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Rocketman Triathlon Race Recap

by Meghann on May 9, 2013

Rocketman will forever go down in history as one of my favorite triathlons of all time.

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Not only was course above and beyond AMAZING (it’s probably the only course I’ll ever see multiple participants stop in the middle of the bike portion to take photos), but I felt GREAT during the entire race. Like, really, really great. I can’t tell you if I’ve ever felt that strong or happy during a triathlon. Even when the roads were bumpy and the wind was strong, I still felt like I could do this. There was never an inkling of self doubt or disappointment, just self love and motivation.

Also, I’ve never stayed so close to a race start before. So weird to have a race right in my hometown. My alarm was set for 4:45 and I was in race transition by 5:15. That was definitely a first.

Because Rocketman was made up of three different distances (Half Iron, International +, and Classic +) and had over 1600 participants (wowza!) the swim waves stretched over two hours (6:45 am – 8:45 am). Unfortunately, since I was doing the shorter distance, my swim wave was one of the last ones at 8:30am. This was only unfortunate because transition closed at 6:15am to make sure it was ready to go for the first half iron wave. So I had to have all my stuff set up by 6:15am even though my wave wasn’t for another two hours. Sigh.

I have to say that the transition set up was my only big complaint with Rocketman. It was just SO disorganized. The bike racks were a mess and there weren’t enough on them – they were all overloaded with way too many bikes. I felt squished and there was no rhyme or reason to which direction everyone was facing their bikes.

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I set my transition area the best I could and just walked away. There wasn’t much I could do about it.

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It was randomly chilly race morning, especially by the water. Poor Presley was shivering.

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The wind and chill in the air worried me for the bike. I crossed my fingers the clouds would move on (and take the wind with them) before it was my turn to gear up. The swim ended up being wetsuit legal by just two degrees. It was the same water temp as Miami and I was fine not wearing a wetsuit then, so I opted out of wearing one for this race, too. Ben was doing the longer distance and decided the wetsuit was worth it.

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While I had plenty of time to kill before my swim wave, Ben was lucky enough to be one of the first in the water in the 6:45 wave.

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I had – briefly – debated signing up for the half iron distance when I first registered for Rocketman, but I have to say I’m so happy that I didn’t. I’m just not trained for the distance at this moment and I didn’t have the desire to train for a half iron before diving right into training for my full Ironman. I was perfectly content watching all of the longer distance triathletes line up and take their extra long swims around the river while I watched and waited from my chair.

At about 10 minutes until the wave start we watched the group of bright green caps make their way from the main dock to the pier to enter the water. They entered one at a time from the ladders (the water was REALLY shallow, jumping or diving was strictly prohibited and just plain dangerous).

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The boys lined up at the red buoy for their resting (wading?) start. It felt like they were there for a while. I could feel the anxiety building on my shore as we waited for the start. There was no countdown or gun shot that we could hear, they just started swimming.

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(Photo Credit: The Downtown Gallery – Titusville, FL)

My sister-in-law had a stopwatch and pressed start as soon as we saw the green caps starting to move. I thought that was pretty smart. This way she had her own countdown of time for the race and had somewhat of an idea of when to expect Ben (though it did make everyone nervous when he didn’t return from the bike when he was supposed to).

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(Photo Credit: The Downtown Gallery – Titusville, FL)  

From what I heard, the swim course for the half iron and international distances were tough. In both instances the athletes entered the channel for a stretch and had to fight the current pushing them in the opposite direction. A friend of a friend was lifeguarding on a paddle board on the course and at one point one of the triathletes looked up at him and asked if he was even moving since he didn’t feel like he was going anywhere.

We waited patiently as we watched the mix of splashes and swim caps round the buoys and eventually start to make their way back to shore. When the stopwatch hit 30 minutes and the first male wasn’t even back yet, we started to get worried. The top guys usually finish in 26 minutes, either this was a long course or just really tough. We finally saw the first guy pop up just after 30 and a steady stream soon began to follow after that.

