Monday, September 9, 2013

Chocolate and Chilliness: My Dilettante Women's Triathlon Recap

Ahem.


Is this thing on?

I cannot believe it is September.  This summer has been ridiculously busy. Work, training, and travel have left me with little energy to draw.  And I want to give you the best bang for your proverbial buck so it takes time.  Plus, I'm kind of totally a perfectionist. So, now that it's almost fall, I'm ready to start talking about my summer races!  Sorry it has taken so long.

In June, I got to do the Dilettante Women's Triathlon.  I was fortunate enough to be a race ambassador, which gained me free entry.  I had a discount code to offer my readers!


But it turned out all the people I knew who were interested in the event were race ambassadors too!




Only for the fact that I didn't get to share my discount code.  I was totally happy they were going to be there!  

The morning of the race, TriGuy and I drove to the location and only got somewhat lost trying to get there.  I got into the transition area and prepared to rack my bike.  A lot of ladies were doing the race with friends and wanted to be side by side.




Ermmmkay then.  I think tensions may have been a bit high.

Once I squeezed my way into my spot, I hung out with fellow runner/blogger/ambassador Kerrie while we waited for our swim start.  We chatted about all kinds of things.


Actually we did talk quite a bit, and I found out that, along with being a speedy and amazing runner, Kerrie was quite an accomplished swimmer.

*Non-sequitur*  You may have noticed our swim caps, but if not, here is a closeup:


The reason for this was not some new-fangled triathlon fashion trend, but an attempt to keep on what were surely the largest swim caps ever made.


In. Sane.

When I actually did get in the water, I'm not sure what my problem was, but I felt very sluggish throughout the swim.  For only 400 metres, the buoys seemed really far away.


Once the swim was over I meandered over to T1, where I have perfected the art of struggling for as long as possible to get out of my wetsuit.



Having uselessly burned about 1,000 calories on the wetsuit removal, I was ready to get on my bike for my first non-trainer ride since my race last July. Luckily, I hadn't forgotten how it felt to ride it!  The course was pretty straightforward, other than the hill at the end.  Oh, did I mention we had to go around it twice?


There were plenty of volunteers and police officers directing us though, and I didn't crash once!

However, I did get confused when I got to the first volunteer at the dismount area.

 So I did...and was called at by two other guys to get off my bike immediately.

Finally, it was time for my favourite part, the run.  There were a number of first time racers and it was cool to encourage them.

For some reason there was no course support at the last section of the running route to remind us we had to run around the park before we could finish the race.  So, a few spectators poached an orange cone and made sure we all knew where to go.  TriGuy joined them.


Sadly, there was no chocolate fountain at the end of the race, but there was plenty of chocolate.



For a fairly new race, it was quite well done.  I found it slightly odd that the Olympic distance swimmers had to swim out of the water, "run" around a cone on the beach, then jump  back in the water for the second lap, but since then I have seen other races do the same.  Also, while the course map was on the website, it would have been helpful to have a person on course to remind us to run around the park before the finish line. This was a great race for first-timers, and it offered lots of support during the race.  The swag was nice and the post-race food was delicious!

Overall, I give this race two thumbs up!


P.S. Several of my runner friends did this race, including Kerrie as I mentioned, and Becky.  Two of the "newbies" even won age group awards!  Congrats Lindsay and Robin!

Good thing I'm not the jealous type.




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41 comments:

  1. Yay for more triathlons!! Good job being an ambassador and for completing yet another awesome race :)

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  2. Are you sure you don't want to be the jealous type? You could draw so many more interesting expressions. Missed you over summer and am glad you are Baaaaaccckk!

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    1. I missed being around, and glad I was missed :D Turns out my jealous face is scaring some people...

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  3. Woo hoo! I am in awe of every single person on the planet who does triathlons, mostly because of the biking. I could handle the swim and the run but the bike? No way man.

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    1. Yes you could. It took me about 2 years to stay upright on the bike, and 2 more to get comfortable. And I was in my 30s :)

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  4. Chocolate? If there were french fries at the end of the race I think I'd consider signing up too!

    I want french fries.

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    1. Now I want both chocolate and friend fries. Without the race.
      This explains a lot about me.

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    2. Oooh, chocolate and fries would be a great way to end a race! Not at the same time, but a minute or so apart.

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  5. I love your fun posts!!! I always see my hair in your drawings! ;) Congrats on the race!!!

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  6. People cheering racers on is my favorite thing! Three-cheers for Tri-Guy! Oh, and you, of course. Three-cheers two times, fool! Loved this. Hopefully you get a chance to catch up to life.

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    1. I love cheerers too! I'm working on catching up.

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  7. Ah, I lost it with 'these spots are taken, all of them'
    Great work sticking it out!

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  8. Yay!! Congrats on finishing! So weird about the course set-up, though. At least Tri-Guy was on it! And what a TRAVESTY that there was no chocolate fountain. Is there a feedback questionnaire you can fill out, or something? ;)

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    1. Thanks jennie :) I think this post *was* my feedback :P

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  9. In stitches over here thanks to your very accurate wetsuit-removal summary. Thanks for the chuckles! :)

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    1. Thank you very much, Holly! I love/hate my wetsuit!

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  10. As always, LOVE your posts, drawings and recaps!! The bike rack thing reminded me of Forrest Gump... "Seat's TAKEN!"

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    1. Aw thanks Erika. Yeah, it did feel a little like that :)

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  11. I totally noticed your swim caps. They look amazing. And the mask/goggles...do those have sparkles?!!

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    1. The goggles are rather shimmery (I may embellish a tad but don't tell anyone!)

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  12. Ha, I totally feel you on the wetsuit removal pain! That should be an event in and of itself!

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  13. First-time visitor. Love the pics and commentary. Congratulations of your race.

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  14. Yay you! That is fantastic! And "burning about 1000 calories uselessly in wetsuit removal" cracked me up. I did something like that yesterday trying to put on my Nike exercise tank. Unfortunately I don't think I burned any calories. And the bike rack thing? Why must life be but an annoying extension of high school at times?

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    1. Thanks Linda :) Ugh, I do the same thing getting dressed. And yeah, I try not to really put too much into the whole high school drama deal. I'm there for me (I often tell myself.)

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  15. You are awesome bc I'm not doing all that in one day. I wish. But no.

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    1. Thanks Stacie! I promise you could if you wanted. It took me a few years but I did it :)

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  16. Congratulations! You are inspiring. I adore the swim cap drawings. I hope you treated yourself to lots and lots of chocolate. You deserved it - especially after burning so many calories during the wet suit removal portion of the race ;)

    Karen

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    1. Thank you Karen :) Yup, I did have lots of chocolate. In fact, I'm still having lots of chocolate to replenish my calories 3 months later.

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  17. I appreciate the illustration - Illustrations are FAR BETTER than pictures and really give you the FULLLLLLLLLLL spectrum on the whole race! I am exhausted just reading about it, but clearly that exhaustion motivates you to do MORE! :D

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    1. Thanks GiGi! Well, I suppose maybe it does motivate me :)

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  18. You are awesome!!! Those illustrations are entertaining! Congratulations on your triathlons!

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  19. Ok, so normally I hate the very ideas of a tri - but this one had chocolate, and you make it sound like FUN!

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