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<p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">I decided to drive up to Sunbury, PA (2.5 hour drive) the day before the</span> <a href="http://web.me.com/earthscapes66/RiverStock/Home.html" target="_blank"><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color:#888888;">Riverstock Triathlon</span></span></a> <span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">(Olympic distance) and camp out (tenting it).  I arrived at the race site around 5:45PM, signed in and then realized that I never actually reserved a camp site.  I spent the next hour trying to find one, eventually getting a spot about a half hour from the race site (whew!).  I set up the tent, which I borrowed from my neighbor, finished my dinner (pizza from "Unida Pizza", great name) and was flat out tired...I think I fell asleep around 8:45PM.  It was not a good night of sleep as the air matress I was sleeping on lost some air slowly through the night, and I didn't have enough blankets.  Some wacky dreams didn't help either.</span><br><br><strong><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Race Morning</span></strong><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">I woke up at 5:15AM, actually I was lying there awake for a while waiting for my alarm to go off and trying to stay warm.  I emerged from my tent and immediatlely noticed the fog, thick soupy fog.  After packing up camp, I made it down to the race site with plenty of time to set up in transition and take care of normal pre-race business.  There really wasn't time for a swim warm up because the fog was so bad, you couldn't see more than 20 feet in front of you.  So everyone just milled about in transition until the pre-race meeting.  One quirky thing, the DJ they hired never showed up so we didn't have music for the National Anthem.  So the RD asked if someone could start us out in singing it....so one person started singing and them all together we all joined and sang it.  Pretty neat and had everyone feeling good before hitting the water.</span></p>
<p><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Swim</strong>  (1,500M)</span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The fog finally eased up a bit, but not a whole heck of a lot.  Regardless, the race director was determinted to start the race at 8AM and that is what we did.  The swim was wetsuit legal (thank God!) which meant I didn't fret at all, knowing that I just had to keep my arms moving and just try to swim straight.  It was pretty uneventful for the first 300m as we were swimming with the slight current, then we had to go about 200m perpendicular to the current before turning upstream for about 600m.  This was a pain in the butt!  The current was a bit stronger than normal and just before making the turn back towards the start you had to go under a bridge where the current picked up quite a bit and made for some really slow going.  I pushed through it, bumped into a few people, and then made my way to the last couple turns.  All in all it was a good swim; I think I had my wetsuit a bit too low as my shoulders and neck were just a bit tight afterwards.  <strong>Swim time: 31:26</strong></span><br><br><strong><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">T1 - 1:36</span></strong><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">I felt like it was a bit slow just because I had to get the wetsuit off and I opted to put on socks.  After looking over everyone else's times I realized that there were only a handful of people faster than me. </span><br><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><strong>Bike</strong> (24.07 miles)</span><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Everything was going really well for the first five miles or so, then I had my first bit of uphill and I could feel it in my quads, the result of a "pick-up" soccer game the day before.  I pushed through it and just kept my legs moving.  The course was a bit tough, pretty much all uphill for the first 12 miles but then some really great downhill sections where I hit 38 - 40 MPH.  I think if I had drove the course ahead of time I could have let off the brakes a bit and gone faster.  Duirng the bike I think I passed three people and was passed by two, but that was it for me seeing anyone out on the course.  I would have liked my bike time to of been faster, but it was a pretty tough course where I wasn't in aero for any solid length of time.  <strong>Bike time:  1:14:38 (19.35 MPH)</strong></span><br><br><strong><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">T2 - :42</span></strong><br><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">I was pretty quick, but could have been quicker.  Shoes on, Garmin from bike to wrist, nutrition, visor and glasses.  Looking over the results, again, there were only a handful of people faster than I was in transition.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:arial;"><strong>Run</strong> (6.2 miles)</span><br><span style="font-family:arial;">Immediately my left hamstring felt tight, almost cramp-ish, and I was nervous that I didn't drink enough on the bike.  I eased off a bit from my initial 7:30/mile pace and just tried to find my right pace (~7:45/mile).  I passed one guy right away and then ran the next two miles or so with a guy named Jeff.  It was nice to finally have somene to chat with.  I opted to try and pick up the pace a bit for the last four-plus miles, so I said good-bye to Jeff and off I went.  Miles three and four were tough, pretty much a gradual incline through Northumberland, until the turnaround at the far end of town.  Then it was smooth sailing for the last couple miles as I was able to go from 7:47/mile pace down to 7:30's.  I felt really good and was eager to get to the finish line.  Once I returned back in to the park where the race finished, I was told that I was in 12th place overall and I was smiling BIG.  <strong>Run stats:  46:52 (7:33/mile)</strong></span></p>
