Saturday, September 9, 2017

Rev3 Williamsburg

Oh my goodness, my next 70.3 is tomorrow and I haven't recapped my last one from nine weeks ago.  How can nine weeks seems so short but yet so long?!  So before I forget any more details, or mix details up, here's the Rev3 recap!

Rev3 Williamsburg 70.3 was held on Sunday, July 9th out of Chickahominy Riverfront Park, a fantastic, family friendly venue. And my family did go!  I love when the kids are at these things.  I really want them to see triathlon and what I've been training for.  We drove down to my Aunt Mary's house on Friday and spent the night with her so that when we got up Saturday we could go check into our room and and do all the race things.  Plus she fed us a delicious breakfast before we left (thanks Aunt Mary!!!)  Once we left her house and hit the road, we decided to drive the bike course first.  It's flat and fast and the road is in pretty good shape.  Then we went back to the expo and at this point it is HOT.  We didn't have any food or water and we were all getting pretty grumpy.  So I did what I needed to do as quickly as possible while the kids took advantage of the bounce house on site.  Didn't I tell you this place was family friendly?!  I attended the athlete briefing, checked in my bike, and got the heck out of there.  I had wanted to swim but truly was okay with skipping it.
Love my crew!

We were staying at a resort about seven miles away and once we arrived we discovered we were not the only Rev3 athletes there.  Triathletes everywhere!!!  And it took what felt like forever to get checked in.  But once we were in the cool, quiet space of our suite, all was well.  In fact, the kids thought having a TV in their bedroom was the best thing ever.
Children's Escape!

And as before every race, you gotta check out your swag and then lay out all things triathlon to prepare for the morning.
Really nice swag- visor, buff, shirt, and personal note!!!

So my little troopers got up super dark and early to accompany me to transition and race start.  Since we only had one vehicle, it had to be done.  They were amazing.  Aaron was amazing.  I am so lucky.
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My Babies

As for the race, the details at this point are a little blurry for me but I'll try my best to remember.  Once all set up in transition, me and my crew walked down to swim start.  I actually did a swim warm up.  As they say, there is a first time for everything!  Unfortunately, I sliced my toe open on the end of the boat launch.  A minor annoyance for the rest of the day but nothing more.  They played the National Anthem (and I teared up) while waiting for my turn to enter the water.  When it was my turn, I gave my family some hugs and kisses, which made me tear up all over again.  I think this was the first race I had to tread water waiting to start.  Oh!  And I almost forgot!  The water was crazy warm!  85.3 degrees.  Not wetsuit legal!  Anyway, we swam out to the first swim buoy, turned left to the next turn buoy, but then the sun was in my face and it was difficult to see where to go.  And there were people in every direction, so I know I wasn't the only one struggling to sight.  Eventually I figured it out and this part of the swim is with the river current, so woooo!  The bad thing about this swim?  The stinky, sucky, thick, mud.  The water was so shallow toward the end that I couldn't extend my arms the whole way, but you couldn't walk in this stuff either.  So I ended up doing this swim-claw motion until I reached the swim exit.  And oh that smell.  Yuck!
SWIM - 1.2 miles - 36:18 - 1:44/100yd

Transition was pretty uneventful.  I did use a DeSoto cooling bolero which is a tad bit hard to get on wet skin, but not too bad.  I was at the run in/out far, far away from my favorite spot in transition, the bike in/out.  Sad face.
T1 - 2:30

The bike was FUN!!!  Flat and fast and fun, fun, fun!  Things I remember:

  • A volunteer told me I looked strong and had great form.  That felt nice!
  • Jockeying for position with the athlete who ended up taking second in our AG.  She didn't drop me til the last five miles of the bike.  And that girl has some awesome, strong run legs.  You go, Maria!!! 
  • At this one aid station I dropped the first two bottles of water they tried to hand me.  When I finally held on to the third one everyone cheered.  Hahahahahaha!!!  
I absolutely loved the bike course.
BIKE - 55.6 miles - 2:49:26 - 19.69mph

Head back into transition and I almost fell trying to dismount my bike.  My legs were just a bit wobbly.  Jogged to my spot and got back out of there as quickly as I could.  
T11 - 2:11

The run comes out of transition and runs on grass for a teeny bit before making a hard right onto the bridge.  Up and over the bridge onto the Virginia Capital Trail.  Loved this trail.  It's paved and has a ton of shade and only little bumps for hills.  The aid stations were well stocked and manned by great, friendly volunteers.  So in case you're unaware, it is hot in Virginia in July.  So at every single aid station I walked and put ice in my kit, water over my head, re-soaked my lucky yellow sponges, and took a sip of water to drink.  Every single station.  I felt amazing.  The run is a double out and back.  The only time I didn't feel great is right after I crossed the bridge on my second time out.  I was in a longer stretch of sun and I thought for just a moment about how hot I was and how I still had half the run to complete, but I was able to brush the thought aside and continue to smile.  When I say that I smiled the rest of the entire run I am not exaggerating.  I smiled the entire 13.1 mile run except for that one brief moment.  I just felt so, so good.  So good, in fact, that I fear the possibility of never feeling that way during a race again.  But I guess that's one more reason to keep triathlon-ing.  After you cross the bridge the second time on your way to the finish you run through the grass around transition, by the parking lot, into a very long chute, and cross the finish line.  Unlike most races, family members are encouraged to cross the finish line with their loved ones!!!  Unfortunately, my crew did not get there in time.  But I saw them and knew they were nearby so all was well.  Once across the finish line one volunteer removes your timing chip as another wraps this glorious towel that was just pulled out of a deep cooler of ice water around your shoulders.  I think that remains my favorite part about the race!!!  Also loved how they cater to families, gave individualized notes to each athlete, give everyone a free finisher photo, give the best swag, etc, etc.  I gotta say, it was better than Ironman.
RUN - 13.1 miles - 2:07:18 - 9:44/pace

Huge medal and Garmin proof!

I included the chart from Rev3's page just because I thought it was interesting.  

LocationDistanceSplit TimePace7/DivisionGenderOverall

Swim Start0.00 mi03:1900:00 /100m18 / 2767 / 145100 / 363
Swim Finish1.20 mi39:3802:04 /100m12 / 2757 / 145187 / 363
Transition 1-02:30----
Bike Start0.00 mi00:000.00 mph11 / 2753 / 145167 / 363
Mile 46.546.50 mi2:21:5119.67 mph6 / 2730 / 145132 / 363
Bike Finish9.10 mi27:3619.79 mph6 / 2732 / 145139 / 363
Transition 2-02:11----
Run Start0.00 mi00:0000:00 /mi6 / 2731 / 145133 / 363
Mile 3.543.54 mi32:5009:17 /mi6 / 2729 / 145127 / 363
Mile 9.886.34 mi1:03:0409:57 /mi6 / 2727 / 145120 / 363
Finish3.22 mi31:2709:46 /mi6 / 2728 / 145123 / 363
Bottom line- I loved this race.  I'm convinced that Rev3 knows how to put on a good show.  And I WILL be racing more of their events in the future!  And with that, I can now go to bed and get some rest before IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Placid in the morning, haha!  Wish me luck!
Official Time - 5:37:43
7/27 in AG (F 35-39)
About 125/356 Finishers
One Happy Girl

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