Last weekend I was competing in my 5th triathlon of the season, but it was an event I was greatly anticipating since it was my first Rev3 for the year. Racing the Rev3’s has really become a breath of fresh air for me. You don’t have to have kids to enjoy the atmosphere at their races, or to take part in the fun venues where the races are. The pro field was stacked and there is a huge prize purse – yet things felt surprisingly calm.
I arrived in Connecticut late on Friday, which left me the whole day Saturday to relax and get things together. A much needed sleep in happened, then I headed over to the race venue. Fellow Team HPB-er, Leslie, and fiance Nate, were there and I arrived in time to see Nate on the podium for the Olympic. But more importantly (okay, maybe less importantly, but still very important) — I arrived in time for us to take this pic:
After watching all of the green screen pics pop up on the Rev3 Facebook page during Knoxville, I have been greatly anticipating my turn to do this! That meant I also duped Maik into a few pics as well. Nothing like giving the GCM a cardboard sword and telling him to pose!
Saturday was quite hot, so I put off my pre-race workouts a few hours longer and opted for a pedicure instead! I also got lunch at this little market about 10 minutes from the race site – Nature’s Goods Market which I’d definitely recommend to anyone in the area. Finally the temps began to lower and I met Leslie to ride and run. For my pre-race dinner I was super lucky to get an invite to the BBQ at Maik’s home stay. I was able to meet some of the locals who were so nice and welcoming, and I will also be seeing them in Lake Placid! Definitely one of the best pre race meals I’ve had in awhile, and for sure some of the best company!
The next morning started early and luckily some of the heat had left. It was much warmer still than the previous year where I remember my feet being fridgid prior to the start. My swim wave was starting behind almost everyone else, so I had some time to kill. It really is a great swim venue, and the beach start makes it fun. As I started the race I felt strong in my sleeveless wetsuit and tried to stay with as many girls as I could. After the first turn you are facing right into the sun which makes it a little difficult to sight — and we were already catching some of the stragglers from the prior waves. It was a bit chaotic for most of the swim, but if anything I think that helped me stay focused and not get too comfortable. As I came out of the water I saw a 30 on my watch which is always a good thing! And, not too many bikes were out of T1 yet – even better.
As soon as my butt hit my saddle I felt like this glorious rainbow came down and everything else was erased — it was just me and my bike in a cloud of happiness. All of my riding the past year is most definitely paying off, and I was able to stay relaxed and comfortable the entire ride. Being one of the more difficult 70.3 courses, it’s easy to blow up and get ahead of yourself. But I managed to nail my nutirition and my pacing, allowing me to take 8+ minutes off my bike split from last year. And I was having fun the whole time. As I hit the last 10 miles I was passed by a couple girls. I felt like I could have gone with them, but I also knew I was well ahead of my pacing from last year…..and I knew what was waiting on the run. I think I made the right choice not to red-line the effort, and stayed consistent, rolling into T2 with only a couple other bikes already racked. Time to run!
This is where the fun really gets going in Quassy. As if you didn’t have your fill of the hills on the ride, the run course keeps you very honest. I didn’t feel very smooth, but I was running even on the long uphills so I’ll take it. The places shuffled a bit here as some of the girls there showed they had running legs. As tough as the run is, it truly is one of my favorites. You have a little bit of everything and before you know it you’re in the last 5k and can feel the finish…..but not before another hill of course! I ended up crossing the line in 5:02 – with a 6 minute improvement overall from last year. Given the hotter conditions I am very pleased. Progress is the name of the game and I’m certainly showing some this year – can’t ask for much more than that. Thank you to all of the Rev3 Team Sponsors who have helped me fuel, train, and recovery my way to that progress. Leslie also had a great day out there — going under 5 hours on that course is a feat in itself!
Little did I know the best parts of the day were yet to come! Maik and I rode the rollercoaster and a couple other rides, and had a nice quiet lake swim to shake out the legs. It was so nice to get to relax and unwind before hopping back in the car and making the drive back to Baltimore.
Recovery this week has been coming along nicely. I’m pretty much counting the hours at this point until Rev3 Williamsburg in a couple weeks – but first, a Birthday Bike Bonanza is on the schedule! More on that to come 🙂