What’s Next?

28 08 2013

Triathlon Season 2013 is wrapping up for a lot of people, but for me, it’s really just getting started. Here’s what’s next on my schedule:

September 15, 2013: Atlantic City International Triathlon

I did this race in it’s inaugural year, and had an absolute blast.

IMG_2417AThis is the race’s third year, and though they’ve made a few changes to the course, I’m still super excited about this race. One of the reasons I’m really excited about going home that weekend for the tri is actually the other events that are happening that weekend!  My dad’s birthday is right around that time, so I know we’ll be celebrating that, then there’s the Seafood Festival, AND the Miss America Pageant has returned home to Atlantic City that weekend too!

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You may be thinking, “The Miss America Pageant? Really Steph?” If you’re from South Jersey, particularly the Atlantic City area, you grew up with the pageant- it was the big family-friendly event that happened every fall, and it included a whole week’s worth of activities: the girls’ entrance on the train, the parade, the preliminaries and then the big finale. One of my fondest childhood memories is going over to my friend Julie’s house every year for the Miss America sleepover. There’d be 10 of us, and we’d all bring a dollar to contribute to the prize pot. We each drew the name of one of the top ten girls, and whoever’s girl was crowned Miss America, took home a whopping $10! 🙂

Oh, and the parade! The Friday before the pageant, the’s a big parade along the world famous Atlantic City boardwalk. All of the girls ride on the back of convertibles, waving to the crowd as they yell “Show us your shoes!” Some girls wear cute heels that match their gorgeous evening gowns, but my favorites are always the creative ones- like when Miss Idaho wears slippers shaped  like potatoes. 🙂 Can you tell I’m looking forward to this? Call me cheesy, but I’m stoked.

But I digress…I’m supposed to be talking about races here!

September 21, 2013: Miles for Hope, Moving Towards a Cure

Last year, I participated in this ride in honor of my best friend Gina’s lovely cousin Lisa. It’s a charity ride for Brain Tumor Research over in Clearwater Beach. I signed up for the ride again months ago, as Lisa was still fighting the cancer and the pain that my best friend and her mom were feeling was palpable. I wanted to help, but I didn’t know what I could do. So, I registered for the 100K ride, for Lisa.


Lisa lost her battle with brain cancer earlier this summer. Though my memories of Lisa are few (She lived in Washington State so visits to the east coast were tough), I know how much she meant to Gina and her mom, Patty, two people who mean so much to me. So this year, I ride in memory of Lisa, for Gina, Patty, and the rest of Lisa’s family.

If you feel so inclined, please donate, but clicking on the “Donate to Participant” Link in the upper left hand corner of this page.

September 29, 2013: IronGirl Clermont

This race is actually still up in the air for me-I may have a weekend away with Bill to see the comedian Gallagher, but that is still in the works!

October 19 2013: University Of Tampa Swimming Masters Classic

So, I know this isn’t a triathlon, but I’m really excited about this one! I registered for my first real swim meet since college! I signed up for the 200 free, 50 breast, 100 free, and 100 IM. HA! I’ve also made myself available for relays. I was actually just telling one of my swim buddies that I really wanted to see what I could do from the blocks. I’ll get my chance this fall!

November 10, 2013: Rev3 Florida 70.3

THIS is the race I’ve been training for. I’m just about 11 weeks out now, and I’ve been putting in lots of miles on my bike, some speed on the run, and many meters at the pool. I definitely need some more time to prepare, but I’m at the point where I know I will finish, and I will finish strong. Bring it Venice!