Battle on the Blueway SUP Race Recap: 06/11/2016

Race Day: June 11, 2016 – 8:30 AM start time, 7 miles

Conditions:

  • Flat
  • No wind
  • Partly cloudy
  • 90 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 90 percent humidity

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5:15 am wake-up, I’m on the road by 5:25 am and start my trek to Ft. Myers Beach, FL. Arrived at the beach around 7:10. The weather was perfect, this week we had so much rain (a tropical storm even!) so it was so nice to not have a thunderstorm.

Check-in was easy, the shirts they give you at this race are my favorite of any race. A nice long sleeve and since I paid $85.00 to enter and $15.00 to park this shirt better be made of silk. Very expensive race. But that’s probably because there is $10,000 given out to top finishers.

Major prize money races include Ron Jon Pro 7 Mile Men’s 14 & 12’6” and Women’s 12”6”. Please see break down of prize money below.

1st – $1400
2nd – $850
3rd – $500
4th – $250
5th – $100

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I placed 7th and was really happy with it. I had a great start and a great finish, but just have to work on the endurance in the middle. There were three laps of about 2.5 miles each. The first lap I felt great, then hit a wall on the 2nd lap and then the 3rd lap, I felt good again… Figures.

Anyways, they had Jason’s Deli for lunch, which if you know me, then you know its my ultimate favorite place to eat! So that was awesome. And we got to try out the new Hobie Eclipse. It’s like an elliptical on water!

It was great to see everyone. These SUP races make me feel so less isolated. During the week, I’m so tired and busy with work that I never see anyone. These races remind me that I have friends and cool people do exist!

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Can’t wait for the next one! But that’s probably not until August. I’ll be training in the meantime 🙂

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5K SUP & RUN: Race Recap May 21, 2016

Everything about this race was awesome! Finally, after my last two races were a waste of money, I was so excited to have a race be everything that I have hoped for. I don’t know whats been going on with races lately but they have been going downhill and up in price…

This race was just a 30 dollar entry fee and it went to a good cause: Operation Second Chance. It is so inspirational to be racing alongside veterans who were wounded, injured or ill fighting for our country. It was incredible!

The race did start at 8 a.m. SHARP! which was actually a good thing. It was already 85 degrees Fahrenheit and 80 percent humidity. Gotta love Florida. And the race did start on time, how awesome is that!

So right away we started with the 5K RUN. This was tricky, wasn’t sure how hard to push it. Let me tell you though, it’s much easier to catch people during the run. It’s so much more difficult on a paddleboard. I had one woman in front of me going into the 5K SUP.

So right after the run, you go to your board, rip you shoes and socks off and put on your pfd then you jump on your board. It is so weird to go from running to stopping your legs to paddle. Your arms also feel really awkward moving in a different motion.

In about 2 hours, all the racers were done and awards were right away! RIGHT AWAY! Everything was done by 10:15. It was so nice to not have to wait around for hours and hours like most races. Also, the food spread that they had was so good: bagels, cookies, brownies, bananas, fruit snacks, pulled pork and FREE BEER for EVERYONE!! Spectators included.

SO MUCH FOOD AND AWESOME AWARDS FOR EVERYONE!

I really enjoyed everything about this race, everyone received a medal and an Operation Second Chance coin. If you were a top finisher you got a trophy, 200 dollars cash, and three months free to YouFit gyms. Not just a cupcake like another race did yesterday.

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Here I am with my friend Brad at the end of the race. He won the 5K RUN & SUP for the Men and I won for the Women! Always fun sharing the stage with your friends.

I worked so hard to catch the woman that was in front of me. I caught her around mile two in the SUP Race and then just kept a steady pace to keep the lead. It was so difficult making up for lost time in the run. Next year, I will definitely push myself more in the run to get a good start in the paddle.

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Paddlefest: Sup Race Recap Nov. 14, 2015

I signed up just hours before this race, so happy I didn’t have to work that Saturday and got to compete instead. My last race didn’t go too well, which makes me super eager to get out there again. The race was about an hour from my house at Manasota Key, a place I’ve never paddled before.

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First thoughts: it was cold (first cold front in Florida), windy, and an unfamiliar place so I wasn’t sure how it was going to go. The race director changed the course due to conditions, which actually shortened the course by over 1 mile. That’s okay with me!

We did not go out into the Gulf of Mexico

We did not go out into the Gulf of Mexico

For breakfast I had a lot of water and a Quest bar 2 hours before race time. I also tried OX Endurance formula for the first time before the race. And I really liked it! I think it gave me an extra boost! It did hydrate me as well! I felt good throughout the length of the course, which is awesome.

The start of the race was not too good. No one knew when to go, there was a warning horn that some thought was the starting horn and then with the confusion, the race started. It was a mess in the beginning but thankfully, I started in a good place. But others weren’t as lucky.

