Congrats to everyone who raced at Rev3 Quassy yesterday! Turned out to be a beautiful day for running. I participated in the race, unfortunately only as a swim/bike "workout" since my hip injury is still recovering. I actually started the run as well and felt great...which I'll take as a good sign for the upcoming races.
Too bad I didn't feel so great in the first half of the bike...Things started off with a non-wetsuit swim. The water was awesome, clear, calm, cool. But, about 2/3 of the way into the swim, we with the spring that feeds the lake and the water took a turn for the cold. It wasn't too bad, but I could feel that my usual cold water slow down was happening and I wasn't able to get around the little group I was in and get to the front. I ended up getting to my bike 2nd after Liz B, who was just a few seconds ahead. I took my time in transition putting on a bike jersey and gloves--wanted to make sure I was comfortable so that I could get in a good workout, or at least I thought I was going to make myself comfortable. Not exactly what happened. The first 5+ miles of the course were downhill and I immediately got really cold. It quickly escalated to all out uncontrollable shivering. Shortly in to the ride a group of about 5 girls, including Rinny, caught and past me like I was standing still. I thought I was going to have to stop because it was becoming difficult to control the bike. But, I just kept telling myself that if I made it to the big hill 25+ miles into the course, there's no way that wouldn't warm me up. It was a long 70 minutes or so before I got to that point, but if there's one thing I'm good at it is suffering and forcing myself to keep going.
Eventually, I warmed up and salvaged the end of the ride and definitely got in a good workout on those hills!
As alway, it was so inspiring to see everyone out there racing, both the other pros and all of the age groupers. The best part of the day turned out to be taking Sam & Jack on the kiddie rides after the race. Rev3 provided free tickets to the amusement park for the racers' families. We're all already looking forward to heading back next year!