Jersey Shore: By the Numbers

16 08 2011

No, no, not that Jersey Shore. I (Steph) went home to my part of Jersey- the southern part- far away from Snookie and J-Wow. I had an absolutely wonderful time hanging out with family and friends, and of course, racing! There’s much too much to share, but I thought I’d give you some fun facts about my weekend.

4: The number of months that passed since I had last been home. Easter was the last time! Regardless of the month, this is one of the things I miss the most:

(no, not the man, the ocean!)

72: I attended the 72nd annual South Jersey Lifeguard Championships on Friday night. This was one of the reasons that I was really excited about going home for the weekend. Where I’m from, Friday evenings in July and August are spent on a beach watching lifeguard races. Locals and tourists flock to the shoreline after their day at the beach to watch local guards row, swim, paddle, and run against other patrols in the area.

When I was a guard, I competed in the women’s (and sometimes men’s) competitions, and had an absolute blast.

this was me several years ago in a women’s competition

Watching the races on Friday brought back so many great memories from my time on the beach. I got to see a lot of the people I used to work with, as well as former teachers, coaches, and friends who had come to watch the races.

Unfortunately, my patrol didn’t win ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But I was still glad I had the opportunity to watch the races.

20: the number of years (at least) that I’ve been friends with Gina, who spent Saturday on the beach with me. It was great to see her and catch up!

2: the number of races I did while I was home: one ocean swim and one triathlon

2: the number of races where some part was completed in the rain.

Unfortunately, it rained pretty much throughout the swim, and it rained at the start of the triathlon. But it didn’t matter, both races required me to get wet anyhow!

2003: The last time I competed in the Harry Yates Memorial Swim. This year was the first year since 2003 that I have been back in Jersey to compete in this open water swim. It is a 1 mile ocean swim and all the proceeds go towards a scholarship fund for someone (or more than one person) on the ACBP. I was a proud recipient of this scholarship one year, so I was happy to give back, and of course do an ocean swim!

The swim was a box course, which aren’t my favorite, (I prefer out and backs) but the good thing about racing in Atlantic City is that there’s lots of these for helping you sight:

The conditions were pretty good for the race, besides the icky rain for the spectators. There was a little bit of a swell out at the flags, but not many waves for catching on the way in. I definitely prefer days when there’s a bit more surf; I think it’s more fun that way! There was also a bunch of these guys in the water:

The clear ones are harmless, but there were a few red ones floating around. I felt a tiny sting on my ankle right after the start, but it wasn’t a big deal at all and I kept going.

The race was lots of fun, and being the only 25-29 year old, I won my age group ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I was the 4th female overall and 19th overall.

Best part about racing close to home? Mom, dad and friends can come watch (or volunteer to work registration and the finish line, as was the case with my parents!)

1/10 (of a mile): The distance, I think, from the swim exit to transition for the tri I did on Sunday.

What do you think?

The water is at the very end of this walkway, off to the left. The transition area is behind this picture, about 25 yards to the left.

I guess the run from the swim to transition made up for the short run at the end of the Tuckahoe Triathlon (The run is only 2 miles!)

This was my 2nd time doing this race, and I had a great time! It’s a really flat course, and I love that the run is only 2 miles! I went in this race just looking for a good workout and hoping to have some fun, which I did. I ended up having a pretty good race, slightly faster than last year, but I can’t really compare times because the bike and swim courses were different this year!

Something’s funny about this award…can anyone see what it is?

One thing that’s sort of nostalgic about this race for me is that it takes place in the park right in front of where my dad used to work. Transition was in the old baseball field where there’d be an organized softball game during his company picnic. And, I used to take swimming lessons at the now non-existent pool that use to be just behind the field. Guess those swimming lessons did me well?

1: the number of delicious dinners my mom made (we ordered my favorite pizza one night)

Turkey burger with gouda cheese, guacamole, and mango pineapple salsa.

Black bean, corn, and mango salsa

Salad with heirloom tomatoes, fresh summer corn, and red peppers.

SO YUMMY! And healthy too! Recipes to come Thursday!

16: How old I was when I worked at the ice cream shop where I stopped and ordered this to eat:

A twin treat from Custard’s Last Stand. Vanilla soft serve layered between banana chip water ice (bottom) and peanut butter chocolate chip (with chunks of Reece’s PB cups) water ice. (Please pronounce as “wudder ice,” if you are really from south Jersey or Philly)

All in all, I had a fantabulous weekend. I’m looking forward to the next time I can stick my feet in the sand and jump in the ocean!

Tell me something fun you did over the weekend, with a number associated to it!



8 responses

16 08 2011

It looks like you had such a great weekend. The size of that ice cream is just crazy, but looks so good. It sounds like you had great races as well!

My weekend involved a fun filled rain storm triathlon!

16 08 2011

ICK! Rainy tris aren’t fun. The bike can be scary!! How was your race?

16 08 2011
Bill Berry

Congrats on having such a great race baby! I’m so proud of you!!! ::as always:: ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

16 08 2011

Thank you:-)

16 08 2011

Wow, fun weekend! I would like that giant ice cream/water ice treat. ๐Ÿ™‚ Too bad water ice is not common in DC.

As for my weekend number, I spent the bulk of it with 3 friends from college (1 visiting from out of town).

16 08 2011

Yay! Love the numbers!
Rita’s is the closest we get around here to the water ice they make at Custards:) I’m down for a Rita’s trip!

17 08 2011

You are SO BRAVE! I am scared to death of jellyfish (and there isn’t much that scares me), I wouldn’t have gone near that water. Even the swarm of jellyfish in “Finding Nemo” gives me the heebie jeebies. Great job! Sounds like an excellent weekend.

17 08 2011

Thanks Katie! The clear ones are harmless and I just try not to think about the purple ones out there. They’re usually pretty small, and I don’t think the water is warm enough in jersey for the big scary ones!

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