REVOLUTION 3 OLYMPIC DISTANCE RACE REPORT
JUNE 5, 2010
Probably should not have run a 2.5hr long run on Wednesday in a pair of shoes that were completely spent...a quick stop in West Chester to get knew running shoes (I know, I know, running sin numero uno) and I was on my way to have a little sushi in Darien : ) and then Quassy on Thursday night. I woke up nice and early to make the 7AM practice swim on Friday morning and did one loop of the olympic distance. I was lucky enough to head into the water the same time as two female pros and one male pro. Held up with the female pros until they kept going to the half buoy (not trying to toot a horn here-- I'm sure they would still kick my ass in a race). Wish I could always go out with the pros instead of getting held up climbing over S L O W age groupers. Everyone said that the water was in the mid-60's...if that is mid-60, then I must have a core body temp of 65. Now I was really stumped...skin suit or wetsuit? Decisions, decisions...
Spent the rest of the day getting checked in, getting some ART from genius Dr. Kevin Maggs and trying to stay cool in that hot sun! I have already boiled away half of my brain at Disney 70.3 a couple weeks ago- so I figured it was time to head back to the Hampton and nap. Sorry hubs-- have fun registering athletes in that heat all day, I'll pick you up at 7P, he he he.
Weather forecast was looking craptastic, so I had plenty on my mind the night before, but managed to snooze for about 3.5 hours the night before the race-- a record for me!!! Up at 4:30, ate a bagel and honey and sipped on nuun. Made it to transition at 5:30...just in time for the rain to start...AWESOME!!! Got transition set up, headed over to womens restroom-- yes, that's right, I said WOMEN'S RESTROOM!!! No porta-johns to have to gag through, woo hoo! Chatted with some of the ladies there, then the convo turned to how annoying it was that even though there was a mandatory day-before check-in, they were still letting people register and check their bike in that morning. One of the ladies walked back to trans with me, bitching and moaning the whole time about everything that had gone wrong for her in the last 36 hours. I tried to serpentine walk to get her away from me, but she held on-- WTF, Debbie Downer, get the hell away from me!!! And this is precisely why I wear an iPod-- I don't like to get caught up in the pre-race bitchfest. Helped my good friend, Wendy-- a first time triathlete at this race (yay Wendy!), get set up, got the wetsuit pulled up (everyone else went w/the wetsuit, so no skinsuit for me) and headed down to the beach. Collected my pre-race triple smooch from the hubs and got to the front of the pack, waiting for our heat to go off. Looked around for the fasties, oh hell, none of these people look like swimmers... Gun goes off...high knees, high knees, high knees, dolphin dive, dolphin dive, dolphin dive...ahhhhhh S W I M. kick, punch kick punch (not me, of course) trying to find feet, trying to find feet. Found some feet and then as soon as I had them, we hit the slow-ass strugglers and then...well, FORGET IT!! I tried to find feet, but we were all doing the same thing-- the crappy swimmer dance/weave. Hit the beach at 23 mins, 15 secs, hit the mat at 24:05
Swim time: 24:05, Overal place out of water: 9th, age group place out of water: 1st, OA place out of trans: 11th, AG place: 3rd
YEAH, MY TRANSITIONS CLEARLY S U C K!!!
Head out on the bike, immediate uphill, yippee! Anyone who knows anything about Rev3 CT, knows that this and the half-distance is a BITCH of a course, a total ball-buster. I immediately sucked down a roctane gu (that had 2X's caffeine) which, for a girl who doesn't drink caffeinated beverages, is like crack. Seriously, I can feel it surging through my friggin veins. Put together two bottles of some carbo-pro and gatorade endurance. Heart rate was INSANE; I think that it was similar to that of a hummingbird. Gotta CALM THE HELL DOWN, Kate...uh, no time for that!! PUSH! PUSH HARD!!! Don't blow this bike leg like you did in FL!!!! Hills, hills, hills!!! And some sweet ass decents!! I am really crappy at descents, but just telling myself to suck it up and stay aero-- don't negate the benefit of these sweet new SRAM race wheels that I got to break in (courtesy of Cycels 54). Hit the wall (an insane uphill that evidently was so steep that some age groupers fell over), man, what a kick in the ass! Then I came on 'that guy'. You know-- that guy that you wind up going back and forth with for the rest of the ride. Passed one girl, then my "buddy" passed me-- who for a minute-- I thought it was the girl I just passed...and I told him that. Woops! Sorry, dude, didn't mean to say you look like a girl, but-- you're short, and probably weigh less than I do, soooo....Passed one more girl with about 2 miles to go-- she was holding on to me for a while, but gave up. Pull back into transition, was told I was 6th place female.
Bike split: 1:22:05, 18.86MPH, OA place off bike: 5th, AG place off bike: 1st.
Again-- too slow in the transition, BUT I had an AWESOME transition volunteer giving me my stats-- how many ahead of me, how many minutes each woman was ahead of me...thanks, dude!! Started off on what I was told was a beast of a run, hopefully my Bodman runs will help. God knows having fatigued hip flexors, gastrocs and rectus femoris on both sides won't! I felt like I was running a 12minute pace...wasn't really paying attention to the HR-- the chase was on! The first set of rollers? What rollers-- really did't feel them. Then the big ones set in, holy moly-- they were kinda tough. One biggie EVERYONE was walking up, hehehe, everyone but me! Passing dudes like road kill, God, I love passing guys! Passed one girl right before the out and back...ok, maybe I am NOT doing a 12min pace-- she looked like she was HURTING. Hit the turn-around and see two girls on my ass. SHIT!!!!!!! Get your shit together, Kate. Legs started to really fatigue. Hit mile five and only passed by two guys during the whole run leg, no women. I tried so hard to kick it in at the end, ugh it was tough. Hit mile six...realized at this point I would not be passing any other women, but just hoping those girls won't pass me. Finish line ahead, still passing men, woo hoo, SUCKAS!!!
Run time: 45:42, 7:22/mile pace OA race place: 4th, AG place: 1st. Total time: 2:35:17
Waited around to watch Wendy finish her first tri, yaaaayyy!! Got changed and hit the award ceremony-- got a free entry to a Rev3 event for my placing, woo hoo! Did I hear there is a Rev3 in Costa Rica?!?!?! Hmmmm...
Notes: This course is all it lives up to, very hilly! Rev3 puts on a great race-- they are very nice and the venue was great! Hmm, things I would do different? Not do a tough run in spent shoes days before the race; since there was no time to taper for this (I have bigger aspirations than winning the Rev3 oly distance), last week's training was fine-- gotta learn how to push on tired legs! I definitely HAVE to nail these transitions!!! They were awful in this race-- all of the top women had 45-60 seconds on my transition times. Also have to figure out how to tighten up my swim, there is no doubt I could be a little faster if I learned how to navigate the floppers better.
Thanks to Christian and my gang at Cycles 54-- you guys ROCK!!! Thanks to Foofers and my in-laws for coming to see me race, love you!!!! Thanks to friends and family for love and support!!! Thanks to Coach Cliff-- you are a friggin genius of a coach and so supportive!
Next up...KIC it tri on 6/27
The risk of failure is ALWAYS worth the glory of success.