I grabbed my camera and waited for Ben’s sleeveless wetsuit to appear. Around 45 minutes we finally saw him.

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I don’t think he saw me. He was definitely in the zone.

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I followed him to transition and learned that swimming in the channel sucked. Noted.

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He took the wetsuit off, put on his bike helmet. and was off, ready to conquer 56 miles around the space center on bike.

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I still had an hour for my wave. Luckily the wait wasn’t that bad. I finished my breakfast (a scone with peanut butter) and watched the rest of the half iron/ international swimmers come in.

Once I saw my fellow red caps start to line up, I knew it was time to start getting my own butt in gear.

Swim caps are so hot right not.

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umm.. no.

It had been a cold and misty morning, then all of a sudden (right before my wave start) the clouds cleared and the sun came out. We had beautiful, picture perfect blue skies the rest of the day. It actually ended up being a beautiful day to race.

I always love lining up with my fellow age groupers before a triathlon start. Everyone’s usually so friendly and full of the same nerves you are. There were a lot of newbie triathletes in my group and I told them not to be nervous for the swim, just remember the really cool bike ride you have after that!

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Oh, I almost forgot! I randomly ran into my old high school boyfriend at Publix the night before the race. Considering I’ve only seen him two or three times since we graduated high school 10 years ago, it was really, really random. To make it even more random, I told him I was in town for Rocketman and he goes “oh, yeah. I’m doing that, too.” Oh, really? Then, not only does he end up being on the same bike rack as me, but he’s also in the wave right in front of me. What the heck? Of course I took this as a sign that my sole goal for this race should be to beat whatever his time is, because what else are exes for than to spur your competitive drive, right? Right. So that was my goal. Beat the ex. Considering he was wearing board shorts and didn’t have goggles for the swim, I took it as a good sign that this was possible. Hey, a win is a win.

I entered the water just in time to wish the ex good luck with his swim (with a goal to catch up and pass him. obviously.) then prep for my own send off.

The two women at the end of the dock with the stop watch were amazing. They asked who the newbies were, then tried to calm their nerves by saying this swim was nothing. I mean, compared to the other distances, it really was. When I was on the shore with my dad watching the first “classic” wave go off, I pointed to the rocket buoy they set up right next to the dock and told him that’s where I was swimming to and back. He didn’t believe me. The other buoys were so far out there, there’s no way this close one would be it for my race. Sure enough the first wave went and they rounded the rocket buoy before quickly making their way to the start. My dad just started laughing. Yep, I picked the short race and I was pretty happy with that decision in the water.

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The water temp was chilly, but not bad. It was better when we started moving, but standing still waiting for the start was a pain. Luckily we didn’t have to wait long. The five minutes between wave starts flew by and before I knew it we were counting down to our wave start.

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I started my stop watch, then fought like hell to be the first to the buoy. I wasn’t first, not even close, but it was fun trying to be. For once I didn’t stay to the side and just let everyone pass me, I was actually in the middle of things proving that I could hold my own. They say the swim is how you set yourself up for the rest of the race. If you have a good swim, you’ll have a good race. If you don’t, well

I had a good swim. A really good swim. I felt strong, confident, and happy just to be out there. The water was good, life was good, everything was good.

The race company had built a dock off the gazebo for the race. Once I made my turn around the rocket buoy, I saw two bright orange buoys ahead of me and the dock with ladders in the middle. I picked up the speed in my feet and just gunned it.

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(Photo Credit: The Downtown Gallery – Titusville, FL)

Unfortunately the set up for getting out of the water wasn’t the greatest. There were two ladders connected to the dock and more than two people needing to get out. I was patiently waiting my turn to get out, when a girl cuts in front of me and grabs the ladder to get out. How rude.

I knew my family was right at the exit, so the first thing I did out of the water was look for them. I saw my mom, but missed my dad. Looks like he missed me too.

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Photo fail!

