My stomach is back healthy…Thank God!
Rev3 Williamsburg was an enormous first year event with over 160 members from a single triathlon club, Team Z out of the DC area. I had the pleasure of having dinner with this crew and got to hear their inspiring stories got me excited to race on Sunday.
Race morning began with rain showers that would slowly get burned off by the sun and become intoxicating heat. Fortunately the heat did not really unfold until a few minutes after we finished.
The swim course in the James River had a lot of history and a lot of piracy, battles, and history unfolded in these waters. I can tell you one thing, it was not at low/slack tides. The river at low tide is very shallow and provides a lot of dolphin diving and chop for us triathletes. After about 300m of running, diving, running, diving, we were finally swimming…and I think I should’ve kept diving! I plain had no speed, I was swimming hard and splashing all the water out of the James River but still watching the race swim away from me. When it was all said and done I would be getting on the bike more than 3 minutes down.
On the bike I had adjusted my pace a bit because I was still very unsure if I had recovered from my intestinal ailments that I suffered from at Bilbao and Quassy. The bike for the most part was the bike, smooth and steady through an unexpectedly rolling course. I mean this is the southern east coast, the land along the shore is paper flat, right? NOPE, it’s more like New England. I motored to 3rd in the first 10 miles and then had my sites set on Leto in 2nd at mile 30 when I picked up some debris in between the frame and tire. I tried to remove it on the fly but after about 15 seconds I determined that I like my fingers and a quick pit stop would be wise. I caught back up to Kyle in the final miles of the bike and began the run in 2nd…miles behind a flying Eric Limkemann.
On the run I just wanted to keep my legs under me for a 1/2 marathon, no more colossal meltdowns. So I tried to pick a sustainable pace but it was impossible to get a good gauge on my pace versus effort because the course rolled so much. It was nice that it rolled because I just would focus on this hill, then this descent, then this section of bricks, then hill…you get the idea. The run went really quick and I was able to hold a steady pace.
I finished the day is 5th place and it was a great feeling to finish a race and not feel like it took every ounce of your being to even get to the finish line. I am excited to get back training and hammer down for the races the rest of the year!