This weekend is Ramblinâ€™ Rose Rock Hill â€“ 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, Iâ€™m working the triathlon all weekend long. Today was packet pick up.
Ramblinâ€™ Rose is really designed as a beginnerâ€™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.
Likeâ€¦ where the heck do I put all these race numbers?!
Over 200 women picked up their packets today!
All of the triathlons that Iâ€™ve done did body marking the day of the event, but we offer to do it when you pick up your packetâ€¦ It just makes things less crazy on race morning. It wonâ€™t wash off unless you scrub it in the shower!
We also body mark the athleteâ€™s name on her arm.
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!
A big part of Ramblinâ€™ Rose body marking is helping the athletes figure out which swim start they should be in â€“ we rate swimmers on a scale of 1 â€“ 10, with 10 meaning you can swim 250 yards if 4:00 or less and 1 meaning youâ€™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.
Our Rock Hill shirts are so pretty â€“ a nice silver/gray. They were a huge hit!
Two of our Blog Amassadors stopped by â€“ 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 whoâ€™s completing her first triathlon tomorrow). Both of these ladies are planning to gun for first place overall â€“ should make for interesting spectating!
Best one-liner from today:
â€œAre you writing my name on my arm so you can identify my body?â€ â€¦ I think the lady was serious.
Whew! It was a lot of work, but really fun, too. Itâ€™s awesome to work in a field that is my hobby, too. Go triathlons!
As far as my workout goesâ€¦ Henry and I went on a hike this morning.
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 â€œEZ SWIM,â€ and I loved chilling out in the pool and lazily swimming laps. Good times.
Tomorrow is race day! Wahoo! Go ROSES!