1/4 mile Swim: 9:00 AG Place: 8/24

I booked it to transition to prep for the bike. The run to transition was all on paved surface, which was nice since I didn’t have to worry about my feet getting dirty. I ran into The Ex in transition and used that as motivation to get my butt moving. I turned my Garmin on, slipped on my running shoes, put a Luna bar in my pocket, and grabbed my helmet. I kept the transition fast and efficient.

T1: 3:28 AG Place: 3/24

Time to ride!

Obviously this was the part I was most looking forward to! I couldn’t wait to get out to the Space Center and see this incredible course everyone had been raving about for months!

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Because of the unique set-up of the course, the bike route was a bit longer than your typical sprint triathlon. The race director wanted to ensure everyone had a chance to see the Vehicle Assembly Building (V.A.B.) and launch pads on the bike, so he created a 33 mile loop for the “Classic +” and “International +” distances. The Half Iron was the typical 56 mile route and, according to my brother, they were able to see a few “extras” on the course that we missed out on.

I hopped on my bike at Space View park and headed straight to the one monster hill on the course: Max Brewer Bridge.

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(Photo Credit: The Downtown Gallery – Titusville, FL)

I’d run up the bridge a few times in the past and knew it was going to be a beast of a climb on the bike. We had to go up once in the beginning, then again on the way back. The beginning wasn’t bad. My legs were fresh and I was still full of adrenaline and energy – just excited to be out there!

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(Photo Credit: The Downtown Gallery – Titusville, FL)

From the bridge, it was a straight shot out on “the beach road.” The locals call it “the beach road” because, well, it takes you straight to the beach. I’ve driven that stretch of road hundred of times, but this was my first time getting the up-close-and-personal view from the bike. It’s a gorgeous drive and an even better ride on the bike. The road cuts through a wildlife refuge, which is nothing but miles and miles of protected Florida wetlands and beaches. The views were breath taking.

I started off feeling really good on the bike. I moved into aero position and stayed there for most of the ride. Usually cycling is my weakest sport, but for some reason I felt really strong out there. It was like everything sort of clicked on the course with gears, form, and pushing it. I was averaging 18-19 mph (which is FAST for me) and didn’t question it.

During Miami 70.3 last October I didn’t pass one single person on the bike – not one! During Rocketman I was constantly passing people and it. felt. GREAT! I wasn’t used to passing people, I must have had the goofiest, stupid grin every time I passed someone. Of course, all the passing could be due to the higher-than-normal amount of triathlon newbies out there. A lot of folks were on mountain bikes riding with running shoes. I passed one guy who had sandals on! That was definitely a first.

A few miles in, the International racers started flying by in the opposite direction on their way back to transition. It was when I saw how much they were struggling going the opposite direction that I realized why I felt so good heading out – I had a tailwind. The athletes heading back were fighting a bad headwind and looked miserable. Gulp. I knew I would have to deal with that eventually, but opted to just ride out the great tailwind and enjoy it while I could.

Instead of heading all the way to the beach, we made the right to the Kennedy Space Center employee gate and officially entered KSC property. This was the also the one and only bottle drop on the course (a mere 5 miles into the race). I had a toss away bottle full of Gu Brew that I opted to keep instead of taking the Gatorade being offered.

From there you could start to see the V.A.B. – we were getting close! I was still enjoying the tailwind at this point and stuck with my crazy-faster-than-normal pace. The miles flew by and I was riding on cloud 9.

When I finally made it to the V.A.B., I was in awe. I’d seen the building hundreds of times in photos, on tv, and from across the river, but this was the first time I had ever been this close. The building was so big and just plain impressive. So many cyclists began slowing down and some even stopped to take photos! I’ve NEVER seen anyone stop during the cycling portion of a triathlon before to take a picture, it was definitely a first. I really don’t blame them though, I was kicking myself for not having a camera myself.

I didn’t take my eyes off the building as I passed and just tried to soak it all in.

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(Was waiting on official photos. I hope they got a good one. :()

From the V.A.B we headed to the first launch pad, which is the last launch pad that is still fully constructed. The road had been recently paved in this area and was really smooth to ride on – I liked it.

