First - Crawfishman! "Spanish Moss In My Hand, Turn Me Into Crawfishman!"
I love this race, maybe it's a Louisiana racing thing. Wave start swims (as opposed to time trial starts - meh..), great post race food, beer, and party! Come race in Louisiana! You will love it!
This was my third year in a row to race Crawfishman and I'll be back next year! The guys who put this race on do a great job and this year even ordered up some very nice race morning temperatures for us. The water was cold enough to be wetsuit legal, booooooo.... don't like wetsuit swims. Had a mild panic about 100 yards into the swim. I went out hard to get out of the melee and promptly freaked out a little. Unzipped the wetsuit and swam for a couple hundred yards before settling back down and reaching back and zipping up the stupid suit. Consequentially, I didn't have the best swim. Oh well.. c'est la vie!
|Me - 1st Masters Female and Denise Joplin - 2nd Overall Female|
|Patrick Lewis - Team Aquaphor!|
Finished with a 7:47 average for the 4 mile run. "Advertised" 4 mile run... it was actually 4.25 this year. Won the Masters Category :) and a cool piece of art designed especially for the race. Was 7th Overall Female, same place as my last race at the Girl Power race.. hmmmm is there a trend starting here?
Hattiesburg represented well and we took home a lot of hardware!! Be back next year? Absolutely!
|Brinn Strange - 1st AG, Shelly Sheppard - 5th AG, Ginger Spansel - Masters Female,|
Lea Paslay - 3rd AG, Denise Joplin - 2nd Overall Female, Chris Boyd - 2nd AG,
Sam Hudson - 2nd Overall Male, Judy Hudson - 2nd AG.
Next - Indian Creek Triathlon!
|Team Aquaphor and Team ICEdot! (see the band?)|
I found this little race online when I found out that we were moving to Shreveport. I went digging around for races within driving range on race morning and the Indian Creek race showed up in Alexandria, LA. It is about a 2.5 hour drive... yawn.. that means an early morning; we got up at 2:45am. On the website it said that there was prize money for the top 10 men and women! Sweet! A chance to make some money to help pay for race entry fees! I told Denise about the race even though it meant the loss of one place for me - nice of me, huh? We had planned on going in and sharing a room the night before but she and her husband were attending a wedding in Mobile, Alabama the evening before. So they drove through the night and got to the race site around 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning and caught a nap in their car before the race. My awesome husband, Bill agreed to come with me and drive down on race morning.
You want to know what prize money will do for a race? Last year the winning women's time was 1:40:15 - this year?? 1:24:10 with all top 10 women going under 1:37. Are people motivated by money? You betcha!
|Judy Hudson - 3rd Fastest Female Swim!|
Chose not to wear socks for the run. Got some new shoes with a sock-liner and thought I'd give it a try. It was okay, felt a tiny little hot spot on the arch of my left foot but no blister. I wouldn't run more than a 5K without socks though, any farther than the 5K and I would have been in pain.
|Denise Joplin - 4th Overall Female!|
Jambalaya and cold beer after the race - yes! Thank you Louisiana!
Hmmmm.. next race, also Louisiana... that's races so far this year in Louisiana... coincidence? I think, not!
See you at River Cities also in Louisiana!!