After a "fun" drive in the Subaru Outback (which thanks to I-95 traffic took us 2.5 hours longer than it should have) we arrived at our condo at Colonial Crossings in Williamsburg. The kids were excited to check the place out and stretch their legs before we headed down to the race expo to pick up my packet and have dinner with the Rev3 team and staff.
|This was a great place to stay, the best part....the pool! (according to Autumn and Joshua)|
|Ready for the Glow Run!|
|Always time for a silly team shot!|
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.
After a 3:21 transition, I was out on the road. My legs didn't feel "fresh", but I wasn't working too hard. Goal was to just let the legs come to me and see what I had. I wasn't pushing too hard and averaging 23mph+, so I went with it. I was steadily passing people for the whole bike split, only passed by one or two riders the whole time which felt good. The bike course was beautiful and the roads dried up as we went...although the sky looked threatening the whole time. The wind did kick up about 25 miles into the race which I think made the effort feel deceiving.....it made you feel cooler than you were....which I think would play a part for me later in the race.
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.
|Check out Autumn's form...like Daddy like Daughter!|
We cross the line, as a family, in 4:58:17. I was so glad to be done, and able to get out of that dreaded sun which had cooked me for the last 6 miles. My run split was a dismal 1:41, easily 15 minutes slower than planned, but that didn't matter and honestly it still doesn't. I ended up 12th in my AG, certainly respectable, but there's a little something inside me that's itching for a "do over"...
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.