This had to be the friendliest race I’d ever been a part of. More than a few people rode by exclaiming “How freaking cool is this?!” Then, when the course got tough, we all sort of banded together in pain… but I’ll get to that.

Riding by the launch pad was just as cool as the V.A.B. Again, cyclists stopped to take photos with the pad in the back ground.

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(Stolen from the Rocketman Facebook page. I wish I had my camera!)

We made a loop around the first pad then circled back to see the second. This pad had already been disassembled and was simply just a slap of concrete with two towers sticking out. It was kind of sad to see the piece of history already discarded.

The wind changed after the second pad and I finally lost the great tailwind I had been enjoying, now I was riding in a full force headwind and it definitely sucked. However, I think I was still riding on cloud 9 from the sights because it didn’t really get to me like the headwind in Miami did. I still had a smile on my fas as I circled back behind the V.A.B and started my journey back to transition.

The stretch of road from the V.A.B to the guard station was kind of rough. The mix of wind and the bumpy, uneven road wasn’t a great combination. My arms were going numb in aero position because of the constant vibration thanks to the bumps. My pace also dropped. I went from 18-19 mph to 14-15. Yep. That’s more my speed.

Despite the conditions, I still felt pretty strong on the bike and was proud of my performance. I definitely needed this.

I hate to be one of those people who states that the course is long because my Garmin says so (#1 pet peeve!), but when I hit mile 33 – and could only barely make out Max Brewer Bridge in the distance – I started loudly bitching the course was long. Dang it. Where was transition?! I wasn’t the only one – everyone’s GPS was off by 2+ miles. If my Garmin was off by .5 miles – no biggie – but 2? That’s worth mentioning.

I kept pushing past the 33 mile beep and finally – FINALLY – reached the ascent for Max Brewer Bridge. Heading back up the bridge the second time was my least favorite part of the entire triathlon. I had just fought wind and bumps for the last 10 miles – my legs were done. I threw my bike in to a low gear and fought to get up. It helped knowing my friends Eric and Rachel were cheering triathletes on at the top – there’s no way I was going to let them see me get off the bike and walk!

First I heard Eric and Rachel’s cowbell and screams, then I saw their crazy smiling faces. I made it! I was at the top!

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I may have had some choice words about the wind and bridge when i saw them. πŸ˜‰

From there, the rest was cake. A fast ride back down the bridge, then just a couple of turns into transition.

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Done and done.

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“33” mile (Garmin said 35.59) bike: 2:10:57 A/G : 4/28

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My dad followed me to transition and stood right outside the fence as I changed shoes. I told him the wind sucked, but the rest of the course was amazing. He asked me if I had seen Ben out on the course (I hadn’t), apparently he hadn’t made it back yet. He had 23+ mile more to ride than I did – I wasn’t surprised.

T2: 2:23:24 A/G: 7/28

My mom ran over as I exited transition and handed me an orange slice. It was a nice surprise.

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I had no plans for the run – just to, well, run. I settled into an 8:30 pace and felt good. The course was a basic out and back along the river road. The road was shaded and a few of the residents were in their lawns cheering on the runners. I thought the course for the Classic + was great, but I heard the longer distances weren’t as lucky. We turned around right where the shaded part ended, while the other distances went on for another mile and a half in the sun – my brother was not a fan of that.

I soaked up the shade and tried to encourage my fellow triathletes who had started to walk, “Come on! We’re almost done!” Unfortunately, I didn’t take in enough Gu Brew on the bike and my legs started to cramp a bit on the run. I need to get better at drinking on the bike. There were two aid stations on the run and I took in double water and Gatorade at both stops, that helped.

I saw my brother and gave him a high-five before rounding the last corner and seeing the final stretch to the finish line – I was almost done! The crowd started to pick up and my energy picked up with them. My family was on the left – I smiled and waved. Transition was on my right and I looked for anyone I knew. The final cones seemed to go on forever, I was hoping to see the finish line at the end of them, but instead I was directed to go left and make a final loop around Space View park before crossing the finish line.

