Body Markin’

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This weekend is Ramblin’ Rose Rock Hill – our third event out of six!  Rock Hill is a small town about 35 minutes south of Charlotte. Since this event is so close to my house, I’m working the triathlon all weekend long.  Today was packet pick up.

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Ramblin’ Rose is really designed as a beginner’s triathlon, so we have a lot of newbies.  We encourage people to pick up their packets on Saturday so they have time to ask any questions and address all their concerns.


Like… where the heck do I put all these race numbers?!


Over 200 women picked up their packets today!


All of the triathlons that I’ve done did body marking the day of the event, but we offer to do it when you pick up your packet… It just makes things less crazy on race morning.  It won’t wash off unless you scrub it in the shower!


We also body mark the athlete’s name on her arm. 

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I assisted with body marking, which I had a blast doing.  It was so fun to meet everyone, answer their questions, and boost their confidence.  YOU CAN DO IT!


However, after 5 hours of marking arms, legs, and calves (lots of up and down squats), I was beat.  Body marking is hard!

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A big part of Ramblin’ Rose body marking is helping the athletes figure out which swim start they should be in – we rate swimmers on a scale of 1 – 10, with 10 meaning you can swim 250 yards if 4:00 or less and 1 meaning you’ll need 11:00 and may use a variety of strokes.  I spent a lot of timing talking women into higher numbers.  Historically, we find that women undervalue their swim times (especially considering that most people are faster in races), which leads to a lot of bottle-necking. 


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Our Rock Hill shirts are so pretty – a nice silver/gray.  They were a huge hit!

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Two of our Blog Amassadors stopped by – Crystal from Tri Foodie MD (an accomplished triathlete who often places at the top of her age group) and Asheton from Smasheton (a fast runner and fitness fiend who’s completing her first triathlon tomorrow).  Both of these ladies are planning to gun for first place overall – should make for interesting spectating!

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Best one-liner from today:


“Are you writing my name on my arm so you can identify my body?” … I think the lady was serious.

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Whew!  It was a lot of work, but really fun, too.  It’s awesome to work in a field that is my hobby, too.  Go triathlons!


As far as my workout goes… Henry and I went on a hike this morning.

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And then I somehow summoned the strength post-packet pickup to hit the gym and swim for 30 minutes.  My tri plan called for an “EZ SWIM,” and I loved chilling out in the pool and lazily swimming laps.  Good times.


Tomorrow is race day!   Wahoo!  Go ROSES!



  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun July 13, 2013, 6:36 pm

    This looks like such a great race! I hope to do a triathlon one day! Right now I’ll just stick to marathon’s and running, but one day it is on my bucket list!

  • Kristi July 13, 2013, 7:05 pm

    I’m not anywhere near doing a triathalon, and I’m not sure if I would want to, but I think volunteering would be great. That gives me something to look in to.

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 14, 2013, 6:42 am

    So fun! I would imagine working at race events is such a blast! One of these days, I need to at least VOLUNTEER…I run them enough, it’s time to give back to those who help me at mine. 🙂

  • Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner July 14, 2013, 8:28 am

    Running a triathlon is on my post-baby bucket list!

  • Hyedi July 14, 2013, 10:22 am

    I love the Ramblin’ Rose approach! I wish there were as many helpful hints during my first tri!

  • Ashley July 14, 2013, 8:19 pm

    Whoa! At first glance I thought this post was titled “Baby Making” and thought there was some announcement! : )

  • Luv What You Do July 14, 2013, 10:35 pm

    That reminds me of the IronGirl Tri I did in June. I loved it!
    Hope you have a great race! Looking forward to seeing the heel click photo!

  • Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More July 15, 2013, 8:48 am

    That looks so fun! I need to look into volunteering at some events. I have never done that before. And it sounds like you got a nice workout during it, too. I could always use more squats!

  • Kim July 15, 2013, 4:00 pm

    Wow, that sounds exhausting! I’m amazed you had energy left to go to the gym! Good for you for staying on track with your training plan!

  • Julie July 15, 2013, 5:13 pm

    Ha ha I thought that was why you were writing their name on their arm, too! What IS the reason?

    • Caitlin July 15, 2013, 5:21 pm

      For cheering 🙂

  • Kim July 16, 2013, 4:23 pm

    I did body marking for a local triathlon. Afterwards I was complaining to my husband about how sore my thighs were and he thought I was being a baby! Totally glad to hear someone else thinks it’s tiring. =)

  • Amy @ Healthy and Fit for Real July 19, 2013, 9:49 am

    HA! That line about identifying the body…that would be my thoughts too. 🙂

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