fast I can/should go in a long swim race and think I swim too slow because of thinking about being OK the full distance. I know I can swim faster and be fine, I just need to put it in practice.
Post race
Warm down:

Not much. Got out, received my shirt and goodie bag, went to my towel, dried off a bit, then picked up food and headed to the car. I did briefly stop and watch a few more athletes coming in but had no reason to stick around.

Event comments:

It is a well-run race at a beautiful venue. The RD puts his heart into making sure athletes have a good race experience.

Last updated: 2021-04-30 12:00 AM
01:10:16 | 3520 yards | 02m / 100yards
Age Group: 0/7
Overall: 0/34
Performance: Average
Suit: TYR black diamonfit
Course: diamond, 1 lap = 1 mile so I did two laps
Start type: Wade Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2021-09-21 9:04 AM

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Subject: Steelman Endless Summer Swim

2021-09-21 10:01 AM
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Congratulations on another great swim event! Glad you didn't have any breathing issues.  I know what you mean about losing the feel for how hard you can push racing. I've lost mine for running - never had it for swimming    

2021-09-21 11:36 AM
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Raleigh, NC area
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Nice job! I saw the GPS track and it was a thing of beauty. I would never have guessed that you had visibility issues.

2021-09-22 8:15 AM
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Middle River, Maryland
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Subject: RE: Steelman Endless Summer Swim

Nice work, Melanie.  I also get some weird breathing issues swimming (mine are OWS only) so I know how you feel.  Glad you didn't have to deal with it this time.

2021-09-22 9:21 AM
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Great job! I always stop to try and see where I am. Glad you didn't have any breathing issues!
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