Great (ex)Spectations-A TMT Race Report

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 Except for the third Saturday in July.

The Stone Harbor Triathlon was on Saturday, and I was a spectator. I’ve done the race once, back when I was a triathlete pup. Then the next year I watched it, and that was that. The course is not closed to traffic. It’s a resort town, it’s July, and it’s Saturday morning at prime donut retrieval time. Watching the bike portion of the race is a Cringe Fest (toward the end of the race, there was a NJ Transit bus on the course with the cyclists), so I prefer to stand on the sidewalk, take pictures, and yell at the competitors. Most of the time I yell nice stuff.

Here I am with Coach (a.k.a. Jason Kilderry, a.k.a. the Leprechaun) fueling to spectate. Carb up!

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I’d like to give a shout out to a classic. Entenmann’s Chocolate Frosted. #shoutout.

The race starts with a quarter-mile swim in the basin behind the Stone Harbor Yacht Club. For a swimmer like The Jelly Bean, that’s a walk in the park. Here she is, beating ALL SWIMMERS out of the water in the Elite wave, and as a result regaining her title as “Queen of the Water”!

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Here are two speedy competitors, racing out of the Yacht Club parking lot to attack the bike course, which was wet from early morning rain.

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Here are some shots of the triathletes on the bike course, riding bikes:

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I don’t know this guy, but he’s awesome. And he’s patriotic.

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Some other riders that I don’t know, but I think they are awesome, too.

And here are lots of runners, running:

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Bonnie, a Senior Olympics gold medal swimmer and a fellow WBTU teammate, finished strong and grabbed the AG win.

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Pretty in pink, but needs a shave.

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Ran down every woman but one, with a smile.

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Snarky G. killed it, coming in third OA.

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I don’t know him, but he has nice muscles. And when I said so he smiled at me, and he has a nice smile and he’s really cute. What?

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Mr. Donovan, with a little flair.

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South Jersey running legend, Mike Mader.

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New papa Tim Pappas getting it done on the run. His newborn son was overheard saying that while he was pleased with dad’s overall effort, that dad could have worked a little harder on the bike. I thought that this statement was rather presumptuous from an 8-week old. But that’s just one mediocre triathlete’s opinion.

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CMCH’s own Michael Cronin, finishing with his three young sons. I think they slowed him down on the bike a little. Training wheels will do that.

I learned a lot from watching this race. Primarily, I need a better camera. Also, watching a race is fun! I loved yelling at my friends to “make it hurt” or “go catch that guy” or “push harder” while I finished my second donut (it was a two-pack). I learned that some race directors like to hear themselves talk into a megaphone. I learned that, at this particular race, you don’t have to thank the volunteers, because there are no volunteers. And I learned that a NJ Transit bus should not be on a race course. (Duh.)

Congratulations to all my pals who crushed it! And keeping in the grand TMT tradition….

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 Bombs away!

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