Since my wife and the kids had traveled out to Ohio the weekend before, they weren't up for a road trip so I was making the solo trip up to Middlebury, CT....typically a 3 hour drive without traffic. Of course, I did manage to hit traffic on a Friday evening on Route 84 in Danbury, but made it onsite by 5:00 or so. Immediately found Kelly & Kelly, did some catching up, helped Kel with some tune up issues and headed for packet pickup. The weather was nice, but the winds of change were in the air. Smooth trip through pickup, caught up with some more Rev3 teammates and racked up the bike. When I opened up my packet, I was treated to a personalized bib, #102 which coincidentally was the number of miles I would be racing that weekend doing "The Revolution", Olympic on Saturday and Half on Sunday. Rev3 racked all of us together, maybe 15 or so. Game plan, race the OLY on Saturday, long training day on Sunday.
So I spent what felt like forever packing up for the day. Extra trash bags here, arm warmers there, etc. I roomed with my teammate Anthony so we were up early and headed over to race site. And it rained, rained and then rained some more. We headed down to the water after I lubed up with TriSlide and got the wetsuit on. Water felt warm and despite the weather there were easily 700 other crazies out there with us!
I was one of the first waves so we were off good and early. No sun glare to worry about on this day. I got a decent start to the swim and I really think I did a great job sighting. I kept my eye on a light that was shining through the fog on the long leg of the course heading back home. Hopped out of the water and started to get the wetsuit off. I wasn't too winded, hadn't really pushed that hard, but I pulled the swim off after basically no swim training AND I was within seconds of last year's time.
SWIM: 27:22, 20th / 70 in my AG, damn!
I felt pretty decent considering how far behind I was on saddle time. It amazed me how up beat everyone was on course. We were all sharing comical remarks as we would pass each other. I made a point to thank EVERY volunteer who was standing out there.
BIKE: SWIM: 1:13:36, 20.93mph, now up to 13th / 70 in my AG
So, overall I was 2:22:27, 15th overall and 7/70 in the M35-39 AG. Man is that a stacked age group. My time was slower than last year although the swim and run were nearly identical. The bike was obviously slower due to conditions and T1 was slower due to my arm warmer decision.
I've gotta hand it to REV3 though, given the conditions they put on one heck of an event, and this wasn't even the "big show" taking place tomorrow. Course was perfect, plenty of volunteers, timing was very quick and accurate. I'm proud to be a part of their AG team.
Anthony and I packed up our stuff in the downpour and hightailed it quickly back to the hotel to get a warm shower since we were freezing. I headed back to the race site to spend some time volunteering at our awesome team sponsor's booth, Powerbar! This was a blast, it's so fun meeting and talking to all of the athletes who either raced that day or were picking up their packet for day 2. By the time I was done the sun was starting to come out.
I headed back to the hotel to pack up for another round of swim/bike/run, and of course our team dinner!