The finish was pretty cool. The final loop causes you to run past all of the shuttle monuments and statues which fit so perfectly with the space theme of the race. Then, after that final shuttle statue, the finish line was mine. I took my time and soaked it all in. I was done.

3.1 mile Run: 26: 27 A/G Place: 5/24

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Finish: 2:52:30 A/G Place: 4/24

I grabbed my medal and found my dad in the crowd. I had passed a food truck selling italian ice on my way to the finish and told him we needed to make a beeline to the truck. I got a small mango/wild berry combo and it was awesome.

We walked back to where the rest of the family was and started the waiting game for Ben. He had two loops of the 6+ mile course to complete. My mom and I went for a walk, then I called my sister to fill her in on the race. While I was on the phone with my sister I saw The Ex come out of transition and make his way to the run. So I achieved one goal – i beat him! But really who cares? This was his first triathlon and he was out there just for the hell of it. I put Kelly on hold and cheered my little heart out for him!

It wasn’t long before Ben made his first appearance.

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He grabbed a couple of orange slices and headed back out for lap two.

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The run is his least favorite part of any triathlon and I could tell he was particularly hurting on the hot course.

I decided to check the official race results after Ben left for his second lap. I was STOKED when I saw I placed 4th in my age group! And couldn’t believe it when I saw I was only TEN seconds away from being 3rd and taking home an award! TEN seconds!! If I would have known that, I would have pushed it a little harder in transition or at the finish. Sigh.

On the way back to my family, I saw The Ex finish the race strong with a smile. That made me happy for him.

My dad ended up running out to meet Ben on the course and ran the last half mile with him.

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Gotta love my dad. πŸ™‚

Ben pushed through and finished the final lap like a rockstar.

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He is now a three-time Half Iron distance finisher and is more than ready to take on that full Ironman in November!

When all was said and done, I thought Rocketman was a great race and I’m so glad it’s a race that took place in my hometown.

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If Rocketman returns for 2014, you can bet I’ll be there racing again. It was definitely an experience worth repeating!

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1 outside time May 9, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Wow, the course sounds so cool. I used to live around there and would have loved to be able to bike around there!
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2 Hope May 9, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Awesome recap. That part about your dad running the final part with Ben was so cool, your dad is great!

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3 Caroline May 9, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Wow- it sounds like you had a really cool course to race on! When the temps are hot or you ache, the course can make all the difference! Congrats on a great race and finish.
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4 Ash Bear May 9, 2013 at 9:17 pm

Congratulations! You must be so excited that you’ve become so strong this year!!! Big congrats to Ben as well!
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5 lisa fine May 9, 2013 at 9:26 pm

So cool. I love that you’re always trying out new races.

How do you typically find out about them?
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6 Julie @ There and Back Again May 9, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Ahhhh, that race looks so cool!! My uncle is actually a retired NASA astronaut and I attended two of his launches at the Kennedy Space Center, so seeing these race photos made me really nostalgic for the times I’ve been in front of the same launch pad and buildings! Although to give credit where credit is due, I was definitely not busting out a badass triathlon finish at the time πŸ™‚ Congrats on your awesome race!
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7 Armella Schroder May 9, 2013 at 9:44 pm

My friend forwarded your blog because I was there too! I loved your review!! It was spot on. I did the international distance, and I can confirm that the water was rough and the run course HOT. Being a northerner, I wasn’t used to the heat and humidity, so the run was especially hard for me. The bike portion was the most spectacular ride I’ve ever done. Being an aerospace engineer, I truly appreciated the magnitude of the sights!

I also wanted to add a neat little tidbit. My husband did this with me (though he did the classic-it was his first official tri), and as he was waiting in the water for the whistle, he said about 20 feet off to his right, a manatee come by to investigate. So he got to swim with a manatee! Very cool!!

