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Flying out today, headed home. I had so much fun in Vegas this week. Ran The Strip at night in the Rock n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon with an awesome friend, renewed my vows in front of Elvis with the love of my life, and relaxed without deadlines. Overall amazing week!

2013 Quantico Triathlon…The Race Report

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Surprise…surprise, rain was in the forecast. Once again Mother Nature has blessed me with a rainy day to compete in. Not only was it raining, it was cold. It was cold in August! What the heck?! However, regardless of the weather I had an awesome experience. It was quick and it was fun. For an inaugural race, it went off without a hitch.

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Hanging out with my daughter before the race.

Pre-race

There wasn’t much pre-race for me for this race since it was right down the road from me on Marine Corps Base Quantico. Luckily, I train on these roads and in this pool all the time, so I knew the course well.

Swim

This was my first-ever pool swim triathlon, and I was very unclear as to how the swim was organized. Thank you Set Up Events for providing us with clear pre-race instruction.

The swim was only 400 yards, setup in 25-yard lap wide lanes for triathletes to serpentine through. Up and back in the first lane, under the rope, and then repeat. Athletes were numbered by the time they estimated during their registration. I overestimated my swim finish time by over a minute, so I had to pass a few people.

Transition

Transition was setup in the parking lot just outside the gates of the pool. Transition was quick and easy.

Bike

Once again I’m riding in the rain. However I know this course well, these are my training grounds. The bike course has a few short hills and some small rollers, but for the most part it’s a fast 9-mile course. The roads are a bit rough and bumpy, with a few holes, which were well marked by the Marine Marathon staff.

Transition

My bike-to-run transition was fast. Funny story…I put my running shoes in a bag so they wouldn’t be wet for the run that lasted about 2 minutes after putting them on

Run

The 5k-run course was mostly flat with a lot of puddles. There go my semi-dry shoes. I had a comfortable run. Flew by the aid station at mile 1, no need, I think I got enough rainwater anyway. With a woman from my age group on my tails, just seconds behind me, I ran hard through the finish line.

Overall

As with all of my races this year was rainy, but a lot of fun. For an inaugural race, Marine Marathon with the help of Setup Events did a fantastic job! Regardless of the weather, the volunteers were out there with smiles on their faces. Placed 1st in my age group.

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2013 Rev3 Knoxville International Triathlon

May 5, 2013

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RAIN. The one word to define the Rev3 Knoxville weekend is RAIN. Once again Mother Nature has decided that race day will consist of 50-degree temps and rain.

This was my second race with Revolution3 Triathlon that I have taken part in; the first event was in Columbia, MD in October 2012, which I did not finish YET, but that’s another story.

Pre-race

I stayed at the Knoxville Marriott over the weekend, just a mile from the transition area, with two friends (T-Racer Girl & TriDixie) and my daughter. As always, impressed with the Marriott’s service, location, and rooms.  I can say with confidence that Marriott brand hotels are always my hotels of choice. We dined at Dazzo’s, an Italian pizzeria restaurant in downtown Knoxville. The food and service were fantastic, and I certainly got my fill of carbs for the next day’s race, but we ate after 8pm, which was definitely too late and too close to bedtime. I ended up not being able to fall asleep when I wanted to with the pasta sitting so heavily in my stomach and ended up with only a few hours of shut-eye.

Eating at Dazzo's with Samantha (my daughter)

Eating at Dazzo’s with Samantha (my daughter)

Pre-Race Meal at Dazzo's...Yum!

Pre-Race Meal at Dazzo’s…Yum!

Even after only a few hours of sleep, I woke up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at 5:30am ready to go. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to enjoy my traditional English muffin and coffee breakfast, so I opted for a PowerBar (thank you Rev3 swag bag).

We headed over to the transition area…it was STILL raining. I was very happy that the transition area was setup in a parking garage so all of our gear stayed dry, at least for the moment.

Transition Area

Transition Area

Swim

Jumping into the 60° water took my breath away so bad that completing the swim was challenging. For the first part of the swim we were going against the current, so it was nice to hit that turnaround buoy to get the current behind me. My body was nice and toasty in my Xterra wetsuit, but putting my face in the water was difficult. This actually surprised me because Ironman Oceanside 70.3 water was only 58 °. Finished the swim with a not-so-good time, 00:30:05, but I finished. Very grateful to the Rev3 volunteers for pulling us up out of the water, as always you guys are awesome.

Transition

My T-1 time was a ridiculous 07:49, but it was also almost a ½ mile run from the swim finish to the transition area. Normal transition, nothing too exciting.

Bike

Riding in the rain always has its challenges, but riding in Knoxville in the rain also includes hills. The rain was nonstop and at times got heavier slowing down my pace. I did well cranking it up the hills which involved a lot of switchbacks, but took it easy on the way down. Fantastic bike course, could’ve done without the rain though. Course time 01:29:53.

Transition

My bike-to-run transition was much better at 02:36, but I took my time. I was soaking wet, cold, and just happy to be done with the bike and under the parking garage.

Run

And…out into the rain again. I should have taken off my jacket that I wore on the bike. It weighed down my run, and I got too warm on the run for comfort. I kept a smile on my face through the rain and cheered on my fellow triathletes as we crossed paths on the run. The run was mostly flat with a few slight, steady inclines. We ran mostly off-road on a running trail. Lots of puddles means soaking wet, squishy feet. I ended with a run time of 54:55. Slower than I would’ve liked, but I’m happy that I finished the race.

Overall

Wow, what a day! It was cold and rainy, but a lot of fun. This race presented a lot of challenges for everyone. Cold swim, slippery hills, non-stop rain, but a whole lot of fun. Regardless of the weather, the Rev3 volunteers were out there with smiles on their faces, motivating athletes from beginning to end. It wasn’t just a race, it was an adventure. I will be back next year.

Finisher Medal

Finisher Medal