Rev3tri Quassy race report - the numbers don't tell the story...
Once onto the bike, I diligently started fueling and hydrating. The hills on this course are absolutly relentless. Before you are all the way down one, there is another looming up ahead. I felt strong for the first half despite a moment when I thought I might actually have to get off my bike and walk up a particularly steep hill, and then around mile 28 or so my stomach started to feel like there was a heavy rock in it. Looking back, I think I actually over-hydrated around 90 minutes or so and my stomach just shut down a bit until it could process everything. That took about 20 miles in which the best I could do was just ride up and down the hills like I was out for a Sunday joy ride. I was unable to get my intensity up where I wanted it, so I just did the best I could. With about 8 miles left in the ride, my stomach started to come around and I pushed into transition (up more hills!). I ended up with my slowest bike split ever, but still had my head in the game and was ready to run.
The other thing that stuck out was that each of us has the ability to create a race experience not only for ourselves but for the people we are on the course with. We can choose to be encouraging and positive or to be rude and negative. It is up to each of us to pay tribute to each other while we are out there! I was so blessed to have shouts and smiles and high fives and good jobs and sometimes just a nod spoke a thousand words of empathy and understanding. There were also a few times when I came across racers who maybe didn't do the best job at that for whatever reason. I would really encourage all of you to think about the kind of race experience you want and then to try to give that to others as well.
Also thank you to all my sponsors, Rev3Tri, PowerBar, Compex, Normatec, Pearl Izumi, Blue Seventy, Biotta Juices, and SBRSports and to my coach, Kim! I could not do this without you! And lastly, thank you to all of you! All of your texts and tweets and facebook messages really do mean a lot to me! I feel you out there with me, pulling me into the finish.
Onward to the next race!!