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8 Nicole May 9, 2013 at 9:54 pm

I really enjoyed reading your recap, thanks for sharing! Congrats on a great finish, and a great time!!!
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9 Michelle May 9, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Congrats to you and Ben!! One of my spin buddies did the international (I actually ran into her at Publix the day before!) and have so much fun too.

Oh, and your dad it too cute running with Ben to the finish!
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10 Courtney May 9, 2013 at 10:25 pm

It makes me heart so happy to see all of the family support you have! I’ve never had ANYONE at a race with me! Maybe that’s why I’ve only ever run half marathons πŸ˜‰
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11 Kelly @ Kelly the Culinarian May 9, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Great job, I love this recap!
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12 Erin @ Loop Looks May 9, 2013 at 10:47 pm

We just had Melissa Stockwell speak at our running club (the three time paratriathlete champion) and I believe she was at Rocketman. Which tells me it was an AWESOME race!

Congrats to both you and Ben! Nothing like a good race to leave you feeling confident.
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13 Annette @FitnessPerks May 9, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Wow— NICE job on the race! It sounds like things were pretty perfect & the stars aligned. Way to rock it!

The swim is my fave part, then the run, then the bike. This looks like a great race!
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14 Cecilia @ MommiesRun May 9, 2013 at 11:30 pm

Awesome Recap! You make me want to try the tri. Way to go on beating the ex. You are an inspiration!
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15 Mary May 10, 2013 at 1:19 am

Wicked recap! 2.59 miles is a massive difference when you have in your head a set distance you have to get through. Well done for staying so strong, and for coming fourth?! Amazing! πŸ™‚
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16 Silvia May 10, 2013 at 3:59 am

Congrats! Love your recap….is really inspiring. I’ve been to the area as a tourist, but biking/running/swimming there sounds awesome (though I’m not a biker/swimmer….but I would love running there!).

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17 Jan @ Sprouts n Squats May 10, 2013 at 4:25 am

Wow sounds like an amazing race, well done for completing it πŸ™‚

Presley looks too cute!
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18 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner May 10, 2013 at 5:28 am

How cool for both of you! Congratulations!
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19 Allison @ Life's a Bowl May 10, 2013 at 5:38 am

Wow, way to go girl – great recap and it sounds like an awesome race! I’d love to do a sprint tri someday but I think I’ll start with a pool swim first πŸ˜‰
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20 meredith May 10, 2013 at 8:07 am

Great recap…looks like a totally amazing experience. Congrats on a fabulous finish!
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21 beka May 10, 2013 at 8:29 am

Great recap! And congrats on a strong finish! I love this area and Mike and I talk about hopefully moving to the east coast (Space Coast) area one day πŸ™‚
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22 Sarah @ Blonde Bostonian May 10, 2013 at 9:08 am

Awesome recap and congrats to you and Ben! You guys rocked it!
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23 Natalie @ Free Range Human May 10, 2013 at 9:29 am

This looks like such a fun race, and I think it’s awesome that this something you can share with your brother. Good Job!
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24 JenB May 10, 2013 at 9:30 am

OMG how cute is Presley is that picture. Looks like a little furry kid all buddled up. Great recap.

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25 Eric May 10, 2013 at 9:32 am

Congrats on the race and a good recap. Way to pass that guy going up the bridge. Had fun just cheering people on the top of the bridge and along the run. People loved the cow bell.

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26 Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed May 10, 2013 at 9:51 am

An extra 2 miles is no joke! Awesome race recap! Congrats and Happy Friday!
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27 Sarah @ Yogi in Action May 10, 2013 at 10:38 am

Congrats on a great race! I don’t run at all, but your recap made me want to do a triathalon. 10 seconds to third is crazy! Clearly you rocked that race!
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28 Sara May 10, 2013 at 10:42 am

‘So I achieved one goal – i beat him! But really who cares?”

It sounds like you care, seeing as you wrote a whole paragraph dedicated to beating your ex. Anyway, congrats on the race.

