Rev3 williamsburg half distance race Report
My awesome teammate Matt was gracious enough to pick me up bright and early on Sunday AM so the family could sleep in. I stepped outside to a steady rain which was not forecast, and did stick around until about 6:30 or so. We set up T2 and found a friend of Matt's who took us down to the start. With the rain, the sun was tucked behind the clouds which was a bonus, because it was HOT and HUMID already. The water temp was 77.5 and I debated not wearing my wetsuit, but once I saw the pro's start.....and swim about 50 years off course due to the current I knew I did the right thing.
I was hoping to set a Half Distance PR being that the course was much flatter than my "normal" half distance race, Quassy. I knew the heat and humidity would make it tough. I got in the water and once it was deep enough for the pack to swim I could sense that it was going to be a tough day. The water is brackish and thanks to the Super Moon and a night of rain upstream, the river had some noticeable current and some rough surf. The first leg was tough, but once I turned the first buoy I did a great job of sighting and managed to swim what I think was the shortest distance possible. Someone was kind enough to park a big white boat behind the next red turn buoy so it was SO MUCH easier to spot. I rounded the corner and headed home. No sun glare on this day, thankfully.
Off the bike in a record best for me, 2:28:37 / 22.7mph avg and the 29th fastest bike split of the day. Happy to be in the top 5%. And now up to 12th in my AG.
I got through transition in 65 seconds and I was "off" on the run. The run was a two loop double out / back course through the William & Mary campus which I liked because I could see the family multiple times. Starting the run my stomach was hurting, I couldn't take any gel or fluid out of fear of getting more sick. Running wise though, I was feeling decent, clicking off 6:30's to 6:40s for the first 6 miles. BUT THEN the sun broke through the clouds and just like Quassy, my core temp and HR just shot through the roof, forcing me to walk. I struggled through the last 6 miles, not able to eat anything, but I managed to get some fluids in me.
We had a great time at this inaugural race. It was a fun time being with our Rev3 family of teammates and staff members and we can't wait to go back next year.