This race had some different rules then most. You could not draft any watercraft until after the first buoy turn, which was over 1 mile away. This rule definitely helped me, I’m not a huge fan of pulling people, so I tried to snag a lead early. And then, the race director said you could draft anyone of any board size or class. I ended up getting right behind a guy on a 14′ and then had a guy on a prone board behind me.

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Overall, the race was well done. There was a decent BBQ afterwards and vendors. It was a lot of fun. The location was great and it was easy to unload your boards. The race had awards for Top Finishers and a raffle afterwards. Not too shabby.

I ended up placing 1st in the Women’s Elite 12’6″! Woohooo

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My HovieSUP team did really well! Having multiple riders place in several divisions.

Congrats to:

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Paddle at the Point: Race Recap 9/19/2015

It was a beautiful day after a week of rain and clouds. The sun was shining and it was bringing intense heat, especially since there was no wind. With temperatures around 90 degrees Fahrenheit, I knew it was going to be a brutal race.

The Start

This race beat me up bad. Never felt so unprepared for a race but learning to lose and figuring out what you need to work on is actually something I need. I need to play around with my diet and training. It’s tough training alone because I never push myself but I’m going to have to figure out a way to do that.

This week at work and moving into a new house has been so stressful. I knew I’ve been tired, I think it’s time for a mini vacation or even just a simple massage.

However, to talk about the race, I have a lot of suggestions for the race coordinator. It all started when I showed up. Registering online was easy.

Things the race did well:

  1. They had a lot of safety boats and police along the course.
  2. Gave out t-shirts
  3. Money prizes for some elite divisions
  4. Informative racers meeting
  5. Good live music afterwards

Things the race did poorly:

  1. The venue and place to put your boards in was not easy.
  2. The elite race had to wait 15/20 minutes in the sun before the start
  3. No photos were taken in the water, the Men’s 14 Elite had a photo finish so there was no proof as to who actually deserved first place
  4. No trophies were given, unless you count a bead necklace as a trophy
  5. Money is mailed to you (We will see if it comes)
  6. The race was expensive
  7. The food wasn’t great and water to drink was tough to find after the race
  8. Only three bathrooms
  9. No raffles
  10. Not a good race to watch if you are a spectator

Overall, I’m not too happy about the race itself. Most races are so fun after all the races are done but this one didn’t really have many vendors or places to socialize. Hopefully, the race director fixes some things up for the next one. We will see.

The Elite Women

Congrats to all the racers that competed this weekend! And to my HovieSUP teammate, Kieran Grant, for winning the Men’s 14 Elite and $2,000.

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Paddle At The Porch: SUP Race Recap

After one of my longest weeks at work, I decided to travel 7 hours to Destin, FL. So right after I got off on Friday, I hit the road. I have never traveled that far to a paddle board race before but I thought why not! My uncle lives 20 minutes from the race venue so no hotel and my mom was willing to make the trip with me so I had company and good bonding time with her!

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The race took place at a restaurant called “The Back Porch.” The race had plenty of parking and an easy drop off area for your boards. The beach had nice white sand and the water was so clean and clear. The weather was overcast so the temperature was not nearly as hot as usual, which was awesome! However, there was a lot of wind, waves and a very strong current. Oh, and jellyfish with super long tentacles everywhere!!!!

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The race began at 9 am and consisted of 4 laps with a beach start and a running finish for a total of 6 miles. The start was pretty crazy with people falling left and right, I even fell at the beginning after getting hit by a wave. I ended up falling three more times due to exhaustion and my legs getting fatigued. You lose focus for a second and the next one, you are in the water.

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This race had the roughest conditions I have ever dealt with. I even wore my leash, just incase! The most exhilarating part of the race for me, was riding a wave into the beach on the last lap. I do not surf, like at all… so to catch a wave and not fall was the greatest feeling! I didn’t even care if I placed or not, after that just happened.

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I ended up getting 2nd, I had no idea! So that was great to hear! I never really knew how many women were in front of me the whole race. The great thing about making it to the podium was receiving a $1,000 check! CHA-CHINGGG! That’s the most money I’ve ever won in an event.

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Overall, the race was organized very well! The one thing I didn’t really like was how the food was setup and what it was but other than that, I had no complaints!

CONGRATS to my HovieSUP teammate, Kieran Grant for getting first in the Men’s 14′ Elite and taking home $1500 and to my buddy, Connor Bonham for taking 2nd for the Mens 14′ Elite.

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Sarasota SUP Championships at Siesta Key Beach: Race Recap

This is the third time I have competed in this race and the last two times were super wavy and windy! But not this time! It was calm with just a few little bumps. However, no wind during the Florida Summer time means super hot, so hot!

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Before everyone showed up!

Before everyone showed up!

