Thursday, August 12, 2010

Dead Last

The bib numbers and swim waves are up for Timberman - 9 short days away!!

First of all, I really would love to be stalked and feel the bloggy vibes - so I am bib # 2597 - Amanda Farrar.  If you really can't remember anything else, I am from Caratunk, ME and the only one racing from there, so you could search http://ironman.com that way too. 

I am hoping to win the very elite Short Spunky Girl From Caratunk division.  I think I have this locked up.

Now for the news that I am not so psyched about.  I am in the last swim wave - starting at 8:20 am - an hour and twenty minutes after the official start.  That really bugs me.  I hate starting last.

Really, it isn't a big deal, and I am mostly over it.  I just know how it is when you are in the last wave and come out of the water into transition and it looks like a desert which mentally is a real hit for me for some reason.

OK, I am not really over it. I just said I was because it makes me seem like a much more reasonable person. 

On the up side, I will get to pass some people on the bike which will be really good for my ego.  I just hope I don't blow up on the bike trying to pass people, which could be another problem.  Anyway, more on my Timberman plan later.

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26 comments:

Ironman By Thirty said...

I agree completely. Starting last is mentally tough. I started last at Steelhead. My age group was even divided up into 25-29 A-L and M-Z waves and I was in the M-Z. Passing people on the bike sure is fun though.

Good luck!!!

She said I need a goal said...

I think I would like coming out of the water and having a deserted transition area. Less people means I can focus on what I need to do rather than trying to get around a crowd. I hate crowds, in fact I think I'd prefer to do a race where no one else entered, or maybe just like one or two other people.
PS - I will totally stalk you!!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Starting last sucks, I been there before, my suggestion is try to go off your predicted times you set for yourself and keep looking at your bike computer, that way you wont be too tempted to go too hard on the bike to catch the main pack that started way before you did.

Lake_Moxie_Mom said...

You're going to do awesome Mandy!!!!!

Julie said...

Oh Mandy, no worries, you are going to be just fine! I on the other hand, would be terrified if I was starting my swim in the last wave! I would most likely finish my swim last and have a hard time catching up:) You are a great swimmer and are going to do awesome! Good luck to you:)

Kovas Palubinskas said...

I started last at Bigfoot and loved every minute of it! Something so confidence-building as you pass all those people (and you know you will). Way to psyche out the others in the very elite Short Spunky Girl From Caratunk division by posting that you have it locked up.

Sue Sitki said...

Hello! I just read this and went - OMG - the bib numbers are up??!!? I'm signed up for Timberman as well!

I feel for you in the last wave but honestly, wish I could switch -- we are going off at 7:20am and apparently most of the men will be swimming OVER me... I'm terrified!

Have a fabulous, fabulous race! I hope to be the short, perky girl from Ontario (who may come in last but will still be smiling).

Best of luck!!

- Sue

Christi said...

I can't wait to stalk you at Timberman! I am sure you will do great.

Matty O said...

Mandy... let me tell you what, starting last was not NEARLY as bad as I envisioned. The worst part is watching EVERYONE go ahead of you. I did my best to stay calm and if anything I was getting sleepy :)

You are really strong on the bike, so you will have racing friends really quickly after the swim. I was with Kevin (Ironman by 30) though, M-Z of the LAST WAVE!

I preferred this start in all honesty... why? Because I was catching and passing people. This was an adrenaline charger!!!

Do your best to NOT put pressure on yourself and do NOT over think your plan. The goal is to have fun (remember that and tell yourself that on the course, I almost lost sight of that on the run). Smile a lot and talk to the volunteers, got me through the tough times during the race.

You will rock it, solid training from you is all I have seen :)

Jon said...

You will be surprised by the number of people you will pass on the course and you will ask yourself, "What the heck are they doing out here?!?!?" You won't ever see them again. People last year were walking up the first big hill on the bike course. Yes, walking in a HIM on the bike course! Did they not train for such a big distance?!?!

You are gonna do fine. Cya @ the finish line!

Regina said...

I was in the last wave at Mooseman. I won't lie, it was lonely at one point on the bike. So what's a girl to do except start singing out loud...kept my spirits up. It actually wasn't as bad as all that. I have to admit, it was kind of nice passing the 20 somethings who were in the wave ahead of me....made me feel like a badass at 43, even though I am really not.

I will stalk you!

skierz said...

First, last.....,who cares! You have already won the race! You will have an awesome day regardless of where you are! I always think, SO WHAT, and then I am over it! Have a blast!

Amy said...

I'm sure I'd be freaking about about being in the last swim wave if it were me! I have no doubt that you'll rock it, though!

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

No. Starting last is great. No one to fight in the water (at least no one coming up from behind). No fighting in transition and the big plus you talked about.... passing people on the bike.
Let me tell you, 20 years ago I was a weak (under statement) biker. At Texas Hill Country Tri they stuck me in the first wave out. PROs!! with 35 - 40 year old guys. I held my own on the swim but literally got passed by 600 people on the bike.... no lie! The 70+ women from the last wave were passing me. I wish I had been last wave that day...

T S said...

I'm so excited to watch you compete in an Ironman - that is so inspiring! Wishing you the best of luck - can't wait to hear the triumphant race report.

Emz said...

I am sooooooooooooo going to website stalk you now! YAY! 9 days away!! awesome!!

Anonymous said...

Mandy, Lots of great advice from everyone here today. I agree last is good, unless maybe you plan to podium.... well that might be a little different.

If anyone is starting a pool on how many you pass on the bike, I'm in for 127 poor bast@%s that get to eat your dust!

Go get 'em Mandy! Yeee Haw!

Run Strong, SWest

DRog said...

Consider yourself STALKED!!

Big Clyde said...

Way to rock the Spunky Caratunk Girl category.

Do well on the race. Looking forward to hearing the race report (and how many people you will pass!).

midlife_swimmer said...

yeah! just prepare for the deserted bike racks and know you are gunna spin you way right past a bunch of 'em. strong and steady.

Luke said...

I'm sure all the people you will get to pick off from the back will be great! I would put money on you winning your elite division.

Trailblazer Hub said...

You're going to do so great! We'll be stalking you for sure!!!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Bib# saved in the blackberry!! Can't wait to stalk you and Jon and send positive vibes your way. The main positive about being in the last wave is that you won't have to wait in line at the porta potty to that last pee in! That is priceless right there!

Oh, Annie was picking up some dog bones today. Let Bailey know a present will be arriving shortly (-:

Midwestern Dot said...

I just wrote your number down in my planner so I remember to stalk you next week!
I would hate the last wave as well. But I know you'll reel in people in the waves ahead of you!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

I'm sorry you're in the last wave, but like others have said, I don't think it would be that bad. You won't have to worry about the crazy amount of people in the water and a packed and crazy transition area. You are going to ROCK! I am so excited for you! :)

Molly said...

you're going to nail it...I love tracking people as they race!