<p><br><span style="font-family:arial;">Final Time:  <strong>2:35:13</strong></span><br><span style="font-family:arial;">Place Overall:  <strong>12th out of 92</strong></span><br><span style="font-family:arial;">Age Group:  <strong>1st out of 6 (not a very deep field)</strong></span><br><br><span style="font-family:arial;">The highlight of the day came during the awards ceremony when I learned that I won my age group and received a really cool award (see below).  <span style="font-family:arial;">It is an old "45" recorde on a wooden base.  So cool and so happy that I actually won my Age Group for the first time EVER!!!!!  Granted it wasn't a bit race but I am still proud.</span></span></p>
<p><span style="font-family:arial;"><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/55973/width/1000/height/800/flags/" target="_blank"><img alt="Jamie-Riverstock+Award.jpg" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="13767" data-type="61" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/13767/width/333/height/250" style="width:333px;height:250px;"></a></span></p>
<p><br><span style="font-family:arial;">Oh, and a really cool finishers medal (see below). </span><br><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/55976/width/1000/height/800/flags/" target="_blank"><img alt="Jamie-Riverstock+Medal.jpg" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="13768" data-type="61" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/13768/width/333/height/250" style="width:333px;height:250px;"></a></p>
<p><br><span style="font-family:arial;">So, there you have it, the Riverstock Triathlon is in the books and it was a good race.  Hopefully next year they get a bigger field as the course is really beautiful and challenging, and also they folks that put on the race did a really nice job.  Just a good group of people.  Next up is going to be the <a href="http://www.paceracing.org/Hunterdon_Half.html" target="_blank"><span style="color:#CC6611;">Hunterdon Half</span></a> in October and then <a href="http://www.ironmanarizona.com/" target="_blank"><span style="color:#CC6611;">Ironman Arizona</span></a> in November. </span></p>
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<p><a href="http://projectarizona.blogspot.com" target="_blank"><span style="font-family:arial;">Jamie</span></a></p>
 

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<p>That is FREAKIN AWESOME HARDWARE!!!!!</p>
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<p>Oh yeah, and good race <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;" title=""> too</p>
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<p>Solid across all 3 sports is uncommon, kudos on that! Even with the socks/wetsuit time loss - sounds like your super speedy times doing the rest more than compensated!!!</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>pcsronbo</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69831/rr-riverstock-triathlon-olympic#post_1940357"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><p>That is FREAKIN AWESOME HARDWARE!!!!!</p>
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<p>Oh yeah, and good race <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;" title=""> too</p>
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<p>Solid across all 3 sports is uncommon, kudos on that! Even with the socks/wetsuit time loss - sounds like your super speedy times doing the rest more than compensated!!!</p>
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Definitley one of the most creative awards out there.  I was really psyched to win one....and my daughter absolutely loves the finisher medal.  Definitely one of my more consistent races I have ever done.<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Donskiman</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69831/rr-riverstock-triathlon-olympic#post_1940397"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><p>Great race. Congrats on the AG win! That's always a great feeling.</p>
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Thanks!  Even though it was a small field I really happy.  Usually I am long gone by the time they hand out awards because I am in a tough age group.  Glad I hung around.<br><br><span>Quote:</span></p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>niemsco</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69831/rr-riverstock-triathlon-olympic#post_1940439"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><p>Things are looking good for you for Arizona.  Keep it up and great job out there, nice to see a solid run after a solid swim/bike. </p>
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Every day I gain a bit more confidence that I can do pretty well in Arizona.  I see 12 hours as a realistic goal with 11 hours being a good stretch.  Of course just finishing is my #1 goal, especially considering the hell that all of the IMKY an IMC athletes had to endure this past Sunday.<br><br><span>Quote:</span></p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Dougie Fresh</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69831/rr-riverstock-triathlon-olympic#post_1940496"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><p>Congrats on a great race and some nice HW!  An AG win is an AG win.</p>
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Thanks..I have to keep telling myself that.  Yeah there were only 6 guys in my age group, but at least I was that fastest of them.<br><br><span>Quote:</span></p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>BethR</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69831/rr-riverstock-triathlon-olympic#post_1940508"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><p>awesome!! congrats on the AG win. i marked this one for next year. camping and racing!</p>
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Beth, it is a bit of hike, maybe 2.5 hours from Philly area, but a really nice race.  The swim isn't too crowded, the bike is just beautiful and the run has a great last two miles.  Plus a good post-race spread, awards, etc.  Definitely try to make it up next year if you are able to.<br>
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<p>Congrats on a solid race and on the AG win!  That's some pretty unique hardware.</p>
 
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