I was so happy to have my parents, my aunt and uncle and some of my best friends come out and support me! I couldn’t have done it without them. My dad helped me with my board every lap and my mom gave me water while I ran on the beach! My friends and family I could hear cheering, it was such a great atmosphere.

DANNY CHING!!

DANNY CHING!!

Also, my HovieSUP team was there! It’s always so much fun when we get together at these events. There was good food, live music, lots of vendors, and so many awesome paddle boarders and one was Danny Ching!

My team!

My team!

I ended up getting first in the 10K Women’s 12″6′ Elite Race and first overall. The course is a tough one so I was so nervous at the start! 7 buoy turns each lap, and there were 4 laps. After each lap, you had to run in and jump off your board then run on the beach, then jump back on your board AND do it again and again and again!!

My team did awesome as well!

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More pictures from the race!

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Teaching my aunt!

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The women who pushed me during the race!! They are fast!

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Battle on the Blueway: SUP Race Recap

On May 30th in Fort Myers Beach, FL I decided to finally participate in a paddleboard race after 7 months of not racing. The race was called the Battle on the Blueway and attracted over 100 paddlers.

Elite Start

Race Course

I raced in the 7 mile course on my HovieSUP comet and let me tell you… I did not feel ready to take on such a long race just yet but I somehow managed to find some energy from somewhere!

The conditions were pretty flat with some occasional bumps from boats and some wind. It was hot but a beautiful day to be on the water. Overall, a great day for racing.

Women's 12'6" EliteIt was fun getting to travel with my race team and hangout with everyone again. It’s been so long! I managed to get 4th place in the Women’s 12’6″ Elite. Team HovieSUP did awesome too and brought home some hardware and paper$$$!

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Sarasota SUP Race Series: Race #3

On October 11th, a big event took place for paddleboarding in Sarasota, FL: The final race of the Sarasota SUP Race Series. The series had a total of 3 races. The first one was in June, the second one was in August and the third one, just last weekend. For many paddlers, the goal is to participate and do well in all three race in order to try and become the Race Series Champion!

Thankfully, I managed to do just that. I placed 2nd in the first and second race and finally, for the first time EVER, got 1st place in the final race! But it wasn’t easy. The final race was a tough course and it was brutally hot.

Here’s a video of the start line of each heat in the race: 

 

I was part of a three person draft train the whole race. And for probably about 4 miles of the 6.5 mile race, I lead the train. It’s difficult leading but I knew if I got in the back of the train for too long, I’d give up with trying to get first place. I wanted to make sure I always had the lead. And on the final turn to the finish, the girl behind me fell! Which allowed me to take first place! But I didn’t win by much. The times were SO CLOSE!!

Check out these times! And for more results CLICK HERE

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It was such a close race. These women are good. I couldn’t believe that I held on. After the race, we all enjoyed some food and relaxed. Everyone on team HovieSUP did so well too! Check it out here: Team HovieSUP

What makes me feel so good is how when I participated in this race last year, I could barely finish. I was exhausted. And now, I was pushing it the whole time and didn’t feel bad. Improvement makes me happy! All those days practicing and training are actually working!

PICTURES, PICTURES, PICTURES!

Sprinting to the finish line

Sprinting to the finish line

Coming up to the final buoy!

Coming up to the final buoy!

Right at the finish line

Right at the finish line

Waiting for awards

Waiting for awards

Eating and just hanging out with friends

Eating and just hanging out with friends

Getting some tips

Getting some tips

Race buds!

Race buds!

My team :)

Team HovieSUP

Awards ceremony

Awards ceremony

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Sarasota SUP Race Series: Paddleboard Race #2

I’m so GO GO GO all the time that it’s difficult for me to just sit down and write but finally, here I am! This race took place on August 23 in Sarasota, FL at Lake Benderson. It’s this big, HUGE lake that will eventually hold the World Rowing Championships. It’s not an extremely exciting place to paddle because it’s just a big, flat lake and that’s it. However, the alligators keep you on your toes.

The Race Site

So here are some quick details from the race… the course was 6.2 miles (10K) in length, which was equivalent to 2 laps around the lake. However, what made this race a little bit more enticing was the fact that it was a beach start and just after about 40 yards you could choose to go left or right. I decided to go left…

The start!

The start! I had a pretty good start 🙂

These races are so much fun and so many paddlers come out! There was some good competition in every division, which makes everything more interesting! It was weird paddling and not knowing what place you are in because the women in my division went the opposite way of me so I had no idea. It was definitely unique.

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You just had to paddle so hard the whole time because you just didn’t know! Overall, the race went way better than I expected. I placed 2nd and was just 90 seconds behind first place, which was an improvement! I’m excited for the the last race that is coming up in the series. It will be on October 11. That is coming up so soon!

My sister always comes to support!

My sister always comes to support!

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