Day 2 of Race Weekend - Doing the double
So I took some time on Saturday to rest the heel and watch some live motocross. My teammate headed home and a friend from our tri club joined me for his first REV3 Quassy experience. It was great to get to know him and show him "the ropes" of Quassy. He's training for IM Lake Placid, so Quassy was a great tune up.
Hit Panera for dinner, stopped at the race venue to get my bike ready to hold the additional nutrition for the half and headed back to the hotel. Got everything all packed up and set the alarm for my 0445 wake up call, my swim wave was taking off at 0710.
We woke up to a beautiful and warm AM and headed to the race venue. Got everything set up and caught up with some new and old friends. I love this race, so many people are back year after year.
Got my warm up swim, said a prayer to the good Lord above and prepared myself for day 2 of some awesome swim-bike-run. Not much of a race plan after racing hard yesterday, just "go out for a comfortably hard catered training effort" and oh yeah, see if you can beat last year's time. No easy feat considering the 80-85 degree temps.
I had a great swim, my sighting was excellent and I did a good job following athletes bubbles and feet on the second leg into the sun. As I headed home I thought to myself that I had already swam further in the past tw days than I had during the last 9 months!
Off the bike in 2:46:58, a PR for me on the course by a small margin and >20mph average. Now up to 23/140 AG.
I hit the out / back into the development for mile 5 and 6 and I was able to hold on to 7 minute pace, but was again forced to walk the long, sunny, hot hill at mile 7 to 8. That mile was 10:14 and I got to thinking that if I wasn't smart I could end up running a 2:00 half marathon (I ran 1:26 last year). I crested that hill and started to run, and started holding on to + / - 7:00 pace, passing people. I was taking water and gatorade at EVERY stop, trying to hydrate and cool my core temp down.
The run was OVER 1:33:35, up to 15/140 AG and 53/997 overall.
I loaded up and headed home, I was homesick, missing my family. I had a very uneventful ride home and was glad to hug everyone when I arrived. Such a fun weekend and hats off to the REV3 crew and all the athletes, spectators and volunteers who did a kick ass job in those tough conditions!