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29 kate May 10, 2013 at 10:47 am

This sounds like such a cool race!! Congrats!
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30 Melissa @TryingtoHeal May 10, 2013 at 10:47 am

Glad you had a great race Meghann!

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31 Elizabeth @ Positive Change May 10, 2013 at 10:55 am

What an amazing job! The course looked so beautiful and I loved how you wrote your post! It read so genuinely! Great job!
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32 Christian May 10, 2013 at 11:51 am

This was such a great read. Amazing – way to go to you and Ben. Congrats on a great race!
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33 Jackie May 10, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Great recap and great job! If they do it next year I plan to sign up, but I’ll be the newbie triathlete wearing running shoes on a mountain bike πŸ™‚

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34 Rachel May 10, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Great recap and awesome pics!!!!!!!!!!! I am getting so excited for the upcoming tri season.
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35 emily May 10, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Meghann, you are an awesome recap writer. Reading about someone else’s workout doesn’t seem like it would be exciting, but you make me want to read every word instead of just skimming!

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36 Hope May 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Love this recap! I grew up in Melbourne so have a soft spot for KSC πŸ™‚ I have to say, I think it’s so cool how supportive your family is of each other! I love that your dad jumped in to run with your brother! That’s a good dad πŸ™‚

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37 Emily N May 10, 2013 at 1:36 pm

What an awesome race! I definitely need to broaden my running horizons to take on new things.
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38 Karen @ Runner Girl Eats May 10, 2013 at 1:41 pm

This course looks awesome! Glad you had a good race. And there’s nothing wrong with being happy about beating an ex πŸ˜‰
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39 Molly May 10, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Ahhh! Wonderful recap! You did an awesome job outlining what all to expect for a triathlon. I feel like I’m more prepared mentally should I ever decide to sign up for one πŸ™‚ congrats!!!
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40 Jaclyn Garris May 10, 2013 at 5:56 pm

So I’ve been reading your blog for a little while now and was happy to see another Rocketman Race review. As I started to read it, I realized we were in the same wave group and everything and then as you posted your times, I realized we were really close to each other! I was the one only 10 seconds ahead! Can’t believe it! I slowed down on the way back but was on cloud 9 also so your post sounds like mine! Congrats on a great race. I hope they’re able to do it again next year.

PS You may have even stopped by my expo booth, KickStart Endurance on Saturday.
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41 Meghann May 10, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Ha! Such a small world! Congrats on placing third!

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42 Jojo May 11, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Racing a triathlon sounds so exciting. I want to do one, someday. Though the swimming part kind of intimidates me.
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43 Katie May 11, 2013 at 8:46 pm

I hope this race goes on even further so I can start training for a triathlon and do this race too!! It looks so awesome!!
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44 broccolihut May 11, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Loved reading through this recap! Sounds like it was the perfect day for the event. Congrats!
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45 Carli May 12, 2013 at 7:24 am

Congrats! What a wonderful accomplishment. I do have to say that when I saw you were only 10 seconds from third I wanted to find the girl who took the ladder from you and bawl her out. Ugh!

Congrats to Jaclyn as well!
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46 Megan May 13, 2013 at 10:15 am

Congratulations on an AWESOME race – just ten seconds! Now more fuel for the fire. πŸ˜‰ You rock!
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47 Jessica May 13, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Congratulations on a great race. You are kicking butt! πŸ™‚ I am considering doing a half IM and this one sounds like fun maybe I will do this one next year!
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48 Michelle May 13, 2013 at 3:12 pm

So inspiring!! Congratulations!

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49 Catherine Ryan Howard May 15, 2013 at 6:37 am

Congratulations on such a fantastic achievement–and I’m so jealous of you! It must have really been amazing to do this in and around Kennedy Space Center. Thanks so much for sharing. πŸ˜€

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50 Chatelaine May 21, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Congrats on an awesome finish! and I just have to say, your family is amazing.

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51 Megan April 11, 2014 at 9:34 pm

I registered for this year’s Rocketman and I had to re-read your race recap. Will you be doing it this year?
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